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China Flyby Prompts Malaysia to Modernize Air Force

TAIPEI – Pressure from China over a festering maritime sovereignty dispute has added momentum to Malaysia’s drive for a more modern air force including the purchase of 36 new aircraft, analysts believe. Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense issued a notice June 22 saying that it...
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Former Apple Daily Staffer Arrested at Hong Kong Airport – Reports

Local news outlets in Hong Kong say a former columnist at the now-defunct pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper has been arrested while trying to leave the city. Hong Kong police issued a report saying a 57-year-old man, whose name was not released, had...
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Criminal Hearings Resume for Myanmar’s Deposed Leader

Three separate hearings on criminal charges brought against deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi took place Monday in the capital, Naypyitaw. Suu Kyi’s lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, told journalists the first hearing involved two witnesses testifying on charges...
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US ‘Looks Forward’ to Trade Talks with Taiwan Amid China’s Objection

The United States said it looks forward to this week’s trade talks with Taiwan as the two economies continue to strengthen bilateral trade ties, despite China’s objection. After a five-year pause, the U.S. and Taiwan will resume talks under the Tr...
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UN Fears Resurging Violence in DRC’s Kasai Region Will Spark Mass Displacement

GENEVA – The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is calling for restoration of peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Greater Kasai region, as renewed violence threatens another mass movement of people.   Local authorities estimate 21,0...
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US Deports Woman Who Lied About Role in Rwandan Genocide

CONCORD, N.H. – A woman who served a 10-year sentence in U.S. prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide to obtain American citizenship and lost her bid for a new trial has been deported to Rwanda,...
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Chad’s Deby Takes Early Election Lead, Partial Results Show

N’DJAMENA, CHAD – Chad President Idriss Deby has taken a strong early lead and appeared poised to extend his three-decade rule, partial provisional results of the April 11 presidential election released by the election commission showed.   Deb...
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US Exercise Focuses on Role of Police, Courts in West Africa Counterterrorism

About 80 law enforcement and judiciary officers participated in last week’s inaugural West Africa Joint Operations regional exercise — a small figure compared to the thousands of personnel who sometimes take part in military-led counterterrorism exercises....
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African Leaders Push for Strong Action on Climate Change

A pandemic has blanketed the planet. Economies have cratered. Across the world, people are scared, anxious and unsteady about the future. And you want to talk about climate change? Yes, say African leaders. Now. African heads of state met virtually...
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