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Taiwan ‘already independent,’ Tsai Ing-wen warns China

China must rethink its hard-line stance toward Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday, as she warned the island was already independent and that any invasion would be “very costly” for Beijing.

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New Zealand volcano: 21-year-old Australian is first recovered victim to be named

Krystal Browitt, the 21-year-old Melbourne woman missing since the White Island volcano eruption, has become the first victim to be identified by police from the six people whose bodies were recovered from the island on Friday.

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China holding 3 Taiwanese over national security suspicions

China has confirmed it is holding three Taiwanese on suspicion of committing subversion or other crimes against the Chinese state, part of a trend that has prompted a travel warning from the island’s government.

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U.S. to block all flights to Cuba outside Havana

The Trump administration will suspend all flights to Cuba outside of Havana beginning in December, AP reports, doubling down on travel restrictions to the island.

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Flights resume at Hong Kong airport; Trump confirms Chinese military at island’s border

The Hong Kong Airport Authority said it has obtained an interim court order barring protesters from demonstrating at the island’s airport except in designated areas.

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Hong Kong: 348 flights canceled; China accuses United States of ‘interfering’

A day after thousands of protesters brought the Hong Kong airport to a standstill, almost 350 more flights were canceled Tuesday as China accuses the United States of working to undermine the island’s stability.

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Ship captain docked in Italy after migrant suicide fears

The German captain of a migrant rescue ship who defied an Italian government ban to dock at the island of Lampedusa expressed regret on Sunday for any alarm caused when her ship trapped a police boat against the quay.

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Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290

At least 290 are now known to have died in a series of bomb blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, in the worst violence to hit the island since its devastating civil war ended a decade ago.

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China says Taiwan opposition’s peace proposal must include push for ‘reunification’

Any proposals from self-ruled Taiwan for a peace deal with China must include a push for “reunification”, Beijing said on Wednesday, after the island’s main opposition party said it could sign one if it wins a presidential election next year.

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Cuba drafts new constitution to replace Cold War era one, referendum set to confirm

Cuban lawmakers on Saturday unanimously approved a revised draft of a new constitution that retains the island’s one-party socialist system but reflects its socio-economic opening since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Malta opens port to migrant rescue ship after EU deal

Malta has agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island after it was agreed the 141 migrants it is carrying would be sent to five fellow EU nations in a “responsibility-sharing exercise”.

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EU gets ready for ‘no deal’ Brexit

No progress in any way has been made on avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, “disappointed” EU leaders have concluded.

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China’s ramping up pressure on Taiwan

Beijing’s push to isolate Taiwan is gathering pace, with two of the island’s few remaining allies switching allegiance to China in the past month.

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China’s ramping up pressure on Taiwan

Beijing’s push to isolate Taiwan is gathering pace, with two of the island’s few remaining allies switching allegiance to China in the past month.

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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano threatens energy plant as lava oozes nearby

uthorities were racing on Tuesday to close off production wells at a geothermal plant threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.

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Hawaii volcano: Lava spatters from new fissure after Trump declares major disaster in wake in eruption

A new fissure has opened up on Hawaii’s Big Island in the wake of the eruption of Kilauea volcano.

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