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New doubt on Greek bailout

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Greek proposals for a revised bailout program don’t have enough detail to satisfy the government’s international creditors, eurozone officials said, making it more likely that Athens will need to go several more weeks without a new infusion of desperately-needed cash. Officials from Greece’s leftist government were in Brussels over the weekend to present the proposals to officials from the European ... Read More »

China’s Nightmare: Vietnam’s New Killer Submarines

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Vietnam’s new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically. The National Interest – Lyle J. Goldstein * After a brief respite, the South China Sea cauldron is starting to boil once again. This time, the hub-bub concerns not a close call between aircraft, nor dueling flotillas of coast guard vessels surrounding a mysterious oil exploration rig, nor the ... Read More »

Arab League agrees to create joint military force

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BBC – The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, ... Read More »

Tim Winton’s Palm Sunday plea: Start the soul-searching and stop turning back the boats

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Palm Sunday commemorates the day an itinerant prophet spoke truth to power. Jesus of Nazareth arrived at the gates of Jerusalem in a parody of imperial pomp. But he was a nobody. Instead of a stallion, he rode up on a borrowed donkey. In place of an army, he had a bunch of lily-livered misfits throwing down their cloaks and ... Read More »

PM Narendra Modi’s popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, farmer suicides

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Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks in India, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi less than a year after he swept into office. The Financial Express – By: Reuters Unseasonal storms have badly damaged the winter crop in large parts of the fertile northern ... Read More »

David Cameron would serve ‘essentially a full term’, says Iain Duncan Smith

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Welfare secretary says PM would have to call leadership contest before 2020 campaign if re-elected, apparently contradicting Cameron’s comments The Guardian - Rajeev Syal Iain Duncan Smith has appeared to confirm that David Cameron will have to step down before a 2020 general election, in an intervention that could damage the Tories’ general election campaign. The welfare secretary agreed under questioning ... Read More »

Australia to sign up to China Bank

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AUSTRALIA will join the club of more than 30 countries negotiating the set-up of a $100 billion China-led development bank. The Advertiser  BY LISA MARTIN AND COLIN BRINSDEN AAP AFTER holding out for months, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday that Australia intends to sign up to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China is promoting the bank as a ... Read More »

Henry Kissinger paid $5m to steer Rio Tinto through Stern Hu debacle and consolidate China links

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American statesman Henry Kissinger pocketed close to US$5 million ($6.4 million) for guiding mining giant Rio Tinto to wash its hands of its jailed China chief, Australian citizen Stern Hu, and build relations with Bejing. Brisbane Times – John Garnaut, Asia Pacific editor for Fairfax Media Fairfax can reveal that the 92-year-old former US secretary of state made clear that he would ... Read More »