US election: New president to face chilly relations with Cold War rivals Russia

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For all the bluster and bravado, accusations and denials over tapes and emails, there was a quiet but deadly serious issue raised in the second US presidential debate: what to do about Syria and, more broadly, how to counter Russia in that blighted nation and other places. Analysis By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams In the past few weeks there has been a steady deterioration in relations between the West and… US election: New… Read More »

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the… Girl under 15 married every seven… Read More »

Beijing’s South China Sea island buildup ‘for military purposes’

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America’s satellite spy chief Robert Cardillo rejects China’s claim that the land reclamation projects are commercial or tourist-related By BILL GERTZ, @BillGertz The head of one of America’s secret spy agencies recently disclosed that China is seeking to control the South China Sea through the… Beijing’s South China… Read More »

Thai King Bhumibol’s health not stable, palace says

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The health of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is “not stable”, palace officials have said. King Bhumibol, 88, is the world’s longest reigning monarch, but has spent much of the last year in hospital and is rarely seen in public. He is widely revered in Thailand, where he is seen as an… Thai King Bhumibol’s health not… Read More »

Afghan Anti-Warlord Campaigner Malalai Joya Blames U.S. for Violence

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Malalai Joya has been described as the “Bravest Woman in Afghanistan” for standing up to the very warlords who are being brought in the cold by her U.S.-backed government. by F. BRINLEY BRUTON American bombs began raining down on Afghanistan 15 years ago Friday, marking the… Afghan Anti-Warlord Campaigner… Read More »

Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity

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China’s governing Communist Party is set to launch a nationwide crackdown on Christianity. Chinese Communist Party readies crackdown on Christianity – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Correspondents Report By China correspondent Matthew Carney Correspondent Matthew Carney travels through the country and speaks to churchgoers who are worried they could soon be arrested. The Communist Party has just enacted much tougher… Chinese Communist Party readies… Read More »

Syrian refugees share excitement and nerves while journeying to new home in Australia

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The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Australia is increasing, as families who received visas under the Government’s new protection program begin to arrive. Correspondents Report By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill travelled with some of these newest Australians, on the journey to their new home. I could spot them at… Syrian refugees share excitement and… Read More »

UN human rights watchdog orders Saudi Arabia to stop stoning children

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People over 15-years-old in the Kingdom are tried as adults and can be executed Matt Payton   Independent The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that allow stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children. Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, “after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial”, according to the report by the UN Committee on the… UN human rights… Read More »

Russia mulls restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

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Russia is considering plans to resume its military presence in Vietnam and Cuba where Moscow earlier had military bases, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Oct. 7. “We are dealing with this issue,” the agencies quoted Pankov as saying in the State Duma lower house of… Russia mulls restoring military bases in… Read More »

North Korea’s DMZ: NBC News Gets Rare Access to Frozen Frontier

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PANMUNJOM, North Korea — Most roads in rural North Korea are little more than dirt tracks, unpaved and constantly maintained by workers shoveling earth to fill ruts and holes. by BILL NEELY Not this one. Just south of Pyongyang, the paved highway suddenly grows to the… North Korea’s DMZ: NBC News Gets Rare Access to… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

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For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis

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Donors and Afghan state agencies must urgently tackle an economic crisis building up since 2014, when foreign troops started leaving and political instability worsened. The starting point must be a socio-economic assessment of just how big the problems are… The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis… Read More »

Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before Launching A New War in Syria

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The Russians might not be willing to back down in a confrontation with American forces. Dave Majumdar Tensions between Russia and the United States are coming to a head over the civil war in Syria. Washington has suspended bilateral talkswith Russia to end the… Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before… Read More »

Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows

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A palm-sized robot dubbed Kirobo Mini has been unveiled in Japan, designed to be a companion for the growing number of women left childless by the country’s aging population crisis. The robot, created by Toyota Motor Corp, aims to emulate a human baby and even “wobbles” like a infant “which hasn’t fully developed the… Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows… Read More »

Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveiled a home-built drone that they said was capable of carrying bombs, state media reported on Oct. 1, in what appeared to be another copy of a reconnaissance U.S. drone that Iran captured five years ago. DUBAI – Reuters The drone, called Saegheh, or lightning, was unveiled at an expo showcasing the latest achievements by the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace arm. Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft… Read More »

China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies

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REUTERS, AP, AFP-JIJI BEIJING/WASHINGTON – China’s yuan is joining the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies as of Saturday, a milestone for the government’s campaign for recognition as a global economic power. The yuan joins the dollar, euro, yen and pound in the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDR) basket, which… China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies… Read More »