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China, Australia vie for Pacific influence with duelling visits

SYDNEY (Reuters) -China and Australia launched competing Pacific visits on Thursday, with China's foreign minister expressing hope that ties with the Solomon Islands can be a regional model, while his counterpart said Canberra will be a partner that doesn't come with strings attached.

Minutes before school attack, Texas gunman sent online warning

The Texas gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers posted an online message warning that he was going to shoot up an elementary school minutes before he attacked, Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday, as harrowing new details of the massacre emerged.

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Russian forces shelled more than 40 towns in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, forcing Ukrainians to bury civilians killed in mass graves, as TASS news agency reported some 8,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war in the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk.

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