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The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, and caused nearby apartment buildings and houses to shake.


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DEVASTATING riots tearing France apart have claimed their eighth victim during a fifth week of violence. French interior minister Christophe Castaner confirmed the person died on Friday night, but …


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Jean-Claude Juncker was feeling rather silly at the European Council summit, playing awkwardly with a woman’s blonde hair, throwing papers on the floor, even blocking a camera with his hand. It's all in a day's work, apparently.


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U.S. law enforcement officials on Friday were investigating a wave of hoax emailed bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment that caused worry but no damage in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. On Thursday in North America, hundreds of businesses, government offices and schools received awkwardly-worded letters threatening to set off explosives if payments of $20,000 in cryptocurrency were not received.


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EMMANUEL MACRON’S attempts to buy off rioting Yellow Vest protesters who have been holding France to ransom have FAILED as public unrest is set to continue today – and culminate in another major rally on Saturday. Millions of school children pledged to join the demonstrations in a “black Tuesday” revolt while university students at Nanterre and Rennes-2 started to blockade their facilities Sorbonne was shut in anticipation of trouble.


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Hundreds of police officers are hunting a gunman after three people were killed and 12 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

The suspect, who is known to security services, escaped after exchanging fire with soldiers and armed police on Tuesday. He is believed to be injured.

The shooting happened close to a popular Christmas market near one of the central squares, Place Kléber.

France's counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation.
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President Trump attacked the agreement fighting climate change, citing ongoing protests in the French capital as proof that he was right to reject the pact.


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Paris was in lockdown early on Saturday with thousands of French security forces braced to meet renewed rioting by "yellow vest" protesters in the capital and other cities in a fourth weekend of confrontation over living costs.


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The US has begun making the necessary preparations to sail a warship into the Black Sea, a move that comes amid heightened tensions in the region following Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and detention of Ukrainian sailors.


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Afghanistan has overtaken Iraq to become the world’s deadliest country for terrorism, according to a report released Wednesday. One-quarter of all worldwide terrorism-related deaths during 2017 occurred in Afghanistan, according to the latest Global Terrorism Index. It cited a surge in attacks by the Taliban and the Islamic State group.


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The latest round of UN climate change talks have kicked off in the Polish coal city of Katowice — one of the most polluted sites in Europe.

This year's COP24 will follow up on the critical Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, which agreed to shift away from fossil fuels.


It came as tens of thousands of people marched through Brussels calling on governments to stick to their climate change commitments.

The two-week conference started a day early to give negotiations a better chance in the wake of deep political divisions.
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In an open letter and a press conference, some of the migrants who remain in a Mexico shelter asked for a chance to seek asylum as a human right.
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China is going to this week's G-20 summit hoping for a deal to ease a damaging trade war with the United States, Beijing's ambassador to Washington said on Tuesday, while warning of dire consequences if U.S. hardliners try to separate the world's two largest economies.


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Magnitude 63 earthquake hits western Iran hundreds injured

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A cleaning lady in Greece has been given a 10-year jail term — for lying about her primary school education. The woman, 53, had worked for a state-funded nursery for 15 years before a review in 2014 revealed she had forged an education certificate. She completed five years of primary education but changed documents to make it look like she had done six. The minimum requirement for state-employed cleaners is to complete the first six years of elementary education. The case has caused an uproar in Greece for being unduly strict. The Hellenic Association for Human Rights said the decision was “inhuman” and the judge “excessively rigid”.


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An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that U.S. bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles, as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington.


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"We will have a politically chaotic situation" without a deal, finance minister Philip Hammond said.


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An international firestorm erupted over the possibility that a Russian official could become the new president of global police agency Interpol, as Moscow denounced a demand by U.S. senators that the Trump administration block the candidacy of a Kremlin-backed nominee.
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The British PM said "engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi" would no longer find themselves in line behind people from E.U. countries.
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A female protester has died after being hit by a motorist as demonstrators angry at fuel tax hikes gridlocked parts of France on Saturday. Police said 47 other protesters had also been injured, three critically, as France's newest people's movement, the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests), staged a day of action
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Theresa May is speaking to senior ministers one-to-one ahead of a special cabinet on Wednesday.
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The previously undisclosed base contains networks of tunnels used to hide and fuel mobile missiles. Intelligence agencies believe there are some 20 similar bases scattered throughout North Korea.


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Ankara announced that it successfully tested an electromagnetic kinetic weapon, joining a club of developers alongside Russia, the US, China, and India.


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The U.S. military currently re-fuels about 20 percent of all Saudi aircraft that fly as part of the operation in Yemen.


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A Japanese medical university that acknowledged systematically discriminating against female applicants announced Wednesday plans to accept more than 60 who were unfairly rejected over the past two years.

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Greece and its powerful Orthodox Church tentatively agreed on Tuesday to remove some 10,000 priests and auxiliary staff from the state payroll, in a deal that could pave the way for a clearer distinction between church and state.


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Iran greeted the reimposition of US sanctions on Monday with air defense drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a "war situation",
raising Mideast tensions as America’s maximalist approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold.
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Four bodies have been pulled out of the rubble of several buildings that collapsed on Monday in the French city of Marseille, according to the Marseille Naval Fire Battalion.


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French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the creation of a “true, European army” to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States. "We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," Macron told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.


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Julian Assange announced on Friday that he was suing the Ecuadorean government for “violating his fundamental rights,” claiming that his longtime hosts at the country’s embassy in London are limiting his contact with the outside world and censoring his speech.

His legal team in the matter, led by the former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, revealed the suit at a news conference in Quito, where the lawsuit was filed. The action aims to prevent strict new rules governing Mr. Assange’s visitors and online activity from taking effect.
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Saudi Arabia has admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, according to the kingdom's state media.

The official SPA press agency said on Saturday that preliminary results of investigations showed that the dissident writer died after a fight broke out inside the building
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More than 50 people reportedly were killed Friday when a train plowed through revelers who had gathered on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Amritsar for the Hindu celebration of Dussehra marking the triumph of good over evil.

Witnesses told media outlets that as crowds spilled onto the train tracks, the booming of fireworks and the general celebratory din may have masked the sound of the oncoming train.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has heard an alleged audio recording of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a senior Turkish official.

Speaking exclusively and on condition of anonymity to ABC News, the official claimed the recording was played in meetings in Turkey on Wednesday, and that Pompeo was given a transcript of the recordings.
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This would be a significant step that would enable the Kremlin to surpass the U.S. and China. The U.S. is currently unable to defend against this breed of threat.
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Palestinians say decision to merge embassy and consulate legitimises Israeli occupation.
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The powerful police chief of Kandahar province in Afghanistan was killed Thursday in an attack following a security meeting with the top US commander in the city, three Afghan officials told CNN.
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Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, fostered a close relationship with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of a bid to help broker a Middle East peace deal.
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Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.

And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.
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At least 10 people have been killed after an unidentified explosive device detonated at a college in the Crimean city of Kerch on Wednesday, with at least 50 others injured, according to Russian authorities.
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A field of pink, cloud-like muhly grass flowers in a park in eastern China had to be cut down on Sunday (Oct 14) after it was trampled by selfie-seeking tourists, it was reported. The flowers of pink muhly grass stay in bloom for about two months during autumn, but those in the Binjiang riverside park in the city of Hangzhou were completely destroyed two weeks after they started blooming around Oct 1, Shanghai-based news portal Thepaper.cn reported.


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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday (Oct 16) called for more time to reach a deal with London, as fears grow about Britain crashing out of the union with no agreement in place.

Barnier said there were still several important differences between the two sides, notably on the thorny question of the Irish border.
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The Trump administration’s crackdown at the US-Mexico border — which culminated in widespread separation of families — started when President Donald Trump freaked out about a “caravan” of hundreds of Central American migrants crossing through Mexico to seek asylum.

As the caravan of asylum seekers made its way toward the US, the president raged at foreign governments and his own officials to do more to stop people from coming to the US without papers. By the time a few hundred caravan members finally arrived at the US-Mexico border at the San Ysidro port of entry, the administration had committed to restricting asylum by closing “loopholes” and to prosecuting everyone who entered the US illegally (without papers between official ports of entry) — the elements of a crackdown that’s affected tens of thousands of asylum seekers in recent months, even after the administration stopped separating families en masse in late June.
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A plan to avert an offensive by the Assad government against the last major rebel-held area in Syria stumbled Monday when the main extremist group failed to leave a proposed buffer zone as part of a plan to demilitarize the region.

However, Russia may still prevent Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad from launching an assault to retake Idlib, a province in northwestern Syria, as Moscow now appears eager to avoid a fight and instead find a political settlement to end the Syrian war and cement its growing role as a power broker in the Middle East.

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The announcement ended breathless speculation in the British tabloids since Friday, when Markle had the audacity to wear a coat and leave it partly unbuttoned. The baby is due in the spring.
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Twenty people were killed when torrential rains and flooding triggered mudslides that wiped out part of an elementary school in Indonesia's North Sumatra, officials said.

At least 11 of those who died in the flooding Friday were students, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency. Some students are still missing. The flooding was in Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra.
Some of the students were buried under debris and mud after the Aek Saladi river overflowed, according to state media.
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Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepali guides have been killed after their basecamp in the Himalayas was ravaged by a storm, local police and hiking officials said on Sunday.

The disaster, which claimed the life of record-breaking Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, is the worst climbing accident to hit the Himalayan nation in two years.

Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said rescuers helped by locals retrieved the bodies of the nine climbers on Sunday from near their basecamp at Mount Gurja, a 7,193 metre-high peak (23,600 feet), located roughly 216 km (135 miles) northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
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Hurricane Leslie has devastated Lisbon as it batters Portugal with 109mph winds.

Authorities urged people to stay indoors and to stay away from coastal areas as the storm brought heavy rain, strong winds and surging seas.

At least 27 people have suffered minor injuries, according to civil defence officials.

The storm was the most intense overnight bringing localised flooding and uprooting thousands of trees.

Civil defence commander Luis Belo Costa said after Saturday night that “the greatest danger has passed”.

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At least seven mountaineers were killed after their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal was hit by a storm, police said on Saturday, in the country’s worst climbing disaster in two years. Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said villagers who reached the site at the base camp of Mount Gurja, a 23,600 feet-high peak, on Saturday spotted seven bodies in the mountain slopes. Nine climbers had been reported missing.


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Malaysia has freed 11 ethnic Uighurs detained last year after they broke out of prison in Thailand and crossed the border, despite a request from Beijing for the men to be returned to China.
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The death toll from Hurricane Michael's devastating march up the East Coast rose to 13 on Friday as the storm lashed Virginia and killed at least five people in the state.

Michael was making its way toward the Atlantic Ocean on Friday as a post-tropical cyclone, with winds gusting at 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center said that the storm was headed offshore but that it still posed a risk, with damaging winds extending more than 200 miles from its center. North Carolina, where one man was killed, could see more storm surge. Meanwhile, parts of the Northeast could get up to 5 inches of rain, the hurricane center said.

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