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France's Macron hunts for way out of 'yellow vest' crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - France's prime minister met with opposition leaders on Monday as President Emmanuel Macron sought a way to defuse nationwide protests over high living costs that led to widespread rioting in Paris at the weekend and are hurting the economy.

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Australian ruling party toughens rules on toppling leader

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Liberal party passed new rules late on Monday to make it harder to depose its leader, as the ruling coalition grapples with sinking opinion polls ahead of an election next year.

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Cambodia eases pressure on opposition, media after EU sanctions threat

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's parliament is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the main opposition party, which could allow them to return to politics, following threats by the European Union to deny duty-free trading access to the Southeast Asian nation.

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KDP nominates Nechirvan and Masrour Barzani for Iraqi Kurdistan's top posts

CAIRO (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has nominated Nechirvan Barzani for the presidency of Iraqi Kurdistan and Masrour Barzani as prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a senior party official said on Monday.

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Spain's ruling Socialists could lose control in Andalusia after far-right gains

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's ruling Socialists could lose control of a southern stronghold after a regional election in which a far right party won seats for the first time since the country emerged from fascist dictatorship more than 40 years ago.

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Najib slams Pakatan for lifting moratorium on security laws

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has slammed Pakatan Harapan for lifting a moratorium on security laws that were labelled as “draconian” by the coalition's leaders.

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Israel's Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo meet to talk Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran and other regional issues.

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Consolidate trade activities to reduce red tape, says Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s efforts in promoting trade activities must be consolidated to reduce bureaucracy and avoid overlapping, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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State governments urged to finalise their borders to avoid overlapping claims

KUALA LUMPUR: State governments in the Peninsular have been asked to expedite and finalise the demarcation and measuring of their borders to avoid overlapping claims.

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MACC has not questioned me over allegations of power abuse, says Tourism Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi says the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has not begun investigating him over recent allegations of abuse of power.