Hu Jintao

Talking points

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 November, 2011, 12:00am


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James Murdoch faces new grilling in Westminster

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Hu heads to Asia-Pacific summit in Hawaii

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Indian, Pakistani leaders to meet on summit sidelines

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Health Ministry faces difficult questions

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Bank of England reviews interest rates

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