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Change of heart

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border Wednesday, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community. The spectacular…

Canadians defiant of Trump, boycotts, nuclearization urged

OTTAWA, Canada -- US President Donald Trump’s trade threats and bellicose diplomacy is being met on America’s northern frontier with boycotts of US goods and travel, and even a call for nuclearization. The grassroots backlash reflects the angry mood that…

Taiwan passes bill cutting veterans’ pensions

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TAIPEI -- Taiwan’s military veterans will see their pensions cut as soon as next month after parliament passed a controversial bill that had sparked violent demonstrations. Wednesday’s vote marks a victory for President Tsai Ing-wen, whose attempts to make sweeping…

Punished for early lunch

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TOKYO -- A Japanese city official has been reprimanded and fined for repeatedly leaving his desk during work hours — but only for around three minutes to buy lunch. The official, who works at the waterworks bureau in the western…

China vs Trump

BEIJING -- Beijing on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of “blackmail” and warned it would retaliate in kind after the US president threatened to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods, pushing the world’s two biggest economies closer to a trade war.…

N. Korea’s Kim makes two-day visit to China after Trump summit

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BEIJING -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing, Chinese state media reported Tuesday, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump. The outing comes as China has sought to strengthen…

Venezuela’s ‘millionaires,’ the new poor

CARACAS -- Elizabeth Torres is outraged, but as a Venezuelan she takes the affront in her stride. “We are a country of millionaires,” she says ironically, eyeing a carton of eggs in the market. Price? Three million bolivars. “You are…

Nicaragua crisis worsens

MANAGUA -- Another attempt at church-mediated talks to end a deadly political crisis in Nicaragua fell apart on Monday, a clergy statement said. With the death toll from almost daily street violence now at 180, opposition groups and Catholic bishops…

Trump policy

US lawmakers want to end ‘evil’ migrant family separations WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers vowed Sunday to end the “evil” separation of migrant children from their parents at the US border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea…

China hits back as US trade tensions threaten economy

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BEIJING -- Tit-for-tat tariffs on products worth tens of billions have left the US and China teetering on the brink of an all-out trade war, one Beijing can ill-afford with headwinds mounting for its economy. US President Donald Trump announced…

Pimp wins a US primary

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LOS ANGELES -- Republican activist and pimp Dennis Hof, owner of a chain of legal brothels and star of reality show “Cathouse,” spent Friday insulting his party after winning a primary for the Nevada state legislature. The 71-year-old defeated hospital…

Trump to Abe: Want 25 million Mexicans?

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump threatened Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he would ship 25 million Mexicans to his country, one of a series of bizarre missives that jarred fellow leaders at last week’s acrimonious G7 meet, according to a report…

Trump threat

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump on Friday was due to unveil a final list of Chinese imports that would face punishing tariffs, fanning fears of a trade war as Beijing warned that it could swiftly strike back. The threat…

Trump sued for ‘illegal conduct’ at family foundation

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump, his sons and daughter, were accused Thursday of “persistently illegal conduct” at their family foundation, in a lawsuit alleging Trump misused charity funds to finance everything from his election campaign to a portrait of…
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