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CAIRNS, Australia: Thousands of people including tourists were being evacuated Monday as Northern Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides. Cyclone Debbie has been forming off the coast of Queensland state over recent days, the Bureau of Meteorology said,…

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HONG KONG: Police cracked down on Hong Kong democracy activists Monday saying they would be charged over the Umbrella Movement mass protests, a day after a pro-Beijing candidate was chosen as the city’s new leader. Carrie Lam was selected as the new chief executive Sunday by a committee dominated by…

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MOSCOW: Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption. Navalny had called for the marches after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property…

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan and the U.S. should prioritize discussions and negotiations on a new bilateral trade agreement. In response to the U.S. government’s America First Foreign Policy, Tsai said Taiwan is sending its largest ever delegation to SelectUSA Investment Summit in June, and is organizing an agricultural…

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen ranked eighth in Fortune’s 2017 World’s Greatest Leaders for her efforts to pursue economic reforms, bolster tourism from Southeast Asia and steer the nation’s diplomacy, the U.S.-based magazine said over the weekend. Tsai appears in the list of 50 leaders from the fields of art, business,…

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The Ministry of National Defense signed a memorandum of understanding with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution Library and Archives in Taipei to establish a government-academic collaboration platform for the exchange of historical military records. The agreement will enhance the quality of research on the military history of both sides by facilitating…

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TOKYO: Six high school students were feared dead Monday after they were engulfed by an avalanche while on a mountain-climbing outing, officials and reports said. Local authorities and police confirmed that an avalanche had hit early Monday on the mountain in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo. Public broadcaster NHK said…

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HONG KONG: Beijing favorite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s cherished freedoms. It is the first leadership vote since mass “Umbrella Movement” rallies…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump sought Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to put a good face on his most stinging political setback yet, declaring that Obamacare would collapse and vowing to develop a “great” replacement. “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan…

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NEWS reports in the Asia-Pacific region last week must have sent serious students of geopolitics and foreign policy makers to deeper analyses and interpretations of the current security situation in the Asean 10 area. These developments—and their impacts in a timeframe of a decade or two—are especially relevant because of…

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