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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
Norway government wins backing for 2017 budget, prevents collapse | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Norway government wins backing for 2017 budget, prevents collapse | Reuters

OSLO Norway's right-wing minority coalition has secured backing in parliament from two centrist parties for its 2017 fiscal budget, preventing a government collapse, politicians negotiating the deal told Reuters on Saturday.Following weeks of difficult talks, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats will back the ruling coalition of the Conservatives and the Progress Party, lead negotiator Hans Olav Syversen of the Christians said.A source earlier told Reuters the government was expecting to sign a deal by the end of the day. #United States #Business #Europe #markets #Argentina #Budget #lifestyle
Gambians celebrate after voting out 'billion year' leader | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Gambians celebrate after voting out 'billion year' leader | Reuters

By Chiekh Sadibou Mane and Thierry Gouegnon | BANJUL BANJUL Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who vowed to rule the tiny West African nation for "a billion years", was handed a shock election defeat on Friday 22 years after seizing power in a coup.Voting on Thursday against Jammeh, who has not been seen in public since the result was confirmed, was a rare show of defiance against a leader who has ruled by decree and who rights groups say crushes dissent by imprisoning and torturing opponents. Celebrations erupted in the streets of Banjul, a normally sleepy seaside capital whose white beaches lined with palm trees are a draw for European tourists.Gambians shouted: "We are free. We won't be slaves of anyone." Some waved the Gambian flag and opposition party signs.Hours after the electoral commission head declared businessman Adama Barrow president-elect on state television, with 45.5 percent of the vote against Jammeh's 36.7 percent, there was no official word from Jammeh or his team about stepping down or accepting the outcome.However, the lack of a security presence among revellers denouncing the old guard suggested the result would stand. #Business #markets #Africa #Entertainment #lifestyle
China's Xi says watching closely following U.S. election | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

China's Xi says watching closely following U.S. election | Reuters

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping told former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger on Friday that China was watching U.S. #India #Middle East #Argentina #Entertainment #Foreign policy #lifestyle
Brazil Senate boss Calheiros indicted for embezzlement | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Brazil Senate boss Calheiros indicted for embezzlement | Reuters

By Lisandra Paraguassu | BRASILIA BRASILIA Brazil's Supreme Court indicted the president of the Senate, Renan Calheiros, on Thursday for embezzlement, a ruling that is expected to fan growing tensions between the judiciary and Congress over corruption cases.The top court voted 8-3 to try the senator charges of misusing public funds in a nine-year-old case involving the payment of child support for a daughter Calheiros had in an extramarital affair. Calheiros was indicted for billing the Senate for car rentals with false contracts. But the court dismissed charges he had falsified documents, including receipts for cow sales, to mask palimony payments prosecutors said came from an engineering firm.Renan, a key ally for President Michel Temer's drive to restore fiscal discipline and pull Brazil from recession, faces 11 investigations for corruption, eight of them for what prosecutors describe as kickbacks in the massive graft scandal centred on state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., known as Petrobras (PETR4.SA) #United States #Business #Congress #science #Argentina #Entertainment #lifestyle
China dismisses report of military patrols in Afghanistan | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

China dismisses report of military patrols in Afghanistan | Reuters

BEIJING China's Defence Ministry on Wednesday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, after an Indian media outlet said Chinese security forces were making regular patrols there.India's WION news outlet this month published pictures on its website showing what it said were likely Chinese security forces patrolling in Afghanistan's far northeastern Little Pamir region, where the country shares a border with China.Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun dismissed the report."Reports in foreign media of Chinese military vehicles patrolling inside Afghanistan do not accord with the facts," he told a regular news briefing.Yang said China and Afghanistan did work together in some places to fight terrorist activity and cross-border crime. "In recent years, law enforcement bodies from China and Afghanistan, in accordance with a bilateral cooperation decision on strengthening border law enforcement, arranged to have joint law enforcement operations in border regions," Yang added.He did not elaborate #Business #Pakistan #markets #Argentina #Entertainment #lifestyle
Germany's Merkel opposes new talks with Turkey on EU accession - Bild | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Germany's Merkel opposes new talks with Turkey on EU accession - Bild | Reuters

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliamentary members of her conservative Christian Democrats on Tuesday that she opposed opening new negotiations with Turkey as part of its quest to join the European Union, the Bild newspaper reported.That means the discussions are effectively over, the newspaper reported in Wednesday editions, citing sources who participated in the party meeting.Merkel recommended spelling that out to voters who asked about the party's position on Turkey, the newspaper said.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said his country has not yet "closed the book" on the EU after the European Parliament recommended freezing accession talks last week, but said Ankara had other options with other partners. The European Parliament last week voted 479 to 37 for a non-binding motion to temporarily halt membership talks with Turkey because of its "disproportionate" reaction to the failed July 15 coup.German officials have been critical of Erdogan's crackdown on dissidents and journalists after the coup attempt, although Merkel - mindful of the millions of refugees still living in Turkey - on Friday underscored the need for both Turkey and the EU to honour their commitments to each other. #Business #Syria #Middle East #lifestyle #conservative
Big blunders behind botched US-led strike in Syria in September - inquiry | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Big blunders behind botched US-led strike in Syria in September - inquiry | Reuters

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON A U.S. military investigation has concluded that a series of "unintentional human errors" led to a coalition air strike on Sept #United States #Australia #Russia #markets #United Kingdom #Iraq #lifestyle
Four still hospitalized in Ohio State attack; terror link probed | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Four still hospitalized in Ohio State attack; terror link probed | Reuters

Four people remained hospitalized in fair condition on Tuesday after a car and knife attack by an Ohio State University student that was being investigated as a possible terror attack, officials said.The student, Somali immigrant Abdul Razak Ali Artan, drove a car into a group of people on Monday morning at the school's Columbus campus, then stabbed several others with a butcher knife before he was shot and killed by a police officer, authorities said.A U.S. official, who asked not to be named because of an ongoing investigation, told Reuters that U.S. #Middle East #science #Education #markets #Entertainment #lifestyle #university
U.S. shifts money away from Philippines police drug efforts | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. shifts money away from Philippines police drug efforts | Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States has shifted millions of dollars in funding for Philippines law enforcement away from police drug control programs, State Department officials said on Monday, since the start of the country's bloody crackdown on drugs this summer.The Obama administration and human rights groups have criticized Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, and U.S. officials have said they are "deeply concerned" by reports of extrajudicial killings in the drug campaign. Duterte has in turn rebuked the United States and rejected the criticisms.Police figures show the campaign has killed more than 2,500 people since Duterte took office on June 30, about three-quarters in police counter-narcotics operations, and the rest believed to be the victims of vigilantes or drug lords eliminating rivals or silencing those who could implicate them.Since the start of the campaign, U.S. #Pakistan #Middle East #Crime #Foreign policy #lifestyle