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News from around the world.

HK paid cops US$120 mil in overtime claims during protests

Total budget for wages, allowances and other operating costs in current fiscal year ballooned to US$2.6 bil.

US, ‘like-minded’ partners will maintain security in Asia, says admiral

'We are in competition with the People’s Republic of China,' says US Pacific Fleet commander.

Indian president ignores protests, signs ‘anti-Muslim’ citizenship bill into law

Protesters say law will convert thousands of illegal immigrants into legal residents.

Indonesia’s tiny glaciers could melt away within a decade, says study

Researchers say because of the glaciers' relatively low elevation, they are at higher risk,

Trump congratulates Britain’s Boris Johnson on ‘great’ election win

US president says Britain, United States will be free to strike a massive new trade deal after Brexit.

US House riles Republicans by delaying impeachment vote

Top Republican Doug Collins says words cannot describe how inappropriate the move is.

US criticism of Chinese policy has damaged mutual trust, says envoy

US recently introduced several pieces of legislation that have not gone down well with Beijing.

Australia names 1st female intelligence chief

Rachel Noble will start her new role in February.

PM convinced Brits have given ‘powerful mandate’ to get Brexit done

Historic election will give Conservatives chance to change country for better, says UK PM.

UK election sets up standoff over Scottish independence

Scottish National Party could take back all but one of the districts it lost two years ago.

Corbyn to stand down as UK’s Labour faces record defeat

It could be the party’s worst election result since 1935.

Turkey raging after US Senate recognises Armenian genocide

Passing of motion deals blow to already problematic ties between the countries.

Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting holy sites at Christmas

Rights group calls ban a deepening of Israel's separation policy.

Pressure builds on Corbyn as Labour heads for crushing defeat in...

Labour candidate Gareth Snell says voters' dislike of party leader contributed to defeat.

China should not interfere in Taiwan elections, says US envoy

David Stilwell wants differences between 2 nations to be resolved through dialogue.

EU welcomes clear Conservative victory as clarity over Brexit

EU leaders will now discuss mandate to negotiate future relationship with Britain after exit from bloc.

Saudi envoy visits US military base hit by shooting attack

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud reiterates condemnation of horrific attack.

Quebec court refuses to suspend law banning religious symbols

A lawyer says it’s too early to say whether they would appeal ruling.

Scientists home in on potential treatments for deadly Nipah virus

Scientists have found around a dozen potential drugs to block the disease.

Chile confirms human remains, debris found is from missing plane

Condition of plane wreckage makes it practically impossible for anyone to survive crash.

US House committee nears vote on impeachment articles against Trump

Approval of articles of impeachment will set up a vote next week on removal of US president.

NZ prepares to airlift 6 bodies recovered from volcanic island

Operation began after 6am despite high risk of fresh volcanic eruption.

Exit poll indicates Johnson to win a majority of 86 seats

Only 1 exit poll has been wrong in last 5 national elections.

Trump tells Greta to ‘chill, go to movies’

US president slams Time magazine naming Swedish teen Person of the Year as ‘ridiculous’.

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