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Factbox: Who has quit Theresa May's Conservative Party? And what does it mean?

February 20, 2019 - 7:00am
Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservative Party quit to join an independent group in parliament on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around her Brexit plans.
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Text: Resignation letter of three lawmakers who quit UK PM May's Conservatives

February 20, 2019 - 6:55am
Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservative Party quit to join an independent group in parliament on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around her Brexit plans.
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Russian President Putin's address to parliament

February 20, 2019 - 6:47am
The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual address to parliament on Wednesday. The highlights will be continuously updated throughout the speech.
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UK PM May 'saddened' by three lawmakers quitting her party over Brexit

February 20, 2019 - 6:40am
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she was saddened by the decision of three of her lawmakers to quit the Conservative Party over her Brexit policy, but said she was doing the right thing for the country.
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Britain strips citizenship from teenager who joined Islamic State in Syria

February 20, 2019 - 6:39am
Britain stripped a teenager who traveled to join Islamic State of her citizenship on security grounds, triggering a row over the ramifications of leaving a 19-year-old mother with a jihadist fighter's child to fend for herself in a war zone.
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Iran's Rouhani says U.S. sanctions are 'terrorist act'

February 20, 2019 - 6:32am
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday relations with the United States had rarely been so bad and that sanctions imposed by the Trump administration targeting Tehran's oil and banking sectors amounted to "a terrorist act".
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North Korean special envoy arrives in Hanoi before Trump-Kim summit

February 20, 2019 - 6:22am
North Korean special envoy Kim Hyok Chol arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday, a Reuters witness and a source with direct knowledge said, ahead of the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Vietnam's capital.
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'We are ready', EU executive says of no-deal Brexit

February 20, 2019 - 6:19am
The European Union is ready for the worst possible Brexit scenario under which Britain would crash out of the bloc with no agreement to mitigate disruption and manage the new relationship, the bloc's executive said on Wednesday.
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Changing Irish backstop only way to seal Brexit deal: UK's Hunt

February 20, 2019 - 6:18am
Making changes to the contentious Irish backstop is the only way to secure a Brexit agreement, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said before Prime Minister Theresa May heads to Brussels on Wednesday to try to salvage her deal.
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Putin: We'll target USA if Washington deploys missiles in Europe

February 20, 2019 - 5:51am
Russia will respond to any deployment of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where those missiles are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
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Highlights: Russian President Putin's address to parliament

February 20, 2019 - 5:51am
The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual address to parliament on Wednesday. The highlights will be continuously updated throughout the speech.
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Explainer: Does Islamic State still pose a threat?

February 20, 2019 - 5:45am
Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold on the banks of the Euphrates in Syria, but though its era of territorial rule may have been expunged for now, there is near universal agreement that the group remains a threat.
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Ghosn's new lawyer, 'the Razor', takes aim at Nissan and prosecutors

February 20, 2019 - 5:29am
Carlos Ghosn's new lawyer took aim at Nissan, prosecutors and courts on Wednesday, dismissing the charges against the ousted chairman as an internal company matter and saying Japan was out of step with international norms by keeping his client in jail.
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North Korea's Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations

February 20, 2019 - 4:50am
Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States as recent defections and allegations of spying undermine the trust of leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean officials and experts say.
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U.S.-China trade hopes extend equity surge; central banks supportive

February 20, 2019 - 4:23am
World stocks hit a four-month high on Wednesday on hopes of progress in trade talks between the United States and China, with a dovish backdrop at major central banks also helping push markets back into the black.
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Microsoft says discovers hacking targeting democratic institutions in Europe

February 20, 2019 - 4:20am
Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it had discovered hacking targeting democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe and plans to offer a cyber security service to several countries to close security gaps.
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UK's Hunt says he is hopeful Brexit deal can get done

February 20, 2019 - 3:41am
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Wednesday that he was hopeful that a Brexit deal could be passed by the British parliament if the government's attorney-general is in a position to change his advice on its implications for the Irish backstop.
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Taiwan says no compromise on democracy after opposition's China peace overture

February 20, 2019 - 3:37am
Taiwan will not accept any deal that destroys its sovereignty and democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday after the island's opposition KMT party said it could sign a peace deal with China if it wins a presidential election next year.
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Asia shares scale four-and-a-half month peak on hopes of U.S.-China trade deal

February 20, 2019 - 2:09am
Asian stocks advanced to 4-1/2-month highs on Wednesday as investors bet that Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators would be able to secure a deal to de-escalate their year-long tariff war.
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Microsoft expands political security service to 12 European countries

February 20, 2019 - 1:05am
Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it will offer its cyber security service AccountGuard to 12 new markets in Europe including Germany, France and Spain, to close security gaps and protect customers in political space from hacking.
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