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INDIA POLITICS: Akhilesh Yadav Takes On Modi At His Own Game

INDIA POLITICS: Akhilesh Yadav Takes On Modi At His Own Game

“My work speaks for itself. Modi’s empty promises do not,” said Akhilesh Yadav, the 43-year-old leader of the Samajwadi, or Socialist, Party.

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INDIA POLITICS: India Lobbies Trump Administration to Avert Visa Threat

INDIA POLITICS: India Lobbies Trump Administration to Avert Visa Threat

Indian nationals are by far the largest group of recipients of the 65,000 H-1B visas issued annually to new applicants under a cap mandated by Congress.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Land Deal Backfires

JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Land Deal Backfires

Abe has said neither he nor his wife, Akie Abe, was involved in a murky deal for the purchase of state-owned land by Moritomo Gakuen, an educational body in the western city of Osaka that also runs a kindergarten promoting patriotism.

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HONG KONG POLITICS: 20 Months in Prison For Donald Tsang

HONG KONG POLITICS: 20 Months in Prison For Donald Tsang

Donald Tsang, 72, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from 2005, is the most senior city official ever to be convicted in a criminal trial and the highest ranking one to be put behind bars.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Completing South China Sea Structures to House Missiles

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Completing South China Sea Structures to House Missiles

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has called China’s island building in the South China Sea illegal.

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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Calls to Curb Rohingya Influx Takes Center Stage

BANGLADESH POLITICS: Calls to Curb Rohingya Influx Takes Center Stage

Nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown launched after nine policemen were killed in attacks on border posts on Oct. 9 that Myanmar blamed on Rohingya militants.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Calls For ‘Post-West World Order’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Calls For ‘Post-West World Order’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wants global leaders to embrace a new world order where the U.S. and other western nations are not calling the shots.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Vitaly Churkin Passes Away

RUSSIA POLITICS: Vitaly Churkin Passes Away

President Vladimir Putin was “deeply upset” by the news and had greatly valued Churkin’s professionalism and diplomatic talent, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin as saying.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: France, Germany Slam Putin’s Decision to Recognize Passports Issued By Separatist Rebels in Eastern Ukraine

RUSSIA POLITICS: France, Germany Slam Putin’s Decision to Recognize Passports Issued By Separatist Rebels in Eastern Ukraine

Putin on Saturday issued an order for Russian authorities to recognize identity documents, diplomas, birth and marriage certificates and vehicle registration plates issued in the separatist-held regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in east Ukraine.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Revealed! Duterte Operated ‘Death Squad’: Arturo Lascanas Says

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Revealed! Duterte Operated ‘Death Squad’: Arturo Lascanas Says

Arturo Lascanas retired Philippine policeman says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered ‘death squad’ hits while Mayor of Davao City.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Rodrigo Duterte to Review Minister’s Decision to Close Mines

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Rodrigo Duterte to Review Minister’s Decision to Close Mines

“I will review. There’s such a thing as exhaustion of administrative remedies,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Kim Jong Nam’s Murder: North Korean Man Arrested

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Kim Jong Nam’s Murder: North Korean Man Arrested

Kim Jong Nam died this week after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast-acting poison. South Korean and U.S. officials have said he was assassinated by North Korean agents.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistani Security Forces Killed Dozens of Militants

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistani Security Forces Killed Dozens of Militants

The bombing at the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in southern Sindh province was Pakistan’s deadliest attack for two years, killing at least 83 people and highlighting the threat of militant groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State.

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CHINA POLITICS: China Holds ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Mass Rally

CHINA POLITICS: China Holds ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Mass Rally

The large-scale parade in Hotan, a hotspot of ethnic tension in Xinjiang’s southern Muslim Uighur heartland, involved thousands of armed police and paramilitary officers and was designed to “show strength and intimidate”.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Kim Jong Nam’s Murder: Third Suspect Arrested

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Kim Jong Nam’s Murder: Third Suspect Arrested

Malaysian police made a third arrest on Thursday in hunt for people involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Nam Official Biography

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Nam Official Biography

Kim Jong-nam was born in Pyongyang on May 10 1971 to Song Hye-rim with whom Kim Jong-il had begun an affair in 1968. Read Kim Jong Nam Biography.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Police Arrests Second Woman in Suspected Assassination Kim Jong Nam

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Police Arrests Second Woman in Suspected Assassination Kim Jong Nam

Malaysian police detained a second woman suspected of involvement in assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Police Detains Woman in Connection With Kim Jong Nam Murder

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Police Detains Woman in Connection With Kim Jong Nam Murder

Kim Jong Nam was known to spend a significant amount of time outside North Korea, traveling in Macau and Hong Kong as well as mainland China, and has been caught in the past using forged travel documents.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Murdered! Kim Jong Nam Half-Brother of Kim Jong Un Killed in Malaysia

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Murdered! Kim Jong Nam Half-Brother of Kim Jong Un Killed in Malaysia

Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un are both sons of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in late 2011, but they had different mothers.

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THAILAND POLITICS: King Maha Vajiralongkorn Takes Tougher Stance On His Leadership

THAILAND POLITICS: King Maha Vajiralongkorn Takes Tougher Stance On His Leadership

King Maha Vajiralongkorn has made it clear to the generals running the country that he will not just sit in the background as a constitutional figurehead since taking the throne in December from a father treated by Thais as semi-divine.

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