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Britain Seeks to Soothe Brexit Tensions with France

Britain's foreign minister will seek to ease tensions with France caused by Brexit on Thursday with a speech that will pay tribute to the "bonds of friendship and commerce" between the countries, his office said.

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Bangladesh to Set Election Date as Opposition Cries Foul

Bangladeshi authorities were set to announce later Thursday a date for general elections despite the opposition crying foul and threatening protests.

Chief election commissioner Nurul Huda will address the nation live at 7:00 pm (1300 GMT) to announce the date, spokesman S.M. Asaduzzaman told AFP.

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Oil Tanker and Frigate Collide off Norway, Seven Injured

A Norwegian navy frigate and a Maltese oil tanker collided in a fjord in western Norway on Thursday, local authorities said, with seven people receiving minor injuries.

The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, which was returning from NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, was evacuated after the collision with the Sola TS tanker, Norway's army said.

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Marijuana, Abortion, Greyhounds: The Local Issues on US Midterm Ballots

In addition to choosing members of Congress and state governors, Americans also cast ballots on a slew of local initiatives in the midterm elections, including the legalization of recreational marijuana, limits on abortions and banning greyhound racing.

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Seoul Says N. Korea Asked to Delay Pompeo Talks

North Korea asked the United States to delay planned high-level talks in New York this week, Seoul's top diplomat said Thursday, a day after Washington abruptly announced the meeting's postponement.

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Taiwan Navy Gets Two New Warships as China Tensions Grow

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed Thursday that the island would not "concede one step" in defending itself as she inaugurated two frigates bought from the United States aimed at boosting Taipei's naval capabilities against China.

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Pakistani Christian Woman Asia Bibi Freed from Jail

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, has been freed from jail, her lawyer said Thursday.

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U.S. Attorney General Says Resigning at Trump's Request

The U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said he was resigning Wednesday at the request of President Donald Trump in a move that raises questions over the future of a bombshell probe into Trump's alleged collusion with Russia.

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Trump Hopes to Meet N. Korea Leader Next Year

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he hoped to meet again early next year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but that he was in "no rush" to negotiate.

In a wide-ranging news conference after congressional elections, Trump said he was willing to accede to North Korea's key demand of easing sanctions "but they have to be responsive to us."

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America's Pink Wave: Women Win Congress Record

The U.S. election has swept a record number of women into Congress, fired up by disgust of Donald Trump, emboldened by the #MeToo movement and making the Democratic Party more diverse and younger than ever.

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