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Erdogan assures nonstop Syria offensive

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 18, 2019 ANKARA: Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its deadly offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria on Wednesday as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that Turkey’s operation — which …

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Lam heckled, stops speech

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 17, 2019 HONG KONG: Embattled leader Carrie Lam abandoned a state of the union-style speech on Wednesday after she was heckled by opposition lawmakers during chaotic scenes inside the city’s legislature. The speech by Chief Executive Carrie Lam was billed as an attempt to win hearts …

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Indonesia nabs 2 dozen suspects in attack

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 17, 2019 JAKARTA: Indonesian police said they have arrested more than two dozen suspected militants after members of a network linked to the Islamic State group tried to assassinate a government minister. The world’s biggest Muslim majority nation is on high alert ahead of President Joko …

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Japan death toll from ‘Hagibis’ hits 70

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 16, 2019 TOKYO: Rescuers in Japan worked into a third day on Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed nearly 70 people and caused widespread destruction. “Hagibis” slammed into Japan on Saturday night, unleashing fierce winds and “unprecedented” rain …

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William, Kate start 5-day Pakistan tour

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 16, 2019 KARACHI: Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Pakistan to a red carpet welcome late Monday for their “most complex” tour to date, with Islamabad eager to tout improved security after years of violent militancy. The couple — the Duchess of Cambridge in …

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Typhoon kills 48 in Japan, scores missing

By ASSOCIATED PRESS October 15, 2019 HOYASU: Rescue crews in Japan dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left as many as 48 people dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents …

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Syria regime forces head to Turkish border

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 15, 2019 TALL TAMR, Syria: Syrian regime forces moved towards the Turkish border Monday after Damascus reached a deal with beleaguered Kurdish forces following a US withdrawal announcement, Agence France-Presse correspondents reported. Soldiers waving Syrian flags deployed west of Tall Tamr, not far from the flashpoint …

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Thailand’s rare panda dies of heart failure

By The Manila Times October 11, 2019 BANGKOK: Thailand’s Chiang Mai Zoo, where rare celebrity panda Chuang Chuang lived and died, announced on its website that the autopsy had indicated that the giant panda died from heart failure last month. “There were no wounds on Chuang Chuang’s body and no …

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Turkey starts Syria assault, 16 killed

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 11, 2019 RAS AL AIN, Syria: Turkey launched a broad assault on Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), with intensive bombardment followed by a ground offensive made possible by the withdrawal of US troops. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of …

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28 Chinese firms blacklisted over abuses

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE October 09, 2019 The United States Commerce Department announced Monday it is blacklisting 28 Chinese entities that it says were implicated in rights violations and abuses targeting Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the move, which bars …

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