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Date for Putin’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim being discussed: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A date for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being discussed, Russian state news agency RIA cited Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session of the annual Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia October 18, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS ...

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Southeast Asia hails world’s first multilateral air encounter code

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian countries agreed on Friday to guidelines to manage unexpected encounters between their military aircraft, with host Singapore calling the pact a world first and saying they would encourage their international partners to join. ASEAN defence ministers pose for a group photo at the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su The ...

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Afghanistan in shock after death of powerful police commander

KABUL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The assassination of a powerful police commander has left Afghanistan reeling ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday and raised questions over talks begun recently between the Taliban and U.S. officials. FILE PHOTO: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with the media before an enhanced honor cordon arrival of Greek Minister of Defense Panagiotis Kammenos at the Pentagon ...

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Southeast Asia agrees guidelines on air encounters, terrorism data swaps

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday agreed to a set of guidelines to manage unexpected aerial encounters between their military aircraft, and a deal to exchange information on terrorism and extremism. ASEAN defence ministers pose for a group photo at the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su The leaders of the ten-nation ...

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China arrests former vice finance minister for graft

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has arrested a former vice finance minister for suspected corruption, its top prosecutor said on Friday. Zhang Shaochun has been under investigation for “serious violation of discipline and law”, the graft watchdog said, in a long-running corruption campaign under President Xi Jinping. Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Mattis says too soon to say if Afghan attack will affect ballot

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – It is too soon to say how an attack in Afghanistan that killed a top security chief would affect voter turnout in Saturday’s elections, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, but added that the U.S. military’s mission was unaltered. FILE PHOTO: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with the media before an enhanced honor cordon arrival of ...

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Amnesty International points to extrajudicial killings in Nicaragua

MANAGUA (Reuters) – Human rights organization Amnesty International said on Thursday it had documented at least six “possible extrajudicial executions” in Nicaragua during a government crackdown on protests against President Daniel Ortega. Nicaragua has been roiled by unrest since demonstrations began against planned welfare cuts by Ortega’s government in April, which then spiraled into a wider protest against him. The ...

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