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Four Hong Kong stations close to head off protest as China frees UK consulate worker

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Hong Kong's rail operator shut down four stations ahead of a planned protest on Saturday as the Chinese-ruled city braced for further unrest and as China released an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong whose detention had fuelled tension.

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Trump says U.S. has really good relationship with North Korea

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States has a really good relationship with North Korea and that the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, has been "pretty straight" with him.

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North Korea's launches short-range missiles, complicating U.S. attempts to restart talks

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North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks amid stalled denuclearisation talks.

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Trump says he wouldn't stop Fed Chair Powell if he offered to resign

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U.S. President Donald Trump sharply criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday and said he wouldn't try to stop the chief U.S. central banker if he offered to resign.

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Trump says U.S. would tax French wine in response to digital tax

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday reiterated criticism of a French proposal to levy a tax aimed at big U.S. technology companies and threatened again to retaliate by taxing French wine.

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Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission held in China released: police

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An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China's border city of Shenzhen amid accusations of outside interference in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was released on Saturday, Chinese police said.

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Kentucky clerk who refused same-sex marriage licenses can be sued

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The Kentucky county clerk who in 2015 gained widespread attention for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples may be sued for damages by two of those couples, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

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Zimbabwe police arrest 10 union officials as clampdown deepens

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Zimbabwe's government offered to raise public sector wages by 76% on Friday, an umbrella group for public sector unions said, in a bid to tackle widespread anger over the state of the economy.

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France's Macron says real 'ecocide' going on in Amazon

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The Amazon needs better management to end the "ecocide" that is going on in the rainforest, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday ahead of a G7 summit at the weekend.

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Mexican families scour arid plains for graves of disappeared

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Fifteen years after her daughter's disappearance, 55-year-old Silvia Ortiz spends day after day raking through arid scrubland in northern Mexico hoping to find her remains.

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Norway's Liberals accept PM's ultimatum, preventing government's collapse

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Norway's Liberal Party, a junior member of Norway's four-party government, will accept the prime minister's ultimatum on transport policy, preventing the cabinet's fall, Liberal leader Trine Skei Grande said on Friday.

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Former police officer charged with murder for botched Houston raid

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Prosecutors charged a former Houston police officer on Friday with two counts of murder and another ex-officer with evidence tampering, in connection with a deadly drug raid that was based on bogus information, officials said.

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Avowed Trump supporter from Mexico convicted of alien voter fraud

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An avowed Republican activist and supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was born in Mexico but lived in the United States illegally for more than 20 years, was found guilty on Friday of identity theft and five counts of alien voter fraud.

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'Shock' investment urged to stem flow of Central American migrants

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Regional leaders on Friday called for "shock" investment in infrastructure in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reduce the number of migrants flowing from the three economically fragile countries, bound for the United States.

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Psychologist approved Jeffrey's Epstein's removal from suicide watch

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A psychologist at the federal detention centre in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

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Lithuanian human chain links anti-Soviet and Hong Kong protesters

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As protesters formed human chains across Hong Kong on Friday, Ramunas Terleckas was out on the streets of Lithuania's capital Vilnius getting ready to commemorate the event which inspired them.

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EU countries agree to share out Ocean Viking migrants

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Six European Union countries have agreed to take in the 356 migrants stranded at sea for two weeks aboard the Ocean Viking rescue vessel, ending the latest standoff in the bloc over migration across the Mediterranean.

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As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

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European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.

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Trump campaign seeks to mobilize women in 2020 battleground states

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign hosted events in 2020 battleground states on Thursday to mobilize and train suburban women, an important voting bloc that defected from Republicans during last year's congressional contests.

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Japan coastguard says it detected North Korean ballistic missile launch

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Japan's coastguard said it had detected ballistic missile launches from North Korea on Saturday and warned shipping to stay to stay clear of any debris.

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