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South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. According to unnamed sources cited by US media, the USS Dewey passed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef. China claims almost all of the South China ...

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Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage – watchdog

By Yasmeen Abutaleb | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday. The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group of experts who analyse ...

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Manchester bomber's father says he did not expect attack

By Hani Amara and Ahmed Elumami | TRIPOLI TRIPOLI The father of the bomber who killed 22 concert-goers in an attack in Manchester told Reuters in the Libyan capital on Wednesday that he had last spoken to his son some five days ago, by phone, and “everything was normal.” Ramadan Abedi, who was detained by a Tripoli counterterrorism force during ...

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Moody's China downgrade 'illogical', overstates debt – People's Daily

SHANGHAI The decision by Moody’s Investors Service to downgrade China’s credit rating is “illogical” and overstates the levels of government debt, a commerce ministry researcher said in an editorial in the official People’s Daily newspaper on Thursday. Mei Xinyu, a researcher at China’s Ministry of Commerce, wrote in a front page editorial of the paper’s overseas edition the downgrade, Moody’s ...

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In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, ...

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PSG set to take on Manchester United for Atletico Madrid star? Transfer news and gossip from Thursday's papers

When there’s talk of Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, the name on everyone’s lips is Antoine Griezmann. But another £50m-plus man is wanted by Old Trafford should David de Gea finally make the move to Real Madrid – Jan Oblak. Old Trafford will have some competition, though, according to France Football. They claim Paris Saint-Germain has made a £52m bid ...

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Little Mix ladies ooze sex appeal in teaser images from new Power music video

Little Mix fans are in for a treat because the first pictures from their new music video have been released. The four-piece’s next single will be Power, and the accompanying video looks like it lives up to the title. Blonde babe Perrie Edwards is showing off her very impressive figure in the snaps while donning a tiny black crop top ...

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'Only logical' for Trump to meet Dalai Lama – Tibetan leader

By David Brunnstrom | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The head of Tibet’s government in exile said on Wednesday it would be “logical” for Donald Trump to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, since the U.S. president has visited homes of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions on his current international tour. The Dalai Lama has met the past four U.S. ...

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Shell, ConocoPhillips oil sands share selloff risks flooding market

By Nia Williams | CALGARY, Alberta CALGARY, Alberta Canadian equity markets risk being swamped with oil sands company shares this year as Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips prepare to offload C$6.8 billion (3.9 billion pounds) worth of stakes in two domestic producers, just months after acquiring them. The two firms acquired shares in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd and Cenovus Energy ...

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Chris Cornell's widow says singer was "not himself" on night he died and apologises for not being with him

Chris Cornell’s wife has penned an emotional open letter to her husband, saying she knows he was not himself on the night he died. Vicky Cornell also apologised for not being with the 52-year-old star she had been married to for over a decade on the night he hanged himself. In an open letter posted to Billboard.com , Vicky wrote: ...

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