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Xi Jinping pledges to cut Chinese import tariffs

Image copyright Getty Images China has promised to further cut import tariffs and open its economy as it tries to address criticisms that its trade practices are “unfair”. In a speech at a Shanghai trade expo, President Xi Jinping also made a robust defence of the global free trade system ...

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Breeders’ Cup: Man arrested for drunkenly riding horse

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic race was won by Accelerate and jockey Joel Rosari A man has been arrested for getting on a horse while drunk and nearly making it to the track at the Breeders’ Cup meet in Kentucky, local media report. Michael Wells-Rody, 24, ...

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Uber launches US subscription service in five cities

Image copyright Reuters Taxi-hailing firm Uber has launched a membership scheme dubbed Ride Pass, for passengers in five US cities. The deal allows passengers to avoid price surging, when costs rise at rush hour and other in-demand times. The fixed-fare plan costs $24.99 (£19) a month in Los Angeles and ...

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New Caledonia: French Pacific territory votes on independence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Separatist groups are urging the indigenous Kanak people to back independence Voters in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia are taking part in a referendum on whether to remain part of France or become independent. The vote was promised as part of a ...

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Gabon opposition leader reignites election row

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Jean Ping has urged the citizens of Gabon to overcome their divisions Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping has again claimed victory in elections held in 2016, as President Ali Bongo is being treated in a hospital abroad. Speaking in Libreville, Mr Ping urged the ...

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Migrant caravan: Mexico bus transportation offer withdrawn

Image copyright Reuters Image caption An estimated 5,000 people are travelling in the caravan to the US-Mexico borer Thousands of migrants from Central America heading for the US-Mexico border have had an offer of free bus transport to Mexico City withdrawn. The governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, Miguel ...

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India man-eating tigress killed after huge hunt

Image copyright Indian Forestry Dept Image caption There will now be a post-mortem on the tigress A tigress in India who is said to have killed 13 people has been shot dead after a major hunt, officials say. The six-year-old tigress had evaded capture in the jungles of the western ...

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