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Police kill suspect in Strasbourg mass shooting

A top French official says a suspect has been killed in a shootout with police in Strasbourg, but hasn’t been confirmed as the alleged gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market on Tuesday. Read More

Migrant girls vanish into Asian trafficking networks

The National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers has counted more than 2,600 cases of dead or missing Indonesian migrants since 2014. And even those numbers mostly leave out people like Lina who are recruited illegally — an estimated 30 percent of Indonesia’s 6.2 million migrant workers. Read More

China spy agency detains ex-Canadian diplomat as feud brews

Michael Kovrig was detained by a branch of China’s Ministry of State Security during a visit to Beijing on Monday, his employer, the International Crisis Group, said in a statement. Read More
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British Prime Minister Theresa May wins confidence vote

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a confidence vote by Conservative Party lawmakers that could have brought her leadership to an abrupt end. Read More
 
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Suspected Strasbourg gunman has long police record

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About 720 members of the security forces were hunting for the suspected gunman today. Read More

Korean border troops verify removal of each other’s posts

Dozens of North and South Korean soldiers crossed over the world’s most heavily armed border today as they inspected the sites of their rival’s front-line guard posts to verify they’d been removed. Read More

Attack at Christmas market in French city kills 3, wounds 12

A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the city of Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market today, killing three people, wounding 12 and sparking a massive manhunt. Read More
 

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

A Canadian court granted bail today to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States’ request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. Read More

U.S. returns 3 disputed bells taken from Philippines in 1901

For over a century, the Bells of Balangiga have not rung in the Philippines, a silence that the president last year called “painful.” Now, the revered bells will once again be heard in the country. Read More

5 missing Marines declared dead in warplanes crash off Japan

The U.S. military said today that five missing crew members have been declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast, and that search and recovery operations have been halted. Read More

France’s president vows tax relief, urges calm in bid to quell protests

President Emmanuel Macron broke his silence on the exceptional protests shaking France and his presidency, promising broad tax relief for struggling workers and pensioners — and acknowledging his own responsibility in fueling the nation’s anger. Read More

China pressures U.S., Canada ahead of Huawei hearing

China raised the pressure on the United States and Canada as a bail hearing for a top Chinese technology executive was set to resume today in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read More
 

Paris cleans up after latest riot as pressure builds on Macron

Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again, after running battles between yellow-vested protesters and riot police left 71 injured and caused widespread damage to the French capital. Read More

China summons U.S. envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

China summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released. Read More

6 dead, over 50 hurt in overcrowded Italian disco stampede

At least six people, all but one of them minors, were killed and about 35 others injured in a stampede of panicked concertgoers at a disco in a small town on Italy’s central Adriatic coast. Read More

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