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Iran warns against war as U.S. and Saudi weigh response to oil attack

DUBAI/JEDDAH Iran warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday against being dragged into all-out war in the Middle East following an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran.

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Canada's Trudeau apologizes for dressing up in brown face, election chances could suffer

OTTAWA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized on Wednesday for wearing brown face make-up in 2001 after an embarrassing picture emerged less than five weeks before an election in which he faces a tough fight. | Video

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Weakened Netanyah's offer for unity government rebuffed by rival Gantz

JERUSALEM Israel's weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival, Benny Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

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U.S., Chinese trade deputies face off in Washington amid deep differences

WASHINGTON U.S. and Chinese deputy trade negotiators were set to resume face-to-face talks for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday, as the world's two largest economies try to bridge deep policy differences and find a way out of a bitter and protracted trade war.

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U.S. labor market remains strong, manufacturing still weak

WASHINGTON The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment increased less than expected last week, pointing to strong labor market conditions that should continue to support an economy growing at a moderate pace.

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Microsoft, energy stocks lift Wall Street at open

U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, boosted by Microsoft Corp and energy stocks, a day after the Federal Reserve cut rates as expected but played down hopes of further monetary easing.

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Unsafe sex: Argentina crisis deflates condom sales as costs rise

BUENOS AIRES In South America's capital of romance, Argentine lovers are cutting back on one important cost: contraception.

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Fed cuts interest rates, signals holding pattern for now

WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates again on Wednesday to help sustain a record-long economic expansion but signaled a higher bar to further reductions in borrowing costs, eliciting a fast and sharp rebuke from President Donald Trump. | Video

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U.N. climate summit to test world’s resolve to halt warming

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS After a summer of wildfires, heat waves and hurricanes, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is banking on new pledges from governments and businesses to abandon fossil fuels during a special climate summit in New York on Monday.

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No loudhailers, umbrellas allowed at talks with Hong Kong leader

HONG KONG The Hong Kong government on Thursday set the rules for an open dialogue between leader Carrie Lam and the public next week, telling those taking part to be "orderly" and not bring along loudhailers, bunting or umbrellas.

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