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Philippines’ Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia on Monday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation’s foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The five-day trip will cement a dramatic improvement in relations with Russia since Duterte came to …

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China killed or jailed up to 20 US spies in 2010-12

Washington, United States | AFP |  Beijing systematically dismantled CIA spying efforts in China beginning in 2010, killing or jailing more than a dozen covert sources, in a deep setback to US intelligence there, The New York Times reported Sunday. The Times, quoting 10 current and former American officials who …

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Trump urges Muslim leaders to confront extremism

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP |  US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Islamic leaders to take a stand against violence done in the name of religion, describing the struggle against extremism as a “battle between good and evil”. In a highly anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia, Trump lashed out …

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Australia declares game-up for ‘fake refugees’

Sydney, Australia | AFP |  Australia Sunday gave 7,500 boatpeople until October to prove they are genuine refugees or be kicked out, declaring the “game is up” for illegal arrivals ripping off taxpayers. Before the conservatives took power and adopted a tough line on the issue in 2013, an estimated …

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Putin congratulates Iran’s Rouhani on re-election

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on his re-election Saturday, calling for deeper ties between Moscow and Tehran. In a telegram to Rouhani, Putin “confirmed the readiness to continue active joint work to further develop the Russian-Iranian cooperation partnership,” the Kremlin …

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Fired FBI chief Comey to testify publicly in Congress

Washington, United States | AFP |  James Comey, the former FBI chief fired by President Donald Trump, has agreed to publicly testify about Russian interference in the US elections, as fresh allegations increased pressure on the American leader. In an Oval Office meeting with senior Russian officials last week, Trump …

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Assange claims victory after Sweden drops rape probe

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave a clenched fist salute Friday after Swedish prosecutors dropped a seven-year rape allegation against him, but he insisted the “proper war” over his future was just beginning. Assange stepped into the daylight on the balcony of Ecuador’s London embassy, …

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