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    Trump wire-tapping claims 'simply false': Obama spokesman

    BBC | Updated at 08:40am on March 05, 2017

    President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered his phones to be tapped is ‘simply false’, Barack Obama's spokesman has said...

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    Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought

    Reuters | Updated at 08:25am on March 05, 2017

    Some 110 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhoea resulting from a drought, the prime minister said on Saturday, as the area braces itself for widespread shortages of food...

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    More than 100 million at risk of starvation globally

    Reuters | Updated at 10:40am on March 04, 2017

    The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100 million and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a senior United Nations official said...

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    Red Cross says seven treated for exposure to toxic agents near Mosul

    Reuters | Updated at 08:30am on March 04, 2017

    Five children and two women are receiving treatment for exposure to chemical agents near the Iraqi city of Mosul, where Islamic State is fighting US-backed Iraqi forces, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday...

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    China says defense budget to rise by about 7 per cent in 2017

    Associated Press | Updated at 01:16pm on March 04, 2017

    China will raise its defense budget by about 7 per cent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy...

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    China says Dalai Lama border visit would damage India ties

    Associated Press | Updated at 10:05am on March 04, 2017

    China is warning of ‘severe damage’ to relations with India and increased regional instability if exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama proceeds with a visit to a disputed area along their still-unsettled border...

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    Sessions to respond in writing to questions over Russia contacts

    Reuters | Updated at 09:50am on March 04, 2017

    US attorney general Jeff Sessions will reply in writing to Senate Democrats' questions about his meetings with Russia's ambassador last year, the Justice Department said on Friday after a top Republican denied Democrats' request for a public hearing...

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    Syria peace talks end on a positive note, says UN

    BBC | Updated at 09:15am on March 04, 2017

    Syrian peace talks have ended on a more positive note than previous meetings, according to the UN envoy for Syria...

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    Pence says his private email use was not the same as Clinton's

    Reuters | Updated at 08:45am on March 04, 2017

    US vice-president Mike Pence on Friday said there was ‘no comparison whatsoever’ between his use of a private email account for state business while he was governor of Indiana and the email woes of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton...

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    North Korean says arrest over Kim was 'plot’

    BBC | Updated at 08:51am on March 04, 2017

    The North Korean suspect questioned in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam has said he was the victim of a conspiracy by the Malaysian authorities...