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ASEAN meeting grapples with trade war, territorial disputes

Image of unity clouded by wrangling, 10 members also divided WT24 Desk Southeast Asia should use the sway of its shared market of 650 million people and speak with “one voice” to ensure it is treated fairly in an age of protectionism, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Saturday as leaders gathered for a regional summit, Agencies report. The image ...

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Truck plummets down Philippine ravine, kills 19

Several others injured when driver of truck lost control on steep mountain road WT24 Desk Nineteen farmers were killed in the mountainous northern Philippines when a truck carrying them and sacks of rice seeds plunged backwards down a deep ravine, police said Friday, Agencies report. The victims were on their way home from collecting government subsidised seeds late Thursday in ...

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US targets Iran construction sector with new sanctions

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed the sanctions WT24 Desk The United States on Thursday extended its sanctions on Iran by taking aim at its construction sector, which Washington linked to the country’s Revolutionary Guards, Agencies report. The sanctions, it said, would also target “four strategic materials as being used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs.” ...

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7 S. Koreans missing after chopper crash

The helicopter had just picked an injured fisherman up from Dokdo when it went down WT24 Desk Seven South Koreans were missing Friday after their helicopter took off from islets disputed with Japan and crashed into the sea moments later, Seoul officials said, Agencies report. The aircraft had just picked an injured fisherman up from Dokdo, which is known as ...

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Russia and Turkey begin joint patrols in northeast Syria

Ground and air units are patrolling near the Syrian border town of Darbasiya WT24 Desk Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols Friday in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara’s incursion, Agencies report. The patrols will cover two sections, in the west ...

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NATO Doors for Ukraine are open – Stoltenberg

WT24 Desk The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said the doors of the alliance are open for those who wish to join, including Ukraine, Agencies report. “As a sovereign state, Ukraine has the right to choose its security systems. NATO membership is the decision of the members of the NATO Alliance and those who ...

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Sharply divided House approves Democrats’ impeachment rules

Vote set rules for public phase of impeachment inquiry, laying out plan that could produce televised hearings within two weeks WT24 Desk Democrats swept a rules package for their impeachment probe of President Donald Trump through a divided House, as the chamber’s first vote on the investigation highlighted the partisan breach the issue has only deepened, Agencies report. By 232-196, ...

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Blasts claim 14 lives in Afghanistan

22 others wounded WT24 Desk At least 14 people including four civilians have been killed and 22 civilians wounded in bomb blasts in the insurgency-battered Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday, Agencies report. In the latest explosion, a motorbike went off in Spin Boldak district of the southern Kandahar province on Wednesday afternoon, wounding seven civilians, ...

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‘Countries backing India will be hit by missile’

Islamabad unilaterally downgraded bilateral ties over India’s Article 370 stance WT24 Desk A Pakistan minister struck controversy on Tuesday when he said that missiles will be fired at any country that had extending its support to India on the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, Agencies report. “If tensions with India rise on Kashmir, Pakistan will be compelled to ...

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Manipur separatists declare independence from India

Self-declared government based in United Kingdom says it will push for recognition at United Nations WT24 Desk Dissident political leaders from the Indian state of Manipur on Tuesday said they were unilaterally declaring independence from India and forming a government-in-exile in Britain, Agencies report. The former princely state became part of India in 1949, two years after the country won independence from ...

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