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Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea standoff

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long standoff near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea, which fall within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think tanks said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd L, front) and Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh (2nd …

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What happens when parts of South Asia are unavoidable?

Flooding is coming as India continues to spoil from a water crisis that has lasted a week in the midst of heavy drought and heat across the country that killed at least 137 people. Experts say that the country has five years to meet severe water shortages, caused by continued erosion of groundwater supplies, or more than 100 million people …

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US slaps sanctions on Myanmar army chief of Rohingya abuses | News

The United States on Tuesday gave Myanmar military ministers commander Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders for their role in the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya minority. The State Department said it acted against army chief Min Aung Hlaing and three others after finding evidence that they were involved in violence two years ago led about 740,000 Rohingya to …

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China's slowdown could prompt measures leading to high debt, analysts say

The construction of a housing and resort district in Liaocheng, China. Zhang Peng | LightRocket | Getty Images As China's economic growth has grown, some analysts say Beijing may return some of its old policies – such as building more infrastructure and lowering property controls – and may add current concerns about high debt levels. Monday, the world's second-largest economy …

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Trump makes 13 false claims in Cabinet meeting

"And why not? Why would Honduras or Guatemala or El Salvador – why would they keep their criminals when you can put them into a caravan, lose them in a caravan, and send them up to the United States?" he said. "We take everybody, because the Democrats do not allow immigration laws that mean anything. It's horrible." Facts First: Though …

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Civil rights groups file lawsuit challenging new Trump asylum restrictions

Three civil rights and advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Trump administration's latest move to widely restrict asylum for migrants coming to the southern border. "This is the Trump administration's most extreme run at an asylum ban yet, "Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement …

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North Korea Warns the U.S. to Quit Military Drills In South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – Just 16 days after President Trump stood in North Korea to try to restart nuclear talks with its leader, North Korea on Tuesday strengthened its pressure in the United States to cancel a planned joint military drill in South Korea, warned that it could make efforts to continue the Washington talks and even push the North …

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