• China police detain artist who documented migrant evictions
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    China police detain artist who documented migrant evictions

    Beijing-based artist Hua Yong has been detained by police after documenting the mass eviction of migrant workers from the Chinese capital, his friends said Monday. "His current situation is unknown. In the weeks before he disappeared, Hua uploaded dozens of videos on YouTube and Chinese social

  • International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling
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    International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

    The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan's Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research. Japan's whaling fleet left for the Southern Ocean last month, planning to kill 333 minke whales over a four-month

  • Austrian far-right to be sworn into new government
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    Austrian far-right to be sworn into new government

    Austria's far-right Freedom Party was set to be sworn in Monday as part of the Alpine country's new government, rounding off a triumphant year for Europe's nationalists. The new coalition was agreed on Friday by the conservative People's Party (OeVP) and the FPOe, pledging to stop illegal

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    Second major bitcoin security declines in trading debut on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

  • Merkel to meet bereaved a year after Christmas market attack
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    Merkel to meet bereaved a year after Christmas market attack

    A year after an Islamic jihadist ploughed a truck into a Christmas market crowd, killing 12, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Monday with the victims' families for the first time. Last December 19 at 8:02 pm, Anis Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian who had failed to obtain asylum, rammed a stolen truck

  • Atlanta airport says power back after major flight delays
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    Atlanta airport says power back after major flight delays

    The world's busiest airport, in the US city of Atlanta, said early Monday that power had been restored after an outage left passengers in the dark and affected hundreds of flights. "Power has been restored on all concourses," the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said on

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    Toyota plans 10 purely electric vehicles by 2020s

    Toyota plans to offer more than 10 purely electric vehicle models in its lineup by the early 2020s, marking the Japanese automaker's commitment to that growing technology sector. Toyota Motor Corp. now ...

  • Japan raids firms over alleged maglev bid-rigging
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    Japan raids firms over alleged maglev bid-rigging

    Tokyo prosecutors Monday raided two major construction firms over suspicions they colluded to secure contracts for Japan's multi-billion-dollar maglev project that will see trains running at 500 kilometres (310 miles) per hour. The state-of-the-art maglev, or magnetically levitated, trains are scheduled

  • Can Chinese investment help Nepal’s new communist alliance make the break from India?
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    Can Chinese investment help Nepal’s new communist alliance make the break from India?

    Nepal’s new government will strive to maintain the country’s “independence” by breaking loose from India’s excessive interference and trying to attract more Chinese investment, according to a senior politician in the recently elected leftist alliance. The large margin by which the communist alliance

  • President Rodrigo Duterte plans to visit places affected by Typhoon Urduja
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    President Rodrigo Duterte plans to visit places affected by Typhoon Urduja

    President Rodrigo Duterte wants to personally see the damage brought by Typhoon Urduja in the country. Particularly in the Visayas region where the typhoon made landfall several times. During his speech at the 7th year LGBT Davao year-end gathering in Azuela Coven, Davao City, the President said that

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    Philippines' Duterte says he wants same-sex marriage legalised

    Firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte has said he wants same-sex marriage legalised in the Philippines, a move that would bring him into conflict with the dominant Roman Catholic Church. Duterte, a longtime critic of the church which counts about 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, made the remarks

  • Philippines' Duterte says he wants same-sex marriage legalised
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    Philippines' Duterte says he wants same-sex marriage legalised

    Firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte has said he wants same-sex marriage legalised in the Philippines, a move that would bring him into conflict with the dominant Roman Catholic Church. Duterte, a longtime critic of the church which counts about 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, made the remarks

  • Myanmar's child monks become royalty for a day
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    Myanmar's child monks become royalty for a day

    Riding elephants and horses in heavily bejewelled costumes, thick eyeliner and rouged lips, boys in central Myanmar parade through their village as ancient princes in a ceremony to mark their passage to monkhood. Buddhist tradition in Myanmar requires youths to spend some time in a monastery or nunnery

  • Xiaomi in 150m yuan ‘giveaway’ after a U-turn in smartphone sales
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    Xiaomi in 150m yuan ‘giveaway’ after a U-turn in smartphone sales

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is giving away 150 million yuan (US$22.7 million) worth of rewards to customers in a shopping festival starting Tuesday after the company managed to turn around its smartphone sales, which are expected to top 90 million units for the year. Between December 19 and 26,

  • New transport network company “OWTO” stopped by LTFRB
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    New transport network company “OWTO” stopped by LTFRB

      QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Attorney Aileen Lizada, board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) was shocked to learn of  a soon-to-be launched transport network company called, ‘OWTO’. The LTFRB ordered to stop its scheduled launch on Monday, December 18, because

  • Woman rescued after two days stuck in Australia mine shaft
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    Woman rescued after two days stuck in Australia mine shaft

    A woman has been pulled alive from an abandoned Australian mine shaft where she was trapped in searing heat for two days until a drone found her, police said Monday. "The woman is lucky to be alive after police rescued her from a mine shaft in the state's north-west," New South Wales police

  • Power fully restored at Atlanta's international airport
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    Power fully restored at Atlanta's international airport

    Minutes after its midnight deadline to get the electricity back on at the world's busiest airport, Georgia Power announced early Monday that power had been fully restored to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta ...

  • Asian markets mostly higher on upbeat Japan trade data
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    Asian markets mostly higher on upbeat Japan trade data

    Share prices were mostly higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by robust trade data from Japan that suggest a sustained recovery in demand in China and other major markets. Last week's strong finish on Wall ...

  • Pats clinch division with wild win over Steelers
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    Pats clinch division with wild win over Steelers

    Tom Brady piloted Super Bowl champions New England to the winning touchdown with 56 seconds left Sunday as the Patriots clinched the AFC East with a gut-wrenching 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. On a day when the puzzle pieces of the NFL playoffs were dropping into place, the Patriots thwarted

  • The far-right in Europe
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    The far-right in Europe

    Austria's far-right Freedom Party has returned to power in a coalition government, capping a year of successes for Europe's nationalist movements. A far-right party has made gains in Germany, in September becoming the first such party to enter the Bundestag since the end of World War II, but

  • China holds major economic meeting under shadow of Trump’s strategic threat
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    China holds major economic meeting under shadow of Trump’s strategic threat

    China’s top leadership started a closed-door meeting to chart policies for the world’s second biggest economy on Monday, the official Xinhua news agency said. Xinhua said the meeting would review China’s economic performance in 2017 and formulate policies for 2018, without providing specifics. The

  • Europe's far-right plays for keeps but faces hurdles
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    Europe's far-right plays for keeps but faces hurdles

    They may have failed to actually clinch a victory in national elections, but 2017 has nonetheless proven a bumper year for Europe's far-right parties at the ballot boxes. "The far right in Europe is more popular today than it was at any time in postwar history," said Dutch expert Cas Mudde

  • Kremlin's new cyber weapons spark fears and fantasies
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    Kremlin's new cyber weapons spark fears and fantasies

    From Donald Trump's election to Brexit and the Catalan crisis, accusations that the Kremlin is meddling in Western domestic affairs have heightened fears over Russian hackers, trolls and state-controlled media. While the first accusations against Moscow came following a 2016 hack attack on the US

  • Health advocates urge Duterte to veto tobacco tax rate in TRAIN Bill
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    Health advocates urge Duterte to veto tobacco tax rate in TRAIN Bill

    QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Some doctors and health advocates want to change the provision on excise tax on tobacco products under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)Bill. For them, the tax rate increase is insufficient and questionable as it only came into the picture during the bicameral

  • Windies pin hopes on Gayle force for New Zealand ODIs
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    Windies pin hopes on Gayle force for New Zealand ODIs

    The West Indies will hope short-form master Chris Gayle can inspire a misfiring batting line-up in the one-day international series against New Zealand starting on Wednesday. The tourists meekly surrendered with the bat as they slumped to a 2-0 Test series whitewash against the Black Caps, and need