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New Zealand polls close after nail-biting race, record numbers vote in advance

New Zealand polls close after nail-biting race, record numbers vote in advance

New Zealanders went to the polls on Saturday after the most hotly contested race in recent history, with changes to the country's openness to migration and trade and the central bank's approach ...

China confirms will limit oil exports to North Korea

China confirms will limit oil exports to North Korea

China will limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting October 1, its commerce ministry said, confirming Beijing's participation in new UN sanctions intended to rein in its rogue neighbour.

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Some 70,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes Friday after a rain-swollen dam in Puerto Rico failed in the latest disaster caused by Hurricane Maria.

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

North Korea has become ‘more opaque’ to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned ...

Trudeau triggers ‘spat’ with Chewbacca socks

Trudeau triggers ‘spat’ with Chewbacca socks

Justin Trudeau’s choice in socks sparked a light-hearted Twitter competition between the stars of Star Wars and Star Trek after the Canadian prime minister sported Chewbacca hosiery during high-profile appearances in New York City this week.

Trump is ‘preparing’ to replace travel ban

Trump is ‘preparing’ to replace travel ban

President Donald Trump is planning to replace his soon-to-expire travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries with a new one tailored on a country-by-country basis and affecting slightly more nations, US media reported yesterday.

Hurricane Maria leaves 25 dead in Caribbean

Hurricane Maria leaves 25 dead in Caribbean

Hurricane Maria lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands yesterday after destroying homes, causing widespread flooding, crippling economies and killing at least 25 people on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

Pakistan won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war: PM

Pakistan won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war: PM

Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan’s bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the United Nations on Thursday.

Protests in Catalonia over crackdown

Protests in Catalonia over crackdown

Demonstrators hit the streets of Barcelona yesterday for a third day of protests against the Spanish authorities’ crackdown on preparations for a banned independence referendum in Catalonia.

21 die as migrant boat sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

21 die as migrant boat sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Twenty-one people drowned and up to 15 more were missing yesterday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast, the coast guard said.

Macron enacts labour reforms

Macron enacts labour reforms

President Emmanuel Macron has signed sweeping changes to France’s complex labour code into law, ramming through a landmark reform four months into his administration despite protests from hardline unions.

Pair accused of murder as nanny’s body found

Pair accused of murder as nanny’s body found

An ex-girlfriend of one of the founding members of Boyzone appeared in court yesterday charged with the murder of a French nanny whose charred remains were found in her back garden.

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