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  • Pacific trade talks fail to clinch TPP deal 1 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm

    People pass an advertisement protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Washington, DC on July 23, 2015Delegates negotiating a vast Pacific free-trade agreement have failed to reach a final deal after several days of intense talks in Hawaii, dealing a setback to US President Barack Obama. The delay complicates his efforts this year to secure the historic accord, which risks becoming dragged into the 2016 presidential election debate. US Trade Representative Michael Froman, in a statement late Friday on behalf of the 12 countries involved in the talks on the island of Maui, insisted that significant progress had been made on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the most ambitious trade deal in decades.


  • Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour 1 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm

    US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Iran nuclear agreement in Washington, DC on July 28, 2015US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Egypt on Saturday to relaunch a strategic partnership with Washington's longtime ally, at the start of a regional mini-tour, a correspondent said. Kerry's trip, which ends on August 8, will not include Israel, one of Washington's closest allies and a fierce critic of the July 14 deal between the Islamic republic and world powers. During his stop in Cairo, Kerry will meet his counterpart Sameh Shoukri for a "strategic dialogue" between the allies, which have had a tumultuous relationship since Egypt's 2011 revolution.


  • Migrant bids to reach Britain fall as security tightened 1 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am

    A French gendarme films migrants trying to enter the Eurotunnel in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on July 31, 2015French police said Saturday around 300 migrants in Calais attempted to reach Britain via the Channel Tunnel overnight, a significant drop from previous nights after security in Calais was beefed up. On Thursday night, French authorities faced more than 1,000 attempts by migrants camped out in the port of Calais to reach the undersea tunnel.


  • Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges 1 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am

    China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, center, celebrates with Beijing Mayor and Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid President Wang Anshun, left, and Liu Peng, right, Minister of the General Administration of Sport of China, after Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, defeating Almaty in the final round of voting, at IOC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.


  • Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks 1 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am

    Ministers from 12 nations negotiating a Pacific Rim trade pact hold a news conference in Lahaina, Hawaii, Friday, July 31, 2015, saying they made significant progress in reaching an agreement. The ministers, from left, are Australia Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, Brunei Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Lim Jock Seng, Canada Minister of International Trade Ed Fast, Chile Director General of International Relations Andres Rebolledo, Japan Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed, Mexico Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, New Zealand Minister of Trade Tim Groser, Peru Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva and Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday.


  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda 31 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, after Kerry testified before the committee's hearing on the impacts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on U.S. Interests and the Military Balance in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. He will not visit Israel, America's foremost Mideast ally and the primary foreign opponent of the Iran agreement.


  • Pacific trade ministers wrapping up talks at Hawaii resort 31 Jul 2015 | 6:01 pm

    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japan's Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari pose during a group photo session during a break in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations meeting at a Hawaii resort Friday were wrapping up four days of talks on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy.


  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years 31 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am

    China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, second left, is greeted by Wang Anshun, left, Beijing mayor and president of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid, as other members of the delegation from Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics candidate city react after Beijing was elected to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games at IOC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.


  • Image of Asia: Crossing the river after monsoon flooding 31 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am

    Nepalese rescue team helps local people cross a river after a foot bridge was destroyed by floods in Thulakhet, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 31, 2015. Landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages in Nepal on Thursday as bad weather hampers the search for others, authorities said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, rescuers help residents cross a river after a foot bridge was destroyed by floods in Thulakhet, Nepal, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu. Rescuers on Friday also were searching for more victims of landslides in mountain villages hit by heavy monsoon rains. Authorities counted at least 30 dead as of Thursday, and the searchers were looking for at least 11 others in one hard-hit village, Lumle. The seasonal monsoon brings heavy rains each year that cause flooding in Nepal's southern plains and landslides in the mountains.


  • Hungarian minister: over 100,000 migrants so far in 2015 31 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am

    A boy from Syria sits on a bench in a park in Kanjiza, close to the Serbian border with Hungary, Serbia, Friday, July 31, 2015. Hungary's foreign minister said Friday that over 100,000 illegal migrants have reached the country so far this year, nearly all of them entering through its southern border with Serbia. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — More than 100,000 migrants have reached Hungary so far this year, nearly all of them entering through its southern border with Serbia, the Hungarian foreign minister said Friday.


Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

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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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