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India blocks Australian bid to join Exercise Malabar naval war games

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India has declined an Australian request to take part in multilateral naval exercises in July over fears it could unnecessarily enflame diplomatic tensions with… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC For a quarter of a century military assets from the United States and India, and more recently Japan, have come together for joint annual defence drills — known as Exercise Malabar — north of… In 2007, Australia participated in Exercise Malabar but the Rudd government then withdrew from the ... Read More »

Russia: West to blame for chaos, terror in Greater Middle East

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The Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Western states, which pursued regime change policies and funded militants, are to blame for the chaos and terror attacks in the Greater Middle… DONi News Agency Sergei Lavrov made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh… Combating terrorism topped the meeting’s agenda, with the two… Russia: West to… Read More »

The Powerful Anti-Terrorism Ad That’s The Hit of Ramadan

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The month of Ramadan is a time of peak TV consumption in the Arab world, and in turn, peak TV ad budgets. So the Kuwaiti telecom company Zain decided to make to the most of the holy season with a powerful three-minute musical spot urging Arabs to reject suicide… Kuwaiti Telecom Company Zain Speaks Out Against Terrorism The ad begins with a man making a bomb in a… The Powerful Anti… Read More »

UnionBank gears up for digitization to take on ‘fintechs’

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Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) is pursuing a three-point plan that will digitize its operations and bring it onto a level playing field with the “fintechs,” or… MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO, TMT The Manila Times In a roundtable discussion with The Manila Times on Tuesday, UnionBank President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) Edwin Bautista said the main threat to local banks amid the… Fintech, or financial technology, is an… UnionBank gears up… Read More »

China Protests as G7 Leaders Call for ‘Demilitarization’ of East, South China Seas

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The G-7 leaders call on parties in the South China Sea to demilitarize features. Ankit Panda The Diplomat Following two days of meetings in Taormina, Italy, on May 26 and 27, the heads of state and government from the Group of Seven (G-7) countries — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German… This year’s communiqué, like last year’s, drew… China Protests as… Read More »

Stop Calling Indonesia a Role Model. It’s Stopped Being One.

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“It’s over for Indonesia’s tradition of moderation… In ten years, Indonesia could be Pakistan.” Benedict Rogers The Diplomat The 15-year-old school girl’s eyes filled with tears as she put down her mobile phone. Her best friend at school, the friend she did everything together with, had just called her. “We can no longer be friends,” she had said. “My God does not allow me to be… Stop Calling Indonesia… Read More »

Religious scholars issue unanimous fatwa declaring suicide attacks Haram

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ISLAMABAD: Religious scholars from all schools of thought on Saturday issued a fatwa (religious decree) that declared suicide attacks, armed… TheNews The fatwa carrying signatures of 31 noted scholars was released at a seminar “’Reconstruction of Pakistani society in the light of ‘Mithaq-e-Madina’ (Charter of… The event was organised by the Islamic Research Institute of the International… Religious scholars issue… Read More »

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster

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Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest. Melissa Cunningham The Age Mr Foster, 64, died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening. He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family’s compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he… Father of abuse… Read More »

What Vietnam Can Offer America

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U.S. policy must achieve a U.S.-Vietnam alliance that can neutralize Chinese primacy in Southeast Asia. Alexander Vuving The National Interest When Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc travels to the United States later this month, he will be the first national leader from Southeast Asia and the third from an Asian—but not Middle Eastern—country after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and… Although this does not mean that Vietnam is the… What Vietnam Can… Read More »

US to test first ICBM interceptor as tensions with North Korea reach boiling point

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THE US is set to perform an unprecedented test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) interceptor amid heightened tensions with nuke… Fraser Moore Express In the first test of its kind, the US Missile Defence Agency announced it would fire a Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GMD) interceptor from a military base in… Its target will be a custom-made missile resembling an ICBM fired from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific US to test… Read More »

Duterte makes rape ‘joke’ for martial law troops

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Philippines’ president reassures soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under Mindanao island martial law. Al Jazeera Source: News agencies President Rodrigo Duterte joked on Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly-declared martial law in… Duterte made the comments in jest during a speech to soldiers on Mindanao island, where he imposed military rule law on Tuesday to… Duterte makes rape… Read More »

Japan’s Path to Constitutional Amendment

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The steps Shinzo Abe must take to achieve constitutional revision, and the political implications. Michael MacArthur Bosack The Diplomat The destination is set: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unequivocally announced his desire to achieve constitutional amendment by 2020. His proposed amendment: a new paragraph in Article 9 that validates the existence of the Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF). To that end, Abe has… Japan’s Path to… Read More »

US ship entered our waters without permission’: China

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The Chinese government charged on May 25 that a U.S. warship had entered its waters in the South China Sea “without permission”, prompting Beijing’s navy to warn the vessel to leave. Hurriyet The USS Dewey sailed less than 12 nautical miles from Mischief Reef – part of the Spratly Islands – on May 25, a U.S. official said earlier, the first freedom of navigation operation under President Donald Trump. “The relevant action taken by the… US ship entered… Read More »

Qatar launches hacking probe as fake news row spreads across Gulf

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UAE and Saudi ban Qatari media after Qatar emir quoted in fake story defending Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran… MEE and agencies  Qatar said it has launched an inquiry into an unprecedented security breach, alleging “shameful” hackers posted a fake story quoting Qatar’s leader that sparked tension with Gulf… Publication of the fake story, which hit Qatar’s official news agency website and Twitter account late on Tuesday, led to ripples of… Qatar launches hacking… Read More »

India will sell only electric cars within the next 13 years

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Every car sold in India from 2030 will be electric, under new government plans that have delighted environmentalists and dismayed the… Callum Brodie World Economic Forum It’s hoped that by ridding India’s roads of petrol and diesel cars in the years ahead, the country will be able to reduce the harmful levels of air pollution that contribute to a… India’s booming economy has seen it become the world’s third-largest oil importer, shelling out $150 billion annually for the resource – ... Read More »

Turkey’s Varied Tactics of US Lobbying

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Exclusive: Turkey has built one of the premier foreign lobbies in Washington by paying powerful politicians, spreading around money to arms manufacturers, and… By Jonathan Marshall (This is the fifth in a series on foreign lobbying) ConsortiumNews  For all the furor over retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, which got him fired after just 24 days on the job as President Trump’s first national security adviser, his… A federal grand jury has subpoenaed all records of that work as ... Read More »