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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad West’s ‘ally’ against Islamic State jihadists, says Syrian minister

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Damascus Assad West's 'ally' against jihad, minister says Syria is determined to "eliminate" the Sunni extremist group Islamic State, according ... with Islamic State, which controls large parts of northern and eastern Syria as well as contiguous areas of Iraq. Assad's enemies accuse him of tolerating the group or tacitly cooperating ...

  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    US urges Beijing, Asean states to agree freeze on rival actions in South China Sea

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 05:53am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Beijing, Asean states should agree voluntary restraint in South China Sea, it says US urges freeze on maritime rivalries The United States wants China and rival countries to voluntarily halt actions aggravating territorial disputes in the South China Sea. US deputy assistant secretary of state Michael Fuchs said no country was solely responsible ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The fading age of nation states

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by Philip Bowring

    ... for one Fading glamour of nation states The idea of the nation state is in trouble. It is also causing trouble. In many parts of the globe, one can now see coming unstuck the concept of the nation state as embodied in the polities which blossomed in Europe in the 19th century and reached their apogee in state creation during the post-1945 decolonisation. There was to be, in principle ...

  4. Business - China Business - ACQUISITIONS

    Chinese deals expected to head US vetting list as investment surges

    Posted May 12th 2014, 02:58am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... Bien Perez bien.perez@scmp.com Chinese deals expected to head US vetting list as investment surges With their acquisition activities on the rise this year, Chinese companies may again set the pace for the most deals under review by the United States' watchdog on foreign investments. That development was expected to lead to another peak year in the number of filings ...

  5. At the crossroads

    Posted Oct 01st 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... for political resources. The National People's Congress in March this year appointed Mr Hu as president of the state and Wen Jiabao as prime minister. In short order, they established their style ... after a young graphic artist, Sun Zhigang, was wrongfully detained and beaten to death in Guangzhou, the State Council revoked outdated regulations on vagrancy. The government this summer ...

  6. News - World - POLITICS

    Obama's state-of-the-union address much about state of his presidency

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:40am by AFP

    ... in his annual state-of-the-union address. The US president will seize one of his diminishing windows tomorrow to command the domestic political stage and talk over the heads of lawmakers blocking ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US president hopes to use state-of-the-union speech to rebound from last year's debacles and frame priorities in battling income inequality Annual ...

  7. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang takes wife on state visit for first time

    Posted May 05th 2014, 03:56am by Zhang Hong

    ... Zhang Hong in Beijing hong.zhang@scmp.com Premier takes low-key wife on state visit for first time Premier Li Keqiang kicked off a week-long trip to Africa yesterday, with his wife accompanying him for the first time on a state visit since he took office last year. Ahead of his departure, Li admitted to "growing pains" in China's relationship with Africa, but said ...

  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US secretary of state pushes plan to ‘clean up’ disputed Afghan vote

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 05:02pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Secretary of State John Kerry was on Saturday to hold a second day of talks with Afghanistan’s feuding presidential hopefuls, seeking a deal to “clean up the tally” after disputed elections. Despite ... final, and no-one should be stating a victory at this point in time,” Kerry said. “We want a unified, stable, democratic Afghanistan. It is important that whoever is president is recognised ...

  9. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong protesters who mocked urinating mainland toddler branded ‘skinheads’ by state media

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 04:12pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... in a Mong Kok street were yesterday compared to "neo-Nazis" and "skinheads" in a scathing editorial carried by China's state-run Global Times. The article came in response ... for their close-cropped or shaved heads and violence against ethnic minorities. The movement spread across the world. The article said that while protesters had wanted to humiliate mainlanders, they had ended up ...

  10. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Road to Rio: Heartbreak for hosts means we're heading to the final- for a price

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 12:32am by Paul Kay

    ... Paul Kay Dream of heading to a World Cup final comes true- after a lengthy search and multiple ATM trips Hosts' heartbreak is visiting fans' opportunity Having watched Brazil's humiliating capitulation to Germany in a remote log cabin in the Chapada Diamantina National Park, it's hard to gauge how the result will change the atmosphere there, but after ...




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