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US and Nato start to formally withdraw troops from Afghanistan


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Britain set to formally recognise EU ambassador for first time since Brexit


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U.S. government formally blames Russian spies for SolarWinds breach


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Government, rebels formally sign peace agreement in Nepal


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Russia is offering its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, but Putin won’t take it until it’s formally approved


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Giuliani formally asks federal judge to give Pennsylvania’s electors to Trump


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UPDATE 1-China's Xi declares new $63-bln Beijing airport is formally open

UPDATE 1-China's Xi declares new $  63-bln Beijing airport is formally openBeijing’s new multi-billion dollar airport, Daxing International, was formally declared open by President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, days ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The 450-billion-yuan ($ 63-billion) project, completed in less than five years, will give a boost to infrastructure growth, flagging amid the biggest economic slowdown in decades, as China and the United States remain locked in a trade war. The airport was hailed as “a new powerful source of national development” at a ceremony overseen by Xi in which top government officials, including He Lifeng, the head of the state planner and a vice premier, Han Zheng, participated.



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China Formally Arrests Australian Writer on Suspicion of Spying

China Formally Arrests Australian Writer on Suspicion of Spying(Bloomberg) — An Australian writer detained in China seven months ago has been formally arrested on suspicion of espionage, triggering swift demands from the government in Canberra that he be allowed to return home.Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she was “concerned and disappointed” that Yang Hengjun, a Chinese native who’s now an Australian citizen, would “continue to be criminally detained.” He is one of several detained foreign nationals whose cases have raised concerns about operating on the mainland. Two Canadians — Michael Kovrig, a Hong Kong-based security analyst on leave from Canada’s foreign service, and entrepreneur Michael Spavor — were detained in December and later accused of espionage. “It is important, and we expect, that basic standards of justice and procedural fairness are met,” Payne said in a statement Tuesday. “I respectfully reiterate my previous requests that if Dr. Yang is being held for his political beliefs, he should be released.”Yang was detained in the southern city of Guangzhou in January after a flight from New York. His lawyer Rob Stary told the Australian newspaper Tuesday that the precise nature of the espionage allegations weren’t clear, though apparently relate to his “democracy activism.”China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.At the time of his detention, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing said Yang was being investigated for “criminal activities endangering national security.” Yang previously was a Chinese foreign affairs official in Beijing, before becoming an Australian citizen and novelist, the Australian newspaper reported earlier this year.Payne said Yang had been held in “harsh conditions” without charge and denied access to lawyers or his family. She said she had discussed the issue twice with her Chinese counterpart and written to him three times raising her concerns.Yang has been visited by embassy officials seven times since his detention and a visit is scheduled for today, she said.“I will continue to advocate strongly on behalf of Dr. Yang to ensure a satisfactory explanation of the basis for his arrest, that he is treated humanely and that he is allowed to return home,” Payne said.(Updates with details of other foreigners detained in second paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Edward Johnson in Sydney at ejohnson28@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edward Johnson at ejohnson28@bloomberg.net, Peter VercoeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Michigan Rep. Amash formally withdraws from House GOP caucus

Michigan Rep. Amash formally withdraws from House GOP caucusAmash, who had been the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, told GOP leaders he is withdrawing from the House GOP conference and resigning from the House Oversight and Reform Committee. In an opinion article published July 4 in The Washington Post , Amash said partisan politics is damaging American democracy.



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Senator Gillibrand formally launches presidential campaign

Senator Gillibrand formally launches presidential campaignGillibrand, who launched an exploratory committee earlier this year as a precursor, joins more than a dozen other Democrats who have already formally entered the contest to win the nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election. Someone who isn’t afraid of progress,” Gillibrand says in a video released Sunday morning to formalize her entry into the campaign. Gillibrand opted to use a video instead of a speech at a rally, the traditional method, to formally launch her campaign.



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