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Japan PM Urges Better Ties in Call with South Korea's Moon

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday called for better ties with South Korea in talks with President Moon Jae-in, the first in months between leaders of the countries.

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EU Refuses to Recognize Lukashenko as Belarus President

The European Union refuses to recognize Alexander Lukashenko as president of Belarus, saying the August election results and his inauguration this week lacked democratic legitimacy, the EU's diplomatic chief said Thursday.

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Ex-president Sarkozy to Learn Fate in Cash-from-Libya Case

A Paris appeals court will rule Thursday on a legal challenge by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former aides against an investigation into claims that Libyan money was used in his 2007 election campaign.

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North Korea Shot Dead South Korean Defector

North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector after interrogating him at sea, then poured oil over his body and burned it over coronavirus fears, Seoul military officials said Thursday.

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World's Workers Lost $3.5 Trillion in Wages amid Pandemic, Says UN

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said Wednesday, with hundreds of millions of jobs lost and workers suffering a "massive" drop in earnings.

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NATO Hails 'Good Progress' in Greek-Turkish Talks

NATO said on Wednesday there had been "good progress" in military talks between Greece and Turkey aimed at avoiding clashes in the eastern Mediterranean, the scene of a dispute over energy resources.

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Iran Cries 'Victory' over Trump in UN Security Council

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday declared "victory" over the United States after the UN Security Council rejected the Trump administration's bid to reimpose UN sanctions on the Islamic republic.

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Police Clear Climate Protesters Camped outside Swiss Parliament

Police broke up a two-day protest outside the Swiss parliament overnight, carrying away demonstrators who had camped out to demand more action against climate change, the ATS news agency reported Wednesday.

They swarmed the square in the middle of the night, forcibly removing protesters chanting "Protecting the climate is not a crime", ATS reported.

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Belarus Leader Lukashenko Sworn in at Secret Ceremony

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a sixth term at a secret ceremony held with no prior announcement, the Belta state news agency reported Wednesday.

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Philippine Military to Review Troop Accounts after Facebook Purge

The Philippine military said Wednesday it will review the social media accounts of service members after Facebook took down a network linked to state security forces it accused of "coordinated inauthentic behavior". 

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