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Trump's concession on wall funding removes obstacle from spending talks

26 April 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede on Tuesday after President Donald Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill.

ASEAN statement to go easy on Beijing over South China Sea dispute

26 April 2017

MANILA (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations would adopt a softer than usual tone about South China Sea disputes at a leaders' summit on Saturday in Manila, and exclude references to militarisation or island-building, according to a draft of the chairman's statement.

China says detained Taiwan activist in good health

26 April 2017

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese government said on Wednesday that a Taiwan rights activist detained on suspicion of endangering national security was in good health, and had reassured his family in a letter.

China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier

26 April 2017

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Wednesday launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Pope urges powerful to act humbly in surprise TED talk appearance

26 April 2017

TORONTO (Reuters) - Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at a TED talk conference on Tuesday, urging powerful leaders "to act humbly" and said he hoped technological innovation would not leave people behind.

Japan reconstruction minister quits after inappropriate comment on disaster zone

26 April 2017

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese cabinet minister overseeing reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster resigned on Wednesday after saying it was better the disaster struck the northeastern region instead of Tokyo.

Venezuela warns could leave OAS regional group

26 April 2017

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela warned on Tuesday it would leave the Organization of American States (OAS) if the regional body goes ahead with a possible Foreign Ministers meeting to debate the state of the crisis-stricken nation.

U.S. moves THAAD to South Korean site as North Korea boasts fire power

26 April 2017

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defence system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday amid high tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.

Trump to meet Australian PM, relations strained over asylum seekers

26 April 2017

SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters)) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on May 4 in New York City as the two nations seek to repair a relationship strained by a row over an asylum seeker resettlement deal.

U.S. judge blocks Trump sanctuary city order

26 April 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's efforts to toughen immigration enforcement.

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