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China confirms Swedish citizen and HK bookseller in detention

BEIJING: China confirmed on Tuesday that it had detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, after his daughter said Chinese police had seized him from a train last month. Gui was abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing that year and later appeared in mainland Chinese custody. The ...

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We are 95 pct of the way to a coalition deal, German SPD says

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, Feb 6 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are around 95 percent of the way to reaching a coalition deal, an SPD negotiator said on Tuesday, adding, however, the deal would not be a “masterpiece”. Negotiators from both blocs agreed late on Monday that more time was needed to ...

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US, Russia clash over Syria’s continued use of chemical weapons

WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – Despite repeated US warnings to the Syrian regime against using chemical weapons against its own people, Damascus was reported to have used chlorine gas in Idlib province, one of the few remaining areas in the country under rebel control. The US responded, once again, by denouncing the Syrian regime while calling on Russia ...

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Chinese paper says diplomatic ties with Vatican inevitable

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Feb 6 (Reuters) – China and the Vatican will establish formal diplomatic relations sooner or later because Pope Francis has the “wisdom” to resolve problems between the two sides, a state-run Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday, amid increasing controversy over the issue. A framework accord between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops is ready and ...

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Twitter: The Russians Targeted Me

So. Into the mailbox pops this. Dear Jeff Lord, As part of our recent work to understand Russian-linked activities on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we identified and suspended a number of accounts that were potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency. Consistent with our commitment to transparency, ...

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Teen charged with assault at Ewa Beach restaurant

A 16-year-old boy has been charged after he allegedly assaulted another teen at a fast-food restaurant in Ewa Beach. SHARE ADVERTISING A 16-year-old boy has been charged after he allegedly assaulted another teen at a fast-food restaurant in Ewa Beach. The teen was charged with third-degree assault….

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