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The legislation includes $20.2 billion for US border security and a myriad of immigration policy changes agreed to by Democratic and Republican negotiators

Fresh US Senate Border-Ukraine Bill Faces Republican Buzzsaw

The national security supplemental provides for $118.3 billion in total funding, including $60 billion to support war-torn Ukraine, matching the White House's request, and $14.1 billion in security assistance to Israel, according to a summary released by Senate Appropriations Committee chair Patty Murray.
Critics argue that the 2015 takeover deliberately undervalued the construction firm's stock price

S. Korean Court Acquits Samsung Chief Over 2015 Merger Case

Yonhap news agency reported that the court said it did "not recognise intention to harm shareholders" through the merger, which critics had claimed was bad value and done mostly to ensure a smooth third-generational power transfer to Lee, a scion of Samsung's founding family.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: a delicate balancing act

Netanyahu's Political Tightrope On Hamas Hostage Deal

A proposal to free the hostages in exchange for a pause in Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territory is being studied by Hamas leaders after it was thrashed out by Israel, Qatar, Egypt and the United States.
The Verdi services trade union called on more than 90,000 workers at over 130 local companies operating buses, trams and underground services to join the walkout in an escalating dispute over pay and working conditions

Public Transport Walkout Hits Strike-battered Germany

The Verdi services trade union called on more than 90,000 workers at over 130 local companies operating buses, trams and underground services to join the walkout in an escalating dispute over pay and working conditions.
Japan's Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise during a three-day maritime exercise between the US and Japan in the Philippine Sea

US, Japan Conduct Joint Naval Drills

Washington and Beijing are at loggerheads over a raft of issues, from chips to tariffs, but both have been alarmed by the growing assertiveness of China's military in the Pacific.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during his morning press conference at the National Palace

Mexico President Rejects Drug Cartel Funding Claims

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday vehemently rejected claims that drug traffickers helped to fund his first presidential campaign in 2006, describing the allegations as "completely false."
A pro-democracy protester known as "Grandma Wong" shouts slogans outside Hong Kong's West Kowloon court, where four men were convicted of rioting on Thursday

Hong Kong Convicts Four Over 2019 Legislature Storming

Four Hong Kong men were convicted of rioting Thursday over the storming and ransacking of the city's legislature in 2019, part of a pro-democracy movement that posed an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government.
While negotiations have intensified, there has been no let-up in fighting on the ground

Hamas Head Due In Cairo For Truce Talks

Hamas was reviewing a proposal for a six-week truce in its war with Israel, a source told AFP, after mediators gathered in Paris, with international efforts towards a new pause in the devastating war gathering pace.
Pita Limjaroenrat was cleared last week of breaching Thai election laws

Thai Court Orders End To Royal Insult Law Reform Campaign

MFP upended Thailand's political order by coming first in the general election last May, but its promises to reform the military, business monopolies and lese-majeste laws were opposed by the kingdom's powerful conservative elite.
Retired nurse Nga is one of 42,000 victims who lost money in the scam, which has sent shockwaves through Vietnam

The $12.5 Billion Fraud That Has Shocked Vietnam

Now, property tycoon Truong My Lan is facing a trial in the country's biggest ever fraud case, accused of embezzling $12.5 billion by investigators after being arrested in a national corruption crackdown analysts say has hit the economy and unsettled foreign investors.

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