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Trump asks Japan to hike payments for U.S. troops to $8 billion: Foreign Policy

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 04:58
U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Japan to quadruple annual payments for U.S. forces stationed there to around $8 billion, Foreign Policy reported, part of Washington's efforts to press its allies to increase their defense spending.
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Sri Lankans vote in big numbers for a new president to heal divisions after attacks

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 04:56
Sri Lankans packed into polling stations on Saturday to choose a new president for the island-nation still struggling to recover from Easter Sunday attacks on hotels and churches that have heavily weighed on its tourism-dependent economy.
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China's PLA soldiers seen helping clean up streets after Hong Kong protests: RTHK

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 04:00
Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers in shorts and t-shirts joined pro-China residents in Hong Kong on Saturday to clean up barricades and debris after anti-government protests blocked roads, according to broadcaster RTHK.
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Turkey says it bought Russian S-400s to use them, not put them aside

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 03:36
Turkey bought S-400 missile defense systems from Russia to use them, not put them aside, the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate said on Saturday, days after talks between President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump.
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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff calls for Gulf Arab unity to counter Iran

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 03:29
United States Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein on Saturday pressed Gulf Arab states to reconcile differences and unify military capabilities as tensions with Iran simmer.
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Climate change, human activity rub salt into Venice's wounds

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 02:26
Warming seas and excavations within the Venice lagoon mean the exceptionally high flood waters in the city this week are also saltier, posing an extra threat to its architectural treasures.
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Sri Lankans vote for a new president to heal divisions after Easter attack

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 02:25
Sri Lankans trickled into polling centers early on Saturday to choose a new president for the island-nation still struggling to recover from Easter Sunday attacks on hotels and churches that have heavily weighed on its tourism-dependent economy.
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China, Sweden escalate war of words over support for detained bookseller

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 02:03
Beijing has doubled down in its criticism of Stockholm's support for Gui Minhai, a book publisher detained in China, after Sweden's minister for culture attended a literary award ceremony in his honor.
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Trump asked Tokyo for $8 billion to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 01:41
U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Japan to quadruple its payments for U.S. forces stationed there, Foreign Policy reported, citing unnamed current and former U.S. officials, as Washington presses long-standing allies to increase their defense spending.
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Hundreds of pro-China protesters rally amid Hong Kong chaos

World News - Sat, 2019-11-16 01:06
Hundreds of pro-China protesters rallied in Hong Kong on Saturday to denounce increasingly violent anti-government unrest in the Chinese-ruled city and support the police who have become a prime target of attack.
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Japan monarch spends symbolic night with goddess to end throne rituals

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 23:23
In the chill pre-dawn hours of Friday, Japan's Emperor Naruhito emerged from a shrine compound where he had spent a symbolic night with the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe his family descends, completing the rituals of his accession.
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Three takeaways from the Trump impeachment hearing on Friday

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 21:55
President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Friday while she was testifying to an impeachment hearing in Congress, an extraordinary moment that Democrats said amounted to witness intimidation.
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U.S. charges another ex-JPMorgan executive with alleged market manipulation

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 21:45
The Department of Justice has charged another former JPMorgan Chase & Co executive with alleged racketeering and manipulating precious metals prices between 2008 and 2016, the latest in a string of similar prosecutions.
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Ford's UAW members vote to ratify new four-year contract

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 21:44
The United Auto Workers union said on Friday that rank-and-file members at Ford Motor Co have voted in favor of a new four-year labor contract with the No. 2 U.S. automaker.
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Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 21:33
Microsoft Corp has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the use of facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded complies with its ethics principles, the company said on Friday.
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Take Five: Fighting fires

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 21:25
How big a risk is a global economic recession? Recently, hopes of a fledgling growth turnaround were doused by data showing China's factory output growth slowing in October and Japan's economy grinding to a standstill in Q3. And Germany only narrowly avoided a recession in that period.
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Bolivia blames Cubans for stirring unrest, ousts Venezuelan officials

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 21:18
Bolivia's interim government said on Friday it had asked Venezuelan officials to leave the country, and accused Cubans, including doctors, of instigating unrest after the resignation of former president Evo Morales.
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Pro-China protesters to rally amid Hong Kong chaos

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 20:17
Pro-China protesters plan to rally in Hong Kong on Saturday to denounce increasingly violent anti-government unrest in the Chinese-ruled city and support the police who have become a prime target of attack.
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Trade deal hopes, surging health stocks power Wall Street to highs

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 19:51
Wall Street's main stock indexes closed at record levels on Friday, fueled by fresh optimism over a potential calming of U.S.-China trade tensions and by big gains in shares of healthcare companies.
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Trump ex-aide Gates faces December 17 sentencing after being star witness

World News - Fri, 2019-11-15 19:46
President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, who gave crucial testimony as a prosecution witness that helped convict former Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, will be sentenced on Dec. 17 in his own criminal case, a court filing showed on Friday.
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