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PH, China to hold first talk on maritime dispute next week

Sta. Romana explained that the Philippine government has taken a "dual approach" to forging closer economic ties with China while moving to resolve the territorial spat in the South China Sea. The island has been under Philippine occupation for decades and is home to a small civilian population. That military presence is now being ramped up. Read More »

Angela Merkel's conservative party wins crucial German regional election

The chancellor, meanwhile, hailed the strong victory in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday and vowed to do "everything we can" to ensure that her party also prevails in general elections set for September 24. Mrs Kraft announced that she was stepping down as the Social Democrats' regional leader. Support for the Greens nearly halved to 6.4 percent, while the liberal Free Democratic Party gained four percentage points to 12.6 percent. Read More »

Activist resigns after congressman writes letter to employer


Avelenda was a senior vice president and assistant general counsel at the bank, but she eventually resigned, citing the reprimanding of her activism as just one of many reasons. Lakeland Bank did not respond to WNYC's request for comment, nor has it responded to the multiple posts of the Frelinghuysen story that have appeared in the comments of its Facebook page . Read More »

America Need Not Worry About South Korea

Taking the oath of office in Seoul on Wednesday, Moon said he will further bolster the alliance and "immediately fly to Washington if necessary" for the sake of peace on the Korean Peninsula. Moon visited the national cemetery where he honored the country's former presidents, independence fighters and war heroes as he began his presidential duties. Read More »

Xi pledges $174 billion for Silk Road plan

Other governments welcome Chinese investment in a region that the Asian Development Bank says needs to spend $7 trillion this decade on ports, railways and other trade-related facilities to keep economies growing. They are also concerned about transparency and access for foreign companies. "In advancing the Belt and Road, we will not re-tread the old path of games between foes". Read More »

Merkel's conservatives clinch victory in key state vote: exit polls

He said that "we will sharpen our profile further - we have to as well". "In the USA there is an understanding that Angela Merkel has no chance for re-election as Chancellor of Germany, and unlike the previous election she will hardly be able to keep her post, even by saving the "big coalition", the source said". Read More »

Hong Kong rejects asylum for refugees who sheltered Snowden


At the time, Snowden was one of the world's most wanted men, fleeing the US after leaking thousands of classified files that exposed extensive USA surveillance. The adults say they experienced torture and persecution in their own countries and can not safely return. The asylum-seekers have since moved location in Hong Kong but are living in considerable fear of being forcibly returned to their countries. Read More »

Trump's Tax Returns Show No Russian Income, 'With A Few Exceptions'

In the course of Trump's interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt Trump insisted once again that he has no business in Russian Federation. It's unclear how much of that money went to Trump, who receives income from the property in a mix of flat fees and percentages, according to Reuters . Read More »

Danger! N/Korea missile can carry nuclear warhead


At a media briefing at its embassy in Beijing, North Korea's ambassador to China said the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and South Korean National Intelligence Service conspired "secretly and meticulously" in hatching their plot to use "radioactive or nano-poisonous substances" to assassinate Kim. Read More »

A rematch Klitschko-Joshua is scheduled for October 28


That would rule out Wembley, which is open to the elements, and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where Wales play four rugby union internationals in November and December. 'Most of December is available but I don't really want to go that late. "Even if you started back in camp in August, then you have September and October so end of October can work", the Group Managing Director of Matchroom Sport explained. Read More »

Conservative drops out of Iran election to back hard-liner


Karroubi asked all Iranians to take part in the election and to protect the democratic process by choosing their preferred candidate, but said: "I will vote for Rouhani of course". Raisi allegedly served on a board that sentenced some of the prisoners to death, something he has not discussed during his campaign, though his supporters have made a video defending his involvement. Read More »

Just 29% of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey

Mr Comey's dismissal has caused an outcry in Washington , with some accusing the president of trying to stifle a probe into alleged Russian links to his election campaign. He increasingly sees himself as the White House's only effective spokesman and has even floated the idea of ending press briefings entirely in a move that has anxious even Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, usually a vocal supporter of the president. Read More »

Macron takes office as French President

The former investment banker was proclaimed president by Laurent Fabius, president of the Constitutional Council, at the 18th-century presidential palace in central Paris where Macron and his wife Brigitte will now live. A protest yesterday in Paris against Macron's planned reforms drew several thousand people. Mr Philippe, the son of teachers from Rouen, is - like Mr Macron - a product of the elite civil service school, ENA. Read More »

Former WH official: Obama did not record private meetings


She told him that Russian intelligence "likely had proof. that created a compromise situation" wherein Mr. Flynn "could be blackmailed". Sally Yates said on Monday that White House Counsel Don McGahn asked her, "Why does it matter to the DOJ if one White House official lies to another official?" He reiterated that he fired Flynn not because of Yates' warning but because Flynn misled Pence. Read More »

India's refusal to join B&R Forum regrettable

In his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Forum, President Xi announced a series of new measures by the Chinese government, e.g.to contribute an additional RMB 100 billion (about $14.5 billion) to the Silk Road Fund, encourage two Chinese banks to set up special lending schemes worth a total of RMB 380 billion (about $55.1 billion) to support Belt and Road cooperation, provide assistance worth RMB 60 billion (about $8.7 billion) to developing countries and worldwide organizations ... Read More »

Rex Tillerson Says Russia Meddled In US Election


Relations between the United States and Russian Federation have never been so bad after the Cold War and are not expected to "make any fresh start", said the head of USA diplomacy. "The relationship with Russian Federation, as he has described, and I have described as well, is I think at an all-time low point since the end of the Cold War, with a very low level of trust". Read More »

Can South Korea's Moon make 'sunshine' again with defiant North?


The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to tighten sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state. The report claimed a North Korean citizen was involved in the plot, using "biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance" to target Kim. Read More »

UK General Election: Labour promises to invest billions in NHS

Mrs May, who is trying to position herself as the politician on the side of working people, will commit to increasing the National Living Wage - now £7.50 an hour - in line with average earnings until 2022. It said: "Pension age is due to rise to 66 by the end of 2020". Labour says it will spend an extra £37bn on the NHS in England over the next five years if it wins power. Read More »

South Korea names special envoys to five countries

Namhee Lee, an Asian languages and cultures professor who teaches modern Korean history, said the American deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system in South Korea has strained the already charged relationships between the U.S., South Korea, North Korea and nearby countries. Read More »

Christian governor of Jakarta gets 2 years in jail for blasphemy


The court's verdict is set to be a big blow to the ruling party as the Indonesian President Joko Widodo is an ally of Purnama, and the government had sought to quell radical groups and soothe investors' concerns that the country's secular values were at risk, according to Reuters. Read More »