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Pelt and road: Tribal welcome for Xi in PNG

Port Moresby - Sporting parrot feathers, possum pelts and seashell necklaces, dozens of people from various tribes in Papua New Guinea serenaded China's president on Friday as he opened a new Chinese-funded road in the poor Pacific Island nation.

Japan PM visits Australia's Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

Darwin - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Darwin on Friday, some 75 years after Japan bombed the northern Australian city, as the two countries cement ties in the face of an emergent China.

US studying Turkey's demands to extradite preacher

Washington - The United States is studying Turkey's demands for the extradition of preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt, the State Department said Thursday.

Next US House foreign affairs chief vows to check Trump, warns Russia

Washington - The incoming head of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee warned Thursday of election-related sanctions against Russia and vowed oversight of Donald Trump's diplomacy, which he said had made Americans "laughingstocks.

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon': KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon", Pyongyang's state media reported Friday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearisation talks.

North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon': report

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the testing of a "high-tech" new weapon, Pyongyang's state media reported Friday according to Yonhap news agency.

Macedonian ex-PM fled in Hungarian diplomatic car: Albanian police

Tirana - Former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled the country to avoid prison, used a Hungarian diplomatic vehicle to escape through Albania, police in Tirana said Thursday after Budapest formally denied any involvement.

S.Korea says too early to restart industrial zone with North

Washington - South Korea said Thursday it would not restart an industrial zone with North Korea until its neighbor moves to give up nuclear weapons, although it voiced hope for progress.

Abe, Putin to accelerate WWII treaty talks stalled by island row

Fpo - Russia and Japan have agreed to accelerate talks to formally end World War II hostilities, using a Soviet-era peace declaration as their starting point and throwing into doubt the fate of four disputed islands.

Khashoggi: From Saudi royal insider to open critic

Dubai - A complex man of contradictions, journalist Jamal Khashoggi went from being a Saudi royal family insider to an outspoken critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom's government, and was ultimately killed inside its consulate in Istanbul.

Macron in Morocco for opening of high-speed railway

Tanger - French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Morocco on Thursday to take part in the inauguration of a high-speed railway line that boasts the fastest journey times in Africa or the Arab world.

'Will APEC make us rich?' Summit confuses PNG hosts

Port Moresby - As Papua New Guinea prepares to make its international summit hosting debut, there are lingering concerns about whether one of the Pacific's poorest countries can afford the cost, and if it is able to take advantage of its time in the sun.

EU will retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs: trade official

Washington - The European Union is prepared to retaliate if US President Donald Trump imposes new tariffs on auto imports, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom warned on Wednesday.

UN chief revives bid opposed by US to fund Sahel force

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is renewing his call for UN financing to shore up a regional force fighting an insurgency in the Sahel, despite opposition from the United States.

Brazil's Bolsonaro names US expert as new foreign minister

Bras - Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday named as foreign minister a career diplomat who currently heads the ministry's United States and Canada department.

'Allies owe each other respect,' Macron says of Trump tweets

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that "allies owe each other respect", after he was assailed on Twitter by US President Donald Trump after his visit to France for World War I commemorations.

Costa Rica's Alvarado urges global push to end Nicaragua crisis

Paris - Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado called Wednesday for a multinational effort to help end the political crisis gripping neighbouring Nicaragua, a conflict which risks destabilising other Latin American nations.

Turkey calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder

Istanbul - Turkey on Wednesday called for an international investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

Cuba to pull thousands of doctors from Brazil in Bolsonaro row

Havana - Cuba announced Wednesday it will pull thousands of its doctors out of Brazil in response to president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's "direct, contemptuous and threatening" remarks about its medical aid program.

Abe willing to talk WWII peace treaty with Putin

Fpo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was willing to discuss a peace treaty with Russia -- two countries still technically at war with each other -- during a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Kremlin laments US 'unpredictability' under Trump

Fpo - The Kremlin hit out Wednesday at the "unpredictability" of the United States under the Trump administration, saying it was causing "deep global concern".

APEC summit: the Xi show by the sea shore

Port Moresby - Hundreds of fluttering red flags, buses emblazoned with "China Aid" logos and even a purpose-built pagoda: driving around Port Moresby, you could be forgiven for thinking that Xi Jinping is hosting this week's APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.

BTS management apologise for nuclear blast T-shirt after Japan row

Seoul - The managers of hugely popular South Korean boyband BTS have issued an extensive apology after controversy erupted in the lucrative Japanese market over a T-shirt worn by one of the vocalists showing a nuclear blast.

Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia amid growing friction between the longstanding allies.

EU Trade Commissioner seeks to further talks with US

Washington - EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom arrived in Washington on Tuesday to further talks with the United States on a new trade deal, but she stressed that it would be limited.

Austrian spy suspect released from custody

Vienna - An Austrian court on Tuesday released from custody a former colonel suspected of spying for Russia, but placed him under judicial supervision, it said.

Macron the latest US ally insulted by Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump's Twitter-lashing of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron is only the latest insult by the US leader against longstanding allies.

Libyan strongman Haftar a reluctant key player in crisis talks

Palermo - Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar is a crucial player in the latest international bid to stabilise the violence-wracked North African nation, but he has shown great reluctance to be involved.

Pope to visit Morocco in March

Vatican City - Pope Francis, who has made building bridges between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Morocco in March, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Justin Trudeau: still 'optimistic' despite nationalist gains

Paris - After a weekend of World War I commemorations marked by dark warnings about the rise of nationalism, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau strikes a different tone. He even dares to say he's "optimistic" about the future.
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