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Despite achieving faster-than-expected growth over the past four quarters, China's declining productivity is a major source of concern. Regarding natural gas production, China's output jumped by 15 percent on the year in April, to 12.2 billion cubic meters (430.8 billion cubic feet), according to NBS data.
  • White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

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    Yesterday, less than 24 hours after he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey , who was investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election, President Donald Trump held a meeting with Russian government officials and barred any American news outlets from attending.
  • Deputy Attorney General whose recommendation led to Comey's firing 'threatened to resign'

    Deputy Attorney General whose recommendation led to Comey's firing 'threatened to resign'

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    But Trump, in an interview aired by NBC on May 11, restated his earlier comments that Comey had assured him three times that he was not under investigation. "We should maybe have an impeachment clock", Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said. The president fired Comey the following day. Comey, who testified for four hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it made him feel "mildly nauseous" that his decision to make public his reopening of a probe into Clinton's handling of classified ...
  • French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

    French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

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    Valls, a center-leaning politician in favor of relaxing labor protections, had already thrown his support behind Macron before the presidential election after losing to Benoit Hamon in the Socialist primary. Sylvie Goulard, a French deputy to the European Parliament, said Macron would make Berlin his first official visit, with perhaps a stop to see French troops stationed overseas as well.
  • Turkey urges U.S. to reverse decision to arm Syrian Kurdish group

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    Erdogan also called on the United States to stand alongside a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally - Turkey - and reverse its decision on arming Syrian Kurds before his upcoming visit to Washington. Coalition spokesman Col. John Dorrian said the capture of Tabqa is "yet another victory" for the Kurdish-led forces, the U.S.'s most effective partner on the ground in Syria fighting IS.
  • Groups Celebrate Buhari, Nigerian Army Over Release of Chibok Girls

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    Negotiations with the extremist group, mediated by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government, also resulted in the October release of a first group of 21 Chibok girls. A military source said the girls were now in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
  • Barnier says European Union will fight to avoid hard Ireland-UK border

    Barnier says European Union will fight to avoid hard Ireland-UK border

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    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, will address a joint sitting of the Dáil and Seanad this morning - an honour normally reserved for visiting Prime Ministers and Presidents. One of the party's MEPs, Matt Carthy, said: "People in the North are entitled, under global law, as a result of the Good Friday agreement, to Irish citizenship".
  • Trump to Host Lavrov at White House on Wednesday

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    Earlier Wednesday, Lavrov met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the get-together was a chance for the two to "continue our dialogue" and "exchange of views" that they started last month in Moscow. Trump insisted that wasn't the case. A US official and a person knowledgeable of the plans are describing what would be the highest level, face-to-face contact with Russian Federation of Trump's presidency.
  • Hamas says Ismail Haniyeh chosen as Islamic group's leader

    Hamas says Ismail Haniyeh chosen as Islamic group's leader

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    In Gaza , which is controlled by Hamas since 2007, years of Egyptian restrictions, coupled with an Israeli blockade and three wars between Hamas and Israel , have devastated the economy and weakened the Palestinian Islamist group. In the last two months, it opened Rafah once, but only in the direction of Gaza . Chania became Chairman of the Hamas political Bureau, replacing in this post, Khaled Mashaal, who led the radicals in 1996.
  • North Korea Detains Another US Citizen, Bringing Total Held to Four

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    In the case of Kim Hak-song, Reuters notes that he had identified as a "Christian missionary planning to start an experimental farm at PUST and was trying to help the North Korean people learn to become self-sufficient". Cory Gardner has drawn the attention and ire of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after calling the volatile leader a "whack job" in a TV interview last week.
  • Prince Philip Decides 96 Is a Good Retirement Age

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    Prince Philip was in classic jovial form as he joined Queen Elizabeth at a service and lunch on Thursday for members of the prestigious Order of Merit. A royal aide said of the Duke: "He's looking forward to enjoying more of his leisure time". The fact that staff from all the royal households were called to the meeting at Buckingham Palace to hear the announcement is telling in itself.
  • Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 12

    Fireworks cache explodes in Mexico, killing at least 12

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    Numerous victims were inside the two-story house, which was leveled by the blast. The pyrotechnic material to be used for the May 15 occasion was stored in a facility behind the local church. State governor Antonio Gali Fayad plans to visit the village soon. The authorities say a lit rocket was thrown into a building where the pyrotechnics were kept.