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As Trump stresses ‘America First’, China plays the world leader

BEIJING: China is calmly mapping out global leadership aspirations from trade to climate change, drawing distinctions between President Xi Jinping’s steady hand and new US President Donald Trump, whose first days have been marked by media feuds and protests. Just days ahead of Trump taking office, a self-assured Xi was …

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Saudi Arabia unveils next-generation F-15 warplane

Saudi Arabia unveiled its next-generation fighter bomber on Wednesday, nearly two years after beginning a controversial air war in Yemen. At a ceremony and air show in the Saudi capital, a hangar opened to reveal one of the F-15SA Eagle aircraft made by US manufacturer Boeing. A missile was attached …

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Panama suspends Panama Papers probe

PANAMA CITY: Panama is suspending its probe into the Panama Papers, the leak of a legal firm’s files on clients who stored assets in opaque offshore companies, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The records from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed the names of leaders, politicians, celebrities and wealthy individuals …

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Kuwait hangs seven including royal

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait on Wednesday hanged seven people including a member of the ruling family and a woman who burned dozens of people to death at a wedding party, the authorities said. The three women and four men are the first to be executed in the oil-rich Gulf state since …

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Erdogan vows to rapidly tackle new Turkish constitution bill

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Wednesday to rapidly examine a constitutional bill that would expand his powers, ahead of an expected referendum in April on the controversial legislation. Erdogan’s signature would be the final executive step in the adoption of the bill ahead of the public vote, …

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EU proposes extending border checks for three months

BRUSSELS: The Euro­pean Union’s executive recommended on Wednesday extending emergency border controls inside what would normally be the bloc’s zone of free travel that collapsed amid an influx of refugees and migrants, and feuds over how to handle them. Under the proposal, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway not a …

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28 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

MOGADISHU: Twenty-eight people were killed on Wednesday when Al-Shabaab fighters attacked a popular Mogadishu hotel, setting off two car bombs and opening fire on security guards, according to the city’s main ambulance service. The attack, claimed by the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab insurgents, began when a car loaded with explosives rammed the …

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CPJ urges US authorities to drop charges against journalists

WASHINGTON: The Com­mittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) asked US authorities on Wednesday to drop rioting charges against three journalists arrested while covering protests during President Donald Trump’s inauguration. CPJ, a US-based media advocacy group, also asked the Trump administration to allow reporters to protect their sources. Police arrested Evan Engel, …

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Clever concoction in Kolkata’s Mumbai Local

WHEN I heard that a very Mumbaiya place had opened up in the southern parts of Kolkata, and that it was called Mumbai Local, the fact that it offered purely vegetarian fare did not put me off at all, though I am a hardcore non-vegetarian Bengali. The minute you step …

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If US turns inward, China’s clout will rise

BEIJING: A protectionist United States that is less engaged in East Asia could lead to the growth of Chinese influence in the region, said analysts in response to US President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech. Trump, in his speech on Friday, made it clear he would pursue a protectionist and isolationist …

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