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Australia Denies Mass Immigrant Hunger Strike

Australia has denied that hundreds of immigrants have gone on a mass hunger strike at a facility in Melbourne, while insisting conditions at the facility are not "inhumane or brutal."

Days after detainees and activists declared a hunger strike in a protest against living conditions, the Australian Border Force said there was no "mass hunger strike" at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation.

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Trump Cancels Davos Trip over U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Row

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his upcoming trip to the annual international conference at Davos, blaming the ongoing row in Washington over building wall on the border with Mexico.

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UK Minister Breaks Ranks with No-Deal Brexit Warning

Britain's business minister on Thursday warned that the prospect of crashing out of the European Union without an agreement would be "disastrous" for the country, as fractious MPs prepare to vote on a contentious Brexit deal.

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'Yellow Vest' Anger as French Boxer who Hit Police Denied Bail

Supporters of the French boxer filmed punching police officers during a "yellow vest" protest reacted angrily Thursday after he was denied bail at a court hearing where he expressed regret for his outburst.

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Jewish Museum Terror Attack Trial Opens in Brussels

The trial opened Thursday of a Frenchman accused of shooting four people dead at a Jewish museum in Brussels, allegedly the first Syria jihad veteran to stage a terror attack in Europe.

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Legal Aid Fund Launched for WikiLeaks Founder Assange

A British charity helping whistleblowers around the world on Thursday launched a legal aid fund for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, warning his expulsion from Ecuador's embassy in London "may be imminent."

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Second Trump-Kim Summit 'Imminent'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's trip to China this week is a sign that a second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is "imminent," the South's President Moon Jae-in said Thursday.

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Venezuela's Isolated Maduro to Begin New Term with Economy in Tatters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever.

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Merkel's Athens Visit to Focus on Solidarity, Macedonia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel headed to Greece on Thursday to show post-austerity solidarity with Athens and lend diplomatic support on a name change for neighbouring Macedonia.

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Iran Says It Holds US Navy Veteran, 1st Arrest of Trump Era

Iran confirmed it is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump's administration.

White's detention adds new pressure to the rising tension between Iran and the U.S., which under Trump has pursued a maximalist campaign against Tehran that includes pulling out of its nuclear deal with world powers.

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