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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to US: Bar Taiwan Delegation From Trump Inauguration

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to US: Bar Taiwan Delegation From Trump Inauguration

Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and he has also said the “One China” policy was up for negotiation.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says, Those Behind Allegations ‘Against Trump Have No Moral Scruples’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says, Those Behind Allegations ‘Against Trump Have No Moral Scruples’

“Prostitution is ugly social phenomenon,” Putin said, adding people who stand behind “fabrications” being used against Trump “are worse than prostitutes.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin ‘Ready’ to Rebuild Security Ties With US Under Trump

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin ‘Ready’ to Rebuild Security Ties With US Under Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has praised Putin as “very smart”, has signaled he wants to improve strained ties with Russia.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Has No Choice But to ‘Take Off the Gloves’ If Trump Continues On Taiwan: China Daily Says

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Has No Choice But to ‘Take Off the Gloves’ If Trump Continues On Taiwan: China Daily Says

“If Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable,” the China Daily said.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘THAAD Deployment Appropriate’: Ban Ki-moon

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘THAAD Deployment Appropriate’: Ban Ki-moon

Since the reality is the Korean peninsula is in a quasi-war-like state, such action made by the government is appropriate,” Ban Ki-moon said.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: If Drug Problems Become ‘Very Virulent’ Martial Law Will Be Back: Duterte Vows

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: If Drug Problems Become ‘Very Virulent’ Martial Law Will Be Back: Duterte Vows

“No one can stop me,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said, referring to the Supreme Court and Congress.

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CHINA POLITICS: Vietnam, China Pledge Peace in South China Sea

CHINA POLITICS: Vietnam, China Pledge Peace in South China Sea

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, where about $5 trillion worth of sea-borne trade passes every year.

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INDIA POLITICS: Modi In Spin As He Replaces Gandhi As Face Of India’s Homespun Cotton

INDIA POLITICS: Modi In Spin As He Replaces Gandhi As Face Of India’s Homespun Cotton

“Becoming Gandhi requires years of self-sacrifice,” Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and a political opponent of Modi, tweeted in Hindi.

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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Law Proposing Child Marriage in ‘Special Cases’ Step Backwards

BANGLADESH POLITICS: Law Proposing Child Marriage in ‘Special Cases’ Step Backwards

The poor South Asian nation has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, despite a three-decade-old law which bans marriage for girls under 18 and men under 21.

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CHINA POLITICS: China’s Navy Launches New Electronic Reconnaissance Ship

CHINA POLITICS: China’s Navy Launches New Electronic Reconnaissance Ship

China has also said it is building a second aircraft carrier. China’s only carrier is the second-hand, Soviet-built Liaoning, which this week unsettled neighbors with drills in the disputed South China Sea.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Says No Compromising Dossier On Trump

RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Says No Compromising Dossier On Trump

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “It is an attempt to damage our bilateral relations. Hysteria is being whipped up to maintain a political witch hunt.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Relatives’ US Bribery Case Rains On Ban Ki-moon

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Relatives’ US Bribery Case Rains On Ban Ki-moon

Lee Do-woon, Ban’s spokesman, was quick to distance Ban from an indictment filed against Ban’s younger brother and his nephew in a Manhattan federal court.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Adenan Satem Passes Away

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Adenan Satem Passes Away

Adenan Satem, the veteran chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, died of a heart attack. There was no official confirmation of the cause.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: PPP Cautious On Reviving Military Courts For Civilians

PAKISTAN POLITICS: PPP Cautious On Reviving Military Courts For Civilians

“We are against any extension for military courts,” Senator Saeed Ghani of the leading opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said.

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THAILAND POLITICS: King Maha Vajiralongkorn Seeks Changes to Draft Constitution

THAILAND POLITICS: King Maha Vajiralongkorn Seeks Changes to Draft Constitution

Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s office has requested changes to a draft constitution regarding his royal powers, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

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CHINA POLITICS: Communist Party Rules Out ‘Independent’ Checks in Corruption Fight

CHINA POLITICS: Communist Party Rules Out ‘Independent’ Checks in Corruption Fight

China’s top anti-graft watchdog said on Monday that a mechanism to keep officials in check independent of the Communist Party cannot exist in China, as it vowed to build a new supervision system to underpin President Xi Jinping’s war on

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RUSSIA POLITICS: US Hacking Allegations ‘Reminiscent of Witch-Hunt’

RUSSIA POLITICS: US Hacking Allegations ‘Reminiscent of Witch-Hunt’

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are observing a serious fatigue with these accusations. It truly is reminiscent of a witch-hunt.”

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AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: 300 US Marines Will Be Sent to Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: 300 US Marines Will Be Sent to Afghanistan

Taliban officials ridiculed the Marines’ deployment as “final failed efforts” by outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama to stem the violence in Afghanistan.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Leaked Emails of Leni Backers to Create Dissent Against Duterte Take Center Stage

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Leaked Emails of Leni Backers to Create Dissent Against Duterte Take Center Stage

Malacañang is looking into the leaked emails about the supposed plan of supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo to create dissent against President Rodrigo Duterte that surfaced on social networking sites recently.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: US Newspaper Says Coup vs Duterte Possible

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: US Newspaper Says Coup vs Duterte Possible

The future of the once-solid US-Philippine defense alliance is uncertain as President Duterte cozies up to China and a coup may be on the horizon.

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