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    Philippines rearrests Duterte critic journalist Maria Ressa

    Reuters . Manila | Updated at 12:33pm on March 29, 2019

    Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, a prominent critic of president Rodrigo Duterte, was rearrested on Friday in what press freedom advocates called retaliation for her news...

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    Silent crowd listens to mosque victims' names at New Zealand memorial

    Reuters . Christchurch | Updated at 11:25am on March 29, 2019

    Thousands stood in silence in a Christchurch park on Friday as the names of 50 people shot dead in two mosques were read out at...

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    UN urges Saudi Arabia to open up Khashoggi murder trial

    Reuters . Geneva | Updated at 10:50am on March 29, 2019

    Saudi Arabia's secretive hearings for 11 suspects accused in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi violate international law and should be open to the public...

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    UK lawmakers poised for pivotal vote on May's Brexit deal

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 10:23am on March 29, 2019

    MPs are set for a momentous third vote Friday on prime minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which could end a months-long political crisis or risk...

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    Venezuela's Maduro announces ban on rival holding public office

    Agence France-Presse . Caracas, Venezuela | Updated at 08:41am on March 29, 2019

    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's regime, bolstered by a Russian military deployment infuriating the US, on Thursday announced a ban on Washington-backed self-declared interim leader Juan...

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    EU lawmakers back ban on single-use plastics, set standard for world

    Reuters . Strasbourg | Updated at 01:44am on March 29, 2019

    Single-use plastic items such as straws, forks and knives as well as cotton buds will be banned in the European Union by 2021 following a vote by EU lawmakers on Wednesday as the bloc pushes manufacturers to step up their recycling efforts....

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    Modi launches election blitz, trumpets space feat

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 01:20am on March 29, 2019

    India’s prime minister Narendra Modi embarked on a campaign blitz Thursday with three huge rallies where he declared voters would reward his decision to test new weapons and bomb Pakistan with a thumping election victory....

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    May seeks third vote in Brexit crisis

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 01:18am on March 29, 2019

    The British government said it intended to put prime minister Theresa May’s twice-rejected Brexit deal to a third parliamentary vote on Friday to avoid a chaotic no-deal divorce from the EU in two weeks.

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    Pro-army party wins popular vote in Thailand

    Reuters . Bangkok | Updated at 01:01am on March 29, 2019

    Thailand’s chaotic election took another turn on Thursday when the Election Commission announced that the pro-army party, which is seeking to keep the current junta leader in power, had won the popular vote, with 100 per cent of ballots counted....

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    Global database maps fashion factories to crack down on slavery

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:49am on March 29, 2019

    A fashion data organisation aims to crack down on slavery and worker abuse by mapping every clothing and footwear factory in the world, with a free, open-source tool launched on Thursday....

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