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    US slaps new sanctions on Venezuela

    Reuters | Updated at 09:35am on August 10, 2017

    Washington imposed sanctions on eight Venezuelan officials on Wednesday for their role in creating an all-powerful legislative body loyal to president Nicolas Maduro, while a mayor-turned-fugitive called for more anti-government protests...

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    Four dead in Kenya as tensions soar over disputed poll

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 08:50am on August 10, 2017

    Four people were killed Wednesday in election-related violence in Kenya, where the opposition claimed massive rigging in a vote that president Uhuru Kenyatta looked certain to win...

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    N Korea hones Guam strike plans

    Agence France-Presse . Seoul | Updated at 12:05am on August 11, 2017

    Nuclear-armed North Korea announced a detailed plan Thursday to send a salvo of four missiles over Japan and towards the US territory of Guam, raising the stakes in a stand-off with president Donald Trump and mocking him as ‘bereft of reason’...

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    Talks are only way for India, China to end standoff: Dalai Lama

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 01:08am on August 10, 2017

    India and China will have to resolve their prolonged military standoff in a remote Himalayan region through talks, the Dalai Lama said on Wednesday, ruling out the chance of war because it would be destructive to both parties...

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    Qatar waives visas for 80 nationalities amid Gulf boycott

    Reuters . Doha | Updated at 12:46am on August 10, 2017

    Qatar announced on Wednesday a programme to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbours...

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    France passes law to clean up politics after fake job scandals

    Agence France-Presse. Paris | Updated at 12:47am on August 10, 2017

    France’s parliament overwhelmingly backed a new law Wednesday to clean up politics, a campaign promise of president Emmanuel Macron following a string of scandals.A total...

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    Car rams into soldiers in Paris

    Reuters . Paris | Updated at 12:05am on August 10, 2017

    A car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb on Wednesday, injuring six before speeding off and sparking a manhunt that a judicial source said ended with the suspect’s arrest on a motorway...

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    Taliban release 235 hostages after Afghanistan ‘massacre’

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 09:40am on August 09, 2017

    The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it allegedly massacred around 50 civilians along with Islamic State insurgents but others were still feared held, officials said Tuesday...

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    South Africa's Zuma survives no-confidence vote

    Reuters | Updated at 08:25am on August 09, 2017

    South African president Jacob Zuma survived an attempt in parliament to force him from office on Tuesday, but was left politically wounded after some members of his ruling African National Congress party voted with the opposition...

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    Quake in China's Sichuan kills 13, injures 175

    Reuters | Updated at 09:50am on August 09, 2017

    Thirteen people, including six tourists, were killed and 175 injured when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck a remote, mountainous part Sichuan in China's southwest, the provincial government and official media said on Wednesday...