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Peruvians vote in referendum on fighting corruption

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Peru, Dec 9 (AP) - Peruvians vote Sunday in a referendum aimed at curbing corruption as the South American nation tries to put an end to a scourge that has landed lawmakers, judges and even former presidents behind bars.
The four questions on the ballot include measures that would prohibit legislators from immediate reelection, create stricter campaign finance rules and reform a scandal-tainted council charged with selecting judges.
All but one of the proposed measures is expected to pass in...
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Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

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Beijing, Dec 9 (AP) - China summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it "unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature" and warning of "grave consequences" if she is not released.
A report by the official Xinhua...
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France girds for weekend protests, fearing more violence

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Paris, Dec 8 (AP) - Anticipating a fourth straight weekend of violent protests, France on Friday mobilized armored vehicles and thousands of police, cordoned off Paris' broad boulevards and made plans to shut down tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre.
The heavy security will put central...
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US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

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Katowice, Dec 8 (AP) - Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches planted the American flag at the U.N. climate talks Friday in an effort to show that many people in the United States remain committed to curbing global warming despite the stance of their president.
The opening of...
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Chinese executive facing US extradition appears in court

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Vancouver, Dec 8 (AP) - A Canadian prosecutor urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to a Chinese executive at the heart of a case that is shaking up U.S.-China relations and worrying global financial markets.
Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei and daughter...
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