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China has threatened to impose sanctions on US firms involved with the sale of F-16 fighter planes to Taiwan if Washington goes ahead with the deal. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang urged the US to stop the arms sales and end military contact with Taiwan. The US government has approved the possible $8bn (£6.6bn) deal involving...
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say one of their officers has been killed along with a suspected militant in a gunfight in the region. This marks the first time Indian officials have reported deaths in the area since Delhi stripped Kashmir of its special status earlier this month. There have been a number of protests, some...
Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In its first report on the issue, the WHO found that larger particles, and most smaller ones, pass through the body without being absorbed. But it said the findings were based...
Indonesian authorities are on the hunt for more than 250 inmates who escaped a prison in the province of West Papua. The prison break happened Monday as protesters took to the streets in several cities blocking roads, and torching buildings including the jail. The unrest was triggered by the detention of Papuan students in the...
Twitter announced on Monday it had removed 936 accounts it said belonged to a state-backed Chinese effort to sow discord and undermine protests in Hong Kong. The accounts taken down represented "the most active portions of this campaign”, the company said. That was news to Luka Ivezic, a 24-year-old student at Kings College London, whose account - @TechPoliticist...
US President Donald Trump has cancelled a state visit to Denmark after the nation's prime minister said Greenland was not for sale to the US. The president was scheduled to visit on 2 September, at the invitation of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II. Then last week Mr Trump suggested the US was interested in buying Greenland,...
A Syrian government air strike aiming to stop a Turkish convoy reaching a rebel-held town in northern Syria has killed three civilians, Turkey alleges. Another 12 people were injured in the attack in Idlib province on Monday, the Turkish defence ministry said. Idlib, one of the few areas not under government control, was supposed to...
Staunch eco-campaigner and former Philippine Environment Minister Gina Lopez has died at the age of 65. She was known for her strong stance against mining, closing down many of the country's quarries during her ten months in office in 2016. Ms Lopez was also an advocate for children's rights and protection. ABS-CBN, the...
Boris Johnson has told the EU the backstop plan for the Irish border must be scrapped because it is "unviable" and "anti-democratic". In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, the PM said the backstop - which aims to avoid a hard border - risked undermining the Northern Irish peace process. If the plan was...
Rescue workers are fighting to save two cavers in Poland after a narrow tunnel flooded with water, blocking their exit on Saturday. More than two dozen rescuers are attempting to reach the pair inside the Wielka Sniezna cave, the longest and deepest in the Tatra mountains. Contact is yet to be established with the cavers...

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