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Singapore minister urges U.S. focus on strategic interest in Asia | Reuters

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Singapore minister urges U.S. focus on strategic interest in Asia | Reuters

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The United States should focus on larger strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region, including expanding trade ties, the defense minister of Singapore said on Saturday, when asked about the controversy sparked by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan.Ng Eng Hen said it was not Singapore's place to comment on Trump's phone calls, but welcomed comments by his aides reaffirming Trump's support for the longstanding U.S. #China #Middle East #markets #President #Entertainment #lifestyle
Azerbaijan criminalises defamation of the president online | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Azerbaijan criminalises defamation of the president online | Reuters

BAKU Azerbaijan's parliament on Wednesday made online defamation of the president a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment.With almost all traditional media strictly controlled by the government, social media networks have become outlets for people to voice criticism in a country where the economy has suffered from the global slump in oil prices and a depreciating currency.Azerbaijan criminalised defamation over the internet three years ago, meaning many people now use aliases and covert accounts, but the existing law made no separate mention of the president. Parliament on Wednesday passed amendments imposing fines of up to 1,500 manats ($860) and prison terms of up to three years for defamation of the president committed online, including comments which are made under fake names and accounts. #Economy #Business #Middle East #markets #Argentina #President #Entertainment
The Fidel Castro I remember: A straightforward, open-minded Titan

Updated : Nov 27, 2016

By : David Devadas

Category : World

The Fidel Castro I remember: A straightforward, open-minded Titan

When Fidel Castro walked in, he looked more like a CEO than a dictator. There was an aura about him. His clear eyes and frank air came across as businesslike yet warm. #ConnectTheDots #Titan #President #Fidel Castro #Cuba #Castro #dictator #Cuban leader #el comadante
Venezuela's Maduro calls nephews' drug conviction 'U.S. imperialism' | Reuters

Updated : Nov 26, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Venezuela's Maduro calls nephews' drug conviction 'U.S. imperialism' | Reuters

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that the United States convicted his wife's nephews on drug charges last week to weaken his leftist government.Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady were found guilty earlier this month in a jury trial on charges that they tried to carry out a multimillion-dollar drug deal to obtain a large amount of cash to help their family stay in power.In his first comments since the conviction, Maduro blasted what he said was a clear sign of "U.S. imperialism.""You think it's just by chance that the imperialists created a case that had as its only objective to attack the First Lady, the First Combatant, the wife of the president?" Maduro said in an hours-long speech during a "Women's March" in Caracas, accusing Washington of seeking to weaken his administration.The case has been an embarrassment for the leftist leader amid an economic crisis in the oil-rich nation that has left millions going hungry because they cannot find or afford food. The high-profile case was one of several in which U.S. #India #Middle East #Crime #United Kingdom #President #lifestyle
Renzi should stay in power even in defeat - Italian minister | Reuters

Updated : Nov 25, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Renzi should stay in power even in defeat - Italian minister | Reuters

By Crispian Balmer and Giselda Vagnoni | ROME ROME Prime Minister Matteo Renzi should not leave Italy in the lurch if he loses a forthcoming referendum but should remain in charge to help overcome the fallout, Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on Friday.Renzi says he will quit if voters reject his constitutional reform package at the Dec. 4 ballot, and financial markets are jittery over the prospect of political instability as opinion polls point to probable defeat for the government.In a interview with Reuters, Calenda said he remained optimistic that the 'Yes' camp would prevail, arguing that Italians would ultimately back the plans to curb the role of the upper house Senate and reduce the powers of the regions. But he said Renzi should back away from his threat to resign regardless."My personal opinion is that Renzi should stay," he said, speaking in his 1930s-era office on Rome's upmarket Via Veneto, with huge designs by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci covering the walls.Some opposition parties want immediate national elections a year ahead of schedule if Renzi loses the referendum. #United States #Government #United Kingdom #President #Foreign policy #italian
Colombia, FARC sign peace in sober ceremony amid opposition | Reuters

Updated : Nov 24, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Colombia, FARC sign peace in sober ceremony amid opposition | Reuters

By Helen Murphy | BOGOTA BOGOTA Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono signed a revised peace accord on Thursday in a far more sober ceremony than a first deal rejected last month by millions at a plebiscite.As they inked the pact with a pen made from a bullet at a Bogota theater, onlookers chanted "We did it!"The new accord to end 52 years of war in Latin America's fourth-largest economy was put together in just over a month after the original pact was narrowly and unexpectedly defeated in an Oct. 2 referendum for being too lenient on the rebels.The government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have met in Cuba for the last four years to end the region's longest-running conflict that has killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions in the Andean nation. #India #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #President #lifestyle
After Barroso row, Juncker proposes tighter EU ethics rules | Reuters

Updated : Nov 24, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

After Barroso row, Juncker proposes tighter EU ethics rules | Reuters

By Alastair Macdonald | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS The European Commission has proposed lengthening the period of time its own former leaders must wait before taking up new jobs, following public uproar over its last president going to work for Goldman Sachs. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU executive, said in a statement that he and his successors should have to wait three years after stepping down before being able to take up a new post without seeking special Commission approval.The existing code of conduct stipulates a "cooling off period" of 18 months. Commissioners other than the president - each nominated by an EU member state - would have to wait two years before being completely free to take other work.The issue came up when Juncker's predecessor Jose Manuel Barroso said just after Britain stunned the EU by voting to quit that he was joining U.S #India #China #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #President #european
Colombia's president says he is tumor-free, will have radiotherapy | Reuters

Updated : Nov 21, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Colombia's president says he is tumor-free, will have radiotherapy | Reuters

BOGOTA Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is healthy and has no cancerous tumors but will take medication and undergo one session of radiotherapy to eliminate any vestiges of a previous bout with the disease, he said on Monday.Santos, 65, had successful surgery four years ago to remove a tumor in his prostate. #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom #President #Colombia
Thousands protest South Korean president as older conservatives grumble | Reuters

Updated : Nov 19, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Thousands protest South Korean president as older conservatives grumble | Reuters

By Yun Hwan Chae and James Pearson | SEOUL SEOUL Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Seoul on Saturday in the fourth straight weekend of protest against embattled President Park Geun-hye. #Politics #United States #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #President #lifestyle