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  • Oil prices rocket on slashed Saudi output
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    Oil prices rocket on slashed Saudi output

    Brent crude surged by 20 percent Monday -- the biggest gain since the 1991 Gulf War -- after weekend drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities halved output in the world's top crude exporter, fuelling fresh geopolitical and growth fears. WTI oil meanwhile soared 15 percent, also after President

  • New EU chief doubles down on 'European way of life' tag
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    New EU chief doubles down on 'European way of life' tag

    The European Commission's incoming chief, Ursula von der Leyen, on Monday defended a controversial "Protecting our European Way of Life" title for her new migration commissioner, rejecting calls to change it. Von der Leyen, a former German defence minister, acknowledged that the wording

  • 600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide': UN
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    600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide': UN

    Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar still face a "serious risk of genocide", UN investigators said Monday, warning the repatriation of a million already driven from the country by the army remains "impossible". The fact-finding mission to Myanmar, set up by the Human Rights Council

  • Hong Kong police deny street brawl 'double standards'
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    Hong Kong police deny street brawl 'double standards'

    Hong Kong police on Monday denied accusations their officers showed comparative lenience towards gangs of pro-Beijing men who attacked pro-democracy supporters during a weekend marked by multiple bloody street brawls. The once stable international hub has been convulsed by weeks of huge, sometimes violent

  • Purdue files for bankruptcy in bid to settle opioid crisis cases
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    Purdue files for bankruptcy in bid to settle opioid crisis cases

    Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy in a settlement agreement in a move it hopes will head off further legal proceedings in relation to its role in spreading the opioid crisis in the US, the company said in a statement on Sunday. Owned by the wealthy Sackler family, the pharmaceutical giant is facing

  • Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack, US blaming Iran
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    Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack, US blaming Iran

    Global energy prices spiked on Monday after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record, an assault for which President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. was "locked and loaded" to respond. U.S. officials offered satellite

  • Global stocks mostly lower after oil prices surge
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    Global stocks mostly lower after oil prices surge

    Global stock markets sank Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility. Market benchmarks in London and Frankfurt opened lower while Jakarta's benchmark lost 1.8%. Benchmark U.S. crude jumped $4.75 per barrel following the attack on

  • Outsider leads after divisive Tunisia presidential poll
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    Outsider leads after divisive Tunisia presidential poll

    Political outsider Kais Saied was leading Tunisia's election with just over a quarter of votes counted, the election commission said Monday, in the country's second free presidential vote since the Arab Spring. Saied was on 19 percent, leading imprisoned media magnate Nabil Karoui, who was on

  • Spain's king opens talks to break political impasse
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    Spain's king opens talks to break political impasse

    Spain's King Felipe VI began meeting parliamentary leaders Monday in an eleventh-hour bid to form a government and head off what would be the country's fourth elections in as many years. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists won elections in April, but only secured 123 of the parliament

  • South Korea opposition party leader shaves head in protest
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    South Korea opposition party leader shaves head in protest

    South Korea's main opposition party leader shaved his head Monday to protest against the controversial appointment of a new justice minister despite allegations of corruption against his family. Law professor Cho Kuk began his duties as the justice minister last Monday as state prosecutors carry

  • US hints at military response to Saudi attacks as oil prices surge
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    US hints at military response to Saudi attacks as oil prices surge

    Oil prices made their biggest jump since the Gulf War on Monday after President Donald Trump warned that the US was "locked and loaded" to respond to attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington blamed on Iran. It is the first time the president has hinted at a potential American military

  • Johnson, Juncker meet in search of a Brexit deal
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    Johnson, Juncker meet in search of a Brexit deal

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have his first meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday in search of a longshot Brexit deal. The two men are scheduled to hold talks over a lunch of snails and salmon in Luxembourg, amid claims from the U.K. — though not the EU

  • Oil prices jump as attack on Saudi plant threatens supply
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    Oil prices jump as attack on Saudi plant threatens supply

    The loss of 5% of world crude oil output from an attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil processing plant pushed crude prices sharply higher on Monday. U.S. crude oil was trading 9% higher while Brent crude added more than 9.4%. The attack on the Saudi Aramco facility halted output of more than half

  • Indonesia arrests nearly 200 over raging forest fires
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    Indonesia arrests nearly 200 over raging forest fires

    Indonesia has arrested nearly 200 people over vast forest fires ripping across the archipelago, police said Monday, as toxic haze sends air quality levels plummeting and sparks flight cancellations. Jakarta has deployed thousands of personnel to battle blazes that are turning land into charred landscapes

  • Five things we learned in European football this weekend
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    Five things we learned in European football this weekend

    Neymar returned with a bang for Paris Saint-Germain, while Ansu Fati made sure Barcelona did not miss Lionel Messi, or Neymar for that matter. As RB Leipzig showed their mettle in the Bundesliga and Ajax warmed up for the start of the Champions League, here are five things we learned in Europe over

  • Netanyahu, Gantz spur supporters on eve of tense Israeli polls
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    Netanyahu, Gantz spur supporters on eve of tense Israeli polls

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main opponent Benny Gantz sought to galvanise supporters Monday on the eve of a tense election with the political fate of the country's longest-serving premier in the balance. The vote on Tuesday will be Israel's second in five months after Netanyahu

  • Tears at Bangkok memorial for murdered activist
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    Tears at Bangkok memorial for murdered activist

    The wife of a murdered activist whose charred remains were found dumped in a Thai reservoir led an emotional memorial Monday, saying their five young children had been left bereft by his death. Thailand is among the most deadly places in Asia for environmental and rights defenders -- the United Nations

  • Genia puts Wallaby harmony first in World Cup swansong
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    Genia puts Wallaby harmony first in World Cup swansong

    Australia scrum-half Will Genia said Monday he was happy to "fit in" where needed as the Wallabies centurion looks to end a storied career at the Rugby World Cup. The 31-year-old, who is battling it out with Nic White for the starting role in Japan, insisted the team came first as two-time

  • Iran says 'no plans' for Rouhani-Trump meet on UN sidelines
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    Iran says 'no plans' for Rouhani-Trump meet on UN sidelines

    Iran said Monday there were no plans for President Hassan Rouhani to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump at an upcoming UN gathering, as tensions mount between the arch-foes over attacks on Saudi oil sites. European powers have been trying to de-escalate the tensions that have spiralled since Trump

  • Steve Smith 'proud' after summer of Ashes redemption
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    Steve Smith 'proud' after summer of Ashes redemption

    Steve Smith returned to international cricket to a chorus of boos but he walked off the pitch at the Oval to a standing ovation after a summer of Ashes redemption. The former Australia captain enjoyed a remarkable series in England, scoring a total of 774 runs in just seven innings and played a pivotal

  • Dozens of tigers dead after confiscation from Thai temple
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    Dozens of tigers dead after confiscation from Thai temple

    More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from a controversial Thai temple have died, park officials said Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to in-breeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction. For years, the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi pulled

  • Hong Kong student leader takes MTR to court to preserve security footage of police operation rail operator has already said it will keep for three years
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    Hong Kong student leader takes MTR to court to preserve security footage of police operation rail operator has already said it will keep for three years

    A Hong Kong student leader arrested at an MTR station during a chaotic police operation has demanded a court order for the preservation of security camera footage of the incident.On Monday, lawyers for Education University’s student union president Kex Leung Yiu-ting asked the High Court to order the

  • Treble talk can wait, says All Black Whitelock
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    Treble talk can wait, says All Black Whitelock

    New Zealand's Sam Whitelock said while it would be "awesome" to become a three-time World Cup-winner, his focus is firmly fixed on Saturday's "pretty cool" opener against South Africa. All Blacks captain Kieran Read, second row Whitelock and centre Sonny Bill Williams could

  • Why the Solomons is mulling China diplomatic switch
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    Why the Solomons is mulling China diplomatic switch

    China looks poised to gain an ally in the strategic Pacific region this month as a new Solomon Islands leadership sours on decades of "useless" diplomatic ties to Taiwan. While no final decision has been announced on whether to switch allegiance, Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare gave

  • No more for me: S. Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97%
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    No more for me: S. Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97%

    South Korean imports of Japanese beer slumped almost to zero last month in the face of a consumer boycott sparked by a bitter trade and historical dispute between Seoul and Tokyo, data showed Monday. Japanese companies shipped $223,000 worth of beer to South Korea in August, figures from the Korea Trade

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