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China's Xi calls for progress on property tax in drive for prosperity

BEIJING – China’s President Xi Jinping warned against government over-promising on social welfare amid a push to achieve “common prosperity” by mid-century, while demanding progress on a long-awaited property tax ... Read more »

Japan's PM Kishida and S.Korea's Moon discuss lingering wartime disputes

TOKYO -Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida on Friday told reporters he had spoken with South Korean President Moon Jae-in urging an “appropriate” response on disputes including compensation for forced ... Read more »

Denmark to start inviting public for COVID-19 'booster' shots

COPENHAGEN – Danish health authorities will next week start inviting more citizens to receive a third vaccination shot against COVID-19, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Friday. Invitations will be ... Read more »

Man ram-raids motorbike shop in Australia, flees on digger

SYDNEY – A man left a trail of destruction as he used a mechanical digger to smash his way into a motorcycle shop in Queensland, Australia on Friday, then fled ... Read more »

Two Yanomami boys drown in Brazilian river used by illegal gold miners

BRASILIA – Two Yanomami children drowned in a river on their reservation where illegal gold miners operate a dredger, an indigenous leader said on Thursday, alleging the boys were sucked ... Read more »

Japan PM Kishida to speak with South Korean leader on Friday- Kyodo

TOKYO – Japan’s new prime minister, Fumio Kishida, plans to speak with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, Kyodo news agency said. No further details were immediately available. Ties ... Read more »

Blast at mosque in Afghan city of Kandahar; heavy casualties - officials

KABUL -A large explosion tore through a Shi’ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers, causing heavy casualties, a spokesman of the Taliban government’s interior ministry ... Read more »

Kenya police say undecided where to arraign husband of dead runner Tirop

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA – Kenyan police said on Friday they were still deciding where to arraign the husband of record-smashing long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, found dead at her home ... Read more »

Japanese coalition partner raises doubt about higher defence spending

TOKYO – The junior partner in Japan’s ruling coalition raised doubt on Friday about Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s plan to double defence spending, saying the public would not support such ... Read more »

U.S. vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike

The U.S. Defence Department said on Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments to relatives of the 10 people who were killed in an errant U.S. drone strike ... Read more »

UK PM Johnson visits church where lawmaker was stabbed to death

LEIGH-ON-SEA, England -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday visited the church where lawmaker David Amess was stabbed to death a day earlier in what police say they are treating ... Read more »

Norway's newly-elected prime minister visits bow-and-arrow killings scene

It was a sombre first full day in office for Norway’s new Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre as he visited the close-knit former mining town of Kongsberg – that’s been ... Read more »

Islamic State claims mosque bombing in south Afghanistan

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more. In a statement posted ... Read more »

Horse race marks Sydney's emergence from long COVID-19 lockdown

© Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTT FILE PHOTO: Attractions welcome back guests as COVID-19 lockdown orders are eased in Sydney (Reuters) – Thousands of Sydney residents flocked to a prominent horse race on ... Read more »

Bali earthquake: At least three dead including three-year-old girl

At least three people have been killed and another seven injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. The quake hit just before ... Read more »

Lebanese Christian group denies Hezbollah claim it planned Beirut bloodshed

© Reuters/MOHAMED AZAKIR FILE PHOTO: Funeral of people killed in violence in Beirut on Thursday BEIRUT (Reuters) -The head of the Christian Lebanese Forces party (LF) denied late on Friday ... Read more »

Central African Republic declares unilateral ceasefire in fight with rebels

© Reuters/ANTOINE ROLLAND FILE PHOTO: Central African President Faustin-Archange Touadera waves to his supporters after his investiture ceremony for his second term in Bangui, By Judicael Yongo BANGUI (Reuters) – ... Read more »

ASEAN excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in unprecedented move

© Reuters/WILLY KURNIAWAN FILE PHOTO: Flags outside ASEAN secretariat building ahead of the summit in Jakarta By Ain Bandial BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) -A Southeast Asia summit this month will ... Read more »

Woman in lockdown slept metre from neighbour's dead body for 8 weeks

Warning: Graphic content. A woman has posted a Tik Tok confession about how she slept one metre from her neighbour’s decomposing body for eight weeks during lockdown. What started out ... Read more »

Snake den found under Northern California home

Al Wolf is used to clearing one or two snakes from under houses but recently was called by a woman who said she had seen rattlesnakes scurry under her Northern ... Read more »

It's time to make a commitment to protect the media | View

As we mark the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Malta’s leading investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, there’s an opportunity for Malta to make history and take huge strides to ... Read more »

Colombia sterilizes 24 hippos on former estate of drug lord Escobar

© – Handout photo released by CORNARE of hippos at a care centre in Doradal, Antioquia Department, northeast of Bogota, Colombia bon October 15, 2021 Twenty-four out of 80 hippopotamuses ... Read more »

Liberian teen becomes hero for finding and returning $70,000

A teenager in Liberia who has become a national hero after finding $50,000 and returning it to its rightful owner said he will meet the country’s president next week. Emmanuel ... Read more »

British police says murder of lawmaker declared as a terrorist incident

– The Metropolitan Police has said that the murder of British lawmaker David Amess in Essex on Friday has been declared as a terrorist incident, with the investigation being led ... Read more »

Outrage after US teachers told to offer books with 'opposing' Holocaust views

A Texas school district administrator told teachers that if they have books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they should also have books that offer “opposing” or “other” viewpoints on ... Read more »

US Navy says Russian military's statement on incident with Chafee destroyer was false

WASHINGTON, October 16. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry’s statement regarding an incident with the US Navy’s guided missile destroyer Chafee was false, the US Pacific Fleet Public Affairs office said ... Read more »

Norway terror attack: 'Hero' policeman had arrow lodged in his back as he saved others

A “hero” off-duty police officer saved people’s lives during a deadly bow and arrow attack in Norway even while he was injured with an arrow in his back, witnesses said. ... Read more »

US shares specific data on cybercrime with Russia, awaits its actions, White House says

US Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger added that the US was looking to see near-term progress in actions after sharing this information with Moscow. Read more »

Havana Syndrome: How it feels to suffer from the mysterious illness - 'Like being seized by an invisible hand'

A career US diplomat has described being seized by an “invisible hand” when she was struck down by the Havana syndrome. Another diplomat was told her brain had aged at ... Read more »

US cannot yet confirm its participation in Moscow-format meeting on Afghanistan

Washington is aware of the upcoming session in Moscow yet cannot yet confirm any meetings or its participation Read more »

Ukraine imposes sanctions on 237 Russians over parliamentary polls in Crimea, Donbass

Most of these people are members of election commissions Read more »

UK's Johnson invites Bill Gates, JPMorgan's Dimon, others to dinner - The Telegraph

– UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host a dinner with world business leaders, including Bill Gates and JPMorgan Chase & Co Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, The Telegraph reported ... Read more »

UK, NATO seeking to undermine authority of Russian mass media — diplomat

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also noted that a hunt has been launched for Russian-language media and media of Russian compatriots, to recruit them into the anti-Russian ranks Read more »

British lawmaker stabbed to death in possible terrorist attack

By Gerhard Mey and Andrew Couldridge LEIGH-ON-SEA, England -A British lawmaker was stabbed to death in a church on Friday by an assailant who lunged at him during a meeting ... Read more »

US to lift curbs on vaccinated foreign travellers beginning Nov 8

© Provided by Al Jazeera People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to travel freely to the US by air and land beginning on November 8 ... Read more »

Counter-terror police lead probe into UK lawmaker's murder

LONDON – Counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation into the murder on Friday of British lawmaker David Amess but officers are keeping an open mind as to his killer’s motive, ... Read more »

Russia hopes AUKUS members won't abandon obligations on nuclear non-proliferation

"At the same time, it is already obvious that the interaction in this format won’t facilitate the resolution of the tasks of strengthening the international security and stability, will create difficulties in the sphere of arms control," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Read more »

Situation in Kosovo's north degrades and causes serious concern — Russian diplomat

According to Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow considers these developments as a manifestation of Pristina’s deliberate policy toward aggravation, seeking to squeeze the Serb population out of the province Read more »

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is Socialists' presidential candidate for 2022

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has won the Socialist Party’s nomination race to be a candidate for next year’s French presidential elections. The 62-year-old politician, who announced her plans to run ... Read more »

Improved public property care needed 'urgently'

© BBC The States of Jersey said there were issues that needed to be addressed Jersey must “urgently improve” the management of publically-owned properties, according to a new report. The ... Read more »