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China state media warn Trump against renouncing free trade deals

China state media warn Trump against renouncing free trade deals

Trump's attacks on free trade deals and vows to cut back the USA role as "policeman of the world" are causing jitters in the Pacific Rim, where the United States and China battle for influence. Speaking after his return home, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told reporters Tuesday there were alternatives. The RCEP agreement excludes the United States, which has a leading role in the TPP.



Ukraine seeks European Union support for Russian Federation sanctions

Ukrainian officials, although privately concerned about possible changes in US policy toward their country following Trump's ascendance, have maintained an iron wall of optimism in public. The EU slapped sanctions on Russian Federation over Ukraine but the conflict in the industrial east - which killed almost 10,000 people to date - remains unresolved and peace efforts led by Germany and France have stalled for almost two years now.


S. Korea's Cabinet approves intel-sharing pact with Japan

S. Korea's Cabinet approves intel-sharing pact with Japan

South Korea on Tuesday endorsed a bilateral military intelligence pact with Japan at a cabinet meeting despite public and parliamentary opposition. In the absence of an agreement, each country can only access the other's information through the USA, a cumbersome arrangement when North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities improve with every test.


Thunderstorm in Melbourne causes asthma spike, 2 dead

Thunderstorm in Melbourne causes asthma spike, 2 dead

The effects were felt by asthma sufferers and people with hay fever and pollen allergies. The breakout of " thunderstorm asthma " on Monday night has been described as having put more of a strain on the ambulance service and emergency departments than a mass casualty terror attack.


Demonetisation will eradicate black money collected since Independence: Centre

Demonetisation will eradicate black money collected since Independence: Centre

The Supreme Court rejecting the central government's plea to restrain High Courts and all other subordinate courts from entertaining petitions challenging demonetization is of questionable merit. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre on the PIL by local resident KPT Ganesan to declare the new notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 as "invalid" for using Devanagari numerals since it violates Article 343 of the Constitution which states that "form of numerals to ...



Indian, Pakistani DGMOs speak over border firings

For the fourth time this month, India on Wednesday summoned a senior Pakistani High Commission official in the wake of continued ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Since 1989, Kashmiris have been fighting Indian forces deployed in the region, seeking independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan. DGMOs of India and Pakistan spoke on Wednesday at the latter's request for an "unscheduled hotline interaction" during which the ...