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Several dead as quake strikes Japan's Osaka. Image credit - NBC

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The epicentre of the earthquake was in the northern part of the prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Two elderly men and a young girl were killed, with several other people also in "cardiopulmonary arrest", after walls collapsed in a magnitude-6.1 earthquake that hit Osaka in western Japan on Monday, public broadcaster NHK said.

A pump jack lifts oil out of a well, during a sandstorm in Midland, Texas, U.S., April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Saphir/File Photo

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Investors expect the spat to come at the expense of U.S. oil firms, pulling down the share prices of ExxonMobil and Chevron by 1 to 2 percent since Friday, while U.S. crude oil prices fell by around 5 percent.

China’s threat to impose duties on U.S. oil imports will hit a business that has soared in the last two years, and which is now worth almost $1 billion per month.

China hits back at US with 25 per cent tariff hike on American products

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Washington and Beijing appeared increasingly headed toward open trade conflict after several rounds of negotiations failed to resolve U.S. complaints over Chinese industrial policies, lack of market access in China and a $375 billion U.S. trade deficit.

 U.S. President Donald Trump said he was pushing ahead with hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports on Friday, and the smoldering trade war between the world’s two largest economies showed signs of igniting as Beijing immediately vowed to respond in kind.

Historic Trump-Kim summit ends with promise, light on substance

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Trump said the regular military exercises the United States holds with South Korea were expensive and provocative. His halting of the drills could rattle South Korea and Japan, which rely on a U.S. security umbrella.

U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged at a historic summit on Tuesday to move toward complete denuclearization, while the United States promised its old foe security guarantees.

With handshakes, smiles and a thumbs up, Trump and Kim start historic summit

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“Nice to meet you Mister President,” Kim said as he sat alongside Trump, against a backdrop of North Korean and U.S. flags, beaming more broadly as the U.S. president gave him a thumbs up. Trump said he was sure they would have a “terrific relationship”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump shook hands and smiled cautiously as they met at their historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday, in which the two men will look for ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.

US-Canada dispute escalates after tense G7

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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the U.S. leader look weak ahead of the historic summit with Kim.

The United States and Canada swung sharply on Sunday toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak."

Trump trade fury torpedoes Canada's G7 summit

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The outburst against Trudeau, and by association the other members of the G7 group, is only the latest incident in which Trump has clashed with America's closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat of global trade war on Saturday as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host.

Kim Jong Un, right, arrives in Singapore for North Korea's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

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Kim was scheduled to meet with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Sunday evening, a meeting which will be streamed on the prime minister's Facebook page.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore just before 3 p.m. local time ahead of a much-anticipated summit with President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

An Indian worker sorts used plastic bottles before sending them to be recycled, at a railway station on World Environment Day in Ahmadabad, India, June 5, 2018. VOA photo

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“Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a speech. “Microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy.”

Marking World Environment Day, the United Nations on Tuesday named plastic one of the biggest environmental threats facing the world.

File image - Migrants are seen on a boat after being rescued by Tunisia's coast guard, off the coast of Bizerte, Tunisia, Oct. 12, 2017.

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In a separate incident, nine people, including six children, died Sunday after a speedboat carrying 15 refugees sank off the coast of Turkey’s southern province of Antalya, the Turkish coast guard said in a statement.

Tunisia's Defense Ministry says at least 46 migrants have died after their boat sank off the country's southern coast and 67 others were rescued by the coast guard on Sunday.

Syria's Assad says will visit North Korea, news agency reports

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Pyongyang and Damascus maintain good relations, and United Nations monitors have accused North Korea of cooperating with Syria on chemical weapons, a charge the North denies.

 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, North Korean state media reported on Sunday, potentially the first meeting between Kim and another head of state in Pyongyang.

Trump says summit with N. Korea's Kim will go ahead after all

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Trump appeared to significantly lower expectations for the outcome of the historic summit, frequently describing it as the start of a process and not the place where the two leaders were likely to sign any agreement. He said a number of summits might be required.

President Donald Trump said on Friday an unprecedented nuclear arms summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the United States pulled out of will now go ahead as scheduled on June 12 in Singapore.

EU vows swift riposte as Trump kicks off transatlantic trade war

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“This is a bad day for world trade,” Juncker said. “The European Union cannot react to that without any kind of reaction.”

The European Union will retaliate swiftly to the United States’ decision to impose harsh tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker announced Thursday, saying it was a “bad day” for trade.

'Quiet revolution' leads to abortion rights win in Ireland

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The plan is to allow abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and in special cases after the first trimester, likely ending the trail of Irish women who go elsewhere mostly to neighboring Britain — by the thousands each year for abortions they can't get at home.

In the end, it wasn't even close.

Irish voters — young and old, male and female, farming types and city-bred folk — endorsed expunging an abortion ban from their largely Catholic country's constitution by a two-to-one margin, referendum results compiled Saturday showed.

Trump says 'very productive' dialogue with North Korea is underway, hints Singapore meeting may still happen

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Late Friday, Trump said the two sides were engaged in "very productive" discussions, and a Singapore rapprochement might still be in the cards.

President Donald Trump said Friday that his administration has restarted dialogue with North Korea following his cancellation of a historic summit, with the president suggesting that a meeting between the two countries could even take place on the originally scheduled date.

President Trump cancels North Korea summit

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The president's letter comes after North Korea issued a statement calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" for comments he made suggesting that the so-called Libya model could be applied to North Korea if Kim doesn't make a deal with President Trump and threatening to pull out of the summit.

President Donald Trump in a letter directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday announced that he is canceling the much anticipated nuclear summit, calling it a "truly sad moment in history."

.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he welcomes South Korea's President Moon Jae-In.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was a “substantial chance” his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not take place as planned on June 12 amid concerns that Kim is resistant to giving up his nuclear weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the European Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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The EU said Thursday it would move to block the effects of new US sanctions on European firms doing business with Tehran as EU nations sought to mitigate the fallout from the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi. AFP photo

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"With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory," Putin said, without specifying which foreign forces.

President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said the situation in Syria is now favourable for the beginning of a "political process" which would lead to the withdrawal of foreign forces.

North Korea to dismantle nuclear test site ahead of US summit. File image

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Kim has declared the development of the North's nuclear force complete and that it had no further need for the site.

North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of a summit with the United States, it said Saturday, pledging to blow up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media.
The display at Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, will be another step in leader Kim Jong Un's charm offensive, with a ceremony scheduled between May 23-25.

French police say suspected Paris attacker of Chechnyan origin

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“He did not react to being tased. That made him more angry, if anything,” said FRANCE 24’s Pellegrin, citing eyewitnesses he spoke with at the scene. “When that didn’t work they then shot him twice,” he added.

French investigators have identified the knifeman who killed one and wounded four others in a suspected terror attack in the heart of Paris. Judicial sources said the attacker, a French national, was born in Chechnya in 1997.

U.S. President Donald Trump displays a presidential memorandum after announcing his intent to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. Reuters photo.

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Iran has extended its political and military influence in the Middle East in recent years, deeply worrying U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday pulled the United States out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East, upsetting European allies and casting uncertainty over global oil supplies.

Russian police detain opposition leader Navalny during protest - Image credit - France 24

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Navalny, who was barred from running in the election against Putin on what he says was a false pretext, was detained soon after showing up on Moscow’s central Pushkinskaya Square where young people chanted "Russia without Putin" and "Down with the Tsar."

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and more than a thousand anti-Kremlin activists were detained by police on Saturday during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration for a fourth presidential term.

France condemns Trump’s statements at the NRA

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Trump told an NRA (National Rifle Association) meeting in Dallas on Friday that if any employees or civilians present during the attacks had been armed, "it would have been a whole different story".

The French government joined survivors of the 2015 extremist attacks in Paris in condemning remarks by US President Donald Trump, who said the tragedy would have ended differently if people had been carrying firearms.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Élysée Palace in Paris on April 10, 2018. He wants to improve Saudi Arabia's humanitarian image. © Yoan Valat, AFP

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The ultra-conservative kingdom has one of the world’s highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.

Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people in the past four months, half on non-violent drug charges, Human Rights Watch said, urging the kingdom to improve its “notoriously unfair” criminal justice system.
“Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people since the beginning of 2018,” the US-based rights group said in a report published late Wednesday.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, picked to be the next secretary of state, smiles after his introductions before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, April 12, 2018.

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Trump recently dispatched Pompeo to hold discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of a planned Trump-Kim nuclear summit.

Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo was sworn in as U.S. secretary of state Thursday after a divided Senate voted 57-42 to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee, with all Republicans backing him and all but six Democrats and one independent lawmaker opposed.

Driver kills 10, injures 15 plowing van into Toronto sidewalk crowd

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Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, 25, who he said had not previously been known to authorities.

A driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians, police said.

Armenian PM Sarksyan resigns after days of street protests

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Sarksyan, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had served as Armenia's president for a decade until this month and had faced accusations of clinging to power when parliament elected him as prime minister last week.

 Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan said he was resigning on Monday to help maintain civic peace following almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis.

France's National Assembly passes controversial immigration bill

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Many leftwing opponents lashed out in parliament at measures to keep asylum seekers awaiting deportation, including children, in detention for up to 90 days.

France's National Assembly has passed a controversial immigration law that has exposed unprecedented divisions in President Emmanuel Macron's young centrist party.

Iran warns US against pulling out of nuclear deal

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US President Donald Trump has set a May 12 deadline for the Europeans to "fix" the 2015 agreement that provides for curbs to Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from financial sanctions.

Iran warned Saturday it is ready to "vigorously" resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further "drastic measures" are being considered in response to a US exit.

Raul Castro to lead Cuba's Communist Party until 2021

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It was the first time Castro laid out a clear vision for the nation's power structure after his retirement or death, a vision in which Diaz-Canel is the Castro family's true successor as Cuban leader.

Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected his successor Miguel Diaz-Canel to serve two five-year terms as Cuban president, and eventually take his place as head of the Communist Party when he retires from the position in 2021.

The Scientific Research Centre building in Damascus that was hit by air strikes overnight

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The bombing was the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and his superpower ally Russia, but the three countries said the strikes were limited to Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.

Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s progress in the 7-year-old civil war.

Putin and Rouhani have warned that there would be consequences for the attacks on Syria [File: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA]

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Moscow and Tehran have warned that there would be consequences for the US-led attacks on Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced a strike on Syria launched by the US and its allies as an "act of aggression" that will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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"A short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,"

President Donald Trump announced late Friday that a joint US-British-French operation had been launched on Syria, targeting the "criminal" regime of Bashar al-Assad and saying an alleged chemical attack had marked a "significant escalation."

Trump holds Assad, Russia responsible for Syria chemical attack, White House says

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Trump tweeted earlier that "missiles will be coming" in response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria and added that Russia should “get ready”.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that US President Donald Trump holds Russia and Syria responsible for a suspected chemical attack in Douma and said all options were still on the table for a US response.

© Don Emmert / AFP | US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during the United Nations Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security and the situation in the Middle East April 9, 2018 in New York.

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The punitive raid did not draw US forces any deeper into Syria's civil war, but nor did it dissuade Syria or its Russian and Iranian backers from pursuing their campaign against rebel groups.

President Donald Trump warned Monday that Damascus and Moscow may be forced to pay for the latest alleged chemical weapons atrocity of the Syrian civil war, promising a decision on military action within hours.

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