• Analysis: Trump's Saudi bet has become much riskier
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    Associated Press

    Analysis: Trump's Saudi bet has become much riskier

    President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. From the early days of his presidency, Trump and his foreign policy team embraced the kingdom and Mohammed bin Salman as the anchors of their entire Middle East strategy. From Iran and Iraq to Syria, Yemen

  • Pompeo meets with Turkish leaders on missing Saudi writer
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    Pompeo meets with Turkish leaders on missing Saudi writer

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published a gruesome recounting of the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just as America's top diplomat arrived in the country for talks over the Washington Post columnist's

  • Maldives' president says preparing to step down with no regrets on any decisions
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    Maldives' president says preparing to step down with no regrets on any decisions

    The president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, said on Wednesday he had no complaints or reservations about any of his decisions while in office, and that he was preparing to step down, despite having challenged his election defeat in court. In a surprise result, Yameen lost his re-election bid last

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    IANS

    Hurricane Michael toll climbs to 29 in US

    Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) The death toll from last week's Hurricane Michael, that battered the Florida Panhandle, has been raised to 29, with rescuers still searching for the missing in the hardest-hit areas. The toll was raised on Tuesday and the casualties were reported from Florida, Georgia,

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    VMware to invest $2 billion in India over next 5 years

    New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) VMware, a leading enterprise software provider, on Wednesday announced its plan to invest $2 billion in India over the next five years as part of the company's overall global investment strategy. This investment will enable the company to expand to new offices in Bengaluru

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    IANS India Private Limited

    VMware to invest $2 billion in India over next 5 years

    New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) VMware, a leading enterprise software provider, on Wednesday announced its plan to invest $2 billion in India over the next five years as part of the company's overall global investment strategy. This investment will enable the company to expand to new offices in Bengaluru

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    IANS India Private Limited

    Hurricane Michael toll climbs to 29 in US

    Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) The death toll from last week's Hurricane Michael, that battered the Florida Panhandle, has been raised to 29, with rescuers still searching for the missing in the hardest-hit areas. The toll was raised on Tuesday and the casualties were reported from Florida, Georgia,

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    Top Asian News 10:28 a.m. GMT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is preparing to meet in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart just weeks after a meeting planned for Beijing fell apart amid growing friction between the U.S. and China. Shortly after Mattis arrived in Singapore on Wednesday after a visit to Vietnam

  • Australia bowled out for 145, concedes big lead in 2nd test
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    Australia bowled out for 145, concedes big lead in 2nd test

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas ripped through Australia's batting lineup with a five-wicket haul Wednesday as the visitors were bowled out for 145 on the second day of the second cricket test.

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    South Korea denies refugee status to hundreds of Yemenis

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday denied refugee status to nearly 400 asylum seekers from war-torn Yemen months after their arrival on the resort island of Jeju sparked an anti-immigrant uproar.

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    Reuters

    Workers strike over pay at South African arms maker Denel

    Hundreds of South Africa's Solidarity union members held a strike on Wednesday over a pay dispute at cash-strapped state-owned weapons manufacturer Denel. Denel, which produces military kit for South Africa's army and foreign forces, has held talks with unions over voluntary severance packages

  • With presidency in sight, Brazil's far-right candidate on 'cruise control'
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    With presidency in sight, Brazil's far-right candidate on 'cruise control'

    Brazilian far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro and his team are increasingly confident of winning this month's election, and have switched on "cruise control" as they seek to glide to victory, top campaign sources say. Bolsonaro has opened up a sizeable opinion poll lead

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    Now pre-order Google's 'Pixel' smartphones on Airtel Online Store

    Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Bharti Airtel said that Google's "Pixel 3" and "Pixel 3XL" smartphones can now be pre-ordered on its online platform starting Wednesday. Customers can purchase the smartphones at down payments and EMI plans that come with a built-in postpaid plan bundled

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    Reuters

    Vietnamese dissident Mother Mushroom on way to U.S. after release: sources

    Quynh, one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, was serving a 10-year-sentence for anti-state propaganda. "Mother Mushroom departed Vietnam today for the U.S.," one source told Reuters. Vietnam's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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    Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia

    LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat?

  • China urges more oversight of large pig farms amid disease epidemic
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    Reuters

    China urges more oversight of large pig farms amid disease epidemic

    China's vice agriculture minister said on Wednesday that local governments should step up their oversight of large-scale pig farms and breeding farms as another province reported a fresh outbreak of the highly contagious African swine fever. China has reported almost 40 separate outbreaks of the

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    Ten dead in gas blast at Crimean college: reports

    A blast at a college in the Crimean port city of Kerch killed 10 people and injured dozens on Wednesday, Russian news agencies reported, citing sources. "Initial information is that a gas canister blew up," the TASS news agency quoted an unnamed law enforcement source as saying. An employee

  • South Korean leader in Rome, praises pope's peace message
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    South Korean leader in Rome, praises pope's peace message

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — South Korea's president thanked Pope Francis for promoting peace and dialogue on Wednesday as he arrived in Italy for a papal audience, where he's expected to extend an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Francis to visit.

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    Turkmenistan opens $3.4 billion chemical plant

    KIYANLY, Turkmenistan (AP) — The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has opened a chemical plant that cost $3.4 billion to build, its latest effort to diversity its gas-dependent economy.

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    Syria approves U.N. aid delivery to remote camp on Jordan-Syria border

    The Syrian government gave approval for the United Nations to deliver aid next week to thousands of desperate civilians stranded near a U.S. garrison in southeastern Syria on the Iraqi-Syrian border, aid workers and camp officials said on Wednesday. A siege earlier this month by the Syrian army and

  • Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace
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    Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

    TORONTO (AP) — Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it.

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    Suspects in missing Saudi journalist case linked to Crown Prince: Report

    Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) One of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the media reported. Three other suspects were linked to Prince Mohammed's security detail and

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    IANS India Private Limited

    Suspects in missing Saudi journalist case linked to Crown Prince: Report

    Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) One of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the media reported. Three other suspects were linked to Prince Mohammed's security detail and

  • Fighting in Kashmir city leaves 3 combatants, civilian dead
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    Fighting in Kashmir city leaves 3 combatants, civilian dead

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed at least two suspected rebels, a civilian and a counterinsurgency police official, residents and police said.

  • Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside US
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    Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside US

    BEIJING (AP) — Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Wednesday to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.