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  • Philippines' Duterte to forge closer ties with China, Russia 26 Sep 2016 | 3:01 pm

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he has decided to "cross the Rubicon" in his ties with the United States and will open trade alliances and offer long-term land leases to "the other side of the ideological barrier," China and Russia.

  • U.S. sanctions Chinese firm tied to North Korea's nuclear program 26 Sep 2016 | 3:00 pm

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets scientists and technicians in the field of research into nuclear weaponsBy David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it had sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler, a new step in tightening the financial noose around North Korea's nuclear program after its fifth nuclear test this month. The U.S. Treasury said it was sanctioning Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co (DHID) and four of its executives, including the firm's founder Ma Xiaohong, under U.S. regulations targeting proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. It accused the firm of acting on behalf of North Korea's Korea Kwangson Banking Corp (KKBC), which has been under U.S. and U.N. sanctions for supporting proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

  • Japan navy chief urges resumption of China port visits 26 Sep 2016 | 2:12 pm

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Japan's navy on Monday repeated criticisms of China's pursuit of territorial claims in Asia but called for a resumption of port and personnel visits suspended for several years amid rising tensions between the two Asian powers. Admiral Tomohisa Takei said exchange visits by senior naval personnel and warships were effective in improving relationships between armed forces. "Our door is open."While criticizing China's for its actions in the East China Sea, where Tokyo and Beijing have competing territorial claims, and in the South China Sea, where China has rival claims with other Asian countries, Takei sought to play down remarks by Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada last week on plans to step up cooperation with the U.S. Navy.

  • India says Pakistan believes terror will bring territory 26 Sep 2016 | 1:31 pm

    Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs for India, speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan continues to believe terrorist attacks will allow it to obtain territory it covets in Jammu and Kashmir, India's foreign minister said Monday.

  • Rights group says Pakistan's police commit widespread abuse 26 Sep 2016 | 11:46 am

    FILE - In this Friday, Sept, 21, 2012 file photo, Pakistani police officers beat a protestor during clashes in Islamabad, Pakistan. Human Rights Watch says Pakistan's corrupt and ill-equipped police system encourages serious rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, torture and "encounter killings" in which police stage shootouts to kill individuals in custody. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Monday that Pakistan's corrupt and ill-equipped police system encouraged serious rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, torture and "encounter killings," in which police stage shootouts to kill individuals in custody.

  • Diplomats: Portugal's Guterres tops fifth poll for UN chief 26 Sep 2016 | 11:45 am

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres kept his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, and was the only candidate to get the minimum nine required "yes" votes in the Security Council's fifth informal poll on Monday, U.N. diplomats said.

  • Calais migrant camp demolition raises child trafficking fears, U.N. says 26 Sep 2016 | 11:27 am

    By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lone children living in the shanty town near Calais are likely to go missing or risk being trafficked when France dismantles the migrant camp, the United Nations said on Monday, urging authorities to speed up the reunion of children with families in Britain. The U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, said it was concerned for the safety and future of unaccompanied minors living in the so-called "jungle" camp, on the outskirts of the northern French port town. "Before the bulldozers arrive, there must be robust plans to safeguard the hundreds of unaccompanied children currently stranded in the camp," said Lily Caprani, UNICEF UK's Deputy Executive Director.

  • Egypt's Sisi promises more jobs to deter perilous migration to Europe 26 Sep 2016 | 11:03 am

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks on during his ceremonial reception in New DelhiPresident Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday pledged more jobs for Egyptians to help dissuade them from making dangerous voyages to Europe after more than 160 migrants died when a boat capsized off the country's Mediterranean coast. Survivors and their families said poverty and a lack of jobs and opportunity along with political repression in Egypt have driven thousands to embark on perilous journeys in rickety boats across the Mediterranean to Europe.

  • Poachers target rare bird's 'ivory' beak in Southeast Asia 26 Sep 2016 | 10:43 am

    CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME IN CAPTION In this undated photo supplied by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a helmeted hornbill is perched on a nest in Thailand. Part of the bill of the critically endangered bird in Southeast Asia is sought by poachers as an ivory substitute and carved into ornaments, mainly for sale in China. (Morten Strange/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some call it "ivory on wings," part of the bill of a critically endangered bird in Southeast Asia that is sought by poachers and carved into ornaments for illegal sale to Chinese buyers.

  • Azerbaijan holds referendum to extend president's term 26 Sep 2016 | 9:09 am

    Azerbaijan's President Aliyev casts his vote during referendum in BakuBy Nailia Bagirova BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan held a referendum on Monday on extending the presidential term from five to seven years, a step that a European democracy watchdog said would hand unprecedented power to President Ilham Aliyev. The authorities argue that a longer presidential term will make for more continuity in decision-making, which they describe as vital after a slump in world oil prices halted Azerbaijan's long run of economic growth. "One of the main tasks of the referendum is implementation of economic reforms in the post-oil boom period in Azerbaijan, the elimination of bureaucratic mechanisms and creation of an effective governing system," said Ali Hasanov, the president's assistant on political issues.

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
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