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White House confirms death of Osama bin Laden's son
Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, was killed in a US counter-terrorism operation, the White House said on Saturday.
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China threatens sanctions on US firms linked to Taiwan warplanes sale
BEIJING, Aug 21 — China today blasted a huge planned US arms shipment to self-ruled Taiwan and threatened to sanction firms involved in the sale of F-16 fighter jets.
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Pakistan to take Kashmir dispute with India to World Court
Pakistan said on Tuesday it would take its dispute with India over Kashmir to the International Court of Justice, after New Delhi revoked the special status of its part of the region earlier this mont...
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Twitter, Facebook accuse China of using fake accounts to undermine HK protests
Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said on Monday they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong.
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China warns it could quell HK protesters, Trump urges Xi to meet them
Hong Kong braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and US President Donald Trump urged his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, t...
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Chinese forces drill near Hong Kong
Armoured personnel carriers, water cannons parked in Shenzhen Military vehicles are parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre in Shenzhen.
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Trump says China should treat Hong Kong 'humanely' before trade deal can be agreed
WASHINGTON, Aug 15 — President Donald Trump said yesterday that China wants to make a trade deal but it should treat Hong Kong “humanely” first, explicitly tying a trade agreement to a peaceful ...
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Hong Kong facing worst crisis since handover: senior China official
Hong Kong is facing its worst crisis since it returned to China from British rule in 1997, the head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office said on Wednesday amid more anti-government protests...
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Copy Thailand in fighting human trafficking, Malaysia told
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has been urged to emulate Thailand in the management of human trafficking cases by allowing collaboration between enforcement agencies and civic groups.
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Focus on 5Ps in fight against human trafficking, say NGOs
KUALA LUMPUR: A report by a coalition of NGOs has called on the government to focus on 5Ps – policy, prosecution, protection, partnership and prevention – in the fight against human trafficking.
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North Korea fires short-range ballistic missiles: South Korean military
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles early on Wednesday, the South Korean military said, only days after it launched two other missiles intended to pressure South Korea and the United ...
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US to renew sanctions waivers for five Iran nuclear programmes
The United States is set to announce this week it will renew sanctions waivers for five Iran nuclear programmes that allow Russia, China and European countries to continue civilian nuclear cooperation...
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North Korea fires missiles in new test, fresh nuclear talks in doubt
North Korea fired two short-range missiles early on Thursday from its eastern coast, South Korea’s military said, the first missile test since leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump agreed...
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China warns of war in case of move toward Taiwan independence
China’s defence ministry warned on Wednesday that it was ready for war if there was a move toward Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing i...
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China says US undermining global stability by selling arms to Taiwan
China’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that the United States is undermining global strategic stability by expanding defence spending and selling arms to Taiwan.
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Scans show changes to brains of US embassy workers in Havana
Advanced brain scans of US embassy employees who reported falling ill while serving in Havana revealed significant differences from a control group, according to a new study published on Tuesday.
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Number of human trafficking victims in Thailand at record high following demand for cheap labour in Malaysia
BANGKOK, July 22 — The number of human trafficking victims rescued in Thailand is set to hit a record high this year, according to government data, with demand for cheap labour in neighbouring Malay...
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US sanctions on Myanmar military leaders inadequate - UN investigator
Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar’s military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Thurs...
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China says will freeze out US companies that sell Taiwan arms
The China government and Chinese companies will cut business ties with United States firms selling arms to Taiwan, China's Foreign Ministry said yesterday, declining to give details of the sanctions i...
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China says no cooperation with US companies that sell arms to Taiwan
BEIJING, July 15 — China’s government and Chinese companies will cut business ties with US firms selling arms to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry said today, declining to give details of the san...
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Taiwan president in US after warning of threat from 'overseas forces'
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in the United States on Thursday on a trip that has angered Beijing, warning that democracy must be defended and that the island faced threats from "overseas f...
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US approves 'possible sale' of RM9.11b of military equipment to Taiwan
The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of US$2.2 billion (RM9.11 billion), the Pentagon sa...
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‘Safe like China’: In Argentina, ZTE finds eager buyer for surveillance tech
In Argentina's remote northern province of Jujuy, Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is installing a little slice of the Asian nation's vast surveillance state – security cameras that the local government says will help to curb street crime.
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Careem ends Sudan operations as part of Uber takeover deal
Careem has ended operations in Sudan as part of its planned takeover by Uber, a spokeswoman said on July 1, less than a year after the Middle Eastern ride-hailing firm launched in the country.
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India rejects US report on attacks on minority Muslims
India on Sunday rejected a US State Department’s annual report on religious freedom that raised questions about the government’s inability to curb violent attacks on the country’s minority Musli...
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Malaysia back on Tier 2 Watch List in latest report
PETALING JAYA: The US State De­­part­ment has placed Malaysia on the Tier 2 Watch List again in its latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The report, which is produced annually, said the Malaysian go­­vern­ment did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, but was making significant efforts to do so.
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People-trafficking: M'sia stays in Tier 2 Watch List in latest US State Dept report
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia stayed in the Tier 2 Watch List in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report produced by the US State Department.
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US, Mexico to resume talks over tariffs, border as Trump seeks more progress
WASHINGTON, June 6 — Mexican and US officials are set to resume talks in Washington today aimed at heading off punitive tariffs on Mexican goods as President Donald Trump called for Mexico to take m...
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US visa applications now require social media details
KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 — If you’re planning to visit the United States of America, you’ll need to apply for a visa which can be valid for up to 10 years.
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US Visa applications now require Social Media details
If you’re planning to visit the United States of America, you’ll need to apply for a Visa which can be valid for up to 10 years.
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You Will Now Have To Submit Your Social Media Details When Applying For A US Visa
If you don’t already have a US visa in your passport, you’re now going to have to share your social media details with the US government when you do so.
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‘Malaysians are always welcomed’
KUALA LUMPUR: Malay­sians will not be granted visa-waiver status by the United States in the near future. But hold the despair.
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Trumps warns of war if Iran wants to fight
US President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday, tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with “all streng...
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Sabah hoteliers remain optimistic despite US advisory
KOTA KINABALU: Hoteliers in the state remain confident that business will recover well despite an unfavourable travel advisory issued by the US State Department.
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China's top diplomat calls for US restraint on trade, Iran
China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday that recent US words and actions had harmed the interests of China and its enterprises, and that Washington should ...
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The CIA wants you! If you can speak Malay
PETALING JAYA: The United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) wants to recruit Malay-speaking agents, according to a banner displayed in Washington, DC.
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Veteran Palestinian negotiator denied US visa for first time
A veteran Palestinian negotiator said on Monday she had been denied a US travel visa for the first time, and viewed it as retaliation for her criticism of the Trump administration and Israel.
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US campaign against Huawei hits a snag south of the border
MEXICO CITY, May 9 — After a long push in Mexico, China’s Huawei landed a coveted job in 2017: supplying equipment for the country’s so-called “red compartida,” an ambitious telecommunicatio...
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M’sian and 6 other gov’t leases at Trump World Tower stir concerns
The US State Department allowed at least seven foreign governments, including Malaysia, to rent luxury condominiums in New York’s Trump World Tower in 2017 without approval from Congress, according ...
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Malaysians don’t need visa to the US anymore? Fake news, says Wisma Putra
KOTA KINABALU, May 2 — The Foreign Ministry today debunked as fake news an article claiming that the US has waived the visa requirement for 10 countries, including Malaysia.
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Securing the 5G future – what’s the issue?
Britain's plan to allow Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies a restricted role in its next generation mobile networks is part of a heated international debate over the security risks so-called 5G technology presents.
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Why single Sabah out, tourist officials ask US over ‘K’ list
KOTA KINABALU: Tourism players have criticised the US authorities for singling out Sabah when they put Malaysia on the “K” list in a travel advisory early this month.
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Facebook hires high-ranking US State Department lawyer
Facebook said April 22 it has hired a high-ranking US State Department lawyer credited with helping craft the controversial Patriot Act as the social network’s new general counsel.
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Eastern Sabah is safe says minister after US travel advisory on Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA, April 22 — Tourism, Art, and Culture minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi today said that kidnappings that were reported in East Coast Sabah were mainly motivated by kidnappers’ desire to g...
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US travel advisory on Malaysia 'unjustified', says Lam Thye
PETALING JAYA: The travel advisory against Malaysia by the US government over potential kidnapping is "unjustified" as the situation on the ground is under control due to continuous operations conducted by the enforcement agencies, says Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
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US arrests former Marine over North Korea embassy raid in Spain
US authorities have arrested a former US Marine who is a member of a group that allegedly raided the North Korean embassy in Madrid in February and stole electronics, two sources familiar with the arr...
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Saifuddin hopes US will remove Malaysia from ‘K’ list immediately
KUANTAN: Malaysia hopes the United States will remove the country from the “K Indicator” list of the travel advisory issued by the US State Department as soon as possible, said Foreign Minister Sa...
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Saifuddin hopes US will remove Malaysia from 'K' list immediately
KUANTAN (April 19): Malaysia hopes the United States will remove the country from the “K Indicator” list of the travel advisory issued by the US State Department as soon as possible, said Foreign ...
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Saifuddin: We hope positive response from US soon over removal of Malaysia from 'K' list
KUANTAN (Bernama): Malaysia hopes the United States will remove the country from the “K" list of travel advisory issued by the US State Department as soon as possible, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
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Saifuddin hopes US will remove Malaysia from ‘K’ list immediately
KUANTAN, April 19 — Malaysia hopes the United States will remove the country from the “K Indicator” list of the travel advisory issued by the US State Department as soon as possible, said Foreig...
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‘No need for advisory as Malaysia is safe for tourists’
KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need for a travel advisory against Malay­sia as it is a safe country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Moha­mad.
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Wisma Putra summons US Ambassador over ‘K’ list
PUTRAJAYA: The United States’ Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir (pix), was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (April 17) to clarify the US government’s decision t...
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PM Mahathir speaks out on US travel advisory against Malaysia, saying it is a 'safe nation'
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday (April 18) that there was no need for a travel advisory against visiting the country, as it is a...
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Wisma Putra calls in US envoy to explain travel advisory on Malaysia
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Dr M: We are nice people, no need for travel advisory against Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says there is no need for a travel advisory against Malaysia, as we are a “safe nation”.
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Wisma Putra summons US envoy over Malaysia on 'K list'
Wisma Putra has summoned the US ambassador over Malaysia's inclusion in the "K indicator list" in the US State Department's updated travel advisories.
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US Ambassador summoned over 'hostage-risk' travel advisory
PETALING JAYA: The Ambassador of the United States was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (April 17) to clarify the US government's decision to list Malaysia as a country where kidnapping and hostage-taking are a risk.
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Remove us from ‘K’ list, Putrajaya urges US
KUALA LUMPUR: The foreign ministry is urging the United States to immediately remove Malaysia from the ‘K’ list and will summon the American envoy here for clarification.
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US urged to remove Malaysia from 'K' list
The Foreign Ministry is urging the United States to immediately remove Malaysia from the "K" list and will summon the American envoy here for clarification.
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Wisma Putra demands Malaysia’s removal from US list of kidnapping hotspots
KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — The Foreign Ministry is urging the United States to immediately remove Malaysia from the ‘K’ list and will summon the American envoy here for clarification.
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US urged to remove Malaysia from ‘K’ list
KUALA LUMPUR: The Foreign Ministry is urging the United States to immediately remove Malaysia from the ‘K’ list and will summon the American envoy here for clarification.
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Wisma Putra to summon envoy, urges US to remove Malaysia from 'K' list
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Foreign Ministry is urging the United States to immediately remove Malaysia from the "K" list and will summon the American envoy here for clarification.
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US govt lists eastern Sabah as one of 35 areas with possible risk of kidnapping
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has been listed as a country with a risk of kidnapping and hostage-taking by the United States government.
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Malaysia in US list of countries with risk of kidnapping, hostage taking
WASHINGTON: The US government has included Malaysia in its list of 35 countries with the risk of kidnapping and hostage taking.
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US flags Malaysia as among 35 countries with high kidnap risk
KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 ― The US State Department has issued an advisory warning American travellers of heightened abduction risks in parts of Malaysia and 34 other nations.
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Venezuela removes eight tonnes of gold from central bank, say sources
CARACAS, April 10 — Venezuela removed eight tonnes of gold from the central bank's vaults last week, and the cash-strapped socialist state is expected to sell the bullion abroad as it seeks to raise...
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US, UN slam Brunei's death by stoning plan for gay sex, adultery
The United States has criticised Brunei's decision to implement Islamic laws, that would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality, urging it to ratify and implement the United Nations' Co...
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US says will not send high-level officials to China’s Silk road summit
WASHINGTON, April 3 — The United States will not send high-level officials to attend China’s second Belt and Road summit in Beijing this month, a spokesperson for the US State Department said yest...
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US orders foreign firms to further cut down on oil trades with Venezuela
LONDON, March 29 — The United States has instructed oil trading houses and refiners around the world to further cut dealings with Venezuela or face sanctions themselves, even if the trades are not p...
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US warns China meddling in Hong Kong hurting business confidence
HONG KONG, March 22 — The United States warned in a report today that increased meddling from China in Hong Kong had adversely impacted the city, straining international business confidence in the A...
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US says it erred in telling journalist she was finalist for women's award
The US State Department said on Thursday it erred in notifying a Finnish journalist she was a finalist for an award recognizing courageous women, but it characterized as “speculation” a report tha...
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India wants to keep Iran oil purchases at 300,000 bpd in extended waiver, say sources
NEW DELHI, March 8 — India wants to keep buying Iranian oil at its current level of about 300,000 barrels per day (bpd), as it negotiates with Washington about extending a waiver of US sanctions pas...
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N Korea wanted sanctions lifted in exchange for partial nuclear plant closure
North Korea proposed closing part of its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for the lifting of all UN sanctions except those directly targeting their weapons of mass destruction programs, a senior U...
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Moscow ready for faster nuclear strike on US if necessary: Putin
Moscow will match any US move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Put...
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Trump 'in no rush' on N Korea denuclearisation as second summit looms
US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wants North Korea to end its nuclear programme, but has no pressing time schedule for this, as he dispatched his special envoy to finalize preparations for...
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US steps up pressure on Maduro via sanctions, aid airlift
The United States ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday by sanctioning some of his top security officials and the head of the state oil company, and unveiling plans to...
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Kula: Malaysia must declare war against human trafficking
GEORGE TOWN: The Human Resources Minister has warned that the country’s economy will face disaster if Malaysia’s position continues to slide on human trafficking watch lists.
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Gunmen kill 15 in Kenya hotel compound attack
Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and sending workers diving under desks to escape an attack claimed by Somalia-base...
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Uyghurs’ heartfelt message to the Malaysian people
COMMENT | In October 2018, Malaysia released 11 Uyghur refugees to Turkey, after dropping immigration-related charges.
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No more ‘political manipulation’ of trafficking report, says US
WASHINGTON: Nations around the world face increased scrutiny from the US over their attempts to fight human trafficking at home – and the price of failure could be steep, under a law signed yesterda...
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Malaysia could face tighter scrutiny on trafficking under US law
WASHINGTON, Jan 10 — Nations around the world face increased scrutiny from the United States over their attempts to fight human trafficking at home — and the price of failure could be steep, under...
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Will China go to war over Taiwan?
IN the first week of 2019, as China grabbed headlines for landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, a New Year’s Day editorial in the nation’s official military newspaper told its readers ...
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North Korea’s Kim says ready to meet Trump but warns of ‘new path’
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday he is ready to meet US President Donald Trump anytime to achieve their common goal of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, but warned he may have to tak...
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