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October 15, 2014
Putin says will speak to Merkel about cancellation of key forum
Moscow (AFP) Oct 14, 2014
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he would speak to German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week about the cancellation of a key forum that has served to promote ties between the two countries. German media reported this week that Western NGOs had warned Merkel they were refusing to take part in a prominent civil society forum scheduled to take place in Russia in late October. The cancellation appears to be a further snub to Russia which is struggling with its most pronounced isolation since ... read more

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US force cuts too deep in uncertain world: Army chief
The US Army leaders warned Monday that budget cuts may force them to cut the size of force too deeply at a time of proliferating security challenges. ... more
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Ukraine leader sacks defence minister ahead of Russia talks
President Petro Poroshenko will nominate his fourth defence minister of the year Monday, after dismissing the incumbent ahead of high-level talks with Moscow aimed at bringing peace to the Western-backed former Soviet state. ... more
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Ukraine leader sacks third defence minister this year
President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Ukraine's third defence minister of the year Sunday in a surprise decision ahead of high-level talks with Moscow on bringing peace to the Western-backed former Soviet republic. ... more
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China's Li in Russia for Putin talks
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Sunday arrived in Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin as Russia is struggling with its most pronounced isolation since the end of the Cold War. ... more
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Putin orders troop pullback from Ukraine border: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister to pull thousands of troops from the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin said ahead of key talks on a fragile truce in the ex-Soviet country. ... more
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Partial lifting of U.S. arms sales to Vietnam condemned by China
China objected Friday to the U.S. decision to partially lift its ban on selling weapons to Vietnam, calling it an interfering and destabilizing action. ... more
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Li visits Germany, China's 'anchor' in Europe
China's Premier Li Keqiang met German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday for the year's third top-level talks between the Asian and European export powers despite growing disquiet over human rights and business rules. ... more
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Obama urged to press Xi on Hong Kong's democracy
Hong Kong protestors won powerful US backing Thursday as a high-level panel urged President Barack Obama to press concerns about democracy with Beijing and called for fresh monitoring of the city's progress. ... more
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Pentagon chief in trip to Colombia, Chile, Peru
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel departed Thursday on a six-day tour of South America but the US-led war against the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be looming over his trip. ... more
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China builds military airstrip on disputed island: Xinhua
Beijing has completed a runway for military aircraft on a South China Sea island also claimed by Vietnam, state-run media reported, as it asserts its territorial claims in the area. ... more
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Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice
Hong Kong's democracy protests have stoked fears of retribution from China, but observers say the city is simply too valuable to punish and sideline, even as it faces a long-term challenge from mainland rival Shanghai. ... more
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Ukraine lobbies NATO, IMF as deaths mount
Ukraine dispatched top envoys to Washington and Brussels on Wednesday to secure help in the face of a surge in clashes with pro-Russian insurgents that killed eight more civilians and troops. ... more
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Dalai Lama marks Nobel anniversary as Western support wanes
As the Dalai Lama marked his 25th year as a Nobel laureate this week, a row over South Africa's failure to grant him a visa underscored the huge challenge facing the movement he launched more than half a century ago. ... more
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HK protesters refuse to budge as deadline to clear streets arrives
Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters remained stubbornly encamped on the streets as dawn broke on Monday, just hours before a government deadline to clear key thoroughfares they have blockaded for more than a week. ... more
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White House rejects Panetta critique of Obama
The White House on Monday rejected claims by ex-Pentagon chief Leon Panetta that President Barack Obama is too reticent to take on opponents and lacks the passion to lead. ... more
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US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defense
In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defenses in the tense South China Sea. ... more
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Hong Kong protests 'doomed to fail': China party paper
The official mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist party said Friday that authorities will not make concessions to pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and that their cause is "doomed to fail". ... more
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Defiant H.K. protesters clash with police despite talks offer
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong scuffled with police outside government headquarters as tensions ran high Friday, despite an eleventh-hour agreement for talks, as China said the demonstrators were "doomed to fail". ... more
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Hungary hosts NATO exercise in 'show of strength'
Hungarian and US soldiers took part in a joint military exercise Thursday, simulating "everyday" battle situations in Ukraine, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. ... more
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Hong Kong protest leader threatens to step up mass action
A student leader threatened Wednesday to step up Hong Kong's huge pro-democracy protests - including a possible occupation of government offices - unless the city's leader steps down within a day, as support for the movement grew around the world. ... more
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Dalai Lama in 'informal' talks to return to Tibet
The Dalai Lama indicated Thursday he was in informal talks with China to make a historic pilgrimage to his Tibetan homeland after more than half a century in exile. ... more
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China detains activists for supporting Hong Kong protests: rights groups
Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday. ... more
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