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ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea

ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea

Published 07/08/2017

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended an impasse on Sunday over how to address disputes with China in the South China Sea, issuing a communique that called for militarization to be avoided and noting concern about island-building. [more…]

Rights group says Thai anti-junta activist abducted in Laos

Rights group says Thai anti-junta activist abducted in Laos

Published 01/08/2017

An exiled Thai opposition activist and outspoken critic of Thailand's ruling junta has been abducted in Laos, a rights group said on Tuesday, calling on authorities in Thailand and Laos to investigate the disappearance.

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WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

Published 13/06/2017

Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease that the world is trying to eradicate, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

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`Wombs for rent` business flourishes in communist Laos

`Wombs for rent` business flourishes in communist Laos

Published 07/06/2017

Fertility clinic Miracle IVF Center is seen in Vientiane, Laos June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Phoonsab Thevongsa

Dozens of fertility clinics have mushroomed in land-locked Laos after scandals over commercial surrogacy have spurred wealthier southeast Asian neighbors to ban the controversial procedure since 2015.

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EU capitalizing on free-trade interest amid gloom over Trump policies

EU capitalizing on free-trade interest amid gloom over Trump policies

Published 10/03/2017

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom talks to reporters in Pasay city, Metro Manila, in the Philippines March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The European Union is seeing increased impetus around the world to move forward with Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the bloc, which will make the most of uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. trade policy, the EU's trade envoy said on Friday.

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U.S. blockchain, securitization industry groups join forces

U.S. blockchain, securitization industry groups join forces

Published 27/02/2017

The Wall Street sign is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange, March 26, 2009. REUTERS/Chip East

The lobby group for Wall Street's structured finance companies has partnered with the trade association for the blockchain industry to explore ways blockchain technology can streamline the $1.9 trillion U.S. securitization market.

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ASEAN unsettled by China`s weapon systems, tension in South China Sea

ASEAN unsettled by China`s weapon systems, tension in South China Sea

Published 21/02/2017

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers link arms during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Boracay, central Philippines February 21, 2017. L-R: Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos- Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs...

Southeast Asian countries see China's installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to prevent militarization and urge dialogue to stop "recent developments" from escalating, the Philippines said on Tuesday.

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From prairie to the White House: Inside a Tribe`s quest to stop a pipeline

From prairie to the White House: Inside a Tribe`s quest to stop a pipeline

Published 27/09/2016

U.S. President Barack Obama talks to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II (L) as they attend the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration at the Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo

Three days after guard dogs attacked Native Americans protesting an oil pipeline project in North Dakota in early September, an unprecedented event took place at the White House.

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Singapore says confirms 26 more local transmission Zika cases

Singapore says confirms 26 more local transmission Zika cases

Published 04/09/2016

A worker fogs the drains in the common areas of a public housing estate at an area where locally transmitted Zika cases were discovered in Singapore August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Singapore confirmed 26 more cases of locally transmitted Zika infections, the health ministry and National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement on Saturday, bringing the tally to 215.

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China’s Xi reshuffles key party posts ahead of congress

China’s Xi reshuffles key party posts ahead of congress

Published 29/08/2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping waits for the arrival of US National Security Adviser Susan Rice (not pictured) for their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, July 25, 2016. REUTERS/How Hwee Young/Pool

Chinese President Xi Jinping has reshuffled three top provincial-level Communist Party posts as he seeks to place his men in key positions ahead of a once-every-five-years congress next year, and more new appointments are likely soon.

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