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Democracy crowds defy Hong Kong police after activists attacked

Fpo - Large crowds of Hong Kongers defied a police ban and began an illegal march on Sunday, their numbers swollen by anger over the recent stabbing and beating of two pro-democracy protesters.

After corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit won't be at his resort

Washington - US President Donald Trump said on Saturday the next G7 summit will not be at one of his own Florida golf clubs, reversing a decision that had sparked corruption accusations.

Op-Ed: US ground troops will not be involved in policing Syria ceasefire

The United States is proceeding with its withdrawal from northeast Syria. The Pentagon said on Friday that no US ground troops will help enforce the ceasefire agreement that was recently negotiated with Turkey.

Japan funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent

Apo - When it comes to Japan's royal family, anti-monarchy sentiment is almost non-existent. But government funding for two highly symbolic imperial rituals this year has sparked rare dissent.

Kurds and Turks disagree as to meaning of Syrian ceasefire

The recently 250 hour truce in Syria negotiated between Turkey and the US has been marred by sporadic fighting and contradictory reports about whether the Kurds are withdrawing as required or hunkering down and Turks may also be continuing the fight.

IMF chief says building 'peer pressure' to follow trade rules

Washington - With trade tensions undermining confidence and global growth, economic leaders are increasingly pushing each other to fix the shortcomings that fueled the disputes, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Saturday.

IMF chief says building 'peer pressure' to follow trade rules

Washington - With trade tensions undermining confidence and global growth, economic leaders are increasingly pushing each other to fix the shortcomings behind the disputes, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Saturday.

Former IMF chief Lagarde takes swipe at Trump's Twitter habits

Washington - Former IMF chief Christine Lagarde said President Donald Trump's trade offensive against China could slash global economic growth and she critiqued his Twitter habits in an interview with US television program 60 Minutes.

Hong Kong democracy activist injured in knife attack

Fpo - A man handing out leaflets for a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant who slashed his neck and abdomen on Saturday, days after a leading activist was left bloodied in another street attack.

McConnell slams Trump's Syria withdrawal as 'strategic nightmare'

Washington - US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell Friday attacked President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria as "a strategic nightmare" that will help Washington's foes and hurt its allies.

Wing's drone delivery company delivers in Christiansburg Virginia

Christiansburg - The drone delivery company Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet (formerly Google) is now delivering not only health care products but also snacks to residents of Christiansburg Virgina.

IMF members put off voting change; agree to boost lending capacity

Washington - Global finance ministers agreed Friday to double a key pool of money that the International Monetary Fund can use to aid distressed countries but again put off giving more votes to major emerging economies.

US targets Cuba tourism with tighter airline sanctions

Washington - The US moved to further hurt Cuba's vital tourism industry by tightening the ability of the country's airlines to lease aircraft.

US court convicts Honduran president's brother of drug trafficking

New York - A New York court convicted the Honduran president's brother of drug trafficking Friday, a verdict immediately rejected by the Central American leader while opponents called for his resignation.

US court finds Honduran president's brother guilty of drug charges

New York - A New York court found the brother of the president of Honduras guilty of drug trafficking Friday, in a blow to the leader of the Central American country.

Trump says Erdogan told him he wants ceasefire to work

Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had assured him that he wants the "ceasefire" with Kurdish militants in northern Syria to work.

Anger over EU's 'historic mistake' on Skopje, Tirana

Apo - The EU has made a "historic mistake" that risks destabilising the Balkans, senior officials warned Friday, after a handful of countries led by French President Emmanuel Macron again blocked membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania.

Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan: pastor

Fpo - A man who inadvertently triggered Hong Kong's huge protests after he murdered his girlfriend in Taiwan has agreed to return to the island to face justice, a clergyman who has visited him in prison said on Friday.

G20 expected to back OECD's digital tax proposal

Washington - G20 finance ministers Friday are expected to give the green light to an OECD proposal that aims to find an agreement on taxing global tech giants by June.

Anger and regret over EU block on Skopje, Tirana

Apo - The EU risks trashing its credibility and destabilising the Balkans, senior officials warned Friday, after a handful of countries led by French President Emmanuel Macron again blocked membership talks for North Macedonia and Albania.
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