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December 13, 2017
China marks 80th anniversary of Nanjing massacre
Nanjing, China (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
China on Wednesday marks the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing massacre by Japanese troops, an enduring source of bad blood as present-day rivalry between the two countries keeps a spotlight on historical animosities. Top leaders will preside over memorial services in the eastern city, Beijing says, but it is yet to confirm whether President Xi Jinping will lend weight to the occasion by attending. According to China some 300,000 civilians and soldiers were killed in a frenzy of murder, torture, r ... read more

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Stoltenberg reappointed as NATO chief until 2020
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Erdogan says officials to meet to 'finalise' Russia defence deal
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Sri Lanka hands over debt-laden port to Chinese owner
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Billionaire Guo Wengui wants regime change in Beijing
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China slams Australia amid growing foreign interference fears
Beijing accused Australia Wednesday of stirring "anti-China hysteria" after Canberra proposed a suite of foreign interference laws, labelling comments by some government officials as irresponsible. ... more
Former Polish military counterintelligence chief detained
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Trump aide Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russia sanctions: whistleblower
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Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine
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Ukraine plans NATO, EU referendums in 'near future'
Ukrainians will be offered referendums on joining NATO and the EU in the "near future", President Petro Poroshenko said Friday, as conflict rumbles on in the country's east between the army and Moscow-backed separatist rebels. ... more
US battles for global push on N.Korea amid Russia, China doubts
The United States is battling to maintain international solidarity in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat after Russia warned that sanctions have failed and China side-stepped talk of an oil embargo. ... more
Turkey detains 50 over links to group blamed for coup bid
Turkish police Thursday detained 50 people including soldiers and air force pilots in raids in 11 cities against those accused of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup, state media reported. ... more
Obama to work for better US-China ties: state media
Barack Obama has met President Xi Jinping, with the former US president hoping to improve ties between their two countries, China's state media said, as relations between Beijing and Washington are tested over North Korea. ... more
New Australia laws to deal with foreign political meddling
Foreign interference in Australian politics has become a "serious problem", a top official said Monday, with tougher laws on espionage and overseas donations to be introduced to parliament. ... more
Turkish police move to arrest 333 soldiers over Gulen links
Turkish police have launched raids in 49 cities to detain over 300 soldiers accused of links to the group blamed for last year's attempted coup, state media reported Wednesday. ... more
US vows to help Europe repel Russian aggression
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson re-committed the United States to opposing Moscow's "aggression" against its neighbors Tuesday and vowed to help Europe wean itself off Russian oil and gas. ... more
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made clear Monday that China would keep pouring billions of euros into central and eastern Europe despite EU concerns, as he attended a regional summit in Hungary. ... more
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