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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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Trump’s global gag to hurt millions of women

WASHINGTON: International health organisations and US lawmakers warned on Tuesday that millions of women in developing countries will pay the price for the Trump administration’s decision to reinstate a ‘global gag’ on abortion practices and counselling. The Global Gag Rule disqualifies all non-governmental organisations from receiving US assistance if they ...

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Modi breaks protocol to greet UAE Crown Prince at airport

NEW DELHI: United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived here on Tuesday as chief guest for India’s Jan 26 Republic Day parade. In a departure from protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him at the airport. Mr Modi gave Al Nahyan a warm hug at the ...

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US Congress bill proposes relocation of UN HQ

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations could be asked to move its headquarters out of New York within two years if the new Republican-dominated Congress has its way. According to independent sources, the world body and its 193 member states contribute over $3.3 billion a year to New York City in ...

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At least 40 dead in battle for Yemen port

Fighting for a key port city on Yemen’s Red Sea coast has left at least 40 rebel and pro-government fighters dead, military officials said Tuesday. Loyalist forces said Monday they had captured the port of Mokha, almost three weeks into an offensive to oust Huthi rebels and their allies from ...

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Indian troops kill three suspected separatists in India-held Kashmir

Indian police and troops have killed three suspected separatists in two separate gun battles in India-held Kashmir (IHK) on Tuesday, one of them near the de facto border with Pakistan, officers claimed. Soldiers and members of the police’s special operations group surrounded Hadoora, some 25 kilometres north of the main ...

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First day of Syrian peace talks end without breakthrough

ASTANA: A first day of indirect talks between Syrian rebels and the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana ended on Monday without any apparent breakthrough, sources said. “Our delegation’s meetings are over for today,” a source close to the regime said after rebel spokesman Yehya al-Aridi told reporters ...

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Myanmar asks ‘time’ to solve Rohingya crisis

SINGAPORE: Myanmar’s deputy defence chief on Monday urged the world to give his government “time and space” to solve a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority amid concerns jihadists could exploit the situation. Rear Admiral Myint Nwe told a security forum in Singapore his government is “fully aware of the ...

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Israeli nuclear whistle-blower convicted of violating release terms

JERUSALEM: Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu has been convicted of violating the terms of his release, more than a decade after completing an 18-year jail term, a court announced on Monday. Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was slapped with a series of restraining orders, which he was charged with ...

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Indian women ‘occupy the night streets’ to protest reported mass molestation

NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: Hundreds of women gathered in over 30 towns and cities across India late on Saturday, saying they were “occupying the night streets” to demand safety in public spaces after reports of the mass molestation of women in Bengaluru city on New Year’s Eve. From the capital New Delhi ...

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