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Washington, United States (AFP)- US President Barack Obama will travel to India in January for its Republic Day celebrations and talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House said Friday.His trip follows up on Modi’s debut visit to Washington as India’s leader in September.  The charismatic Hindu nationalist prime minister has been courted by the United States as a...

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Jakarta, Indonesia (AFP)- Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo caused a stir this weekend by opting to fly economy class to watch his son’s high school graduation in Singapore, drawing both praise and criticism online. Skipping the usual heavy security protocol for heads of state, Widodo and his wife Iriana queued for check-in at Jakarta airport like ordinary passengers before taking...

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Beijing, China (AFP) - China’s central bank on Friday unexpectedly cut benchmark interest rates for the first time in more than two years, as authorities seek to prop up flagging growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The cut comes after a string of disappointing data showing that the Chinese economy -- a key driver of global expansion -- is struggling with stalling factory...

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Kabul, Afghanistan (AFP)- Afghan women’s rights campaigner Shukria Barakzai speaks in a tired whisper as she recovers in hospital from an assassination attempt that nearly killed her a week ago, but her message is strong and clear.
“I don’t want the women of Afghanistan to be scared,” she told AFP at her bedside in Kabul.

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Bangkok, Thailand (AFP)- Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old’s health.  The two ministers were supposed to accompany junta leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha to meet the world’s longest serving monarch on Friday evening to swear an oath in front of...

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Manama, Bahrain (AFP)- Bahrainis went to the polls Saturday for the first legislative elections since a 2011 uprising, but the vote is being boycotted by the Shiite opposition that led Gulf kingdom’s pro-democracy movement. The electorate of almost 350,000 is being called to choose 40 deputies, with Sunnis making up most of the 266 candidates.

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Taipei, Taiwan (AFP )- Chinese-language cinema A-listers and stars from Japan and Hollywood gathered in Taiwan on Saturday for this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards, with movies from mainland China dominating the nominations.Touted as the Chinese-language equivalent to the Oscars, the ceremony will see Chinese star Gong Li, Hollywood actress Lily Collins and Japanese actor Masatoshi...

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Kiev, Ukraine (AFP)- Ukraine’s new coalition government declared joining NATO a priority Friday in a move likely to provoke fresh Russian anger as thousands gathered in Kiev to mark the first anniversary of protests which unleashed a year of turmoil.
A crowd of several thousand gathered in Kiev’s Independence Square, known as Maidan, late Friday to remember the more than 100...

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Washington, United States (AFP)- China is building a massive island in the South China Sea that could host an airfield in an area where Beijing is locked in bitter territorial disputes with neighboring states, a US military spokesman said Friday. The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is one of several pursued by...

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Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba) (AFP) - Behind the barbed wire of Guantanamo Bay prison, hunger-striking inmates are routinely force-fed, a practice defended by officials as necessary medical treatment but labeled by critics as torture.
But, for all the debate surrounding the practice, information about it is scarce, and force-feeding remains shrouded in secrecy. “We don’t talk about this,” said Rear...

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Brisbane (AFP): US President Barack Obama on Saturday warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia, as China squares off against rival claimants over disputed territories, but vowed that Washington would remain anchored in the region.
In a speech at Brisbane’s University of Queensland, Obama insisted that his “pivot” of US policy back to Asia was real and here to stay. In the talk, given on the margins of the G20 summit, the president reviewed the stunning economic progress seen in East Asia since World War II.

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Beirut (AFP):  The Islamic State group is locked in a war of attrition in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes are mounting fierce resistance.Two months after IS launched a major offensive to try to capture the strategic prize on the Turkish frontier, the jihadists have failed to defeat the town’s Kurdish defenders.

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Brisbane (AFP): China on Saturday urged BRICS nations to speed up the creation of a development bank as an alternative to the Western-dominated global financial system.The BRICS group of emerging economic powers - which also includes Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa - agreed in July to form the New Development Bank to finance infrastructure projects and an emergency reserve fund.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reiterated that black money stashed in the foreign banks is a priority for his government and sought a close global coordination and cooperation in the issue.At an informal meeting of leaders of the five-nation BRICS bloc in Brisbane, Modi set the tone on this key issue ahead of the G20 summit in the wake...

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Brisbane (AFP): The United Nations Saturday (Nov 15) called on G20 leaders to intensify their response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, warning of a major food crisis if they fail to act.Speaking in Brisbane, where the two-day G20 leaders meeting is being hosted by Australia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined with international aid...

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