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French president hikes minimum wage, promises tax relief to head off “Yellow Vests” protests

“Yellow Vests” protesters confront police near the Arch of Triumph in Paris, France. PARIS (Xinhua) — Still grappling with the “Yellow Vests” protests, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday sought to dampen the social uproar with an “economic and social emergency plan,” offering to increase the minimum wage and tax cuts for pensioners. In a […]

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Top EU court rules UK can change mind over Brexit

Demonstrators holdplacards and flags at the “Brexit Betrayal Rally”, a pro-Brexit rally, onWhitehall in London.  —Photo AP BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Monday that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed. The European […]

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Xihopes US, DPRK meet halfway to advance peace

President Xi Jinping greets Ri Yong-ho, foreign minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. China (China Daily)  — President Xi Jinping said on Friday that he hopes Pyongyang and Washington will meet each other halfway and accommodate each other’s legitimate concerns so there […]

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Strong partnerships key to solid waste management

Asian journalists and other participants gather at the 12th Asian City Journalist Conference. Solid waste management still poses challenges for many countries around the world and there is a need for all nations to work together to address the issue urgently. A strong partnership and cooperation from all sectors are key for effective solid waste […]

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Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weapon

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook’s developer conference in San Jose, Calif. (File Photo AP) (AP) — Internal Facebook documents released by a UK parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways […]

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Netanyahu says Lebanon’s Hezbollah plans to occupy part of northern Israel

An Israeli digger works on the border with Lebanon near the northern Israeli town of Metula. JERUSALEM (Xinhua) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia dug a cross-border tunnel in order to occupy part of northern Israel. Netanyahu’s comments came after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched earlier […]

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Ukrainian president moves to end friendship treaty with Russia

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko addresses soldiers as he inspects military exercises in the Ukrainian Ground Forces training centre near Honcharivske in Chernihiv region, Ukraine. KIEV (Xinhua/China Daily) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday submitted to parliament a draft law on ending the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia, the parliament’s […]

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Americans to begin saying their goodbyes to George H.W. Bush

President Barack Obama, right, with former President George H. W. Bush, left, present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, centre, from Union, Iowa. (File Photo AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans will begin saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington […]

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Vietnam pledges Zero Hunger by 2025

Hanoi (Vietnam News) — The Vietnamese Government affirmed that agricultural development was the best solution to the “Zero Hunger” and “poverty reduction”  … More >>>

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US, Mexico face stark choices as new president takes over

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens during a meeting in Mexico City.  (File  photo AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) MEXICO CITY (AP) — Migrants, trade, crime, the border wall: The challenges to the modern US-Mexico relationship have perhaps never been as stark and divisive as they are now, at a critical juncture for both countries. With […]

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