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China’s Communist Party congress begins in Beijing

China’s biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security. Party leader and Chinese president Xi Jinping is addressing more than 2,000 delegates in the capital. The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines who rules China and the country’s direction for …

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Trump drug czar nominee accused of hindering opioid crackdown

Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino pushed a bill that reportedly stripped a government agency of the ability to freeze suspicious painkiller shipments. His co-sponsor on the act was Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. Both their states have been ravaged by opioids. Experts estimate the drugs could kill 500,000 Americans in the next …

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Boko Haram convicts ‘jailed for eight years’

About 20 people have so been found guilty in Nigeria for involvement with the Islamist militant Boko Haram group at closed-door trials taking place at a military facility in Kainji in north-central Niger state, a source has told the BBC. They have been sentenced to between five and eight years …

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Trump goes rogue, even by his standards

Even by the hyperactive standards of Donald Trump, it was a wild weekend. While most of the country settled in for a Columbus Day holiday break, Trump orchestrated a cacophony of threats, offered dark warnings of military action and waged bitter political feuds on multiple fronts. No one, not his …

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Trump wins, Congress loses with Iran deal politics

President Donald Trump has a message to Republicans in Congress — you don’t like the Iran nuclear deal, so you deal with it. His expected decision to decertify the agreement would allow him to save face and dent Barack Obama’s legacy. And by handing its fate to lawmakers, he would …

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FBI to interview Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend

FBI investigators were expected to interview Marilou Danley, the live-in girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, on Wednesday, authorities said. The interview was scheduled take place at the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday morning. Danley’s attorney is …

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Las Vegas killer ‘sick, demented’ – Trump

President Donald Trump has described the gunman who killed 59 people and injured 527 in Las Vegas on Sunday as “a sick man, a demented man”. Speaking at the White House, he said he would look at gun laws “as times goes by” but did not elaborate. Police are still …

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Trump calls N Korea talks waste of time

US President Donald Trump has told his secretary of state that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear programme. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” Mr Trump tweeted, after it emerged the US had lines of communication with …

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