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Mexico to Trump: We won't pay for a border wall 'under any circumstances'

Mexican President says NO to wallSpurred by President Donald Trump’s emphatic reiteration that it will eventually pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Mexican government said in a statement Sunday that it will not fund such a project “under any circumstances.”

“As the Mexican government has always stated, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on US territory along the Mexican border,” the statement from Mexico’s foreign ministry read. “This statement is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but rather a principle of national sovereignty and dignity.”


Palestinian girl dies after being struck by settler car

Palestinian girl dies after being struck by settler carAn eight-year-old Palestinian girl who was run over by an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank was buried on Sunday.

Aseel Abu Oun was killed a day earlier by a settler who drove his car near where she lived in the Foroush Beit Dajan village, in the Nablus district. She was leaving a supermarket around noon with a friend when she was struck.

Haaretz, the Israeli daily newspaper, reported that police detained the driver of the vehicle for questioning. Police said they opened an investigation, Haaretz reported, but did not specify whether the settler had been released.


Floods kill over 1,200 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

1200 dead in Asia floodsThe death toll from monsoon floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal has climbed above 1,200, as rescue workers scramble to provide aid to millions of people stranded by the worst such disaster in years.

All three countries suffer frequent flooding during the June-September monsoon season, but international aid agencies say things are worse this year with thousands of villages cut off and people deprived of food and clean water for days.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit Bihar state on Saturday and has pledged a relief fund of $78m.


North Korea tests short-range missiles as South Korea, U.S. conduct drills

Nk tests short range missilesNorth Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast early on Saturday, South Korea and the U.S. military said, as the two allies conducted annual joint military drills that the North denounces as preparation for war.

The U.S. military’s Pacific Command said it had detected three short-range ballistic missiles, fired over a 20 minute period.

One appeared to have blown up almost immediately while two flew about 250 km (155 miles) in a northeasterly direction, Pacific Command said, revising an earlier assessment that two of the missiles had failed in flight.


Thousands attend funeral for slain Philippine teenager

Philippine funeral for teen killed by Duerte forcesMore than 1,000 mourners attended a funeral procession in Manila for a high school student, whose killing last week by anti-drugs officers has caused rare public outrage over the country's war on drugs.

Crowds chanted for "justice" on Saturday in the Philippine capital in what became one of the biggest protests in the country against President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug drive.


Canada Introduces ‘X’ as a Third Sex Category for Passport Holders

Canada introduces "X" as third sex for passportsStarting Thursday, Canadians will have a new way to identify their sex on passports and other government documents: “X” will join the options of male and female.

The decision to allow the third category, indicating an “unspecified” sex, is intended to protect the rights of Canadians to identify by the gender of their choice, the country’s immigration department said in announcing the change. Ahmed Hussen, the minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said in a statement that the designation was added to advance “equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression.”.


Trump launches new financial sanctions against the 'dictatorship in Venezuela' by executive order

US sanctions VenezuelaDonald Trump has signed an executive order “imposing strong, new financial sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela,” according to the White House.

“The Maduro dictatorship continues to deprive the Venezuelan people of food and medicine, imprison the democratically-elected opposition, and violently suppress freedom of speech”, the White House said in a statement.


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