• China, Philippines to start South China Sea talks this week - ambassador

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    Romana says there's a chance for President Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a spontaneous meeting during the two-day Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in China. Sta. Romana said the Duterte administration has taken an approach that puts such contentious and non-contentious issues on "separate tracks". China claims almost all of the strategically vital waterway, despite partial counter-claims from several regional states including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and ...
  • Merkel's Conservatives Win German State Election

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    The projections mean the SDP-Green coalition is unlikely to hold a majority in the state legislature and puts the CDU in position to replace it. CDU General Secretary Peter Tauber crowed over the election results at a party gathering in Berlin , saying his party had "conquered the heart" of the SPD.
  • New S. Korean leader scraps plan for state history books

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    A prompt resumption of talks is necessary given the slew of outstanding issues between the two countries - including North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the deployment of the US missile defense system THAAD to South Korea against that threat - which Beijing is deeply opposed to.
  • China to hold next Belt and Road forum in 2019

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    At the opening of the meeting on Sunday, Xi pledged to pump an extra $124 billion into the China-bankrolled project, which involves a huge network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks. On Saturday, a day before China's major Belt and Road Forum, India issued its strongest statement till date on the plan, not only voicing concerns on CPEC but also hitting out at the wider principles underpinning OBOR, saying that "Connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognized ...
  • Activist resigns after congressman writes letter to employer

    Activist resigns after congressman writes letter to employer

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    It appears to be in the same ink and handwriting as Mr Frelinghuysen's signature on the letter. Avelenda says that she wasn't asked to resign but that being confronted about her outside activities led to her resignation. Avelenda told WNYC that her employer presented her with the article and letter from Frelinghuysen's campaign. Just as Trump targets his "enemies" in the press, his political opposition, and even in the FBI, Frelinghuysen took aim at a woman who protested him, and wrote a ...
  • Trump's Long History of Recording Calls Makes His Tweet About "Tapes"

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    For the first time since an Oval Office taping system was removed by President Richard Nixon's chief of staff almost 44 years ago, a president has hinted that White House conversations might again be secretly recorded. QUESTION: Is the president considering canceling the daily press briefings? President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey is "much more serious" than Watergate and could arguably be enough to see him impeached now, says the historian who predicted the ...
  • China Pledges $14.5B Funding Boost To Silk Road Fund

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    Chinese officials insist the initiative is purely commercial, but foreign diplomats and political analysts also see an effort by the Communist Beijing government to promote its ambitions of rewriting global rules on trade and security and to reduce the US presence in Asia.
  • Election in Germany's most populous state could boost Merkel

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    Merkel said Monday that "we can not rest on our laurels regarding the current situation in Germany", but took a jab at the Social Democrats' approach. Allies the Greens also lost out, dropping to 6% from 11.3%. The nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 7.5 percent. However, with a win for mainstream candidate Mark Rutte in Holland's election earlier this year, and the victory of Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen in France last week, Germany's incumbent could be well positioned for ...
  • Hong Kong rejects asylum for refugees who sheltered Snowden

    Hong Kong rejects asylum for refugees who sheltered Snowden

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    The Sri Lankan police have denied these reports , however, saying the allegations were " a complete lie ". They have also applied for refugee status in Canada. But with fewer than one percent of cases successfully substantiated by city authorities, most refugees live in fear of deportation. The refugees have spent years hoping the government would recognize their cases and save them from being sent back to their home countries, where they say they were persecuted.
  • Trump Lawyer Says Past Tax Returns Show No Russian Income

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    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has been Trump's tax counsel since 2005, the letter notes. Lindsey Graham's request for more information about possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow. What was once "I'm under a routine audit" has slowly but surely devolved into a more base and boorish defense: "Nobody cares". Asked if there could be other business ties between Trump and Russian partners, Sheri Dillon told ABC News that "the letter speaks for itself".
  • China's President Pledged $124 Billion For A New Silk Road

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    Few Western heads of government made the trip. Named after the ancient Silk Road, the Belt and Road , or the One Belt, One Road initiative, was proposed by Xi in 2013 to chart out new territories for global cooperation. China is one of the countries Britain hopes to sign a free trade agreement with once it leaves the European Union, and London and Beijing have been keen to show that Britain's withdrawal from the bloc will not affect ties.