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MEXICO CITY – El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will launch a new force aimed at combating criminal gangs and drug traffickers next month, presidents of the three Central American nations agreed.
ATLANTA – The mother of the only giant panda twins in the United States may soon deliver a second set of twins, Zoo Atlanta said on Tuesday, capping off an eventful month for lovers of the fluffy black and white bears across the globe.
RIGA/ISTANBUL – US Vice President Joe Biden visits Turkey this week, with relations between Washington and Ankara going through one of their testiest periods in recent memory since the failed July 15 coup.
MEXICO CITY – Heavy storms earlier this year hammered the forests that North America’s monarch butterflies migrate to in central Mexico, a study showed, fuelling fears the habitat could eventually become untenable.
NEW YORK – The New York City Police Department routinely violated court-mandated rules on handling investigations of political activity, particularly Muslim groups or individuals, the department’s watchdog said in a report.
KINSHASA – Opponents of Congolese President Joseph Kabila went on strike to demand that he step down when his constitutional mandate expires in December. In the commercial centre of the capital Kinshasa, home to 12 million people, rush hour seemed lighter than usual.
SINGAPORE – Singapore is working to implement a policy to cut off web access for public servants as a defence against potential cyber attack — a move critics say marks a retreat for a technologically advanced city-state.
MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expects talks with China on their South China Sea dispute within a year and he would not raise an international ruling rejecting China’s claims there when he attends a regional summit next month.