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Putin Reveals Details About His Piano Performance in Chinese President House

Second, the Russian leader played the unofficial anthems of Moscow and St. Petersburg - apparently never missing an opportunity to promote his country. This is not the first time Putin has showed off his musical prowess in public. "Thirdly, I think it is right that the decision was taken not for two or three or four months but for nine months, to the next year".



North Korea celebrates longest-range ballistic missile test

North Korea has said that a missile it tested on Sunday is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, state media reported on Monday. Sunday's test missile flew 787 kilometers (489 miles) across North Korea and into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, according to state media, and it appeared to have struck near the eastern coast of Russian Federation.



China Increases Spending on the Silk Road

In a reminder of potential security threats, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Sunday that flew for a half-hour and reached an unusually high altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). It is looking to project its economic and political influence to almost 70 countries via the plan. Other leaders at the gathering included Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.


Australian bank levy bad news for New Zealand customers

Australian bank levy bad news for New Zealand customers

She said the biggest losers out of the Budget moves would be bank customers. Don't do what they may be contemplating doing [raising rates or reducing returns]. Bligh, a former Labor premier of Queensland, says the officials could not address more than 20 important issues, including how Treasury calculated the $6.2 estimate, how the new tax would affect transactions between the five banks and the Reserve Bank, and how that might impact the broader economy.


Obama: Refusing to Bomb Syria 'Required the Most Political Courage'

Obama: Refusing to Bomb Syria 'Required the Most Political Courage'

Obama never followed through with his threats against Assad, opting to use diplomacy instead after the Syrian president again used chemical weapons against his people. Obama said that as president, he discovered "that you generally get praised for taking military action, and you're often criticized for not doing so".