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China's Xi pledges to build 'modern socialist country'

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world.

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Venezuela's Maduro defends disputed vote, opposition divided

CARACAS President Nicolas Maduro defended Venezuela's "secure" election system on Tuesday as opponents struggled to present a united front over allegations of fraud in a nationwide vote surprisingly won by the ruling socialists.

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Qatar suggests Gulf crisis hurts fight against Islamic State: CNBC

Qatar's foreign minister suggested on Tuesday that measures taken by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states in their dispute with Qatar had hurt the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State, according to the text of an interview with CNBC.

Saudi Arabia Oct 17 2017

Mexico's Pemex fires warehouse workers for oil theft

MEXICO CITY Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said on Tuesday it would rescind contracts held by several workers at a warehouse and distribution center in the central state of Guanajuato as part of a strategy to combat oil theft.

Oct 17 2017

Japan ruling coalition seen winning around two-thirds majority: Kyodo

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition is on track for a roughly two-thirds majority in Sunday's general election, a survey by Kyodo news agency showed, as its conservative rival led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike appeared to lose momentum.

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New Zealand's kingmaker party to make announcement on government formation on Thursday

WELLINGTON New Zealand's small nationalist party said on Wednesday it would be in a position to make an announcement on the formation of the next government on Thursday afternoon, New Zealand First said in a statement.

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