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INDIA POLITICS: Hamid Ansari Defends Liberal Values

INDIA POLITICS: Hamid Ansari Defends Liberal Values

Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari said universities must uphold liberal values and respect dissent, a month after violent protests erupted at a university in the capital Delhi over a speech by a student accused of sedition.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Communist Rebels Vow to Revive Ceasefire No Later Than March 31

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Communist Rebels Vow to Revive Ceasefire No Later Than March 31

Duterte said he would consult with the country’s political and security leaders “whether or not it would be good at this time” to resume the government’s unilateral ceasefire.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Grants Marine Le Pen Audience in Kremlin

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Grants Marine Le Pen Audience in Kremlin

Le Pen backs the lifting of the European Union’s economic sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict – a stance she reiterated.

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AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Taliban Captures Key District of Sangin, Signals Growing Strength

AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Taliban Captures Key District of Sangin, Signals Growing Strength

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said Taliban fighters captured police headquarters and a military base, as well as quantities of military equipment.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS) (Photos & Video)

RUSSIA POLITICS: S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS) (Photos & Video)

Russia flagship cruiser S400 missile system. Here are photos, video demonstration of S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS).

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Pantaleon Alvarez Mulls Impeaching Leni Robredo For Criticising Duterte War On Drugs

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Pantaleon Alvarez Mulls Impeaching Leni Robredo For Criticising Duterte War On Drugs

Robredo issued strong rebuke of Duterte’s war on drugs, describing it as an issue of public health that cannot be solved “with bullets alone”.

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CHINA POLITICS: China Angered As Dalai Lama Shares Stage With Indian Officials

CHINA POLITICS: China Angered As Dalai Lama Shares Stage With Indian Officials

Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India in 1959, denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for his remote Himalayan homeland.

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TAIWAN POLITICS: ‘Don’t Use Taiwan’, Taipei Frets Ahead of Trump-Xi Meeting

TAIWAN POLITICS: ‘Don’t Use Taiwan’, Taipei Frets Ahead of Trump-Xi Meeting

At issue for Taipei is whether Trump-Xi meeting will harm Taipei’s interests as US begins new arms package for Taiwan, a move sure to anger China.

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INDIA POLITICS: Hardline Priest’s Elevation a Sign Modi Moving Towards Hindu India

INDIA POLITICS: Hardline Priest’s Elevation a Sign Modi Moving Towards Hindu India

“Modi is saying India is a Hindu country and shall remain so,” journalist and commentator Shekhar Gupta said. “Hindus will rule, so you had better behave.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Not Afraid Of ICC, Says ‘Brutal’ War On Drugs to Go On

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Not Afraid Of ICC, Says ‘Brutal’ War On Drugs to Go On

Duterte: “I will not be intimidated and I shall not be stopped just by what? International Criminal Court? Impeachment? If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Tillerson Ends China Trip With Warm Words From President Xi Jinping

CHINA POLITICS: Tillerson Ends China Trip With Warm Words From President Xi Jinping

“The joint interests of China and US far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for us both,” Chinese President Xi said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Engine Test ‘New Birth’ of Rocket Industry

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Engine Test ‘New Birth’ of Rocket Industry

North Korea has conducted a test of a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was “a new birth” of its rocket industry, the reclusive North’s official media said on Sunday.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Dmitry Medvedev Biography

RUSSIA POLITICS: Dmitry Medvedev Biography

Politician. On September 14, 1965, Dmitry Medvedev was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia). Read Dmitry Medvedev Biography.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: U.S., China to Work Together On North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: U.S., China to Work Together On North Korea

“Once there is chaos in North Korea, it would first bring disaster to China. I’m sorry, but the United States and South Korea don’t have the right to demand this of China,” it said in an editorial.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Lower House Backs Investigation Into US Media

RUSSIA POLITICS: Lower House Backs Investigation Into US Media

Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a proposal to launch an investigation into US Media organizations that operate in Russia said.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Review THAAD Process

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Review THAAD Process

If Moon Jae-in reverses policy on the deployment of THAAD missile defence system, it will place him at odds with United States, South Korea’s biggest ally.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Facebook to Be Banned in Pakistan Over ‘Blasphemy Content’

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Facebook to Be Banned in Pakistan Over ‘Blasphemy Content’

The government of Pakistan may ban Facebook and other social-media platforms over what it considers ‘blasphemous content,’ Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says..

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: May 9 Set to Choose Park Geun-hye Successor

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: May 9 Set to Choose Park Geun-hye Successor

The Constitutional Court dismissed Park Geun-hye from office on Friday when it upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote in December.

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TAIWAN POLITICS: Chinese Military Threat Grows: Taiwan Says

TAIWAN POLITICS: Chinese Military Threat Grows: Taiwan Says

“The recent activity of Chinese jets and ships around Taiwan shows the continued rise in (China’s) military threat capabilities,” highlighting the importance of Taiwan’s need to defend itself, the review will say.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Incorporates South Ossetia Into Russian Military

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Incorporates South Ossetia Into Russian Military

Russia has de facto controlled South Ossetia, a sliver of mainly mountainous land in the northeast of Georgia, for years.

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