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Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against ‘grim’ challenges

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation's "grim" challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.
Speaking in the massive Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square, Xi laid out his vision of a ruling party that serves as the vanguard for everything from defending national security to providing moral guidance to ordi-nary Chinese.
He struck a...
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Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

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Beirut, Oct 18 (AP) - Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.
For an untold number of...
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White House slams decision to block travel ban

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Honolulu, Oct 18 (AP) - The Latest on a judge in Hawaii blocking the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):
The White House is blasting a federal judge’s decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing the latest version its travel ban, calling the...
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Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

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Fort Bragg, Oct 17 (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Af-ghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life.
Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after leaving his remote post in...
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N Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’

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United Nations, Oct 17 (AP) - North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment."
Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that North Korea is the...
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