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Indian Islamic preacher apologizes to Malaysians for racial remarks

Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologized on Tuesday for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, a day after he was questioned by police for hours over the comments.

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British foreign office concerned at reports staffer detained in China

Britain’s foreign office said it was seeking more information about reports that a Hong Kong staff member had been detained in mainland China.

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Elderly in Hong Kong looking to China for affordable care in retirement

After spending time with his 84-year-old mother in a senior care home in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, David Lee walked up to the supervisor and asked to reserve a place there for his own retirement.

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Hong Kong leader sees ‘way out’ of chaos through dialogue

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore peace and that dialogue with peaceful protesters would provide a “way out” for the Chinese-ruled city.

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Hong Kong leader says she hopes peaceful protest was a turning point

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore peace and that the government would talk to peaceful protesters and tackle complaints against police.

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Hong Kong leader says she hopes non-violent protest puts city on road to peace

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hopes a non-violent weekend protest that saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets in an anti-government rally was the beginning of efforts to restore peace in the Chinese-ruled city.

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U.S. envoy offers farm visas to boost asylum deal with Guatemala

In a bid to strengthen an asylum deal forged between Guatemala’s outgoing president and the United States, a U.S. official offered on Monday to triple the number of temporary farmworker visas available to Guatemalans.

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Elton John blasts relentless character assassination of Harry and Meghan

Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres spoke out on Monday in support of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, calling them a down-to-earth and hardworking couple who were being unfairly attacked by the media.

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Iran tanker heads to Greece, U.S. warns against helping vessel

An Iranian tanker at the center of an angry confrontation between Iran and Washington sailed for Greece on Monday after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar, as Washington called the release unfortunate and warned Greece and Mediterranean ports against helping the vessel.

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Trump, UK’s Johnson discuss Brexit, economic issues in call

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Brexit and a U.S.-Britain free trade deal during a phone call on Monday ahead of a Group of Seven summit in France this weekend.

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Trump urges India and Pakistan to reduce tensions in call with leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with the leaders of India and Pakistan on Monday, discussing prospects for improved trade ties with Washington and stressing the need to reduce tensions over Kashmir between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

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G7 may end without communique due to gaps on trade, climate: NHK

The Group of Seven (G7) leaders summit to be held this weekend in France may end without a joint communique due to wide gaps between member nations on trade and climate issues, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Tuesday.

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Trump, Pakistan’s Khan discuss reducing tension with India over Kashmir

U.S. President Donald Trump talked to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday about the need to reduce tensions with India over Kashmir and avoid steps that might escalate the crisis, the White House said.

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Release of Iranian tanker ‘unfortunate’: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Monday that it was unfortunate an Iranian oil tanker detained off Gibraltar had been allowed to leave.

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Besieged Kashmiri neighborhood in test of wills with India’s Modi

For more than a week, the young men of Soura, a densely populated enclave in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, have been taking turns to maintain an around-the-clock vigil at the entry points to their neighborhood.

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U.S. has conveyed its ‘strong position’ to Greece about Iranian tanker: official

The United States has conveyed its “strong position” to the Greek government about an Iranian tanker that sailed for Greece on Monday after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar and Washington says is carrying oil to Syria, a State Department official said.

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Open Arms suggests Italy take rescue ship migrants to Spain

The commanders of a rescue ship with 98 migrants aboard declined to leave Italian waters on Monday, turning down an option to take them to Spain and suggesting that Italy’s Coast Guard should take them there instead.

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In retrial, El Salvador acquits woman accused of killing her stillborn child

A Salvadoran court on Monday acquitted a woman accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby in a case that drew international attention to the socially conservative nation’s strict abortion ban.

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Canada’s Trudeau under pressure after Britain revokes citizenship of ‘Jihadi Jack’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came under pressure on Monday from the opposition Conservatives who warned against giving any assistance to Jack Letts – a dual citizen dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the media – after Britain’s decision to strip him of his British citizenship.

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Syrian government forces march into Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib: Observatory, rebel source

Syrian army troops and their allies entered Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria, advancing against insurgents in the town where ground battles raged on Monday night, a monitor and a rebel source said.

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UK PM Johnson writes to Donald Tusk to propose Brexit deal changes

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday to set out his proposals for reaching a new Brexit deal with the bloc ahead of Britain’s planned departure on Oct. 31.

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Factbox: Track Facebook’s fight against disinformation campaigns in 2019

Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc said on Monday they had dismantled a state-backed information operation originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong.

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Saudi-Led coalition attacks military targets in Houthi-controlled Sanaa: Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen launched an attack on Monday on military targets in the capital Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthi movement, Saudi state TV reported.

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UK’s Johnson to EU: Let’s replace backstop with commitment to alternative arrangements

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday to propose replacing the Irish backstop with a commitment to put in place alternative arrangements by the end of a post-Brexit transition period.

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Pompeo to travel to Ottawa for talks on trade, Venezuela, China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ottawa for a day of meetings with Canadian leaders to discuss bilateral relations, Venezuela’s crisis and Canadians detained in China, the State Department said on Monday.