• Myanmar's Suu Kyi woos investors to crisis-hit Rakhine, decries 'negative' focus
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    Myanmar's Suu Kyi woos investors to crisis-hit Rakhine, decries 'negative' focus

    On a rare visit to Rakhine, Suu Kyi emphasized responsible business practices as she addressed an investment fair sponsored by Japan in the coastal state's tourist hotspot of Ngapali beach. "For too long the international community's attention has been focused narrowly on negative aspects

  • Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soon
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    Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soon

    The 38-year-old is one of many Venezuelans suffering from malnutrition as the once-prosperous, oil-rich OPEC nation has seen its economy halve in size over the last five years under President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelans' diets have become ever more deficient in vitamins and protein, as currency

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    Powerful 7.5-magnitude quake hits southern Ecuador

    LIMA, Peru — A very powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck southern Ecuador in the early hours of Friday close to the country's border with Peru, although no immediate reports of possible casualties or damage were available.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake happened at 10:17 GMT 115 kilometres

  • Russia extends detention of ex-U.S. marine held for spying: RIA
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    Russia extends detention of ex-U.S. marine held for spying: RIA

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday ruled to extend by three months the detention of former U.S. marine Paul Whelan who is being held on suspicion of spying, the RIA news agency reported. Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec

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    Wintour pays tribute to Lagerfeld's generosity, humour

    MILAN — Anna Wintour has paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld's generosity and sense of humour as she presented a new fashion exhibition.The American Vogue editor-in-chief said Friday in Milan that Lagerfeld, who died this week, "would have loved" the exhibit "Camp: Notes on Fashion"

  • Some UK Conservative lawmakers warn PM May they are ready to back Brexit delay
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    Some UK Conservative lawmakers warn PM May they are ready to back Brexit delay

    A group of Conservative lawmakers said on Friday they had warned Prime Minister Theresa May that they are ready to try to force a delay to Britain's exit from the European Union to prevent a disorderly 'no deal' Brexit. With just five weeks until Britain is due to leave on March 29, May

  • Truckloads of civilians leave Islamic State enclave in Syria
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    Truckloads of civilians leave Islamic State enclave in Syria

    Trucks loaded with civilians left the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday, as U.S.-backed forces waited to inflict final defeat on the surrounded jihadists. Reporters near the front line at Baghouz saw dozens of trucks driving out with civilians inside them, but it was not clear if

  • Battle of the bands: Dueling concerts as aid for Venezuelans in limbo
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    Battle of the bands: Dueling concerts as aid for Venezuelans in limbo

    British billionaire Richard Branson is backing "Venezuela Aid Live" in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where he and 35 artists hope to raise $100 million for food and medical aid. Meanwhile, Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro, who denies any crisis in his country, is planning

  • Victims testify at child sex abuse conference
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    Victims testify at child sex abuse conference

    Francis convened Catholic leaders from around the world for the four-day meeting to address the scandal that has ravaged the Church's credibility in the United States - where it has paid billions of dollars in settlements - Ireland, Chile, Australia, and elsewhere over the last three decades. "

  • VietJet to sign major Boeing deal during Trump-Kim summit: sources
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    VietJet to sign major Boeing deal during Trump-Kim summit: sources

    U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold their second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Feb 27-28. Holding a signing ceremony during Trump's visit would help emphasize strengthening economic and military ties between the United States and Vietnam. VietJet

  • China says it would welcome visit by British finance minister
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    China says it would welcome visit by British finance minister

    China would welcome a visit by Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday, a day after Hammond said talk of deploying a British warship in the Pacific had complicated bilateral relations. As Britain prepares to exit the European Union at the end of next

  • Kenya High Court delays ruling on law banning gay sex to May 24: judge
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    Kenya High Court delays ruling on law banning gay sex to May 24: judge

    The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until May 24 to reach a decision. Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted

  • Saudi agrees $10 billion China refinery deal as crown prince visits
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    Saudi agrees $10 billion China refinery deal as crown prince visits

    The Saudi delegation, including top executives from Aramco, arrived on Thursday on an Asia tour that has already seen the kingdom pledge investment of $20 billion in Pakistan and seek to make additional investments in India's refining industry. The crown prince will meet President Xi Jinping, who

  • Tyrant tees: Vietnam T-shirt designer earns bread from Trump-Kim mania
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    Tyrant tees: Vietnam T-shirt designer earns bread from Trump-Kim mania

    "There's no need to talk about Trump as he's already a great man. Everybody knows that," said T-shirt designer Truong Thanh Duc. "But we should always encourage Kim Jong Un to give up his dictatorship for his people".

  • Global shares nudge higher, Aussie dollar rebounds after slide
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    Global shares nudge higher, Aussie dollar rebounds after slide

    Chinese shares had faltered earlier amid concern about slowing domestic growth and indications that China would cut its benchmark interest rate only as a last resort to boost the economy. Australian shares gained 0.5 percent and Seoul's Kospi ended up 0.1 percent. Trade talks and a growing number

  • Iran starts Gulf war games, to test submarine-launched missiles
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    Iran starts Gulf war games, to test submarine-launched missiles

    Iran on Friday began large-scale naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf, which will feature its first submarine cruise missile launches, state media reported, at a time of rising tensions with the United States. More than 100 vessels were taking part in the three-day war games in a vast area stretching

  • Ninth lawmaker quits Britain's opposition Labour Party
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    Ninth lawmaker quits Britain's opposition Labour Party

    British lawmaker Ian Austin resigned from the opposition Labour Party on Friday, the ninth person to do so this week, saying it was "broken" and had been taken over by the "hard left". Austin said he was appalled at the treatment of Jewish lawmakers who had taken a stand against

  • North Korea warns of food crisis, slashes rations before next leaders' summit
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    North Korea warns of food crisis, slashes rations before next leaders' summit

    The release of the undated two-page memo by the North Korean mission to the United Nations comes ahead of a second summit next week between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Washington has been demanding that North Korea give

  • China says humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela
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    China says humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela

    Humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence, China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday, warning that Beijing opposed military intervention in the country. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened to close the border with Colombia on Thursday as opposition leader

  • EU's Barnier says cannot rule out that Brexit gets postponed
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    EU's Barnier says cannot rule out that Brexit gets postponed

    The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday that he cannot rule out the possibility that Britain's EU withdrawal is pushed back. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking further concessions on her Brexit deal in hope of winning

  • Italian ruling-party lawmakers push for Huawei ban: paper
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    Italian ruling-party lawmakers push for Huawei ban: paper

    A group of lawmakers from Italy's ruling coalition is pushing the government to ban China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment for the country's rollout of 5G mobile communications, Il Messaggero newspaper said on Friday. Lawmakers from the Lega party, which governs alongside

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    Venezuelan minister to meet Russian government in Moscow on Friday: RIA

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Venezuela's Minister of Industry Tareck El Aissami will hold talks with the Russian government in Moscow on Friday, the RIA news agency cited a source as saying. Venezuela, an ally of Moscow, is in political turmoil and faces sanctions imposed by the United States. (Reporting by

  • Bye-bye Brexit: History haunts German woman leaving UK to avoid 'chaos'
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    Bye-bye Brexit: History haunts German woman leaving UK to avoid 'chaos'

    The 41-year-old, an active anti-Brexit campaigner who dresses up at pro-EU events, is one of 3.7 million EU citizens living in Britain, many of whom fear chaos when it leaves the European Union on March 29. If Prime Minister Theresa May fails to reach a trade deal with the EU as a bridge to Britain&

  • Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch
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    Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

    An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX. A communications satellite for Indonesia was the main cargo aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, which illuminated the sky as it took flight. Israel seeks to become

  • Oakland teachers head into 2nd day of strike
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    Oakland teachers head into 2nd day of strike

    Teachers in Oakland, California, headed into another day of strikes Friday after parents and students applauded their demands by keeping city classrooms empty. Oakland's 3,000 teachers went on strike Thursday over pay, class sizes and other issues, holding a boisterous rally at City Hall, marching