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US lawmakers seek to slap new sanctions on Myanmar military

Washington - US lawmakers proposed sanctions Friday against Myanmar's military, in some of the strongest efforts yet by Washington to pressure the Southeast Asian nation to end abusive treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Chinese universities start 'Xi Thought' institutes

Bejing - Xi Jinping Thought will now be taught, researched and promoted in universities across China, ensuring that the leader's eponymous philosophy is implanted in students' hearts and minds.

Trump congratulates Xi after Chinese leader tightens grip on power

Washington - President Donald Trump congratulated Xi Jinping on Wednesday, after the Chinese leader solidified his grip on power at a landmark Communist Party Congress."Spoke to President Xi of China to congratulate him on his extraordinary elevation.

China's Xi welcomes 'objective' media at restricted event

Bejing - President Xi Jinping Wednesday encouraged members of the press "to visit and see more of China" when he unveiled his new leadership -- but five Western media outlets were excluded from the event.

China's new leadership: Ageing men seen as no threat to Xi

Bejing - The six dark-suited Communist Party officials joining President Xi Jinping on China's highest decision-making body are all men in their 60s, suggesting he has no plans to groom a successor any time soon.

US Congress passes $36.5 bn in hurricane, wildfire aid

Washington - The US Senate on Tuesday approved a $36.5 billion disaster relief package for hurricane-affected communities like Puerto Rico and for areas devastated by wildfires, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Xi's grip on China tightens with new term and no heir in sight

Bejing - President Xi Jinping was formally handed a second term Wednesday, with no clear successor emerging in a revamped ruling council, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for him to dominate China for decades to come.

Trump feud with key senator overshadows tax push

Washington - Donald Trump made a rare trip to Congress Tuesday to lobby for his tax reforms, but the president's efforts were overshadowed by an explosive new war of words pitting him against a top senator from his Republican Party.

Trump 'debases our country,' slams Republican Corker

Washington - Top Republican Senator Bob Corker on Tuesday escalated his all-out war of words with Donald Trump, slamming the US president as an "utterly untruthful" leader who "debases" his country.

What is Xi thinking? China's leader makes the constitution

Bejing - China's most powerful leader in decades entered Communist Party folklore on Tuesday when cadres voted overwhelmingly to engrave the Xi Jinping way into their constitution.

Xi joins Mao in Communist constitution, tightening grip on China

Bejing - Xi Jinping was elevated to the pantheon of China's most powerful leaders Tuesday as his name was enshrined in the Communist Party constitution alongside Chairman Mao.

In Communist China, it's a man's world at the top

Beijing - When Xi Jinping warned against "pleasure seeking" in a stern message to the Communist Party congress last week, the audience included few women and some notable absentees -- officials ousted by graft scandals involving illicit affairs.

Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'

Bejing - While Chinese President Xi Jinping and his cohorts chart the nation's future at their leadership conclave in Beijing, his citizen army of red-armbanded foot soldiers are keeping an eye out for trouble outside.

Communism is 'beyond' them, but Chinese still flock to the party

Bejing - Marx might struggle to recognise his heirs among the billionaires, skyscrapers and stock exchanges of modern China.

Mattis meets McCain amid tension over deadly Niger ambush

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Congress on Friday to assure Senator John McCain that lines of communication were open, amid demands the Pentagon reveal more about a Niger ambush that killed four US servicemen.

Smog defies China's Communist Party congress

Bejing - Beijingers are going without barbecue. Construction sites have halted work. Factories hundreds of kilometres away have halted production.

Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'

Shanghai - The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting.

China mobile users tap phones to 'applaud' president's speech

Bejing - Missed out on the orchestrated applause at China's Communist Party Congress? Cheer up: this being China, you can join the praise through your mobile phone.

China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target

Bejing - China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a key Communist Party conclave.

Red handed: Xi's anti-graft campaign set to roll on

Bejing - In the past five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has steamrolled over 1.5 million crooked Communist Party officials. And it may just be getting started.

'My god, 3.5 hours': Xi gives marathon speech, China listens

Bejing - As Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered his three-plus-hour speech at the Communist Party congress, delegates ranging from men in suits to military officers and former presidents dutifully turned every page as they read and listened to his words.

Xi is everywhere: China's omnipresent leader

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping's stiff smile greets visitors in room after room at a Beijing exhibition put up by the Communist party to tout its past five years of accomplishments.

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

Bejing - Rumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party's leadership Congress.

Xi declares 'new era' for China as party congress opens

Bejing - President Xi Jinping declared China is entering a "new era" of challenges and opportunities on Wednesday as he opened a Communist Party congress expected to enhance his already formidable power.

Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop

Bejing - Businesses ranging from cookware to karaoke in China's teeming capital have temporarily shut down as the ruling Communist Party prepares to hold its most important political event of the last five years.

Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave

Beijing - Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to tighten his grip on power at a Communist Party conclave this week, cementing his stature as the country's most dominant ruler in decades.

US Congress may hold key to Iran deal future

Washington - President Donald Trump dumped the fate of the Iran nuclear deal on US lawmakers Friday, leaving open the question of whether they can turn the screw on Tehran without killing the accord.

Congress delays vote on gun silencers after Vegas massacre

Washington - The US Congress on Tuesday shelved a controversial plan to make it easier to purchase gun silencers, as President Donald Trump signalled a future debate about the nation's gun laws was possible.

Trump signs resolution condemning white supremacists

Washington - Donald Trump signed into law a Congressional resolution condemning white supremacists on Thursday, after lawmakers maneuvered the president into backing a text triggered by his equivocal response to racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Obama calls Trump repeal of migrant amnesty 'wrong', 'cruel'

Washington - Former US president Barack Obama decried his successor's decision to end an amnesty for 800,000 people brought to America illegally as children, describing it as "wrong," "self-defeating" and "cruel.
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