UK lawmakers vote to delay final Brexit decision again

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British lawmakers have voted to postpone a decision on whether to back a Brexit deal with the European Union, throwing a wrench into government plans to leave the bloc at the end of this month

UK lawmakers vote to delay final Brexit decision again

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British lawmakers have voted to postpone a decision on whether to back a Brexit deal with the European Union, throwing a wrench into government plans to leave the bloc at the end of this month

The Latest: Johnson says he will push ahead with Brexit

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will push ahead and try to leave European Union by Oct. 31

The Latest: Johnson says he will push ahead with Brexit

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will push ahead and try to leave European Union by Oct. 31

South Sudan opposition leader returns to meet with president

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South Sudan opposition leader returns to meet with president; unity government deadline looms

South Sudan opposition leader returns to meet with president

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South Sudan opposition leader returns to meet with president; unity government deadline looms

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will push ahead and try to have Britain leave the European Union by Oct. 31

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will push ahead and try to have Britain leave the European Union by Oct. 31

UK Parliament votes to postpone decision on EU divorce deal, raising prospect of further delay to Brexit.

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UK Parliament votes to postpone decision on EU divorce deal, raising prospect of further delay to Brexit.

Hong Kong says murder suspect wants to surrender to Taiwan

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Hong Kong’s leader says the murder suspect whose case inadvertently helped ignite the semiautonomous Chinese city’s protest movement wants to surrender to authorities in Taiwan

Hong Kong says murder suspect wants to surrender to Taiwan

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Hong Kong’s leader says the murder suspect whose case inadvertently helped ignite the semiautonomous Chinese city’s protest movement wants to surrender to authorities in Taiwan

Subway service in Chile’s capital suspended as protest grows

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School and university students have flooded subway stations in Chile’s capital, jumping turnstiles, dodging fares and vandalizing equipment as part of protests against a fare hike

Subway service in Chile’s capital suspended as protest grows

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School and university students have flooded subway stations in Chile’s capital, jumping turnstiles, dodging fares and vandalizing equipment as part of protests against a fare hike

Asylum-seeking Mexicans are more prominent at US border

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As the Trump administration has all but stopped allowing Central American families to seek asylum in the US, Mexican parents and children are arriving in increasing numbers at the southern border and seeking asylum amid escalating cartel violence

Asylum-seeking Mexicans are more prominent at US border

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As the Trump administration has all but stopped allowing Central American families to seek asylum in the US, Mexican parents and children are arriving in increasing numbers at the southern border and seeking asylum amid escalating cartel violence

Indonesia’s Widodo faces daunting goals in final term

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo will be sworn in for a final five-year term with a mixed record of reformist agenda and unwilling to press for accountability

Mexican authorities release ‘El Chapo’s’ son as violence breaks out during attempted arrest

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hudiemm/iStock(MEXICO CITY) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended local authorities’ decision to call off a deadly raid in Sinaloa Cartel territory and release Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s fugitive son, saying one criminal wasn’t worth risking the lives of others in the area.

“They made decisions that I support, that I endorse, because the situation became very difficult and many citizens, many people, many human beings, were at risk. And, it was decided to protect people’s lives. I agreed with that because it’s not about massacres — that is over,” Obrador said during a news conference Friday. “They (local authorities) took that decision and I supported it.”

A deadly gunfight erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán, Sinaloa state, late Thursday afternoon, after cartel fighters attacked security forces who were trying to arrest Ovidio Guzmán López, one of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons. Guzman Lopez is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges, according to reports.

A deadly gunfight erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán, Sinaloa state, late Thursday afternoon, after cartel fighters attacked security forces who were trying to arrest Ovidio Guzmán López, one of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons. Guzman Lopez is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges, according to reports.

“El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to life behind bars in the U.S. in July, after he was found responsible for violence, including murders, and the smuggling of narcotics into the U.S., by a New York jury.

In a statement Friday that criticized the police effort, calling it “rushed and badly planned,” the Mexican Security Cabinet said that about 30 to 35 members of the National Guard and the Mexican Army were patrolling in the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state Thursday around 3:45 p.m. Mexico City time, when they were fired on from a house. The security cabinet said the group was waiting for a search warrant for the home when the gunfire began.

Officers fired back and were able to enter the house, where they found Guzman Lopez inside, the cabinet said.

Authorities said Thursday that while officers in the home were under siege, other “organized crime groups” attacked residents in other parts of Culiacan, “generating a situation of panic.”

Video posted online from the city showed children hiding with their parents behind cars waiting for the gunfire to stop and terrified residents abandoned their cars on the streets and ran as shooting sounded behind them. Images showed the skies above Culiacan darkened with smoke from burning vehicles.

At least eight people were killed and at least 16 were injured, according to El Universal newspaper.

Mexico’s Security Cabinet said Friday that after seeing the violence raging, authorities ordered the team to leave the house. Afterward, the criminal group stopped the assaults and freed the Army personnel that had been held, the security cabinet said Friday.

Police suspended the operation between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Mexico City time. There was no formal arrest of Guzman Lopez, authorities said.

The security cabinet said that one civilian had been killed in the shootout. There had also been “19 roadblocks; 14 gun attacks against the Mexican Army and the National Guard; seven members injured; and nine members detained by the cartel [but] then freed without injuries,” the cabinet said Friday.

A state police officer and two municipal police officers had also been injured and eight vehicles and one helicopter were hit by firearms.

“This decision was made to protect citizens. You can’t fight fire with fire. That’s the difference with this strategy compared with what previous governments have done. We don’t want deaths. We don’t want war,” Mexico’s president said Friday. “The strategy that had been applied turned the country into a cemetery and that’s not what we want anymore.”

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Ancient city uncovered in Cambodia

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DannyIacob/iStock(NEW YORK) — Researchers have uncovered an ancient city in Cambodia that was one of the first capitals in the Khmer Empire.

The sprawling city of Mahendraparvata, which has long been rumored to exist, was identified on the Phnom Kulen plateau using airborne laser scanning that had a “unique ability to ‘see through’ vegetation and provide high-resolution models of the forest floor,” according to a report from the scientists.

“Here, we confirm the hypothesis, based on this accumulated body of evidence, that Mahendraparvata — the eighth- to ninth-century AD capital of the Khmer Empire — was located on the Phnom Kulen massif,” the report read.

The Khmer Empire, at its peak, governed much of what is today Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and southern Vietnam.

The discovery gave scientists a detailed look at the city.

Their findings revealed “a formally planned, densely inhabited urban core surrounded by an extensive network of low-density neighborhoods, water-management systems, agricultural networks and transportation links to settlements around other major temple sites.”

The most striking discovery, the scientists said, was that the city was built on linear axes that corresponded to cardinal directions, similar to a more modern city.

The centrally-planned urban area spanned around 9,800 to 12,000 acres on the plateau.

Phnom Kulen had long been under-researched, according to the report.

The site is difficult to access and covered with dense vegetation. Moreover, it was believed that landmines had been placed there by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, causing scientists to stay away.

However, the research efforts from the scientists revealed the city that had been there.

“We should soon be able to construct finer-grained demographic models and finally resolve basic questions concerning the extent and population of Angkor, and how that changed over the centuries,” the report concluded.

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Thunberg calls for climate action in oil-rich Alberta

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg stayed away from any direct criticism of Alberta’s oil sands as she took her message to the oil rich Canadian province

Thunberg calls for climate action in oil-rich Alberta

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg stayed away from any direct criticism of Alberta’s oil sands as she took her message to the oil rich Canadian province

Failed raid against El Chapo’s son leaves 8 dead in Mexico

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Mexican security forces say they aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a fierce shootout with cartel enforcers

Failed raid against El Chapo’s son leaves 8 dead in Mexico

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Mexican security forces say they aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a fierce shootout with cartel enforcers

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

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Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia’s independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders are jamming downtown Barcelona as the northeastern Spanish region endures its fifth straight day of tense protests

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

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Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia’s independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders are jamming downtown Barcelona as the northeastern Spanish region endures its fifth straight day of tense protests

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

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Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting bonfires

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

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Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting bonfires

Afghan official says mosque explosion kills 62

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly condemning the attack inside a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan which killed scores of civilians and injured dozens more

Afghan official says mosque explosion kills 62

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly condemning the attack inside a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan which killed scores of civilians and injured dozens more

The Latest: Macron says Brexit date should be respected

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French president Emmanuel Macron has expressed his hopes that the divorce deal between the European Union and the British government will be adopted by Oct. 31, the date Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc

The Latest: Macron says Brexit date should be respected

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French president Emmanuel Macron has expressed his hopes that the divorce deal between the European Union and the British government will be adopted by Oct. 31, the date Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc

The Latest: PM says Spain will punish rioters in Catalonia

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Spain’s interim prime minister says that mass protests in Catalonia over the imprisonment of Catalan separatists are proof that illegal actions are punished in Spain but not political ideas