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  1. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Australia defence chief says war games with China on the horizon

    Posted Dec 27th 2012, 10:11am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia and China are planning joint military exercises which may also include the United States as the nations work to ensure stability in the region, Canberra’s defence chief said Thursday. General David Hurley told The Australian newspaper the war games were “on the short-term horizon”. “We’re working our way towards that,” he said. The planned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1113441/australia-defence-chief-says-war-games-china-horizon
  2. News - China

    Chinese workers stage new protest in Singapore

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 05:05pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Two crane operators staged a high-rise protest at a construction site in Singapore on Thursday, its second industrial incident involving mainland Chinese workers in less than two weeks. The workers, reportedly demanding payment of back wages before their return to China, perched themselves on top of separate cranes before agreeing to come down ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1099050/chinese-workers-stage-new-protest-singapore
  3. News - China

    China sets date for 12th National People’s Congress

    Posted Dec 29th 2012, 09:13am by Agence France Presse in Beijing

    ... China has fixed March 5, next year, as the date it will convene a key legislative session, state media reported on Friday, with new Communist Party chief Xi Jingping set to become president during the two-week meeting. The date for the start of the first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1115034/china-sets-date-12th-national-peoples-congress
  4. Business - Companies - Hutchison 3G

    Li Ka-shing acquisition of Orange Austria gets approval

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 02:28pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Brussels The European Commission cleared on Wednesday the acquisition of the Orange Austria mobile business by Hutchison 3G, part of the ports-to-telecoms ... it was concerned that the takeover of the France Telecom unit by Hutchison would eliminate “one out of only four mobile network operators in Austria ... to the detriment of end consumers.” As people used ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1104415/li-ka-shing-acquisition-orange-austria-gets-approval
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    US confirms Syria has used Scuds against rebels

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 02:52pm by Agence France-Presse in Damascus

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus The Syrian regime has fired Scud missiles at rebel forces trying to oust Bashar al-Assad, a US official said Wednesday, after Arab and Western states recognised the opposition bloc as the sole representative there. “Scuds landed within Syria,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity. Earlier on Wednesday an AFP journalist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1104429/us-confirms-syria-has-used-scuds-against-rebels
  6. News - China

    China raps North Korea over provocative rocket launch

    Posted Dec 12th 2012, 02:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing North Korea’s sole major ally China expressed regret on Wednesday at Pyongyang’s long-range rocket launch, saying its nuclear-armed neighbour should abide by United Nations resolutions on the issue. The world body has already imposed sanctions against the North over its ballistic missile and atomic programmes, and analysts said Beijing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1103658/china-raps-north-korea-over-provocative-rocket-launch
  7. News - World

    Church of England lost credibility on women bishops

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 09:36pm by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London The Church of England has “undoubtedly” lost credibility after voting to reject the appointment of women bishops, its leader the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Wednesday. Rowan Williams accused elements inside the church of being “wilfully blind” to the priorities of wider society after its governing body, the General Synod, voted against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1087738/church-england-lost-credibility-women-bishops
  8. News - World - RUSSIA

    Russia 'has not, will not' change Syria stance

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 08:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Moscow

    ... Russia said on Friday that it had not changed and would not change its controversial stance on Syria, after a top Russian diplomat said the defeat of the Syrian regime was possible. In a bid to play down claims of a sudden about-turn in Russian policy, th ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1105548/russia-has-not-will-not-change-syria-stance
  9. Business - Money

    Hong Kong stocks close 1.19pc lower

    Posted Dec 03rd 2012, 07:18pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse Hong Kong shares tumbled 1.19 per cent on Monday despite another batch of data showing China’s manufacturing activity improving further in November. The benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 262.54 points to end at 21,767.85 on turnover of HK$53.75 billion (US$6.94 billion). Manufacturing activity in China hit a 13-month high in November, British banking giant HSBC ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/stock-talk/article/1096620/hong-kong-stocks-close-119pc-lower
  10. News - World - SYRIAN CRISIS

    Russia’s Putin to meet Turkey’s Erdogan for Syria talks

    Posted Dec 03rd 2012, 12:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Istanbul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Istanbul Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a landmark visit to Istanbul on Monday to discuss their differences over the crisis in Syria. The visit follows a delay because of tensions between the two countries over the 20-month-old Syrian conflict and speculation that the Russian president might ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1096397/russias-putin-meet-turkeys-erdogan-syria-talks

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