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South China Sea: Obama urges Beijing to abide by ruling

US President Barack Obama has urged China to abide by its obligations under an international treaty in its activities in the South China Sea. He made the comments during a “candid exchange” with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Hangzhou before the G20 summit, the White House said. In July, an international tribunal ruled against Chinese claims to rights in ...

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US Election: Trump to visit black church in Detroit

Donald Trump will visit a black church in Detroit on Saturday in an attempt to claw some of the minority vote away from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. The Republican candidate will also tour neighbourhoods in the predominantly black city, one of America’s poorest. He will be accompanied by Ben Carson, the former Republican presidential hopeful, who grew up in the ...

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Samia Shahid: Uncle arrested in 'honour killing' case

The uncle of a British woman who died in Pakistan in a suspected “honour killing” has been arrested on suspicion of falsifying medical documents. Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, died in July in northern Punjab. It is understood that Haq Nawaz was held by police in the Punjab city of Jhelum after an alleged attempt to prove she died of ...

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IS conflict: Turkey sends more tanks into Syria

Turkey has sent more tanks into northern Syria, in an operation against so-called Islamic State (IS), Turkish media reports say. The tanks crossed the border near the Turkish town of Kilis and journalists later heard firing and saw plumes of smoke rising on Syrian territory. Civilians were seen fleeing as the Turkish military advanced. The tanks were backed by artillery, ...

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Kaepernick anthem protest: Police threaten boycott

Police officers have threatened to boycott the home games of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers if the organisation fails to take action to halt protests by its quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem in a protest against the plight of black people in the US. A letter from Santa Clara police says Kaepernick’s actions ...

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US storm Hermine: Eastern states warned

US East Coast states are on alert for the strong storm pushing north-eastward as people take time off for the long holiday weekend. The high winds have left a trail of destruction in the south-east of the US. They are the tail-end of the first hurricane to hit Florida in a decade. One person was killed before Hurricane Hermine was ...

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Philippines: Duterte home city attack blamed on Abu Sayyaf

The Abu Sayyaf militant group was responsible for a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte which killed at least 14 people, the government has said. Dozens were wounded in the blast at a market in the southern city of Davao. Mr Duterte – who was in Davao at the time of the blast but was ...

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Charlie Hebdo Italy earthquake cartoon sparks anger

Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo has been criticised on social media for a cartoon depicting Italian earthquake victims as pasta dishes. The cartoon which features in its current issue refers to the town of Amatrice, one of the areas hardest hit by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake last week. Amatrice is home of spaghetti all’amatriciana, a dish with ingredients including tomato ...

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Copenhagen cannabis market torn down after shooting

Residents in a semi-autonomous district of the Danish capital, Copenhagen, have destroyed market stalls where cannabis was sold, after a shooting incident there earlier this week. The Christiania district, founded by squatters 45 years ago, is known for its colourful houses and cannabis trade and was a popular tourist attraction. But residents fear the area has become infiltrated by organised ...

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Colombia Farc: Peace deal signing date announced

The president of Colombia has announced that a peace deal between the country’s government and Farc rebels will be formally signed on 26 September. The deal ends 50 years of conflict that left hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions displaced. A ceasefire began on Monday but the deal must still clear two hurdles before it is formally ratified. ...

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