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Forget fantasy Brexit, UK tells lawmakers as crucial deal debate begins

British Prime Minister Theresa May's government cautioned lawmakers on Wednesday that it was a delusion to think that the government would be able to negotiate a new divorce deal with the European Union if parliament voted down her deal next week.


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Posted 2019/01/09 09:57:10

British parliament cannot stop Brexit: junior minister

Britain's parliament cannot stop Brexit, a junior minister in the department managing the exit from the European Union said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2019/01/09 09:56:48

Northern Irish DUP: PM May must ditch the backstop to get our support

The Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May's government bluntly warned it would vote against her Brexit deal unless the backstop arrangement was removed from it.


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Posted 2019/01/09 09:44:32

Australian police investigate suspicious packages sent to diplomatic missions

Police in Australia are investigating suspicious packages sent to a wide range of embassies and consulates on Wednesday, which officials said included the U.S. and British missions in Melbourne, but there were no reports of harm to staff.


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Posted 2019/01/09 09:34:01

U.S.-China trade talks conclude as hopes of a deal build

Chinese and U.S. teams ended trade talks in Beijing on Wednesday that lasted longer than expected and officials said details will be released soon, raising hopes an all-out trade war that could badly disrupt the global economy can be avoided.


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Posted 2019/01/09 09:22:25

U.N. asks Australia to consider resettling Saudi teen who fled family

The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her, the Australian government said on Wednesday.


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Posted 2019/01/09 09:10:50

DUP calls British government Brexit backstop plans meaningless: Sky

The Northern Irish party that props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government said the government's plans to offer the region more control over the introduction of backstop provision on Ireland’s post-Brexit border are meaningless, Sky News said.


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Posted 2019/01/09 09:01:33

Pro-EU campaigners set out roadmap to second British referendum

Pro-European Union campaigners in Britain have set out for the first time their preferred path for how parliament could force the government to call a fresh vote on Brexit, arguing that there is still time for another referendum.


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Posted 2019/01/09 08:05:43

Photoshop gaffe embarrasses Australian prime minister with two left feet

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was left red-faced on Wednesday after a family photograph, doctored by his staff, inadvertently left him with two left feet - an embarrassing image as he tries to end missteps months before an election.


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Posted 2019/01/09 07:31:45

Apple cuts first-quarter production plan for new iPhones by 10 percent: Nikkei

Apple Inc , which slashed its quarterly sales forecast last week, has reduced planned production for its three new iPhone models by about 10 percent for the January-March quarter, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Wednesday.


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Posted 2019/01/09 07:26:57

Exclusive: Saudi private jet industry stalls after corruption crackdown

A crackdown on corruption in Saudi Arabia has severely dented the kingdom's private jet industry in a sign of the impact the campaign has had on private enterprise and the wealthy elite.


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Posted 2019/01/09 07:05:37

House Democrats to test Republicans on Trump’s wall demand

As a partial U.S. government shutdown neared the three-week mark, Democrats on Wednesday were set to test Republicans' resolve in backing President Donald Trump's drive to build a wall on the border with Mexico, which has sparked an impasse over agency funding.


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Posted 2019/01/09 06:41:34

In Oval Office speech, Trump demands a wall but does not declare emergency

President Donald Trump urged Congress in a televised speech on Tuesday to give him $5.7 billion this year to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico but stopped short of declaring a national emergency to pay for the barrier with military funds.


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Posted 2019/01/09 06:37:45

Vietnam says Facebook violated controversial cybersecurity law

Facebook has violated Vietnam's new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform, state media said on Wednesday, days after the controversial legislation took effect in the communist-ruled country.


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Posted 2019/01/09 05:46:19

Father of Saudi teen asylum seeker in Thailand, seeks meeting

The father of an 18-year-old Saudi woman asylum seeker who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her, has arrived in Bangkok and wants to meet his daughter, Thailand's immigration chief said on Tuesday.


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Posted 2019/01/09 04:59:52

Joshua Tree National Park closes, at least for now, amid government shutdown

Joshua Tree National Park in California will be closed at least temporarily so that staffers can grapple with sanitation and maintenance issues that have mushroomed during the partial government shutdown, officials said on Tuesday.


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Posted 2019/01/09 00:04:43

Trump administration says it will provide food stamps in February despite shutdown

The Trump administration said on Tuesday it would keep providing food assistance to poor Americans in February despite a partial U.S. government shutdown, but warned it had no solution in place for March if the funding shortfall continues.


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Posted 2019/01/09 00:03:59

Billionaire environmentalist Steyer to make announcement on 2020 race

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, a Democratic donor and activist who has spent millions pushing to impeach Republican President Donald Trump, is expected to announce on Wednesday whether he will make a 2020 White House bid.


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Posted 2019/01/08 23:53:42

U.S. Supreme Court rejects mystery firm possibly linked to Russia probe

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by a foreign government-owned company over its bid to avoid paying penalties if it does not comply with a subpoena issued by a grand jury in a sealed case possibly linked to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.


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Posted 2019/01/08 23:49:40

Exclusive: New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company's suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm's owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius.


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Posted 2019/01/08 23:30:10