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Fellow Republicans rebuke Trump over government shutdown threat

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans rebuked him on Wednesday after his threat to shut down the U.S. government over funding for a border wall rattled markets and cast a shadow over congressional efforts to raise the country's debt ceiling and pass spending bills. | Video

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Excessive force won't solve Myanmar's Rohingya crisis - Annan panel

YANGON Myanmar should respond to a crisis over its Muslim Rohingya community in a "calibrated" way without excessive force, a panel led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said on Thursday, adding that radicalisation was a danger if problems were not addressed.

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Pakistan's PM, military meet to respond to Trump's criticism

ISLAMABAD Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will meet with powerful Pakistani generals on Thursday to formulate a response to the new U.S. policy on Afghanistan that includes greater pressure on Islamabad to do more to rein in militants.

South Asia, Top News 12:27pm IST

Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on mission near South Korea, Japan

MOSCOW Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and South Korea to scramble jets to escort them, Russia said on Thursday.

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Dutch police make second arrest after Rotterdam threat, broadcaster NOS says

AMSTERDAM Dutch police have arrested a second suspect in relation to a threat in Rotterdam where a rock concert was canceled after a tip from Spanish authorities, NOS said on Thursday.

12:29pm IST

China commits to cut northern air pollution by 15 percent from Oct-Mar

SHANGHAI China has pledged to cut average concentrations of airborne particles known as PM2.5 by more than 15 percent year-on-year in 28 northern cities from October 2017 to March 2018 to meet key smog targets, the environment ministry said.

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