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Canada's Trudeau hammers main election rival's COVID-19 approach

MONTREAL (Reuters) -Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seeking to carve out a lead ahead of a Sept. 20 election, on Thursday accused his main rival of showing weak leadership in the fight against COVID-19. Learn More

 

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Kono seen as top contender as Japan PM race set to start

TOKYO (Reuters) - Candidates to become Japan's prime minister officially launch their campaigns on Friday, with popular vaccine minister Taro Kono expected to be the top contender to replace Yoshihide Suga. More »

 

Blinken calls France vital partner in Indo-Pacific in apparent bid to calm French fury

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said France was a "vital partner" in the Indo-Pacific region and that Washington would continue to cooperate with Paris, comments that appeared aimed at calming French anger after the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom clinched a historic defense export contract to supply Australia with submarines. More »

 

Australia agrees to increased U.S. air deployments after sub deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Australia and the United States announced expanded military cooperation on Thursday, including rotational deployments of all types of U.S. military aircraft to Australia, a day after announcing a submarine deal denounced by China as intensifying a regional arms race. https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australia-get-us-nuclear-submarine-technology-china-looms-large-2021-09-15 More »

 

Glasgow climate summit at risk of failure, U.N. chief warns

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said a critical meeting on climate change later this year in Scotland is at risk of failure due to mistrust between developed and developing countries and a lack of ambitious goals among some emerging economies. More »

 

Bolsonaro's support hits fresh low ahead of Brazil 2022 vote, poll shows

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's popularity has hit the lowest point of his time in office, a Datafolha poll showed on Thursday, with 53% of respondents disapproving of him ahead of a presidential election next year. More »

 

Hong Kong teachers exit under shadow of security law, schools scramble to fill gaps

HONG KONG (Reuters) - For his last class in Hong Kong in July, liberal studies teacher Fong showed his students calligraphy by the territory's late democratic activist Szeto Wah: "Choose the right path and stick to it." He emigrated to Britain days later. More »

 

Under scrutiny in murder inquiry, Haiti's PM receives international backing

(Reuters) - A group of leading Haiti-based diplomats met with Prime Minister Ariel Henry and said it backed his efforts to solve the country's political crisis, an apparent vote of confidence as he faces off accusations of links to the slaying of President Jovenel Moise. More »

 

EL Salvador drafts proposal for controversial constitutional changes

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's vice president has delivered the final proposal for constitutional changes to President Nayib Bukele, including the extension of presidential terms and a new electoral tribunal body, the government said on Thursday. More »

 

Bahamas head to polls in close election overshadowed by COVID-19

NASSAU (Reuters) - Bahamians headed to the polls on Thursday to elect a new government as the Atlantic island chain continued to reel from an ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases and slump in the tourism-dependent economy due to the pandemic. More »

 

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