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AFP/File / Fred Dufour. China's leaders have sought to reassure jittery global markets with a unified message that authorities still have monetary and fiscal policy tools in their arsenal to keep the economy from further slowdown 0

China, Facing Range of Challenges, Cuts Economic Growth Target

03/05/2016 8:31 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). China on Saturday cut its growth target for this year to a range of 6.5 to seven percent, as the world’s second-largest economy faces a

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US Calls for Malaysia to Stop Restricting Freedom of Press

03/03/2016 10:23 AM

The State Department called on Malaysia Wednesday to halt attempts in restricting freedom of the press and the internet. “The United States is very concerned by

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Baby Named in Honor of Slain Chabad Rabbi Gavriel Holzberg in Mumbai

03/01/2016 1:53 PM

In November 2008, Chabad emissaries Rabbi Gavriel and Rebbetzin Rivky Holzberg were killed in a terror attack at the Chabad House in Mumbai, India. Today, Rabbi Kozlovksy,

AFP/File / Pedro Ugarte. Foreigners detained in North Korea are often required to make a public, largely-scripted acknowledgement of wrongdoing as a first step towards a possible release 0

US Student Admits to Stealing North Korea Propaganda for Methodist Church

02/29/2016 11:20 AM

(AFP). An American student arrested in North Korea has admitted to stealing propaganda material at the behest of a US Methodist church and with the encouragement

AFP / Saeed Khan. A Sydney supplement store advertises in Chinese and English 0

Asian Demand Shifts Focus on Australia as Source for Food, Away From Mining

02/29/2016 9:21 AM

(AFP). Asian consumers determined to improve their lifestyle are boosting the fortunes of Australian producers of premium baby milk formula, vitamins and honey, as the region’s

POOL/AFP / Rolex Dela Pena/Pool. Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei (L) talks to People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan during the the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting at the Pudong Shangri-la Hotel in Shanghai, China, 26 February 2016 0

China Projects Positive Messages as Reassurance on Economic Growth

02/27/2016 8:01 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). China’s normally reclusive central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan is an unusually prominent presence at the G20 finance ministers meeting in Shanghai, racing from seminar to

AFP. Filipino troops pictured on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on February 26, 2016 0

Fighting Between Islamic Militants, Philippine Forces Leaves 20,000 Displaced

02/26/2016 3:59 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). At least six people have been killed and more than 20,000 displaced during a week of fighting between Islamic militants and security forces in the

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State Secretary Kerry Commends Sri Lankan Foreign Minister on Reconciliation Efforts

02/25/2016 4:34 PM

State Secretary John Kerry met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, commending the South Asian country’s efforts in reconciliation. At the meeting, Kerry said that

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing 0

US, China Agree on UN North Korea Resolution

02/25/2016 7:58 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP) .The United States and China have agreed on a UN resolution on North Korea’s nuclear “provocations,” the White House announced Wednesday, with diplomats saying it

AFP/File / Atta Kenare. India has approved a $150 mn project to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar, including route to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan 0

India Approves $150 Million Plan to Develop Port in Iran

02/24/2016 3:39 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). India approved a $150 million project to develop the strategic Iranian port of Chabahar, which includes a transit route to Afghanistan bypassing neighboring Pakistan, a

AFP / Sajjad Hussain. A damaged portion of the Munak canal, which supplies water to New Delhi, near Bindroli village in Haryana's Sonipat district 0

Delhi Warns Water Crisis Could Take Another 15 Days to Fix

02/23/2016 11:16 AM

(AFP). A water crisis in India’s capital will take up to two weeks to fix, authorities warned Tuesday, as taps ran dry, days after protesters sabotaged

AFP/File / Adem Altan. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) stands behind the flag-draped coffin of a car bombing victims during a funeral ceremony at Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara on February 19, 2016 0

Turkey Sets New Security Measures Following Ankara Attack

02/20/2016 11:01 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). Turkey is to introduce new national security measures, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday, in the wake of a suicide car bombing in Ankara that

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For Sale in India, Inexpensive Smartphone — at $4

02/19/2016 3:40 PM Updated: 1 year ago

An Indian company has just unveiled the world’s cheapest smartphone on its website Thursday — for the low price of $4. The company, Ringing Bells, started

AFP. Firefighters try to extinguish flames following an explosion after an attack targeted a convoy of military service vehicles in Ankara on February 17, 2016 0

Ankara Bomb Attack on Turkish Military Leaves 28 Dead, Dozens Injured

02/17/2016 3:44 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). At least 28 people were killed and 61 wounded Wednesday by a car bomb targeting the Turkish military in the heart of the capital Ankara,

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N. Korea launches Space Rocket In Defiance Of Sanctions Threats

02/06/2016 8:47 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP) – North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday, violating UN resolutions and doubling down against an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for

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US Warship Sails by Island Claimed by China

01/30/2016 11:47 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea Saturday to assert freedom of navigation, drawing a

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Japanese Tourism Authorities Remove Swastikas From Maps in Response to Tourist Confusion

01/18/2016 3:36 PM Updated: 1 year ago

Before being made synonymous with hatred and death as the insignia of the Nazi party, the swastika was an ancient sanskrit symbol. Despite its less sinister

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Following Jakarta Explosions, Al-Shabab Calls for Islamic Caliphate in Indonesia

01/14/2016 9:50 AM

ISIS militants have claimed responsibility for explosions which rocked Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday. Only a few hours prior to the explosions, Al-Shabab, the media institution of Al-Qaida,

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ISIS Suicide Bombers Kill At Least Six People In Indonesian Capital

01/14/2016 6:34 AM Updated: 1 year ago

Explosions and gunfire rocked the center of the Indonesian capital on Thursday in what the police called a terrorist attack. At least four people were killed,

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Kim Jong-un cites Kadhafi’s ‘destruction’ in nuke test defence

01/11/2016 11:15 AM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP).  North Korea has defended its latest nuclear test, saying the fate of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moamer Kadhafi in Libya showed what happened when