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As Theresa May Meets Trump, India Should Watch Closely Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Theresa May is a little short of friends on the world stage. Britain's Conservative Prime Minister doesn't have the easy charm of David Cameron or Tony Blair. She doesn't get on well with Germany's Angela Merkel. She has no obvious allies among major European leaders - hardly surprising when her..

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Chinese Military Newspaper Hurls Insults At Hong Kong Pop Star Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A newspaper run by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) took aim on Wednesday at a high-earning Cantopop star, accusing him of supporting independence for Taiwan and Hong Kong, both of which are hotly opposed by Beijing. In an editorial targeting Hins Cheung, 35, the PLA-backed Defense Daily..

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Won’t Back Down On South China Sea, China Warns US Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

BEIJING, (AFP): China warned Washington Tuesday that it would not back down over its claims in the disputed South China Sea, following vows by the Trump administration to defend US and international interests there. China's artificial islands in the sea, some with the potential for military use,..

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Universal Basic Income For India Suddenly Trendy. Look Out Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A recent headline in Quartz, an otherwise serious media agency, claims that Jammu and Kashmir is the first state in India to "commit to a universal basic income" (UBI). A glance at the original source quickly negates this claim: it is based on nothing more than "seeds of a thought" (sic) from the..

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At least 24 children killed when bus, truck collide in India Thursday, January 19th, 2017

LUCKNOW, (AP): A truck loaded with sand collided with a school bus early Thursday, killing at least 24 young children in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said. At least two dozen other children were injured when the speeding truck collided head-on with the bus, said Javeed Ahmed,..

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China calls on US to bar Taiwan from Trump inauguration

BEIJING, (AP): China on Wednesday called on the U.S. to bar a Taiwanese delegation from attending Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, underscoring concerns that the incoming president could seek to redefine relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua..

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China Hits Out at Tillerson Threats, Warns of ‘Major War’ Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Chinese state media hit out on Friday at comments made by secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, who said the U.S. could move to block Chinese access to artificial islands it made in disputed areas of the South China Sea. In comments to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his..

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When Rape Becomes A Weapon Against Tribal Women Friday, January 13th, 2017

The National Human Rights Commission is to be congratulated for taking the first step, even though much delayed, to bring justice to tribal women in the Bastar region of Chattisgarh. Its interim report confirms, through its independent investigation carried out in March 2016, the horrific..

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Trump’s choice for top US diplomat talks tough on China

WASHINGTON, (AP): Pointing toward possible confrontation, Donald Trump's selection for secretary of state likened Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea to a takeover of another country's territory and spoke of forcing Beijing to fully apply sanctions on North Korea. China will likely be..

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China warns after Cruz, Abbot, meet Taiwan’s president Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

BEIJING, (AP): China has reiterated its opposition to any contacts between U.S. officials and Taiwan's government following a meeting Sunday between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott and the self-governing island's President Tsai Ing-wen. Cruz and Abbot met with Tsai while she was passing..

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Tibetans in China Defy Warnings, Support The Kalachakra Monday, January 9th, 2017

Defying warnings by authorities, Tibetans living in northwest China’s Qinghai province are privately engaging in religious observances coinciding with a major Buddhist gathering in India led by exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, sources in the region say. Chinese authorities have called the..

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