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Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, after Trans Mountain pipeline approval

Liberal government approves $9.3B Trans Mountain expansion project, but critics say it's too little too late

Doug Ford government quietly considers raising driving fees, but expects 'negative' reaction

Coalition vows renewed fight against Trans Mountain as First Nations seeking stake applaud green light

Ontario government signals more layoffs under new autism services model

New Quebec law stresses migrants' skills, thousands must reapply

'Deaths of despair' soaring among Gen Z & millennials: 'It's the economy, stupid'

Senior U.S.-Chinese trade negotiators to confer before Trump-Xi G20 meeting

New archbishop of America to be enthroned on Saturday

Trump's EPA Finalizes Rule To Rollback Key Climate Policy Targeting Coal Power Plants

Throngs attend Trump's official 2020 re-election kickoff in Florida

Mexico to launch El Salvador jobs programme under Central America development plan

Evrim Resources and Harvest Gold Extend Cerro Cascaron Agreement in Mexico

Jamaica Government Announces Investigation into Detention and Abuse of Fishermen by US Coast Guard

Diaspora partnership key to Jamaica achieving Vision 2030 - PIOJ

High seas talks - Government consults US Embassy over Shiprider Agreement detentions

US-backed Venezuela opposition caught embezzling ‘humanitarian aid’ cash

Price for democracy? Venezuela’s Maduro says plot to kill him cost $20mn

Appointment of Guyana Election Body’s Chairman Deemed Unconstitutional

Peru takes actions to protect forests and combat deforestation

Peru President: Lima 2019 to leave legacy for sports and infrastructure

Over 3,600 cultural artifacts returned to Peru between 2017 and June 2019

Peru: Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases down by 37%

Peru: 70% believe Fuerza Popular, Apra political parties protect ex-Attorney General

Peru Fin Min: Political reform is needed to expand 5%

Private Companies Sponsored Pro-Bolsonaro WhatsApp Blasts

Copa América Still Pulling in Dough with Half-Empty Stadiums

Paraguay’s Mennonites struggle with an influx of new neighbours

Macri official insists: 'No chance of repeat blackout'

Chile to give temporary residence to Venezuelans

Striking Codelco miners in Chile to consider new contract offer

Over 3,000 people evacuated in Uruguay and Entre Río province

Abe says snap election 'nowhere on my mind,' but few likely to take his words at face value

Japan bans parents from physically punishing children, but offenders face no penalties

Japan requests South Korea take next step in arbitration process over wartime labor row

At least 26 injured in earthquake in Japan's northwest

N. Korea
S. Korea to provide 50,000 tons of rice as food aid to N. Korea via WFP

Xi Jinping pledges to support N. Korea in bringing peace in region

South Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to North in first food aid since 2010

S. Korea
POSCO selected as world's most competitve steelmaker for 10th consecutive year

S. Korea to impose 10% VAT on global IT giants from July

Moon unveils plans to transform Korea's manufacturing sector to revitalize the economy

Mongolia's central bank leaves key interest rate unchanged

Huawei CEO Says Company Ready to Deal with US Without Beijing’s Help - Report

CEOs of some U.S. firms to meet Chinese Premier Li this week: Bloomberg

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi backs bill aimed at protecting Hong Kong rights

Apple explores moving 15-30% of production capacity from China: Nikkei

Hong Kong Students Issue Ultimatum to Carrie Lam Over Extradition Bill

Former Protest Leaders Call For Probe Into China's Tiananmen Rights Record

Trump uses China card in re-election bid

China makes big step to control fall armyworm crop pest

Chinese firms plan rare earth manufacturing hub in Hebei

Canadian warship makes rare passage through Taiwan Strait

Taiwan poised to introduce new regulations on NOx emissions

Garbage from Philippines on its way to Canada aboard a different ship, government says

'Circumcision season': Philippine rite puts boys under pressure

Piñol: No excuse for abandoning distressed Filipino fishermen

Defense analyst: Duterte cautious of strong statements concerning Recto Bank incident

Việt Nam wishes to unceasingly develop ties with Myanmar: Deputy PM

Hà Nội to clamp down on illegal storage sites before July 31

$1.9bn proposed to help Vietnam’s Mekong Delta cope with climate change

Vietnam to impose anti-dumping tax on Chinese steel products

Mekong Delta to be urged to apply technologies to adapt to climate changes

Laos values cooperation with China’s Yunnan province

Thailand Govt promises tight security for Asean summit

Summit will designate 2019 as ‘Year of Asean Cultures’

President Jokowi to attend 34th ASEAN Summit in Thailand

Growing Numbers of Chinese Workers Drive Up Housing Costs in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville

Thai Army helps Cambodia clear landmines along Sa Kaew border

Investigators to request interrogation of Russian suspects in MH17 case

Thai-Malaysian border opens for 24 hours

New study finds poor oral health may increase the risk of liver cancer by 75 percent

UK grants Indonesia $16.3 million for renewable energy

Samota minapolitan zone becomes newest UNESCO biosphere reserve

Indonesia needs to realize its true potential: UK ambassador

Jokowi-Amin's victory in 2019 election hangs in limbo: Ma'ruf Amin

Reports Fault Myanmar’s Treatment of Older Ethnic Minorities, UN Handling of Rohingya Crisis

ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to plight of Rohingya, groups say

Thousands in Nepal protest against cultural 'guthi' bill

Nepal protesters demand government keep away from trusts

Indian heatwave kills 92 as temperatures soar to 50C

Four Indian troops killed in fresh Kashmir clashes

Most parties support 'one nation, one election', committee to check feasibility: PM Modi

Goa and Oman set to revive their Portuguese-era ties

Middle East
Pakistani MPs condemn western aggressive approach towards Iran

Pakistan: Opposition rejects PTI's first federal budget

Voting for federal budget will be disservice to Pakistan: Maryam Nawaz

Deal struck with UK for Ishaq Dar's extradition: govt

Lahore's ‘elite’ Dolphin Squad shoots another citizen

Going, Going, Ghazni: Ancient Afghan City Crumbling Under Weight Of Neglect, Corruption

Russian Presidential envoy meets Bassil: We relayed invitation to Lebanon to participate in Astana conference as observer

Almazbek Atambayev owns land plot in Issyk-Kul region

Ex-head of Defense Department Marat Bekenov arrested

Over 60 percent of Bishkek schools built half a century ago

Turkmen President Acts Tough In Videos, But Keeps Distance From Real Threats

Uzbekistan: A second coming for the Russian language?

Azerbaijani army fully controls Armenia’s “large-scale” exercises

Armenia and Artsakh do not want war, but no one can threaten us with war – PM Pashinyan

Russian Smartavia airline announces St. Petersburg-Yerevan flights

Azerbaijan’s participation in INSTC enhances its political status in region

Increase in minimum wage in Azerbaijan to cover nearly 1 million citizens

Azerbaijani army holds exercises at combined-arms range

Exercises of rocket, artillery units of Azerbaijani army held

Azerbaijani, Russian, Iranian railways to be joined

Azerbaijani delegation attending 108th Session of Int’l Labor Conference

The 60-day nuclear deadline will not be extended -- Iran

Iran's FTZs and Russian SEZ sign tripartite agreement

UK settles $1.6bn damages claim by Iranian bank

Method of attack on tankers remains key evidence against Iran

Kuwaiti, Iraqi ministerial meeting on sidelines of HH Amir's visit to Iraq

Iraqi parliament speaker hails Kuwait's support

Staff evacuated as rocket strikes near foreign oil firms in Iraq

Katyusha rocket lands at oil hub in Iraq's Basra, injuring 3

Aoun receives invitation to Astana conference: Lebanon interested in attending whilst preserving right to coordinate refugee return with Syria

'Humanitarian disaster' unfolding in Syria's embattled Idlib, UN chief warns

US to slap harsh sanctions against Turkey over S-400

Ankara vows to protect Turkish Cypriots' rights in E Med

UN holds briefing in Turkey on fighting desertification

Berri emphasizes Lebanese unified position on water, oil and gas

Yisrael Beytenu says PM illegally pushing Tiberias mayor as secularist rival

U.S. antisemitism envoy: Armed guards needed at synagogues, Jewish centers

Herzog: Strong Israeli judiciary is best counter to delegitimization

Hamas: Israel implementing Gaza ceasefire agreement

Palestinians’ right of return kept alive through hope, resistance

Jordan: King to address Singapore Int’l Conference on Cohesive Societies

‘Jordan's ambition, its principled positions are guarantees of its progress’

Jordan, EU stress ‘no economic proposal can solve Mideast conflict’

‘List of Iraq’s rebuilding projects available for Jordanian contractors’

Kuwait's trade surplus with Japan jump 76.1 percent

Kuwait officially hits temperature record - UN WMO

Seawater flow stops at Mina Abdullah, no delay in operations: KNPC

Envoy of His Highness Amir meets UK's State Min. for Middle East

US Navy says mine fragments point to Iran in Gulf of Oman tanker attacks

Oman faces funding squeeze as bank deposits lag, warns Moody's

Moody’s Warns of ‘Funding Squeeze’ in Oman as Bank Deposits Lag

Gaza banks to dole out Qatari cash, but 40,000 cut from recipient list

Saudi Arabia
OPEC wrangle over meeting date exposes deepening Saudi-Iran rift

UN expert finds ‘credible evidence’ of Saudi crown prince’s role in 15-person plot to kill Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi minister slams UN findings on Khashoggi as 'unfounded'

Arab Parliament classifies Houthis as a terrorist group, calls on UN and Arab League to do the same

United Kingdom
UK's Ancient Nuclear Subs Still Radioactive, Cost Hundreds of Millions of Pounds to Store – Report

UK Labour's Corbyn backs second referendum on any Brexit deal

UK’s low-carbon transition needs nuclear technologies, says ETI report

Tory leadership latest MPs vote in third round as Boris Johnson gathers support from Raab backers

Construction sector to play big role as 500,000 building retrofits in pipeline

Portugal with highest housing prices increase in 2018

Algarve beaches open to swimmers again

Portugal: Tax benefits system is 'complex'

Death of Brazilian mother of five marks 1,000th gender violence victim in Spain

In Spain, parties argue over the meaning of “cooperation government”

Ex-French president Sarkozy to stand trial for corruption, influence-peddling

France has lowest levels of trust in vaccines globally

Israel and French experts meet at innovation confab

Yellow Vests demand regular referendums

From speed limits to scooters - what does France's new transport law mean for you?

The five places in France with the highest percentage of second homes

Belgian firefighters light fires, block roads in wages protest

EU ‘ready to work’ with US on peace plan, as long as it aims at two states

EU releases EURO 12 million for Resilience Programmes

LGBTQI+ pressure group wins case at Constitutional Court

Dutch investigators seek murder charges in downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Far-right AfD shares blame for politician's killing, conservative leader says

Germany warns risk of war in Gulf still ‘serious’

'Foreigner toll' on German Autobahn network ruled illegal by EU court

Greenland changes increase fears of another devastating year for Arctic

Danish researchers may have found a new, green version of Lego

The 15 statistics that help explain Denmark today

FM spokesman: Vienna to host JCPOA joint commission meeting

Baku Network Expert Council head attends int’l conference in Vienna

Lavrov proposes Switzerland mediate talks on lifting Donbass blockade

Zurich's ETH uni overtakes Cambridge in new global rankings

U.S. fund Apollo presents rescue plan for Italy's Carige: sources

China, Italy launch modern railway R&D center in Turin

Here are the top-ranked universities in Italy

Five million people are still living in 'absolute' poverty in Italy

Privatization of Slovenia's Abanka will see it merge with domestic rival

EC recommends Slovenia grows renewable energy share to 37% by 2030

Foreign Minister: Croatia LNG Terminal in Hungary's Interest

Slovenia's GH Holding signs 26.5 million-euro Croatian waste management deal

Orbán and Dodik Agree to Intensify Ties between Hungary and Republika Srpska

Albania: New draft laws to combat money laundering

The protracted crisis and descent of Golden Dawn

Defense min: Greece takes necessary action to address Turkish provocations

EU's Juncker looks back on lessons from Greece

Latvia backs EU path for Albania, North Macedonia

North Macedonia firm plugs vintage minis into electric age

Only 40% of Bulgarians Consider Vaccines as Safe

Deputy Prime Minister Mariana Nikolova Met with the Indian Ambassador Pooja Kapor

The European Commission Doesn't Approve the National Energy and Climate Plan of Bulgaria

28 New Electric Cars BMW and Hyundai Will be Launched in Sofia

Sofia Municipality is Preparing a Program For Improvement of the Air by 2026 with EU Funds

Senate's Tariceanu:I've long announced my intention to run for president, first option-joint candidacy with PSD

Senate's Tariceanu endorses introduction of voting system by legislative means that can provide more possibilities

Market for motor third party liability insurance advances 4.65pct in Q1 2019

Pension bill to clear Chamber as gov't says it has money to cover promised pension increases

Romania sees biggest advance in construction works among EU member states

European Parliament's Liberals Pick Romania's Ciolos As Leader

Hungary backs 2050 climate neutrality goal, bringing EU total to 22

Prepare for the re-routing of trams in Bratislava

Chinese and Israeli companies will invest in AeroMobil

Weather warning: Risk of thunderstorms in Slovakia

A retail chain sold meat contaminated with salmonella in Slovakia

Czech Republic
Czech owners of Skoda, Volkswagen cars qualify for $23 million compensation

Gov't working on low-carbon strategy for Poland: minister

Poland’s move to strengthen military is response to ‘aggressive’ Russia

Poland’s move to strengthen military is response to ‘aggressive’

Taiwan, Poland sign legal cooperation deal

Police say Ukrainian MP, OSINT group coordinator Tymchuk could be assassinated

MP Tymchuk shoots himself dead at home while cleaning trophy pistol - Anton Gerashchenko

Belarus aims to launch various equipment production projects in Uzbekistan

EU to extend sanctions against Russia for six months

Russian Presidential Envoy after meeting with Bassil: We always strive to secure safe return to refugees

Russia planning to send Surkov to Normandy Four talks

Alaskan City of Sitka Hails Russia's Historic Role As it Welcomes Russian Envoy - Mayor

Mutant Flies From Outer Space: Russian Scientists in Awe of Insects' Behaviour in Orbital Experiment

We regret ‘baseless’ accusations by intl probe Russian military complicit in MH17 crash – Moscow

‘Age of digital terrorism’ is coming, impact may be as dangerous as WMDs – Moscow

Top Russian Official Predicts Protest ‘Explosion’ if Economy Doesn’t Improve

Moscow to Have Citywide Recycling Program By 2020 – Mayor's Office

Construction of new Armenia-Georgia bridge to commence in August

Alternative cultural events ahead of Līgo holidays in Latvia

British jets perform Baltic interceptions

Finance Latvia Association head quits to take up World Bank job

Estonia to take part in G7 education ministers meeting for 1st time

RAF jets in Estonia scrambled 2x to intercept Russian jets

Finland’s New Premier Offers Tusk Both Liikanen and Rehn for ECB

Record numbers apply for police academy training in Finland

Fuel loading delayed at Finnish EPR

Furthering Indonesia-Sweden good relations

Lake Geneva storm victim was friend of Swedish royals

Immigration: Sweden rolls back strict rules on family reunification

Battle flares over popular North Cape

E-coli found in the water on Utsira

Erdogan: Former Egyptian President Morsi Was 'Killed', 'Authorities Did Not Intervene to Save Him'

Egypt since the revolt and fall of Mubarak in 2011

Libya to participate in Marseille 5+5 Dialogue ‘‘Summit of Two Shores’’ on 23-24 June

Refugee numbers worldwide hit record high: UN

'Everything is stolen from us': Tunisians fight to preserve cultural heritage

Việt Nam, Morocco eye stronger multifaceted cooperation

Senegal shines in showcase for female tech innovation

Leaders of Pasadena's Newest Sister City, Dakar-Plateau in Senegal, Honored at City Hall Reception

Cote dIvoire
Việt Nam values ties with Ivory Coast: Deputy PM

University of the West Indies to Train Ghanaian Doctors

Dozens killed in new attacks on central Mali villages

Mali attack: gunmen on motorbikes kill at least 41 people in two villages

Sudan military council head says it's ready to negotiate with opposition

Sudan army ruler calls on protest leaders to hold unconditional talks

Ethiopia Finally Has Its Internet Back

Kenya court convicts 3 for role in 2015 Garissa massacre

Controversial Kenyan Blogger Alai Faces Terrorism Charges

Ebola Slows Down Uganda-DRC Border Trade

Angola launches micro satellites Cansat

Angola, US resume trade agreement

Benguela Hospital saves AKZ 12 million on oxygen output

Zimbabwe’s woes worsen amid load shedding, low water levels

Zimbabwe’s wheat supplies ‘drastically’ decline

Paying for Fuel in U.S. Dollars Riles Zimbabwe Motorists

African banks to fund construction of world’s biggest marine diamond mining vessel

Namibia targets 1 bln USD worth of investments in upcoming economic summit

South Africa
EFF MP apologises for party's conduct in Parliament scuffle with ANC

South Africa: New MPs to be sworn in next week to replace former ministers who resigned from Parliament

Malaysia postpones meeting with Australia on Lynas waste

Australian students receive heroes' welcome in Nepal as they help rebuild classrooms damaged in earthquake

New Zealand
QS World University Rankings: Most NZ Universities Improve

Oil Exploration: Chevron, Equinor Surrender NZ Permits

NZ Ombudsman to investigate removal of newborn babies

Farm debt mediation will ensure fair process - O'Connor

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