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Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

TOKYO (Reuters) – The top U.S. general repeated Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that “an attack on one is an attack on both of us”.

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Hong Kong legal chief denies political motive in jailing democrats as criticism mounts

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s legal chief denied any “political motive” in seeking jail for three young pro-democracy activists on Friday, responding to a Reuters report that he had overruled other legal officials who had initially advised against pursuing the case.

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China’s top party school urges cadres to learn from Xi’s teenage travails

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top training school for Communist Party cadres has published a book on the experiences of President Xi Jinping during the Cultural Revolution, exhorting party members to learn from the events that drove his “unshaken pursuit of ideals”.

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Jailed former Mexican governor starts hunger strike over ‘witch hunt’

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Former Mexican governor Javier Duarte, in jail awaiting trial on graft charges, has embarked on a hunger strike to protest the “witch hunt” against him, according to a letter he wrote that was published by local TV on Thursday.

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At least 80 dead after escalation in Philippines war on drugs

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

MANILA (Reuters) – Police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation in President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs and crime, taking the toll for one of the bloodiest weeks so far to 80, Reuters witnesses and media reported on Friday.

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Taiwan accepts resignation of gas supplier chief after blackout

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan on Friday said Premier Lin Chuan had accepted the resignation of Chen Chin-te, the chairman of gas supplier CPC Corp, three days after a massive power blackout hit businesses and homes across the island.

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Ex-Pemex CEO denies funneling Odebrecht bribes to Pena Nieto campaign

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Emilio Lozoya, the former head of Mexican oil firm Pemex, on Thursday denied he was involved in shifting cash to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s campaign, saying bank accounts where millions of dollars were allegedly deposited were not his.

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‘Guardian angel’ need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

KABUL (Reuters) – Navigating a chaotic maze of cars and people, the convoy of British army armored vehicles weaves slowly through Kabul. The job of about a dozen soldiers is to protect just two international advisers on their way to meet Afghan soldiers.

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Venezuela’s new chief prosecutor vows to jail protest leaders

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Venezuela will hunt down and jail leaders of violent protests that have rocked the country since April, its new top prosecutor said on Thursday, a day before a hate crimes law was expected to be approved despite fears that it will be used to crush dissent.

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Exclusive: Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson left Singapore because friends feared he would be detained

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – A grandson of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s late founding father and ruler for more than three decades, said he left the city state in July after friends expressed concerns he might be detained by the authorities in a contempt of court case.

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