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French president heads to India for Republic Day visit

CHANDIGARH, India, (AFP): French President Francois Hollande arrives in India on Sunday (Jan 24) hoping to seal a drawn-out defence deal between the two countries as well as hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on global security. Hollande will be chief guest at India's Republic Day parade..

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6.4 quake strikes China, damaging dozens of homes

BEIJING, (AP): A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck a remote region of northwest China early Thursday, damaging a few dozen homes but causing no casualties. The official Xinhua News Agency said the epicentre of the 1:13 am quake was in an unpopulated area about 33 kilometres (20 miles) from the..

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China’s slowdown challenges government, companies Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

BEIJING, (AP): China's slowdown is ratcheting up financial stress on companies while the country's leaders scramble to avoid a spike in job losses. Full-year 2015 growth of 6.9 percent was the lowest in 25 years, posing different challenges for investors, companies and the Chinese..

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China: No End to Tibet Surveillance Program

NEWYORK, (HRW): Chinese authorities have indefinitely extended an intensive surveillance program in villages across the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) that was due to end in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. There are indications that the “village-based cadre teams” (zhucun gongzuodui)..

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5.4-magnitude quake jolts off Taiwan

BEIJING: An earthquake measuring 5.4 magnitude hit the waters close to Taiwan at 10:13 a.m. Beijing Time on Tuesday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). With a depth of 27 km, the epicenter was monitored at 22.83 degrees north latitude and 121.42 degrees east longitude, in..

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India a land of opportunities among BRICS countries: Experts Monday, January 18th, 2016

NEW DELHI: India is a land of opportunities among BRICS nations but lack of knowledge about various compliance requirements seem to be posing a challenge to the corporates here, say experts. In recent times, stricter regulatory framework and disclosure requirements have been put in place as part..

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Taiwan’s election poses a challenge for China

BY DOUG BANDOW, WASHINGTON: In one of the least surprising election results in Taiwanese history, Tsai Ing-wen has won the presidency in a landslide. Even more dramatically, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will take control of the legislature for the first time. Tsai’s victory is a..

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Iran sanctions lifted, India can import oil freely

NEW DELHI, (IANS): With international nuclear sanctions on Iran being lifted on Sunday, India will resume its unrestricted import of oil from the Persian Gulf nation. State-run Indian Oil Corp ( IOCBSE -2.01 %) here told IANS that the possibility of freely importing oil from Iran, to be paid for..

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China: Missing HK Book Publisher Confesses to Hit-and-Run

BEIJING, (AP): A Hong Kong book publisher whose disappearance sparked international interest voluntarily surrendered months ago to Chinese mainland authorities, state media said Sunday. Gui Minhai is one of five missing people who are associated with the publisher Mighty Current, which specializes..

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Startup India: PM Modi’s Action Plan In 10 Points

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Action Plan to facilitate startups in India, announcing a string of concessions and programs to encourage fledgling enterprises. Here are the 10 biggest points from the announcement: Tax exemptions for three years and concessions..

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