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Exclusive: U.S. prepares new sanctions on Chinese firms over North Korea ties – officials


Frustrated that China has not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration could impose new sanctions on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang within weeks, two senior U.S. officials said.

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Macron slaps down defense chief, pledges higher spending

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 French President Emmanuel Macron slapped down military chiefs on Thursday after his top general criticized spending cuts to this year’s budget, while pledging to increase military expenditure next year.

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Islamic State magazine names June attackers in Paris, Brussels


Islamic State claimed responsibility for two attempted militant attacks in Europe last month.

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Conservative groups urge lawmakers to gut climate programs in U.S. military


A coalition of 14 conservative groups urged U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday to support an amendment to the House of Representatives’ annual defense bill that would prevent the Pentagon from implementing climate-change and green energy policies meant to save taxpayers money and protect the planet.

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‘The island is being eaten': how climate change is threatening the Torres Strait


Torres Strait residents face being forced from their homes by climate change, as their islands are lost to rising seas.

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Ex-Brazil President Lula sentenced to nearly 10 years for corruption

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Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a top contender to win next year’s presidential election, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.

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Exclusive: Trump says he does not fault son for meeting Russian lawyer

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not fault his son Donald Trump Jr. for meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election campaign and that he was unaware of the meeting until a few days ago.

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Top U.S. diplomat ends talks in Gulf; no sign Qatar crisis resolved


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended talks with ministers from Saudi Arabia and three Arab allies on Wednesday over how to end a month-long rift with Qatar, but there was no immediate word of any breakthrough.

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Barbados PM Given 48 Hours to Ease Tax Squeeze or Face National Shutdown


Barbados is facing the possibility of a nationwide shutdown led by the island’s leading trade unions.

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Jamaica PM Orders Audit of Ministers’ Cellphone Expenses After Multi-Million-Dollar Phone Bill

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ordered an audit of the cellphone bills of all ministers and a cap on cell phone expenses, on the heels of a whopping J$8 million (US$62,612) bill racked up by Minister of Finance Audley Shaw.

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