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Dissidents detained in Hanoi as Trump-Kim summit opens 

AFP
Several dissidents were detained in Hanoi on Wednesday as North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump kicked off their second summit in the Vietnamese capital.... read more
 

From Kuchar's caddie-gate to Garcia's tantrum, bad publicity good for golf 

Golfweek
Do pretty much whatever you want, just don't say the actions of Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia are bad for golf.... read more
 

Liverpool back on top as United go fourth 

AFP
Liverpool returned to winning ways and the top of the Premier League table while Manchester United climbed into fourth place on Saturday as English football paid tribute to the late Emiliano Sala.... read more
 

Pensioner dies after being injured in accident shortly after horror school bus M58 crash 

Liverpool Echo
Police confirm 91-year-old woman has died after massive motorway pile up... read more
 

Thai security forces kill 2 linked to deadly shooting at school 

AFP
Two insurgents believed to be tied to a motorcycle drive-by shooting at a school in Thailand's south were shot dead Saturday, police said, as UNICEF warned of trauma for children near the scene of the lunchtime violence.... read more
 

US vows to help Colombia curb rise in coca leaf cultivation 

The Independent
The US government has said it is "deeply concerned" about Colombia's increased cultivation of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine. The South American country has long been the world's top producer of cocaine, but last year its potential output was the highest since records began, according to United Nations figures. Meanwhile, the US is the world's top consumer of cocaine. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo met with Colombian president Ivan Duque to discuss plans to slash supply of the plant in half by 2023. "The United States remains deeply concerned about the surge in coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia since 2013," Mr Pompeo told journalists after the meeting. The total area of the Colombia used for coca cultivation had reached 171,000 hectares (422,550 acres) by the end of 2017, enough to produce 1,379 tonnes of cocaine. Read more Warning over tribal ritual drug after British tourist dies in Columbia Increased productivity and growers' eagerness to expand their output in the hope of getting more aid to switch to legal crops, have been blamed for the rise. The Andean nation's government wants to eradicate 100,000 hectares of coca crops in 2019. Mr Duque said last month that eradication last year would total more than 80,000 hectares of illicit crops. The US commitment to helping Colombia dismantle organised crime groups would be "vital", Mr Duque said. He added Colombia could resume fumigation of crops with the herbicide glyphosate, which it suspended in 2015 after the chemical linked to cancer. The strategy could be reinstated if it can be made to comply with judicial conditions, Mr Duque said. Mr Pompeo and Mr Duque discussed American support for common goals such as "counternarcotics efforts, peace accord implementation, trade," the US Department of State said. They also talked about the crisis in Venezuela, where hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages have prompted more than 3 million people to flee over recentl years. More than a million who now live in Colombia and Mr Pompeo commended the country for the support it had given. The pair also discussed how to collaborate on aid with regional and international bodies. "All countries that defend democracy, all countries that share the value of democracy should unite to reject the Venezuelan dictatorship," Mr Duque said. Support free-thinking journalism and subscribe to Independent Minds The US has placed sanctions on Venezuela's debt and on some officials in socialist president Nicolas Maduro's government, which it accuses of corruption and human rights violations. Mr Maduro blames Venezuela's economic problems on US sanctions and an "economic war" led by political adversaries. Additional reporting by agencies... read more
 

Cricket year in review: Australian game hits new low 

Canberra Times
What happened in Cape Town on the afternoon of March 24 may have been the biggest Australian sports story this decade. THe ramifications were felt all year.... read more
 

Boxing Day nightmare for NSW family 

Daily Mail
Boxing Day turned into a nightmare for one family after they found a deadly redback in their home.... read more
 

'Extreme urgency': Scramble to probe high-rise crack 

Sydney Morning Herald
Investigators are racing to identify the cause of the cracking, described by a planning expert as "staggering".... read more
 

Friends face deportation after raid 

9News.com.au
A Malaysian national and his friend accused of being illegal immigrants could be deported after authorities raided a home in Melbourne's south-east this morning.... read more
 

Migrants in Tijuana Regret Caravan: 'I'm Done With the United States' 

The Daily Beast
After fleeing tear gas shot at the U.S. border, Carlos González confessed confusion and second thoughts about the caravan that carried him to doorstep of his dream: life in the United States.... read more
 

Travellers went on £300,000 wrecking spree after breaking into a brewery 

Manchester Evening News
Four men from Leigh have been convicted of conspiracy to burgle and commit damage at Thwaites Brewery in Blackburn... read more
 

Florida returns vote to 1.5 million ex-felons 

AFP
Florida voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to allow ex-felons who have served prison terms to vote, allowing another 1.5 million people to take part in the 2020 presidential election.... read more
 

Armed police and bomb squad called to restaurant after suspicious packages found 

Liverpool Echo
People were also evacuated from their homes in the middle of the night... read more
 

'No trick-or-treat': Sheriff marks sex offenders' homes with sign ahead of Halloween 

USA TODAY
A Georgia sheriff's office in Butts County says it has placed "no trick-or-treat" signs outside the homes of registered sex offenders for the safety of the community's children.... read more
 

How Princess Diana's 'lies' drove Prince Charles to tears, according to explosive new biography 

Birmingham Mail
An explosive new royal biography,meanwhile, claims that the 'pernicious' lies blamed on Princess Diana drove Prince Charles to tears... read more
 

Evacuations reported at Time Warner Center for 2nd straight day 

FOX News
Evacuations were reported at Time Warner Center in New York City again Thursday night, one day after a bomb scare forced the building to clear out.... read more
 

'Wheel of Fortune' to give away first house in show history 

The Hollywood Reporter
One lucky viewer will win a $350,000 home in Jimmy Buffett's new Daytona Beach, Fla., retirement community.... read more
 
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