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China's parliament gives Premier Li second term

Bejing - China's rubber-stamp parliament gave Premier Li Keqiang a second five-year term on Sunday, but he faces a tenure deeper in the shadow of the country's powerful leader Xi Jinping.

Western states, B.C. united despite lack of U.S. leadership

Officials representing British Columbia, Washington state, Oregon, and California met Friday at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel in B.C. to mark the 10th anniversary of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC).

No news on Trump-Kim summit as N. Korea wraps up Sweden talks

Stockholm - North Korean officials wrapped up three days of talks with Swedish counterparts with no indication their efforts cleared the way for a mooted nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, as a senior Pyongyang diplomat headed to Fin...

Russia expels 23 British diplomats in spy poisoning row

Moscow - Russia said Saturday it would expel 23 British diplomats and close a British consulate following London's "provocative" measures over the poisoning of a double agent that has triggered a fierce diplomatic row.

Ex-FBI deputy McCabe, Trump target, fired days before retirement

Washington - Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who has endured a year of withering attacks from President Donald Trump, was fired by the Justice Department Friday just days before he was to retire.

UK's May to address party members amid Russia crisis

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Saturday address members of her Conservative Party, rejuvenated by the widespread praise for her handling of the Russian spy crisis but still dogged by Brexit.

Trump staff in the firing line

Washington - President Donald Trump has hinted he may make yet more personnel changes after he summarily disposed of his secretary of state Rex Tillerson via Twitter.

Xi set for second term with enhanced power

Bejing - China's President Xi Jinping will get a second five-year term on Saturday, with his right-hand man tipped to become vice president to help him consolidate power and handle US trade threats.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says country 'has moved on' from Mugabe era

Harare - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Friday that the country "has moved on" in response to claims by former president Robert Mugabe that he was ousted in an illegal "coup d'etat".

Russians in Ukraine to be blocked from voting in presidential poll

Kiev - Russians living in Ukraine will be unable to vote in Russia's presidential election because access to Moscow's diplomatic missions will be blocked, Kiev said Friday.

Russia will 'of course' expel British diplomats after UK move: Lavrov

Astana - Moscow will expel British diplomats in response to London's move to kick out 23 Russian officials over the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Putin appeals to 'love of fatherland' to get Russians to polls

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has appealed to Russians' "love of the fatherland" to encourage them to vote on Sunday, as he seeks to boost turnout at an election he is sure to win.

Trump to oust national security advisor HR McMaster: report

Washington - US President Donald Trump has decided to sack National Security Advisor HR McMaster, in what would be the latest in a string of high-profile White House departures, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Trump boasted about false trade deficit with Canada

President Donald Trump, speaking at a fundraiser in Missouri on Wednesday recounted to his audience how he made up information about the U.S. having a trade deficit with Canada, according to an audio recording of the private event.

If Iran gets nuclear bomb, Saudi Arabia will follow suit: crown prince

Washington - Likening Iran's leader to Adolf Hitler, Saudi Arabia's crown prince warned in a US television interview that if Tehran gets a nuclear weapon, his country will follow suit.

EU watchdog calls for reopening ethics case against Goldman's Barroso

Apo - An EU watchdog called Thursday for reopening the ethics case against former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso who was previously cleared of breaking bloc rules by taking a top job with Goldman Sachs.

Indonesia makes criticising politicians a crime

Jakarta - Indonesians could be jailed for criticising national politicians under a new law which came into force Thursday, in what critics slammed as a major step back for the world's third-biggest democracy.

Russian media accuses May of 'poisoning' ties

Moscow - Russian media on Thursday accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of having "poisoned" relations with Moscow by announcing the expulsion of diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former double agent with a nerve agent.

Russians see little hope of change they crave in Putin's next term

Mozhaisk - Retired rocket scientist Anatoly Alexandrovich has a blunt suggestion for how the Russian healthcare system could be improved: "Drop an atomic bomb on it".
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