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New Zealand's New Prime Minister Is Very Awkward For Julie Bishop

New Zealand political kingmaker Winston Peters announced on Thursday evening that his NZ First party would form a coalition government with Labour, making Jacinda Ardern the next prime minister. Jacinda Ardern. Kai Schwoerer / Getty Images The decision came after an agonising 26 day wait, during which Winston Peters literally went fishing and Jacinda Ardern brought a ginger cake to ...

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Meet The Black Woman Who Started The “Me Too” Campaign Against Sexual Assault A Decade Ago

This is Tarana Burke, 44, from Philadelphia, who is a longstanding advocate for sexual assault victims. Tarana Burke / supplied It’s been a busy week for Burke, who has been inundated with media requests after friends started messaging her asking whether she was behind the #MeToo hashtag. The phrase has been used more than 825,000 times on Twitter after the ...

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Please Enjoy These Photos Of A Former Chinese President During Xi Jinping's Three-Hour Speech

Same. Yesterday was the beginning of China’s week-long Communist Party Congress, which is held every five years. The summit is held in Beijing. It’s where the party members decide on the country’s leadership and direction for the next five years. Lintao Zhang / Getty Images At 9 o’clock, Chinese President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping took to the podium ...

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Britain's new concessions are not enough, EU leaders tell May

0SHARESShare BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough. Arriving at a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday with other EU leaders, May sought to shift the focus away from a failure ...

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With tears and song, China welcomes Xi as great, wise leader

0SHARESShare BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese officials on Thursday heaped praise on President Xi Jinping’s political ideology, unveiled a day earlier at a key Communist Party Congress, a sign that it could be enshrined in the party’s constitution and further cement his power. Some ruling Communist Party officials were moved on Thursday to song, dance and tears in adulation of Xi, ...

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Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in response to independence threat

0SHARESShare MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spain’s central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. In a move unprecedented since Spain returned to democracy in the late 1970s, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would hold ...

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Washington 'trying to squeeze Russian gas out of Europe': Putin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of trying to squeeze Russia out of European energy markets, saying the latest round of U.S. sanctions was designed to force Europe to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas instead. Speaking at a policy forum in southern Russia, Putin launched a withering critique of U.S. foreign policy stretching ...

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'A long way to go' in German coalition talks, liberal FDP says

0SHARESShare BERLIN (Reuters) – There is a long way to go in talks on forming a new German coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, a senior member of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) said after meeting the environmentalist Greens on Thursday. The three groups are holding exploratory talks this week about forming a new “Jamaica” coalition, so-called because their ...

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Leaders of Venezuela's bruised opposition to travel abroad to denounce 'voting fraud'

0SHARESShare CARACAS (Reuters) – Key members of Venezuela’s opposition, divided and dispirited after losing gubernatorial elections over the weekend, will travel abroad to denounce what it says is a “fraudulent” voting system under leftist President Nicolas Maduro. Congress president Julio Borges said in a press conference on Thursday that the opposition coalition will try to stir up international support, which ...

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CIA chief says U.S.-Canadian couple held for five years in Pakistan

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the CIA said on Thursday a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed. “We had a great outcome last week when we were able to get back four U.S. citizens who had been held for five years inside of Pakistan,” CIA ...

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