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BEIJING: Moody’s ratings agency downgraded China’s credit score on Wednesday, warning that economy-wide debt is expected to rise as potential economic growth slows over the coming years. The agency lowered China’s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings to A1 from Aa3, but said its outlook changed from “negative”…

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WASHINGTON, D.C:US President Donald Trump praised his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte over his immensely polarizing drug war, which has killed thousands of people, reports said Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). During an April 29 call that focused mostly on North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, Trump congratulated Duterte on doing…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a “madman with nuclear weapons” during a telephone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a transcript of the conversation released by US media. A White House readout of the April 29 call characterized it as a “very…

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MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday martial law in the southern region of Mindanao could last a year, as he vowed it would be similar to the late Ferdinand Marcos’s dictatorship. “If it would take a year to do it, if it’s over within a month, then I’d be…

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MANCHESTER: Britain prepared to deploy soldiers at key sites on Wednesday, having raised its terror threat level to maximum after a suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester. Addressing the nation from her Downing Street office, Prime Minister Theresa May warned late Tuesday that a new…

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NEW YORK: Violence has once again struck music fans with a suicide attack on Ariana Grande’s Manchester show, but the booming concert industry hopes to withstand the new shock. The explosion Monday in the British arena, which killed 22 people moments after the US pop idol left the stage, comes…

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TAIPEI: Taiwan could become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage on Wednesday when a court makes a landmark ruling on whether to allow same-sex unions. Activists are optimistic the decision will go in their favour, with growing momentum behind the push for equal marriage rights on the…

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WASHINGTON: The White House delivered to Congress Tuesday a proposed 2018 budget that would deeply cut programs for the poor and rural America, as well as diplomacy and foreign aid, while boosting defense and border security. The plan claims it would help balance the budget within 10 years — in…

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Members of the Maute group have occupied several areas in Marawi City in the restive province of Lanao del Sur, triggering clashes with government troops. They hoisted ISIS flags at a hospital and several establishments and used a police car with the Daesh flag to block a road. The attack…

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President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao late Tuesday, hours after government troops battled members of a local terror group in Marawi City. The attack in the southern city prompted the President to cut short his visit in Russia. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who is with the President…

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