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  • China blames Taiwan for president's 'petty' phone call with Trump
    Reuters

    China blames Taiwan for president's 'petty' phone call with Trump

    By David Brunnstrom and Ben Blanchard WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but China, which considers the self-ruled island its own, said it was confident Washington's "one China" policy would not change.

  • China says has defeated 'conspiracy' to stir up South China Sea trouble
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    China says has defeated 'conspiracy' to stir up South China Sea trouble

    China's success at turning around relations with the Philippines under its new president Rodrigo Duterte show the "conspiracies" of certain countries to stir up trouble in the South China Sea have been defeated, China's foreign minister said on Saturday. In July, the Philippines won

  • Malaysia says Myanmar violence against Muslim Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'
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    Malaysia says Myanmar violence against Muslim Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

    Malaysia described the violence against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority as "ethnic cleansing" on Saturday, ahead of a planned solidarity march in Kuala Lumpur expected to be led by Prime Minister Najib Razak. The strongly-worded statement came after Myanmar said on Friday that Malaysia

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How an Aleppo clown's mourners see the loss of a potent symbol

    Anas al-Basha, a Syrian man who worked as a clown and counselor at a network of social services centers in rebel-held Aleppo, was killed earlier this week by a missile strike on the besieged neighborhood of Mashhad. "All what [sic] Anas wanted is to bring happiness to the children of Aleppo,"

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Creating a college behind bars

    Up a lonely road lined with signs warning drivers not to pick up hitchhikers, on a hilltop surrounded by forest, the Clallam Bay Corrections Center at the northwest tip of Washington State feels like the ends of the earth. “We want to build a university in prison,” says Mr. Carter, a soft-spoken man

  • Christian Science Monitor

    What Stephen Hawking learned from Brexit and Donald Trump

    Stephen Hawking says it’s time for the world to come together. 

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Goodbye peak oil, hello peak demand

    The threat of the world facing a declining supply of oil, so-called peak oil, has given way to a forecast that is calling forth its much more benign cousin: peak demand. The relatively subdued reaction to an agreement this week by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut oil production

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan call
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    Trump upends US foreign policy with Taiwan call

    US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties. It was not immediately clear whether Trump's telephone call with President Tsai Ing-wen

  • Cummins set for latest comeback for Australia vs New Zealand
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    Cummins set for latest comeback for Australia vs New Zealand

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Chappell-Hadlee series is set for a fast start, with the expected return of Pat Cummins for Australia and a possible New Zealand debut for Lockie Ferguson keeping an emphasis on pace.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 5:26 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia. It is perhaps unprecedented for a U.S. president

  • Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China
    Associated Press

    Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China

    BEIJING (AP) — In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia.

  • Small Brazilian city prepares to bury remains of soccer club
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    Small Brazilian city prepares to bury remains of soccer club

    CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — A small Brazilian city that was captivated by the rise of its modest soccer club planned on Saturday to bury the dead from a plane crash that claimed most of the team's players and staff.

  • Death threats and abuse for woman leading Brexit court fight
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    Death threats and abuse for woman leading Brexit court fight

    LONDON (AP) — Gina Miller is paying the price for going to court.

  • Half of rebel Aleppo falls to Syrian forces
    AFP

    Half of rebel Aleppo falls to Syrian forces

    Syrian government forces have recaptured half the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo, a monitor said, with the UN now facing a "race against time" to aid children forced out by the bloody offensive. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have made swift gains since their offensive against

  • Reuters

    China labels Trump call 'petty action' by Taiwan: Phoenix TV

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was a "petty action" by Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday, Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television reported. The conversation was the first such contact with Taiwan by a U.S. president-elect

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 4:34 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister said Saturday he hopes Beijing's relations with the U.S. would not be "interfered with or damaged" after President-elect Donald Trump broke with decadeslong diplomatic tradition and spoke directly with Taiwan's leader. It is highly unusual

  • Thai police hold suspect in Pakistan factory fire that killed 255
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    Thai police hold suspect in Pakistan factory fire that killed 255

    A Pakistani man suspected of starting a devastating factory fire in Karachi four years ago that killed 255 people has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Saturday. Abdul Rehman, 46, was detained at a hotel in the red light district Nana area of the capital on Friday evening, said Thailand'

  • Associated Press

    Friedrich drives Germany to win in 2-man bobsled opener

    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Francesco Friedrich and brakeman Thorsten Margis of Germany prevailed in the first World Cup two-man bobsled race of the season Friday night, after narrowly avoiding a crash on one of the final turns.

  • The Latest: China's foreign minister reacts to Trump's call
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    The Latest: China's foreign minister reacts to Trump's call

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump's phone conversation with Taiwan's leader (all times local):

  • Jamaican fugitive arrested day after making FBI wanted list
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    Jamaican fugitive arrested day after making FBI wanted list

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI says it has arrested a Jamaican fugitive a day after he was added to the agency's top 10 most wanted list in the deaths of four people at a Los Angeles birthday party in October.

  • Merkel to chart 2017 election battle at party congress
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    Merkel to chart 2017 election battle at party congress

    After Donald Trump's shock victory, Francois Hollande's decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls. When her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) holds

  • Apparent tax arrangements of top soccer players released
    Associated Press

    Apparent tax arrangements of top soccer players released

    MADRID (AP) — A group of European media outlets on Friday published what it claims are details of tax arrangements made by several top soccer players and coaches, including Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

  • What US presidents said about ties with China and Taiwan
    Associated Press

    What US presidents said about ties with China and Taiwan

    President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, a highly unusual and probably unprecedented move since the U.S. broke diplomatic ties with the self-governing island in 1979 and shifted to diplomatic recognition of China under a so-called "one-China" policy

  • Trump says Philippines fighting drugs 'the right way': Duterte
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    Trump says Philippines fighting drugs 'the right way': Duterte

    Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday that President-elect Donald Trump told him Manila was conducting its deadly drug war "the right way", in stark contrast to the criticism he has received from the current White House. The Philippine president called Trump late Friday evening to