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BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior White House official on Thursday said he believed China was “absolutely committed” to cooperating with the United States to curb illicit fentanyl, a drug which has played a major role in a devastating U.S. opioid crisis. “I am absolutely convinced the Chinese, starting with President Xi (Jinping) down through...
The UN's postal agency has voted unanimously to reform its fees, potentially averting a US withdrawal. The compromise deal was agreed after two days of emergency talks by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in Geneva. The agreement means the US and other high volume importers can set their own rates for delivering...
Boris Johnson has called for the release of detained British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during a meeting with Iran's president. The prime minister invited his counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, to London "where we can discuss things more". The pair spoke at a UN summit in New York on Tuesday amid heightened tensions between...
Several Thomas Cook holidaymakers and crew in Cuba have said they are being prevented from leaving their hotels until they pay extra for their stay. One holidaymaker, Sue Petrow, said she was due to fly home on Wednesday, but her hotel told her she may be held at the airport unless she pays her...
Italian authorities have closed roads and evacuated mountain huts after experts warned that part of a glacier on Mont Blanc could collapse. About 250,000 cubic metres of ice are in danger of breaking away from the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses peak, officials said. The mayor of the nearby town...
A landmark French trial is due to begin to decide whether a diabetes pill prescribed for weight loss was behind the deaths of up to 2,000 people. Servier, the drug's manufacturer, is accused of deceiving users over the killer side effects of a drug later used to treat overweight diabetics. Believed...
Almost 500 people have been detained in Egypt in the past few days after protests against alleged government corruption, human rights activists say. Demonstrations were reported in Cairo, Alexandria and several other cities on Friday night, and in the port city of Suez on Saturday evening. The authorities have not yet...
The FBI has arrested a US Army soldier on suspicion of sharing instructions via social media on how to make bombs. Jarrett William Smith allegedly suggested using a vehicle bomb to attack a major US news network. The 24-year-old wrote online about wanting to fight for a far-right group in Ukraine,...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of 13 major oil companies charted out a plan on Monday to promote investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS), ahead of a gathering in New York. Oil chiefs grappling with growing demand for climate change action have looked to invest in carbon-capture and sequestration techniques...
Labour has urged Boris Johnson to address claims he failed to declare a potential conflict of interest in how money was given to a US businesswoman while he was London mayor. The Sunday Times said Jennifer Arcuri, an entrepreneur associated with Mr Johnson, joined trade missions he led and was given £126,000 in public money.

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