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Russia clashes again with US and allies over Syria attacks

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United Nations, Apr 18 (AP) — Russia has clashed again with the United States and its Western allies over Syria, saying airstrikes on suspected chemical sites in the war-torn nation have set back any political negotia-tions to end the seven-year conflict.
The U.S., France and Britain countered that recent events are an opportunity to get the political process back on track.
The exchange came Tuesday at the sixth meeting of the U.N. Security Council in nine days on Syria.
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China sends warning to Taiwan with naval drills near island

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Beijing, Apr 18 (AP) — China's navy is holding live-fire exercises near Taiwan on Wednesday in a warning to the democratic, self-ruled island against what Beijing describes as "dangerous" remarks on independence.
Few details about the drills in the Taiwan Strait have been released by the...
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Korean leaders can discuss peace, but can't end Korean War

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Seoul, Apr 18 (AP) — President Donald Trump has given his "blessing" for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff. One problem: There can be no real talks without the involvement of the other countries that fought...
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Facebook introduces new privacy safeguards in Europe

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London,Apr 18 (AP) — Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe as part of efforts to comply with new rules meant to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.
The company says in a statement Tuesday that it will begin asking...
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200 child soldiers freed in S Sudan, but problem continues

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Juba, Apr 18 (AP) — More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1,000 children freed in the coming months.
An estimated 19,000 children are believed to be in armed forces amid the country's 5-year civil...
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