Category Archives: Asia

More than 20 dead in Nicaragua protests: rights group

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More than 20 dead in Nicaragua protests: rights group

More than 20 people have been killed in a clashes between Nicaraguan police and demonstrators in a wave of protests over pension reform, a local human rights body said Sunday. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights said it was still trying to verify figures, but that at least 20 people had been killed since protests erupted in the central American country on Wednesday over plans by President Daniel Ortega to reform the nation’s pension system. “We are dealing with more than 20 dead, but we are verifying because there is a lot of misinformation, the situation is really …read more

Chinese, Indian leaders to meet this week

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Chinese, Indian leaders to meet this week

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet in central China this week, Beijing announced Sunday, as the Asian powers work to improve strained ties. The two leaders will hold an “informal summit” in the city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said after talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. Xi and Modi “will set a general direction, identify new goals and create a new dynamic for the growth of China-India relations.

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Michael Bloomberg to pay $4.5m to cover US contribution to Paris climate pact

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Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday he will pay $4.5 million to cover this year’s US financial commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris deal in June last year, saying the accord would have cost America trillions of dollars, killed jobs, and hindered the oil, gas, coal and manufacturing industries. But he also, at the time, said he would be open to renegotiating the deal, which was agreed by nearly 200 nations over the course of years – drawing ridicule from world and business leaders …read more

Corker tepid in support of fellow Republican in Senate race in Tennessee

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Corker tepid in support of fellow Republican in Senate race in Tennessee

U.S. Senator Bob Corker was notably lukewarm on Sunday in his endorsement of the fellow Republican running for his seat in Tennessee in November, saying he was supporting her but would not campaign against her Democratic opponent. Asked why Tennessee voters should choose Republican U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn over Democrat Phil Bredesen, Corker said: “Well, I think most people in our state – it is a red state – will focus on the first vote she makes. “I think, at the end of the day, that is going to be a big factor in the race,” Corker, who …read more

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