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12 dead as strong typhoon floods Macau, southern China
BEIJING (AP) -- The most powerful typhoon to hit the southern Chinese region in more than half a century has left at least 12 dead as a sudden deluge swamped the gambling hub of Macau, submerging streets and stranding residents....

Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents
TOKYO (AP) -- The commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet has been relieved of duty following a series of warship accidents that raised questions about its operations in the Pacific....

Qatar restores diplomatic ties to Iran amid regional crisis
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early Thursday, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran....

Egypt angered by US aid cut over human rights concerns
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt reacted angrily Wednesday to the Trump administration's decision to cut or delay nearly $300 million in military and economic aid over human rights concerns, a surprise move given the increasingly close ties that have bound the two allies since President Donald Trump took office in January....

Trump administration calls out Egypt on human rights
CAIRO (AP) -- Washington's surprise decision this week to cut or delay nearly $300 million in aid to Egypt is the first time the Trump administration has publicly called out Cairo on its poor human rights record....

Dutch police detain driver of Spanish van near cancelled gig
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Police in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam detained the driver of a van with Spanish license plates and a number of gas tanks inside after a concert by an American rock band was cancelled Wednesday night following a threat, the city's mayor said....

Thailand awaits verdict that could send former PM to prison
BANGKOK (AP) -- Friends and foes alike of former Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, are anxiously awaiting a verdict Friday by the Thailand's Supreme Court on charges that she was criminally negligent in implementing a rice subsidy program that is estimated to have cost the government as much as $17 billion and could now cost her 10 years in prison....

Study: Arsenic poisoning a risk for 50M in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan's Indus Valley - far more than previously thought, according to a new study....

US chastises Cambodia for curtailing press freedom
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States strongly criticized Cambodia on Wednesday for ordering an American democracy group to leave the country and pressuring dissenting news media - chastising a government whose leader says he shares President Donald Trump's disdain for the press....

Russia warns against new sanctions on North Korea
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian diplomat is warning against expanding sanctions against North Korea, saying it's necessary to focus on a political settlement....

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