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Brexit deal proves critics wrong: May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has hit back at critics of her handling of Brexit, writing in the Sunday Telegraph that she had “proven the doubters wrong” after securing an interim deal. Pressure lifted on the embattled leader after she struck a deal with the EUFULL STORY

Chile votes in presidential poll that roiled markets

Chileans yesterday voted in the second round of a presidential election that is too close to call after billionaire Sebastian Pinera failed to win a commanding lead in the first round, roiling the local stock market. Polling stations were to be open from 8am until 6pm,FULL STORY

US bans CDC from using words like ‘fetus,’ ‘diversity’

Health leaders have said they are alarmed about a report that officials at the US’ top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” “transgender” and “science-based.” The health community was reacting to a storyFULL STORY

Indonesian rally calls for boycott of US products

Muslim clerics yesterday called for a boycott of US products in Indonesia’s largest protest against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Wearing white robes and carrying banners reading “Indonesia unites for Palestine” and “Save our Palestine,” an estimated 80,000 people rallied inFULL STORY

Chinese thought police instill fear among Uighurs

Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police. Not his neighbors, not his classmates, not his mother. “Is he dead or alive?” the mother said, tears streaming down her face when reporters visitedFULL STORY

Two rookie astronauts, cosmonaut blast off to ISS

A three-man space crew featuring US and Japanese rookie astronauts as well as an experienced Russian cosmonaut yesterday blasted off for a six-month mission at the International Space Station (ISS). Scott Tingle of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan AerospaceFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

GABON Nigerien stabs two Danes Two Danes were on Saturday wounded in a knife attack in Gabon’s capital apparently committed in retribution for “US attacks against Muslims,” a rare assault in a Central African nation that has escaped extremist violence. The two men, who were working forFULL STORY

Asylum seekers win right to sue PNG2017-12-17

A Papua New Guinea (PNG) court has given hundreds of asylum seekers who were held for years in a controversial Australian detention center the right to sue the PNG government for compensation, Australian media reported yesterday. PNG’s Supreme Court on Friday rejected an attempt by theFULL STORY

Thousands flee as storm heads for Philippines2017-12-17

Tens of thousands were driven from their homes by floods and three fishers were missing yesterday as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak barreled toward the eastern Philippines, officials said. Kai-Tak, packing gusts of up to 100kph, was poised to smash into the north of the nation’s third-largest islandFULL STORY

Widely felt Indonesia quake leaves two dead2017-12-17

At least two people have been killed following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said yesterday. The quake struck at a depth of 91km just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java late on Friday, the US Geological SurveyFULL STORY

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