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Putin says US guarantees unlikely to prompt North Korea to de-nuclearize

Russian President Vladimir Putin said after holding his first face-to-face talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday that US security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade P


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China seeks to allay fears over Belt and Road debt risks

China aims to make the Belt and Road initiative sustainable and prevent debt risks, its finance minister said on Thursday (April 25), seeking to allay criticism that the infrastructure plan to boost t


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Ukraine denounces Russia over east Ukraine passports

Ukraine’s outgoing leader and president-elect separately issued statements on Wednesday denouncing Russia as an occupying force in eastern Ukraine, after Moscow moved to simplify the procedure for Do


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North Korea's Kim arrives for summit with Russia's Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for a summit he is likely to use to seek support from President Vladimir Putin while Pyongyang’s nuclear talks


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Heavy fighting flares between Taliban, Islamic State in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban insurgents are battling fighters loyal to Islamic State over control of territory in eastern Afghanistan in some of the heaviest clashes over the past year between the rival militants,


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Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police

The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday (April 23) without providing any further details.


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Bowing to US demands, UN waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

A US threat to veto UN Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday (April 23) after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump’s administration s


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Christchurch attack survivors offered New Zealand residency

New Zealand will grant permanent residency to all survivors of the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques in which 50 Muslim worshippers were killed, it said on Tuesday.


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Venezuelans seek joy amid the chaos

A night at a bar is interrupted by a power outage, going to a baseball game is prohibitively expensive, and a trip to a nearby beach requires months of savings. But many Venezuelans have not given up


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PM Modi votes in general election, trumpets national security

Millions of Indians voted in the third and largest phase of a staggered general election on Tuesday, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who cast his ballot in his home state of Gujarat and again u


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North Korea's Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia on Thursday: Kremlin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok to discuss the international standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear pro


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ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings

Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka which killed 321 people and injured about 500 others, the group’s AMAQ news agency said on Tuesday (April 23).


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Sri Lanka attacks were revenge for N.Zealand mosque killings: minister

Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bomb attacks were retaliation for a recent attack on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday (April 23), adding that two domestic Islamist groups were b


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Myanmar's top court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists

Myanmar’s top court on Tuesday (April 23) rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questi


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Arrests at London climate-change protests top 1,000

The number of environmental campaigners arrested during eight days of direct action in London topped 1,000 on Monday, police said, adding that Waterloo Bridge, one of the sites blockaded by the protes


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Blast near church while Sri Lanka bomb squad was trying to defuse device

An explosion went off on Monday (April 22) in a van near a church in Sri Lanka where scores were killed the previous day, when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it, a Reuters witness said.


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Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit polls

Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday(April 21) after exit polls showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next


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Sri Lanka begins investigation after bomb attacks kill 290, wound 500

Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday (April 21), a day after 290 people were killed and about 500 wounded by a string of bombings that tore through churches and luxury hotels on Easter S


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World and religious leaders react to Sri Lanka attacks

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed 207 people and wounded at least 450, police said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years a


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Blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill at least 207: police

Easter Sunday bomb blasts at three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka killed at least 207 and wounded at least 450, police officials said Sunday (April 21), the first major attack on the Indian Oce


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