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Maldives President Took Gifts from Island Developers

The president of the Maldives appeared to accept lavish gifts from a billionaire developer who was later leased two islands in the paradise archipelago without bidding for them, a corruption watchdog alleged Tuesday.

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Asian Markets Bounce on Talks Hopes after Trump Tariff Threat

Asian markets mostly rose Tuesday after Donald Trump said he would thump China with another round of tariffs but give some room for talks before jacking them up to the highest rate.

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Iran Hails 'Responsible' Turkey-Russia Deal on Syria's Idlib

Iran's foreign minister on Tuesday hailed an agreement between Turkey and Russia to avert an assault on Syria's last major rebel stronghold in Idlib province as an example of "responsible diplomacy."

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French Interior Minister to Quit in Further Blow to Macron

France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Tuesday that he will stand down next year to run again for his old job as mayor of the city of Lyon, in yet another blow to President Emmanuel Macron.

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Myanmar Military Brutality against Rohingya 'Hard to Fathom', UN Investigator

The level of brutality used by Myanmar's military against the Rohingya minority is "hard to fathom", a UN investigator said Tuesday, presenting a damning report calling for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide.

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Five Things about the North-South Summit in Pyongyang

Summits between North and South Korea are closely watched for both spectacular symbolism -- on grand display at the Panmunjom summit in April -- and smaller hints of meaning.

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Two Palestinians Killed in Israel Strike on Gaza Border

Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza border, the territory's Hamas-run health ministry said early Tuesday, with Israel saying they had planted a suspicious object next to the border fence.

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Israel Expresses 'Sorrow' for Russian Deaths, Blames Assad and Iran

Israel's military expressed "sorrow" Tuesday over the deaths of crew members of a Russian military aircraft accidentally downed by Syria during an Israeli strike and denied any direct involvement.

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Trump's Supreme Court Pick Ready to Testify over Sex Assault Allegation

U.S. President Donald Trump's conservative Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, struck back Monday at an allegation that he committed sexual assault as a teenager, saying he was ready to defend his "integrity" before the Senate.

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U.S., Russia Clash at U.N. over North Korea Sanctions

The United States on Monday accused Russia of "cheating" on U.N. sanctions against North Korea with plans for a railway project, oil transfers and ongoing business dealings with Pyongyang.

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