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ASEAN deadlocked as S China Sea split deepens at Laos meet

(From AFP) Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked Sunday over how to confront sabre-rattling in the South China Sea as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region's most contentious security issue. Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea The gathering in Vientiane is the first time ...
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G20 nations must boost coordination, redouble efforts to support growth

By Jan Strupczewski and David Lawder CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - The world's leading economies will step up efforts to lift global economic growth and share the benefits more broadly, top policymakers meeting in China said on Saturday, as they seek ...
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IMF raises China growth forecast for its decisive reforms: Lagarde

(From Xinhua) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased its growth forecast for China in 2016 due to the country's "determined and decisive" implementation of reforms and the "steady" support for the economy, said managing director Christine Lagarde here on Friday ...
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China central bank official says tax cuts more effective than rate cuts

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese central bank official said tax cuts would be a more effective way of stimulating the economy than interest rate cuts, as companies are still unwilling to invest, the National Business Daily reported on Friday. Sheng ...
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China sovereign fund CIC posts first loss on overseas investments in four years

By Xiaochong Zhang and Nicholas Heath BEIJING (Reuters) - China's $814 billion sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp (CIC) gave a bleak outlook after reporting its first loss on overseas investments in four years, battered by a fall in commodity ...
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China unveils ‘world’s largest amphibious aircraft’

(From AFP) China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean ...
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China suspends 4 local officials after deadly floods in Hebei province

(From AP) Provincial authorities in northern China said Sunday that they have suspended four local officials for inadequately responding to floods over the past week ...
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Philippine president tells agencies under him to free up information

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all agencies directly under his watch to open their records to the public as part of ...
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Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, also known as KP Oli, observes a minute of silence for earthquake victims, in Bungamati village

Nepal PM appears set to lose no-confidence vote as allies depart

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Two political parties left Nepal's ruling coalition on Sunday, deserting the fractious alliance ahead of a vote of no-confidence ...
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India expels 3 Chinese state media journalists

(From Hindustan Times) India has expelled three journalists of the Chinese official news agency, Xinhua, by refusing to renew their visas to work in the ...
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Fidel Ramos may accept role as special envoy for China talks

Ramos accepts Duterte’s offer to be special envoy to China

(From Inquirer.net) Former President Fidel Ramos on Saturday said he has accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for him to become the special envoy to China ...
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(Fashion News) After centuries of isolation ended in the late 1800s, Western-style fashions caught on in Japan, and now designers are adding Japanese style elements from traditional garments to Western clothing. Jumping on this bandwagon is Dutch label G-Star Raw ... Read More
The SBS drama “Doctors” is doing extremely well, thanks to Park Shin-hye’s huge fan following. To give it back to the people, the South Korean actress is building yet another philanthropic center to support needy children through educational activities. According ... Read More
(From Business Standard) India can never have enough of Sachin Tendulkar. No wonder, he continues to break records even after bidding adieu to cricket. His autobiography, Playing It My Way, entered the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling ... Read More
(From Asahi Shimbun) Even feudal warlords use lockers to stash their stuff inside when they're moving from battle to siege and so on. Not far from Sekigahara Station, lockers are lined up with the names and emblems of 30 feudal ... Read More
American ice-cream outfit Cold Stone will be introducing soft-serve ice cream this month in Japan, as its people are fond of this tender-textured dessert. It indeed is special to the Japanese: While the ordinary ice cream is called “aisu” in ... Read More
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Today, your best friend may be seated beside you in your car, but soon, it will be your car itself! Japanese internet corporation SoftBank has partnered with Honda to build a car that can read the driver’s emotions and converse ... Read More