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Beijing warns Hong Kong marchers not to challenge mainland rule

Sunday 1 July 2017   Twenty years after Britain returned its colony, China’s president provokes pro-democracy anger A performance artist makes her mark about Chinese rule on the streets of Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA   Benjamin Haas Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters delivered a rebuke to President Xi Jinping after the Chinese leader warned that Hong Kong ...

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Three car bombs hit Damascus, at least seven people killed

REUTERS | Sun Jul 2, 2017 | 6:05am EDT   Three car bombs exploded in Damascus on Sunday, state media said, killing at least seven people in the first suicide bombings in the Syrian capital since jihadists attacked in March. Security forces stopped the militants from reaching their targets which would have led to more deaths, officials told state TV, ...

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World leaders bid Helmut Kohl farewell, hailing a force behind a united Europe

JUL 1, 2017 German soldiers carrying the coffin of late former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl during of a memorial ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on July 1, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS   STRASBOURG, France (REUTERS) – European leaders joined former US president Bill Clinton on Saturday (July 1) to pay a unique tribute to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, ...

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Trump declares ‘patience is over’ with North Korea

Saturday 1 July 2017 South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-In says Trump accepts offer to visit Seoul, but they did not map out joint strategy on how to deal with North Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in with Donald Trump at the White House, where they discussed the North Korean regime. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock   Agence France-Presse Saturday 1 July 2017 ...

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Jacob Zuma under new pressure to quit over alleged links to tycoons

Friday 30 June 2017 South African leader denies wrongdoing as leaked documents suggest influential family holds undue sway over officials Jacob Zuma denies any wrongdoing. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images   By Jason Burke in Johannesburg Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s embattled president, faces renewed pressure to step down this weekend after a series of media reports detailed links between elected officials ...

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Italy considers closing its ports to boats carrying migrants

Thursday 29 June 2017 Government reportedly seeking EU approval of drastic changes to asylum procedures after surge in refugee arrivals Italian border police officers escorting men to a relocation centre after they arrived at the port of Augusta in Sicily. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP   By Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor The Italian government is considering blocking boats carrying migrants from landing ...

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Bahrain accuses Qatar of military escalation in Gulf row

Mon Jun 26, 2017 Turkish troops are seen at their military base in Doha, Qatar, on June 23, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS   RIYADH (Reuters) – Bahrain’s foreign minister accused Qatar on Monday (June 26) of creating a military escalation in a dispute with regional powers, in an apparent reference to Doha’s decision to let more Turkish troops enter its territory. Bahrain, ...

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