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INDIA: Subramanian Swamy ‘Bloodbath’ Takes Center Stage

INDIA: Subramanian Swamy ‘Bloodbath’ Takes Center Stage

“People giving me unasked for advice of discipline and restraint don’t realise that if I disregard discipline there would be a bloodbath,” Swamy tweeted in an obvious attack on Jaitley.

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PAKISTAN: UN To Pakistanis: Don’t Call Afghan Refugees ‘Terrorists’

PAKISTAN: UN To Pakistanis: Don’t Call Afghan Refugees ‘Terrorists’

Pakistani officials have recently hinted at the possibility of deporting Afghan refugees, amid tense relations with Kabul.

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THAILAND: Land Rights Battle Takes Center Stage

THAILAND: Land Rights Battle Takes Center Stage

“When government changes, they don’t respect the old memorandums of understanding signed by the previous governments,” said Pongtip of Local Action Links.

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NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong Un Says Musudan Missile Can Reach US In Pacific

NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong Un Says Musudan Missile Can Reach US In Pacific

“We have the sure capability to attack in an overall and practical way the Americans in the Pacific operation theatre,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un as saying.

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INDIA: France, US Back India Membership For Nuclear Suppliers Group

INDIA: France, US Back India Membership For Nuclear Suppliers Group

“France considers that India’s entry into the four multilateral export control regimes will bolster international efforts for combating proliferation.

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PAKISTAN: Sartaj Aziz Reveals Former Pakistani Ambassador In Washington Lobbying Against Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Sartaj Aziz Reveals Former Pakistani Ambassador In Washington Lobbying Against Pakistan

“He is trying to circumvent all our diplomatic efforts aimed at boosting bilateral ties between Pakistan and the United States,” Sartaj Aziz said.

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RUSSIA: Putin Says Russia Ready To Battle ‘Aggressive’ NATO

RUSSIA: Putin Says Russia Ready To Battle ‘Aggressive’ NATO

President Vladimir Putin sees NATO’s deterrence plans as hostile.

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NORTH KOREA: Why Pyongyang Threat To Japan Is Intensifying

NORTH KOREA: Why Pyongyang Threat To Japan Is Intensifying

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also decried North Korea’s “provocative actions”.

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PHILIPPINE: Rodrigo Duterte Vows To Find Solution To Traffic Chaos

PHILIPPINE: Rodrigo Duterte Vows To Find Solution To Traffic Chaos

“The image of the Philippines has been damaged because of the traffic,” said Arthur Tugade, who will become transport minister.

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MALAYSIA: Najib Razak Defeats Mahathir Mohamad Elections

MALAYSIA: Najib Razak Defeats Mahathir Mohamad Elections

Najib’s party won the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats on Saturday with increased margins compared with those in 2013 general elections, the election commission said.

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CAMBODIA: 21 Taiwan Nationals Will Be Deported To China

“We will deport them to China under the one-China policy,” Uk Heisela, investigation chief at Cambodia’s immigration department.

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CHINA: South China ‘Rebel’ Village Residents Demand Lin Zuluan Release

CHINA: South China ‘Rebel’ Village Residents Demand Lin Zuluan Release

Zhen Zaolin said: “We must fight for Wukan’s rights and free old Lin.”

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CHINA: North Korea, US To Attend Nuclear Programme Forum

CHINA: North Korea, US To Attend Nuclear Programme Forum

“We hope that that this conference can make a meaningful inquiry into the relevant cooperation issues in northeast Asia,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing.

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JAPAN: Thousands Protest US Bases On Okinawa After Japan Woman’s Murder

JAPAN: Thousands Protest US Bases On Okinawa After Japan Woman’s Murder

“Japan is part of Japan and when you hurt your little finger the whole body feels pain. I want Abe to feel Okinawa’s pain,” said Shigenori Tsuhako.

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INDONESIA: Indonesian Naval Vessel Fired On Chinese Fishing Boat, Injuring One Person

INDONESIA: Indonesian Naval Vessel Fired On Chinese Fishing Boat, Injuring One Person

China has said it does not dispute Indonesia’s sovereignty over the Natuna Islands.

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INDIA: Cameron Assures Modi Of UK’s ‘Firm Support’ To India’s NSG Bid

INDIA: Cameron Assures Modi Of UK’s ‘Firm Support’ To India’s NSG Bid

India has been reaching out to NSG member countries seeking support for its entry.

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INDIA: 11 Jailed For Life Over Gujarat Massacre Of Muslims

INDIA: 11 Jailed For Life Over Gujarat Massacre Of Muslims

“I am not satisfied with this verdict,” Zakia Jafri, whose husband and former Congress party legislator, Ehsan, died in the blaze said.

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PAKISTAN: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Suspects Confess To Getting RAW Training

PAKISTAN: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Suspects Confess To Getting RAW Training

The accused also confessed to carrying out criminal activities in different areas of the city and hiding their weapons at a vacate plot in Nabi Baksh area.

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PHILIPPINE: Comelec Extends Filing Deadline For Statements Of Contributions And Expenditures

PHILIPPINE: Comelec Extends Filing Deadline For Statements Of Contributions And Expenditures

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said one of the aspects considered by the poll body in extending the deadline is the “absurdity of the results” of a contrary decision.

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PAKISTAN: Iran Backs Dismantling Indian Intelligence Network

PAKISTAN: Iran Backs Dismantling Indian Intelligence Network

Iran has said that it would exchange every kind of information with Pakistan in this regard.

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