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November 20, 2014
Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO
Moscow (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
Russia on Wednesday called for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance, insisting that a "non-aligned status" was in the interests of the ex-Soviet country. "There is no doubt that (Ukraine's) non-aligned status is important not only from the point of view of ensuring stability in the European Atlantic but also from the point of view of fundamental national interests of the Ukrainian people," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters. He said Russia had long proposed a legally binding agree ... read more

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'Big guy' China is committed to peace, says Xi
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed always to use peaceful means in pursuit of Beijing's goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia. ... more
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Hollande pays first visit to Australia by a French president
Francois Hollande Tuesday became the first French president to make a state visit to Australia, pushing to boost ties almost two decades after its nuclear tests in the South Pacific drew fierce criticism of Paris. ... more
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Putin under fire over Ukraine at G20 summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin faced Western scorn and scepticism over Ukraine at a G20 summit in Australia on Saturday, underscoring the deepest chill in relations with the West since the Cold War. ... more
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Japan's Okinawa elects governor opposed to US base
Residents of Japan's Okinawa Sunday elected a governor who opposes plans to relocate a US military base within the island chain, a fresh setback in efforts to resolve a thorny issue in military relations. ... more
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'Cold War' fears over Ukraine overblown, say experts
Secret "Russian subs" off Sweden, tit-for-tat sanctions, NATO fighters scrambling to intercept Russian warplanes: relations between the West and Moscow over Ukraine have sparked incidents reminiscent of the Cold War that terrified the world for decades. ... more
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Obama warns Asian territorial rows could 'spiral into confrontation'
US President Barack Obama on Saturday warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia, as China squares off against rival claimants over disputed territories, but vowed that Washington would remain anchored in the region. ... more
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G20 urges 'strong and effective action' on climate change
The world's most powerful economies urge "strong and effective action" on climate change, catapulting the issue up the G20 agenda in a new boost for campaigners after a surprising Sino-US breakthrough. ... more
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Blind man's bluff
President Barack Obama evidently has learned little from the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan. And even less about the 16-year-war in Vietnam. As for the Korean War, it might be worth remembering the U.S. Army is still there after 64 years. ... more
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Cold shoulders and effusive smiles in Beijing's diplomatic wonderland
From Cheshire Cat-like grins to gloom invoking Eeyore the donkey, the diplomatic menagerie surrounding an annual Asia-Pacific summit meeting left observers with a "through the looking glass" sense of the absurd. ... more
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Ukraine says preparing for combat in face of Russian build-up
Ukraine said Wednesday it was readying for fresh combat operations in the war-torn east as NATO backed claims that Moscow has poured columns of military hardware across the border. ... more
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How a GOP Congress could accommodate Obama's agenda
Getting elected is tough but for the new Republican majority in Congress, working with President Obama could prove downright daunting. ... more
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West confronts Putin at Asia-Pacific summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday had a close-up brush with Western anger over the Ukraine crisis and the downing of Flight MH17, as the White House warned that his sanctions-hit government was staring at "isolation". ... more
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China and Japan 'need each other': Abe
China and Japan "need each other", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday as he called for the testy Asian neighbours to step up tentative efforts to put deep hostility behind them. ... more
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The dragon and the bear: Xi, Putin form power duo at APEC
China's authoritarian President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin share similar views on issues from human rights to Mikhail Gorbachev, in an increasingly close personal relationship that mirrors their countries' converging interests. ... more
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Erdogan's grand palace: costly folly or symbol of new Turkey?
For critics, it is the latest excess of an authoritarian ruler, a folly comparable to the notorious Palace of the People of deposed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. ... more
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Japan-China summit 'first step' to better ties: Abe
Japan and China have taken the "first step" on the road to improving badly strained relations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday after a half-hour summit with President Xi Jinping in Beijing. ... more
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New joust over sea dispute expected at ASEAN
Fresh diplomatic sparring over who owns what in the South China Sea is likely to break out this week at a major regional summit in Myanmar, after a year in which China jacked up tensions in the resource-rich waters. ... more
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Rising China, geopolitical tensions take stage at APEC
World leaders including Barack Obama arrived in Beijing Monday for an Asia-Pacific summit hosted by China's Xi Jinping and including Russia's Vladimir Putin, against a backdrop of growing big-power rivalries. ... more
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China media claim victory after Japan agreement
Chinese state-run media claimed victory Saturday for Beijing after it reached an accord with Japan to tone down tensions over territorial and historical disputes that had fuelled concerns of conflict. ... more
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1 Ukrainian soldier killed, 17 injured in fighting: officials
One Ukrainian soldier has been killed and 17 troops and civilians wounded in fighting over the past 24 hours, officials said Saturday, as clashes continued to break a nominal truce. ... more
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US wants China 'to do well', Obama says in announcing visa deal
President Barack Obama announced a deal Monday to extend visas for Chinese visitors to the United States for up to a decade, insisting he wants China "to do well" despite simmering tensions between the world's two largest economies. ... more
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Obama heads to Asia fresh from poll drubbing
Still smarting from his election night mauling, President Barack Obama heads this weekend to China seeking to reassure Asian nations of America's commitment to its much-vaunted pivot to the region. ... more
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Pentagon spy agency trimmed after lawmakers voice concern
A Pentagon plan to create an overseas intelligence agency is being trimmed after lawmakers voiced concern with its price and purpose, The Washington Post reported. ... more
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Power struggle plunges Georgia in turmoil
Georgia on Wednesday plunged into political crisis after its youthful prime minister sacked his hugely popular defence minister and the foreign minister resigned in protest. ... more
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