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Larger than life: Britain's Boris Johnson

London - Known for his jokes, gaffes and bluster, Boris Johnson has pitched himself as the big personality Britain needs to steer it through Brexit and thereby save his party from electoral humiliation.

Trump heads back to base for 2020 campaign kickoff

Washington - President Donald Trump will get a big crowd of his most loyal supporters at Tuesday's official 2020 reelection campaign kickoff in Florida but dismal early poll numbers show the larger-than-life Republican businessman is vulnerable.

The six running to become Britain's PM

London - The six contenders left in the race to replace Theresa May as Britain's prime minister are scrambling for votes in Tuesday's second ballot of the 313 Conservative MPs.

China warns US against opening Mideast 'Pandora's box'

Bejing - China on Tuesday warned against opening a "Pandora's box" in the Middle East after the United States announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the region amid escalating tensions with Iran.

Read all about it: Xi visit on Pyongyang front pages — just

Pyongyang - Chinese President Xi Jinping's forthcoming visit to North Korea this week was in the news in Pyongyang Tuesday, but in the country where Kim Jong Un comes first, it only just made the front page.

British PM hopefuls begin crucial week of votes

London - The six Conservatives vying to become Britain's prime minister face off in the second round of voting on Tuesday, with the final pair to be decided by the end of the week.

Macron says new Ukraine peace talks possible under Zelensky

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said it may be possible to hold new peace talks over the conflict in the east of Ukraine as he hosted new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on his first official visit to France.

Hong Kong protests a rare defeat for Xi, say analysts

Bejing - China's powerful President Xi Jinping has been dealt a rare setback with the suspension of unpopular legislation in Hong Kong following massive protests, but Beijing could bite back by tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city, according to analy...

Tusk accuses Poland's ruling conservatives of 'abuse of power'

Warsaw - Outgoing EU Council President Donald Tusk on Monday accused the governing conservatives from his home country of Poland of exploiting state institutions for political purposes and propaganda.

China's Xi to visit North Korea this week ahead of G20

Bejing - Xi Jinping will make the first trip to North Korea by a Chinese president in 14 years this week, state media said Monday, as Beijing tightens relations with Pyongyang amid tensions with the United States.

China slams US criticism of UN envoy's Xinjiang trip

Bejing - China on Monday rejected US criticism of the UN counterterrorism chief's visit to the restive region of Xinjiang as "absurd" after Washington warned it could serve to legitimise Beijing's crackdown on Muslim minorities.

The race to win the US Democratic primary: where does it stand?

Washington - A record 23 Democrats of diverse genders, races and political backgrounds are lining up to try to stop Republican US President Donald Trump from winning a second term in the 2020 elections.

Johnson's Brexit plan would crumble: rival for UK PM

London - Boris Johnson's Brexit strategy would collapse under scrutiny, one of his rivals to become Britain's prime minister said ahead of the first televised debate Sunday -- which the front-runner is skipping.

Moscow warns against 'baseless accusations' over tanker attacks

Moscow - The Kremlin on Sunday warned against "baseless accusations" over last week's attacks in the Gulf of Oman on two oil tankers, blamed by Washington and Riyadh on Iran."Such incidents can undermine the foundations of the world economy.

Japanese tanker owner contradicts US account of attack

The owner of the Kokuka Outrageous the Japanese tanker attacked last Thursday contradicted US claims about the incident. US Central Command claimed the two tankers were hit with limpet mines a type of mine that is attached to the hull below the waterline.

Trump to raise Hong Kong protests with Xi at G20: Pompeo

Washington - US President Donald Trump will discuss the mass protests in Hong Kong with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

Brazil development bank chief quits, fueling political crisis

Rio De Janeiro - The head of Brazil's powerful state development bank quit Sunday a day after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to sack him, fueling a political crisis engulfing the government.

Hong Kong leader apologises as record rally chokes city

Fpo - Some two million protesters choked Hong Kong's streets in a powerful rebuke of a reviled extradition law, organisers said Sunday, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised for causing "conflict" but refused to step down....

Trump's first term: hits and misses

Washington - "Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.
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