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US Warship Cruises Disputed Sea in Philippine War Games

A US warship laden with hi-tech fighter planes took centre stage at key war games in the Philippines Thursday, brandishing military might as fresh tensions bubble in the contentious South China Sea.

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World's Biggest Election Tests Modi's Grip on Power in India

Tens of millions of Indians joined nationwide queues Thursday to give their verdict on nationalist prime minister Narendra Modi as the world's biggest election started amid deadly clashes.

Election officials reported a heavy turnout across the 20 states taking part in the first day of the massive exercise which involves 900 million eligible voters and will take nearly six weeks to complete. 

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Australian Prime Minister Sets Election for May 18

Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a national election for May 18, firing the starting gun on what promises to be a bareknuckle campaign focused heavily on climate and the economy.

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Europe Suffering from Italian Mafia 'Cancer', Experts Warn

International anti-mafia stings may have increased in recent months, but Italian organised crime groups constitute a social and economic "cancer" that the world seems to underestimate, experts say.

The most high-profile recent operation saw 90 mobsters from the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia arrested in December in six different countries, in raids involving hundreds of police officers.

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Trump Laments EU Toughness on Britain after Brexit Delay

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday lamented the EU was being "so tough" with Britain after European leaders agreed to delay Brexit by six months.

Under a deal struck during late night talks in Brussels, Britain received a "flexible extension" until October 31, saving all sides from a chaotic no-deal British departure at the end of the week.

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Trump's 'Coup' Charge Fuels Assault on Russia Probe

Donald Trump called the probe into his campaign's Russia links an attempted "coup" Wednesday, while his attorney general promised to investigate FBI "spying" on the president.

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Pompeo Says Iran Tied to al-Qaida, Declines to Say if War Legal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday accused Iran of ties to al-Qaida and declined to say whether the Trump administration had legal authority to invade the country.

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo hedged on whether the authorization of force by the U.S. Congress days after the September 11, 2001 attacks would allow the United States to strike Iran.

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Macron Says Long Brexit Delay Not Decided

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Wednesday as he arrived at Brexit crisis talks in Brussels that EU leaders have yet to agree for how long to delay Britain's departure.

"For me, nothing is decided, nothing, and in particular, since I hear rumors, not a long extension," he said, as leaders met to consider Prime Minister Theresa May's request for a postponement.

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Pence Asks U.N. to Recognize Guaido as Venezuela's Leader

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday asked the United Nations to recognize Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, telling the Security Council: "Nicolas Maduro must go."

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U.S. Attorney General: FBI 'Spied' on Trump Campaign

The U.S. attorney general told Congress Wednesday he believes the FBI spied on President Donald Trump's election campaign and said he is opening an investigation into whether it was justified.

Amid fresh charges by Trump that he was the target of an "attempted coup," Bill Barr told lawmakers the FBI may have gone too far in opening a counterintelligence probe into Trump's 2016 operation.

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