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    US Republicans agree landmark tax bill

    BBC | Updated at 08:55am on December 16, 2017

    US Republicans from both houses of Congress have revealed their joint bill for the biggest overhaul of the country's tax system in 30 years...

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    Israeli troops kill four Palestinians in protests over Jerusalem

    Reuters | Updated at 08:35am on December 16, 2017

    Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US president Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week...

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    Strong quake hits Indonesia’s Java, at least two dead

    Reuters | Updated at 02:17am on December 16, 2017

    A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting two deaths and...

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    EU opens next Brexit phase, warns of tough talks

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 07:46pm on December 15, 2017

    European Union leaders agreed Friday to open crucial talks on a future relationship with Britain but warned they would be even tougher than the first tortuous phase of negotiations...

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    Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 05:21pm on December 15, 2017

    He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so...

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    Japan expands sanctions aimed at North Korea

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 04:50pm on December 15, 2017

    Japan said Friday it had added 19 more entities to its list of organisations and individuals targeted by asset-freeze sanctions on...

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    Putin, Trump discuss North Korea in phone call

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 04:17pm on December 15, 2017

    Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme in a phone call Thursday, in which the US president took the unusual step of thanking his Russian counterpart for praising America's economy...

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    Mahathir calls Trump ‘villain’ for Jerusalem plan

    Reuters | Updated at 03:59pm on December 15, 2017

    Muslim-majority Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday called US president Donald Trump an ‘international bully’ and a ‘villain’ for his move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital...

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    May wins applause from EU leaders for Brexit efforts

    Reuters | Updated at 01:51pm on December 15, 2017

    European leaders applauded British prime minister Theresa May for her work so far on Brexit, assuring her at a summit in Brussels that sufficient progress has...

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    UN chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar

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

    The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do...