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Police Bear Brunt Of Public Anger As Hong Kong Refuses To Accept Protesters' Demands

Riot police fire tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Aug. 25.

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Police Bear Brunt Of Public Anger As Hong Kong Refuses To Accept Protesters' Demands


Brexit Watch: Why The Move To Suspend U.K. Parliament Matters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson maneuvered Wednesday to give his political opponents less time to block a no-deal Brexit split from Europe before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline, winning Queen Elizabeth II's approval to suspend Parliament.

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Australia Says Great Barrier Reef Has 'Very Poor' Outlook, Climate Change To Blame

The Australian federal government has downgraded its long-term outlook of the Great Barrier Reef to "very poor," and it says that climate change is the most significant threat.

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The Key Role Pakistan Is Playing In U.S.-Taliban Talks

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan meets U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad (left) in Islamabad on Aug. 1. Khalilzad met Khan ahead of peace talks in Qatar with the Taliban.

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Hurricane Dorian Grows Into Category 4 Storm As It Heads Toward Bahamas, U.S.

Water was sold out at a grocery store in North Miami, Fla., on Friday as residents heeded warnings to stockpile a week's worth of food and supplies before Hurricane Dorian arrives on Monday.

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U.S. Criticizes South Korea After Seoul Scraps Intelligence-Sharing Pact With Tokyo

Protesters hold placards reading 'No Abe!' earlier this month during a demonstration against Japan's removal of South Korea from a list of trusted trading partners in Seoul.

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U.S. Criticizes South Korea After Seoul Scraps Intelligence-Sharing Pact With Tokyo


Hong Kong Democracy Activists Arrested Ahead Of Planned March

Joshua Wong speaks to protesters outside police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21.

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Former FARC Leaders Announce 'New Stage Of Fighting,' Upending Colombia's Peace Deal


China Intercepts WeChat Texts From U.S. And Abroad, Researcher Says

Owned by Tencent, one of China's biggest companies, the WeChat app has more than 1 billion monthly users in China, and now serves users outside the country, too.

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Iranian Rocket Launch Ends In Failure, Imagery Shows

A satellite image from Thursday shows smoke billowing from a launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran.

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Hurricane Dorian Expected To Hit Florida Coast With 130 MPH Winds On Labor Day

Hurricane Dorian has now left the Caribbean Sea and is predicted to intensify rapidly as it crosses the Atlantic on the way to Florida's central east coast.

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Hurricane Dorian Expected To Hit Florida Coast With 130 MPH Winds On Labor Day


Like The Empire Itself, The British Pound Is Not What It Used To Be

The pound was long the symbol of Britain's economic might. The chaos surrounding the country's 2016 decision to leave the European Union has sent the currency falling sharply.

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Like The Empire Itself, The British Pound Is Not What It Used To Be


Many Britons React With Anger Over Suspension Of Parliament

Thousands of demonstrators gather outside Houses of Parliament on Wednesday in London to protest against plans to suspend Parliament.

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Amid Backdrop Of Hong Kong Protests, China Conducts 'Routine' Changing Of The Guard

Armored personnel carriers of China's People's Liberation Army pass through the Huanggang Port border between China and Hong Kong early Thursday.

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Costco Opens In Shanghai, Shuts Early Owing To Massive Crowds

Crowds streamed into the new Costco location, which opened on Tuesday in Shanghai.

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In Book, Former Defense Chief Mattis Sideswipes President Trump's Leadership Skills

James Mattis, then U.S. secretary of defense, leaves a news conference following a meeting about U.S.-China diplomacy and security at the State Department in Washington, D.C., in June 2017. Mattis' new book, Call Sign Chaos, implies criticism of President Trump without taking direct shots at him.

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