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Asian TPP nations pledge to salvage trade accord after US exit

Asian TPP nations pledge to salvage trade accord after US exit

WELLINGTON/TOKYO:  Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian nations to join the trade pact after US President Donald Trump kept his promise to pull out of the accord. The TPP, which the United States had signed but not ratified, was a […]

January 24th, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE | Read More »

Trump inauguration: President attacks ‘dishonest’ media over crowd photos

Trump inauguration: President attacks ‘dishonest’ media over crowd photos

President Donald Trump has accused the media of dishonestly reporting the size of the crowd at his inauguration. He said the crowd had reached the Washington monument as he spoke at the US Capitol, despite photographic evidence to the contrary. Later, his White House press secretary said it had been “the largest audience to ever […]

January 22nd, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS | Read More »

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th U.S. president

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th U.S. president

WASHINGTON:  Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that he has declared will lead to “America First” policies at home and abroad. As scattered protests erupted elsewhere in Washington, Trump raised his […]

January 21st, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE | Read More »

30 missing in central Italy avalanche that buries hotel

30 missing in central Italy avalanche that buries hotel

MILAN:  An avalanche buried a four-star spa hotel in a mountainous earthquake-hit region of central Italy, leaving at least 30 people missing, authorities said Thursday. The civil protection agency said that they were working to get rescue vehicles to the Hotel Rigopiano through roads covered in snow, joining initial rescue efforts overnight by alpine rescue […]

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS | Read More »

3 large earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour

3 large earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour

ROME:  A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a meter (three feet) of snow in recent days. There were no immediate reports of casualties but tremors were […]

January 18th, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS | Read More »

Washington protesters vow to fight for civil rights under Trump

Washington protesters vow to fight for civil rights under Trump

WASHINGTON:  U.S. civil rights activists vowed on Saturday to defend hard-fought gains in voting rights and criminal justice during the presidency of Donald Trump, kicking off a week of protests ahead of the Republican’s inauguration. About 2,000 mostly black protesters ignored steady rain to march and rally near Washington’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, as […]

January 15th, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS | Read More »

In tearful farewell, Obama awards Biden the Medal of Freedom

In tearful farewell, Obama awards Biden the Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON:  At the dusk of both of their political careers, surrounded by teary friends and family, President Barack Obama on Thursday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Joe Biden, the man he called “the finest vice president we have ever seen.” The vice president winced in shock as Obama announced he was conferring the […]

January 13th, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE | Read More »

Combative Trump concedes Russia’s role in election hacking

Combative Trump concedes Russia’s role in election hacking

NEW YORK:  In a combative and freewheeling news conference, President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday that he accepts Russia was behind the election year hacking of Democrats that roiled the White House race. Looking ahead, he urged Congress to move quickly to replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and insisted […]

January 12th, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE | Read More »

China aircraft carrier crosses Taiwan Strait amid tension

China aircraft carrier crosses Taiwan Strait amid tension

China’s only aircraft carrier has led several warships across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s defence ministry said. The Liaoning was returning from drills in the South China Sea. It did not enter Taiwanese waters but did cross its air defence identification zone (ADIZ), the ministry said. It is the latest escalation amid tensions between the two […]

January 11th, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS, PHOTO FEATURE | Read More »

Chinese state tabloid warns Trump, end one China policy and China will take revenge

Chinese state tabloid warns Trump, end one China policy and China will take revenge

SHANGHAI/TAIPEI:  State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would “take revenge” if he reneged on the one-China policy, only hours after Taiwan’s president made a controversial stopover in Houston. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen met senior U.S. Republican lawmakers during her stopover in Houston on Sunday en route to Central America, […]

January 9th, 2017 | Posted in International, LATEST NEWS | Read More »

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