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Defecting N.Korea soldier shot six times

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SEOUL -- A North Korean soldier involved in an extremely rare and dramatic defection to the South was shot six times by his own side as he drove to the heavily guarded border and ran across under a hail of…

Gay marriage foes seek ‘Religious freedom’ rules

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SYDNEY -- With Australia’s same-sex marriage poll widely expected to return a ‘yes’ majority this week, conservatives pushed Monday for protections for parents, school teachers and businesses which continue to defend a “traditional understanding of marriage”. The government has pledged…

Powerful quake

More than 200 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border TEHRAN — More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said Monday.…

Dashed dream

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CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico -- A group of Mexicans who served with the US military in Vietnam and Iraq only to be deported held a Veterans Day protest on Saturday in the border city Ciudad Juarez. A stone’s throw from the…

Two held over murder of elderly Dutch man in Bali

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JAKARTA - Two men have been arrested over the murder of an elderly Dutch man whose decomposing body was found at his home on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali. The corpse of Robert Gilhooad, 80, was found on November…

Cataclysmic fate

BONN -- The world must sharply draw down greenhouse gas emissions and suck billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air if today's youth are to be spared climate cataclysm, a top scientist has warned. "This reality is being…

Asia-Pacific trade pact ok’d sans US

DANANG, Vietnam -- Ministers from 11 Asia-Pacific countries agreed Saturday to press ahead with a major trade deal without the United States, as the world's largest economy seeks to go it alone under President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. Trump…

US millennials embrace socialism

WASHINGTON -- While working as an electrician Lee Carter received a literal shock, through one hand and across the chest, that jolted him into politics and turned him on to what was a dirty word in America for nearly a…

'Despotic regime'

SEOUL -- President Donald Trump warned the “cruel dictatorship” of North Korea against underestimating the United States Wednesday, but offered leader Kim Jong-Un a better alternative if he gives up his nuclear ambitions. In an address to the South Korean…

Trump declares nat’l day to remember ‘victims of communism’

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump declared Tuesday a “National Day for the Victims of Communism” to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. “Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than…

Saudi seeks to reassure investors after royal purge

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia sought to reassure investors on Tuesday that a sweeping anti-corruption purge would not affect businesses, including those with ties to arrested suspects, as authorities appeared to widen the crackdown. Dozens of high-profile figures including princes, ministers…

Great again

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BEIJING -- Xi Jinping and Donald Trump have one thing in common — they both want to make their nations great again. But while China’s leader is on the rise, the US president arrives in Beijing laden down with heavy…
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