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Pence talks tough to China over Hong Kong protests as trade war continues

Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that chances of a trade deal with China would diminish if Hong Kong’s laws are violated, also criticizing the country’s human rights violations as antithetical to American ideals. “We don’t want China’s markets to suffer. In fact, we want them to thrive,” Pence said during a speech at the Detroit Economic Club. “For ...

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Gina Lopez, Philippine anti-mining advocate, dies aged 65

Serving under President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, Gina Lopez led a crackdown on mining in a country known for its nickel ore production. Lopez closed 23 mines and suspended five others, as well as banning open-pit mining. A campaign followed, led by the country’s mining industry, which argued the move threatened the lives of some 1.2 million people who depended on ...

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Four men jailed for machete murder of Sajed Choudry

Court hears feud between Blackburn families escalated into ‘large-scale disorder’ Four men have been jailed for life for murdering a father-of-four in a “vicious, terrifying and sustained” machete attack in the street. Sajed Choudry, 42, was fatally attacked near his home in Blackburn following a…

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Are we secretly negotiating with Venezuelan socialist party leaders?

Last time we checked in on the situation in Venezuela it was basically a stalemate. Negotiations between the government of Nicolas Maduro and supporters of self-declared interim President Juan Guaido, being hosted by Norway have stagnated and were recently suspended. Guaido hasn’t been able to rally the military to his side to forcibly remove their dictator and Maduro is viewed ...

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