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Trump celebrates first 100 days as president, blasts media

HARRISBURG, Pa. U.S. President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics. | Video

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ASEAN gives Beijing a pass on South China Sea dispute, cites 'improving cooperation'

MANILA Southeast Asian countries took a softer stance on South China Sea disputes during a weekend summit, according to a statement issued on Sunday, which went easy on China by avoiding tacit references to its building and arming of its manmade islands.

UK PM May braces for difficult Brexit talks after EU adopts tough stance

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday divorce talks with the European Union would be difficult, responding to the tough stance taken by EU leaders over the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

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Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to Washington, White House says

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a phone call on Saturday that also addressed concerns over North Korea, the White House said in a statement.

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U.S.-backed militias claim big advance against IS in Syria's Tabqa

BEIRUT U.S.-backed militias said on Sunday they had made a big advance in Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, in their campaign to drive Islamic State from its stronghold of Raqqa, 40km (25 miles) downstream.

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Merkel's conservatives widen lead to 7 points 5 months before German vote

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats have opened a seven-point lead over the centre-left Social Democrats five months ahead of the Sept. 24 election, according to a poll on Sunday in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

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Toned-down White House press dinner carries on without Trump

WASHINGTON The White House press corps gathered on Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years. | Video

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Iraqi commander vows to complete capture of Mosul in May

BAGHDAD A top Iraqi commander expects to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul in May despite resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district.