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ROME -- "We will work together within the European Union (EU) to pursue a common policy and to avoid proceeding in a disorderly fashion," said Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, referring to the escalation of violence in Libya.

Conte stressed in a recent interview his concern over a possible humanitarian crisis if the conflict in Libya does not abate, saying that while the violence might interrupt the flow of migrants into Libya from sub-Saharan Africa, "Libya could go from being mostly a country of migrant transit to one of departure."

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BOSTON -- "We have done research using Chinese scientists' publication data to show that the best research is done collaboratively, so essentially, you reduce collaboration you also reduce the quality of the research," said a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor, adding that restrictions on collaboration between the United States and Chinese scientists is "absolute inexcusable."

Yasheng Huang, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, argued in a panel at the Harvard China Forum (HCF) that policies aimed at restricting collaborative research between the United States and China will not only hurt scientific research but also both countries.

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SEOUL -- "Now, it's time to actively prepare and push for South-North summit," South Korean President Moon Jae-in told a regular meeting with his senior secretaries on Monday, referring to the fourth summit between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Moon said he hoped to make concrete and effective discussions with Kim "in any place and formality at the DPRK's convenience" about ways to bear advanced fruits going beyond the past two DPRK-U.S. summits.

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TOKYO -- "We respect the efforts made by Prime Minister Theresa May to avert a no-deal Brexit. It's our hope that the negative impact of Britain's exit on Japanese companies and the world economy will be minimal," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday told British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Tokyo.

Major Japanese manufactures including Toyota Motor Corp. Nissan Motor Co., and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. all have factories in Britain, the latter of which has already announced that it's Swindon plant in the southwest of the country, is to close, threatening the jobs of 3,500 workers there. Enditem

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