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Australia's leader backs foreign minister's work on China

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Canberra, May 15 (AP) - Australia's prime minister on Tuesday rejected a former diplomat's opinion that the country needs a new foreign minister to thaw relations with China.
Geoff Raby, who was Australia's ambassador to Beijing from 2007 to 2011, used a scathing column in The Aus-tralian Financial Review newspaper to call for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to be replaced.
"Since Australia decided to adopt a policy of strategic mistrust towards China, any resemblance of influence has waned to...
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Palestinians to bury their dead Tuesday after 58 killed

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Gaza City, May 15 (AP) - Palestinians observed a general strike Tuesday to mourn dozens killed by Israeli army fire in the single deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war, as organizers said the day would be set aside for funer-als and that turnout for any new protests on the border with Israel...
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Taliban fighters attack western Afghan city

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Kabul, May 15 (AP) -Taliban insurgents launched attacks from multiple directions on the capital of Farah prov-ince in western Afghanistan near the border with Iran early Tuesday, killing and wounding "dozens" of security forces, a local official said.
Fared Bakhtawer, head of the provincial...
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Koreas to hold fresh meeting on carrying out summit vows

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Seoul, May 15 (AP) - The two Koreas will hold a high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss setting up mili-tary and Red Cross talks aimed at reducing border tension and restarting reunions between families separated by the Korean War.
Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday the meeting at a...
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Melania Trump expected to remain hospitalized through week

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Washington, May 15 (AP) - First lady Melania Trump was expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week following a "long-planned" procedure to treat a benign kidney condition, White House officials said.
Mrs. Trump, 48, had an embolization procedure Monday morning at Walter Reed National...
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