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China should be neutral if N.Korea fires first on U.S. – Global Times

BEIJING/BEDMINSTER – China should remain neutral if North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, a Chinese state-run newspaper says, sounding a warning for Pyongyang over its plans to fire missiles near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ (WRAPUP 3, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), expect by 0800 GMT/4 AM ET, by Ben Blanchard and James Oliphant, 883 words)

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– NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/USA-WAR (ANALYSIS), moved, by David Brunnstrom, 820 words

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Nineteen migrants feared drowned after being forced from boat off Yemen – U.N. agency

GENEVA/BRUSSELS – About 180 Ethiopian and Somali migrants, many weakened by hunger and drought in their home countries, are forced from a boat into rough seas off Yemen by smugglers on and 19 are presumed drowned, the U.N. migration agency says. (YEMEN-MIGRANTS/ (UPDATE 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Stephanie Nebehay and Charlotte Steenackers, 490 words)

Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor says she fears for her life, will keep fighting

CARACAS – Venezuela’s ousted chief prosecutor says she fears for her life and is on the run, but will keep fighting for democracy and freedom in the country after being fired by a controversial new legislative superbody. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ORTEGA (INTERVIEW, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Girish Gupta, 650 words)

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– VENEZUELA-CREDIT SUISSE GP/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Corina Pons, 350 words

Trump thanks Russia’s Putin for slashing U.S. diplomatic staff

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump thanks Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, remarks likely to rekindle criticism of Trump’s kid-gloves handling of Putin. (USA-TRUMP/RUSSIA-DIPLOMATS (UPDATE 2, PICTURES), moved, by Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay, 640 words)

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ASIA

U.S. destroyer challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Navy destroyer carries out a “freedom of navigation operation”, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials tell Reuters. (USA-CHINA/SOUTHCHINASEA (UPDATE 3, GRAPHIC), moved, by Idrees Ali, 550 words)

UNITED STATES

Trump administration defends travel ban in U.S. Supreme Court brief

NEW YORK – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration reiterates arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court, repeatedly citing the executive’s broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States. (USA-IMMIGRATION/COURT, moved, by Mica Rosenberg, 475 words)

– USA-IMMIGRATION/CANADA-BORDER (PICTURES), moved, by Anna Mehler Paperny, 550 words

Trump attacks Senate leader for 2nd straight day on health policy failure

BEDMINSTER, N.J. – U.S. President Donald Trump attacks his own party’s Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, for a second day, complaining from the steps of his private New Jersey golf club about Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. (USA-HEALTHCARE/MCCONNELL (UPDATE 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by James Oliphant, 600 words)

AMERICAS

Mexico ruling party’s reform strengthens president ahead of 2018 vote

MEXICO CITY – A move by Mexico’s ruling party to allow an outsider to run for president strengthens the hand of beleaguered leader Enrique Pena Nieto, granting him more power to pick his own candidate and opening a path for his finance minister, Jose Antonio Meade. (MEXICO-POLITICS/ (ANALYSIS), moved, by Gabriel Stargardter, 650 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Militants trapped in Raqqa centre but Syrian Kurd commander sees long battle

RAQQA, Syria – U.S.-backed forces now have Islamic State fighters surrounded in central Raqqa, a Syrian Kurdish commander says, but he predicts that driving the militants out could take up to four months. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-RAQQA (PICTURES), moved, by John Davison, 790 words)

EUROPE

Approaching a cliff edge? British business begs for clarity after Brexit maelstrom

LONDON – After the maelstrom of Prime Minister Theresa May’s election crisis and a struggle in government over the shape of Brexit, business chiefs have a simple request for Britain: Give clarity on how the EU divorce might look. (BRITAIN-EU/BUSINESS (PICTURES, TV), moved, by Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton and Elisabeth O’Leary, 865 words)

AFRICA

Kenyan election official says opposition victory claim ‘ridiculous’

NAIROBI/KISUMU, Kenya – Celebrations break out in pockets of Kenya after the opposition says its candidate Raila Odinga should be declared the winner of a presidential vote, a claim an election commission official says is “ridiculous”. (KENYA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 4, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Katharine Houreld and Maggie Fick, 890 words)

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Taylor Swift says DJ subjected her to long, ‘horrifying’ grope

DENVER – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift testifies she was subjected to a “very long” and “intentional” grope by a Colorado disc jockey who appeared to be drunk during a photo session four years ago. (PEOPLE-TAYLORSWIFT/ (UPDATE 6, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Keith Coffman and Jann Tracey, 730 words)

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