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Chinese graft fugitive returns from New Zealand

BEIJING (Reuters) – A former Chinese automotive official suspected of corruption has returned home from New Zealand to ‘surrender’ to the authorities, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday, as Beijing steps up efforts to repatriate fugitives. China’s highly-publicized “sky-net” operation to return corruption suspects who fled overseas is a crucial plank of President Xi Jinping’s sweeping campaign to ...

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Bermuda appeals to London high court to enforce gay marriage ban

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) – Bermuda’s government on Thursday filed an appeal to a high court in London seeking to uphold a law challenged in local courts that would ban gay marriage in the British overseas island. In February, Bermuda’s governor, John Rankin, approved the Domestic Partnership Act (DPA), which allows same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships but not marry, marking ...

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No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers at U.S. research station in Antarctica

(Reuters) – Investigators are still piecing together what killed two private subcontractors near the largest U.S. research station in Antarctica, but no criminal activity was immediately suspected, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: General view of McMurdo Station operated by the United States on Antarctica. Picture taken January 1 2000. /File Photo The two fire-safety technicians ...

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U.S. to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to counter the rapidly expanding Chinese and Russian economic and political influence in Africa, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday, calling business practices of the two nations “corrupt” and “predatory.” FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton speaks during a press briefing at the White House ...

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Captured Ukrainian navy captains tell Russia: We won’t testify

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two Ukrainian navy captains being held in a Russian jail have refused to provide testimony because they consider themselves prisoners of war, their lawyers said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A detained Ukrainian serviceman and crew member of one of Ukrainian naval ships, which were recently seized by Russia’s FSB security service, looks out of a minibus window ...

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Cocaine surge to Europe fueled by new gangs, violence: report

LISBON (Reuters) – New gangs are muscling into cocaine markets in Europe, setting up smuggling networks straight from producers in Latin America to consumers, a business which used to be dominated by the mafia, the Lisbon-based EU drugs agency said on Thursday. In a study, which aimed to identify the causes of surging amounts of cocaine smuggled into Europe, the ...

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Israel to approve thousands of unauthorized West Bank settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is to authorize thousands of the settler homes built illegally in the occupied West Bank, some of them decades ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem December 9, 2018. Oded Balilty/Pool via REUTERS The move is likely to ...

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