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  • Top Asian News 4:03 a.m. GMT 29 May 2016 | 11:03 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China itself, though, he's only now emerging as a public figure, despite notoriety elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV show. And although Chinese officials and state media have denounced Trump's threats of economic retaliation, many Chinese observers see a silver lining in his focus on economic issues to the near-total exclusion of human rights and political freedoms. That appears to make him an attractive alternative to his likely rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is regarded as far more critical of China's communist system.

  • Top Asian News 3:31 a.m. GMT 29 May 2016 | 10:31 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China itself, though, he's only now emerging as a public figure, despite notoriety elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV show. And although Chinese officials and state media have denounced Trump's threats of economic retaliation, many Chinese observers see a silver lining in his focus on economic issues to the near-total exclusion of human rights and political freedoms. That appears to make him an attractive alternative to his likely rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is regarded as far more critical of China's communist system.

  • Iraq forces poised for Fallujah assault 29 May 2016 | 9:29 pm

    Iraqi pro-government forces reach al-Sejar village on the boundary of Fallujah, on May 28, 2016, as they take part in a major assault to retake the city from the Islamic State groupElite Iraqi troops were poised to assault one of the Islamic State group's most emblematic bastions, Fallujah, as the jihadists counterattacked in Iraq and neighbouring Syria where thousands of civilians have fled the fighting. Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition's chief negotiator Mohammed Alloush announced his resignation Sunday, citing the failure of UN-brokered peace talks and the continued shelling of rebel-held areas by President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Fighting in Syria and Iraq has prompted a new exodus of thousands of desperate civilians and deep concern for the many more trapped in the battlegrounds.


  • What Journalists Really Need Are Guns 29 May 2016 | 7:00 pm

    What Journalists Really Need Are GunsLast year, war-torn regions like Syria and Iraq led the world in journalist fatalities. Could arms help?


  • Stories for Memorial Day 29 May 2016 | 4:28 pm

    Stories for Memorial DayA Memorial Day poem in the Atlantic Monthly, 149 years ago. I would like to mention three. The first is a story my wife Deb wrote in our American Futures series two years ago, from Columbus, Mississippi. It is about the origin, or at least one origin, of Memorial Day observances in the United States just after the Civil War, and it directly involves the then-fledgling Atlantic Monthly magazine. You can read it here.


  • Some Democrats Pray for Clinton’s Indictment as Sanders Pushes On 29 May 2016 | 3:48 pm

    Some Democrats Pray for Clinton’s Indictment as Sanders Pushes OnThere’s no longer any doubt that the Democratic presidential contest has devolved into a blood feud as many supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders are openly praying that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be indicted for using a private email server to handle sensitive government communications during her four years at State. As The New York Times reported over the weekend, some Sanders supporters are holding out for an “eleventh hour miracle” in the form of a federal indictment that would knock Clinton out of the contest and pave the way for a Sanders nomination. Clinton is just 73 delegates shy of locking up the presidential nomination, even in the surprising event she narrowly loses to Sanders in the June 7th California Democratic primary.


  • Driver's family press charges over US drone hit on Pakistan 29 May 2016 | 2:44 pm

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The family of a driver who was killed alongside Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has filed a case against U.S. officials, seeking to press murder charges, police said Sunday.

  • Saudi Arabia slams Iran's role in Iraq as 'unacceptable' 29 May 2016 | 2:39 pm

    In this Sunday May 29, 2016 photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, right, receives British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)RIYADH (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is "unacceptable."


  • Saudi Arabia slams Iran's role in Iraq as 'unacceptable' 29 May 2016 | 2:39 pm

    In this Sunday May 29, 2016 photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, right, receives British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)RIYADH (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is "unacceptable."


  • Iran: Foreign social media have to handover data of Iranian 29 May 2016 | 2:34 pm

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is reporting that the Supreme Council of Cyberspace has set a one-year deadline for foreign social media companies to provide authorities with all of their data related to Iranian users, or else face a ban.

  • Brother of man killed in U.S. strike on Taliban chief files police report 29 May 2016 | 1:52 pm

    A man reads a newspaper containing news about Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour at a stall in PeshawarBy Gul Yousufzai and Saud Mehsud QUETTA/DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - The brother of a man killed alongside Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in southwest Pakistan has filed a report with police asking for his brother's killing to be investigated, officials said on Sunday. Muhammad Azam, a Pakistani citizen, was driving Mansour from the Pakistan-Iran border to Quetta, capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, when a U.S. drone destroyed the car in the Koshki area of Noshki district, killing them both. Azam was a regular taxi driver on the route and was not connected to the Taliban, his brother Muhammad Qasim said in a police report seen by Reuters.


  • British FM welcomes 'progress' in Yemen peace talks 29 May 2016 | 1:05 pm

    Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that world powers will not "turn a blind eye" to attempts by Iran to destabilise the Gulf regionBritish Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Sunday welcomed "progress" in Yemen peace talks, saying a solution to the conflict in the battered Arabian Peninsula country must be political, not military. Speaking in Saudi Arabia at the start of a three-day visit to Gulf monarchies, Hammond also said world powers will not "turn a blind eye" to attempts by Iran to destabilise the region. "In Yemen, progress is being made and we recognise the efforts of the Gulf states, and I have to give particular thanks to Kuwait for hosting the peace negotiations," Hammond told a news conference in Jeddah.


  • Turkey president raps US, Russia, Iran for presence in Syria 29 May 2016 | 1:02 pm

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan wave as they arrive to attend ceremonies marking the 563rd anniversary of the conquest of the city by Ottoman Turks, in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, May 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has criticized the United States, Russia and Iran for their presence in Syria and said their unwillingness to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad was contributing to Syrians' pain.


  • South Yemen clashes kill 48: military 29 May 2016 | 12:39 pm

    Yemeni security forces guard a checkpoint on the outskirts of the southern port city of Aden, on May 16, 2016Fierce fighting between government forces and Shiite rebels in south Yemen on Sunday claimed the lives of 48 fighters -- 28 insurgents and 20 soldiers -- a senior military officer said. "A total of 28 Huthis (Shiite rebels) and 20 of our men were killed in the fighting, which continued into the evening," General Misfer al-Harithi, who commands the army's 19th Infantry Battalion, told AFP. Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by the firepower of the Saudi-led coalition, managed to drive rebels out of Shabwa and four other southern provinces in the summer.


  • Saudi urges Iran to 'stop intervening' in Iraq 29 May 2016 | 11:43 am

    Saudi Arabia accused Iran on Sunday of sowing "sedition" in urging the Islamic republic to "stop intervening" in the affairs of its neighbours. "Sedition and division in Iraq are the results of sectarian policies that developed out of Iran's policies in Iraq," said Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in a joint press briefing with his British counterpart Philip Hammond in Jeddah. "If Iran wants stability in Iraq, it has to stop intervening and withdraw," he said after accusing Tehran of sending "Shiite militias" to the war-torn country.

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