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    China says Nobel laureate cremated and his wife is ‘free’

    Reuters | Updated at 01:40pm on July 15, 2017

    Deceased Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo was cremated on Saturday and his wife is ‘free’, a government official said, as a state-run newspaper attacked him as a ‘despised’ criminal out of step with Chinese society...

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    Brexit: EU could be flexible over movement, says Blair

    BBC | Updated at 10:15am on July 15, 2017

    EU leaders would be prepared to be flexible on freedom of movement of people to accommodate the UK after Brexit, Tony Blair has said...

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    Raul Castro denounces Donald Trump’s Cuba policy

    BBC | Updated at 09:50am on July 15, 2017

    The president of Cuba has spoken publicly for the first time against US president Donald Trump's rollback of a thaw between the two countries a month ago...

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    Russia lobbyist at Trump Jr meeting denies spy past

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 08:50am on July 15, 2017

    A Russian-American lobbyist revealed to have attended a meeting by Donald Trump Jr seeking damaging information on Hillary Clinton strongly denied working for Russian intelligence on Friday...

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    Islamic State head in Afghanistan killed, claims Pentagon

    Reuters | Updated at 01:24am on July 15, 2017

    The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday...

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    Trump administration asks Supreme Court to block travel ban ruling

    Reuters | Updated at 01:10am on July 15, 2017

    The US Justice Department on Friday asked the Supreme Court to block a judge's ruling that prevented president Donald Trump's travel ban from being applied to grandparents of US citizens and refugees already being processed by resettlement agencies...

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    UN raps Lanka’s slow progress on tackling war crimes

    Reuters . Colombo | Updated at 12:50am on July 15, 2017

    The United Nations criticised Sri Lanka on Friday for slow progress in addressing war crimes and past human rights abuses and said the international community was running out of patience...

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    US house passes $700b annual defence bill

    Reuters . Washington | Updated at 12:37am on July 15, 2017

    The US House of Representatives passed its version of a massive annual defence bill on Friday, leaving out controversial amendments on transgender troops and climate policy but backing president Donald Trump’s desire for a bigger, stronger military...

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    ADB warns climate change ‘disastrous’ for Asia

    Agence France-Presse . Manila | Updated at 12:35am on July 15, 2017

    A business-as-usual approach to climate change will be ‘disastrous’ for Asia, undoing much of the phenomenal economic growth that has helped it make vast inroads against poverty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report released Friday...

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    India set to crown its next president

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:33am on July 15, 2017

    Indian lawmakers are set to elect the country’s next president, drawn from the main Hindu nationalist group, in a vote on Monday, tightening the control of prime minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing associates on positions of power...