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India will not join RCEP trade deal in blow to sprawling Asian pact

Bangkok - India said Monday it would not join a sprawling Asian trade pact, dealing a blow to the China-backed deal at the end of a Bangkok summit held against a backdrop of global growth fears.

Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Bangkok - Beijing said Sunday it is "ready to work" with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct in the flashpoint South China Sea, where it is accused of building up military installations and bullying fellow claimants.

Global leaders, tycoons attend Saudi 'Davos in desert'

Apo - Top finance moguls and political leaders attended a Davos-style Saudi investment summit on Tuesday, in stark contrast to last year when outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder sparked a mass boycott.

Top executives expected at Saudi 'Davos in desert'

Apo - Top finance executives and political leaders have converged on Saudi capital Riyadh for a Davos-style investment forum, in stark contrast to last year's mass boycott following the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi hosts 'Davos in desert' as outrage fades over critic's murder

Apo - Dozens of global policymakers and tycoons will attend a Saudi investment summit starting Tuesday, helping the kingdom turn the page on a critic's murder that triggered a mass boycott last year.

As Kremlin eyes Africa, Putin praises ties at major summit

Sochi - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday opened a major summit aimed at reviving Russia's influence in Africa, telling leaders from the continent he would seek to double trade in the coming years.

US's Mnuchin to attend Saudi event a year after Khashoggi murder

Washington - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will lead an American delegation to Saudi Arabia's annual financial conference, a year after widespread boycotts of a prior event over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Putin hosts major summit as Kremlin scrambles for Africa

Sochi - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosts dozens of African leaders for the first Russia-Africa Summit, as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold.

After corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit won't be at his resort

Washington - US President Donald Trump said on Saturday the next G7 summit will not be at one of his own Florida golf clubs, reversing a decision that had sparked corruption accusations.

Oil, diamonds and nuclear power: Russia eyes Africa business

Moscow - While Russia has traditionally focused on arms and grain exports to Africa, it is now looking to broaden its activities and influence.

For Russian business, big dreams in Africa

Moscow - From diamonds and arms to nuclear power and oil, Russia has major business ambitions in Africa, even if it is coming late to the party.

Swift backlash as Trump picks own golf resort to host G7

Washington - US President Donald Trump has awarded hosting of the next G7 summit to one of his own Florida golf clubs, the White House said on Thursday, sparking accusations of corruption from opposition lawmakers and ethics campaigners.

Putin signals Russia's return to Africa with summit

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders next week as Russia seeks to reassert its influence on the continent and beyond.

Modi, Xi talk of 'new' ties, after differences

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday spoke of a new era in relations, after talks aimed at overcoming differences between the world's two most populous nations.

Britain, EU need new Brexit draft in week to avoid delay or chaos

Apo - UK Britain and Europe will have to agree a draft text next week if they are to sign an accord to avoid a chaotic no-deal divorce or another Brexit delay before this month's deadline, diplomats warn.

As communist China turns 70, a 'Great Fracture' emerges with US

New York - Seventy years after the founding of communist China, once rosy predictions of coexistence with the United States have dissipated with expectations rising instead of a long-term, globe-spanning rivalry.

Cuba decries US Castro ban at United Nations

New York - Cuba slammed the United States at the United Nations Saturday for barring former president Raul Castro and his family from entering the country.

At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions

New York - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran."We do not know under what laws sanctions are applied.

Russia tells US not to release Trump-Putin transcripts

New York - Russia on Friday urged the United States not to publish Donald Trump's conversations with Vladimir Putin after a growing scandal led the White House to release a transcript from a call with Ukraine's leader.

China FM tells UN protectionism risks causing global recession

New York - China's foreign minister warned Friday that protectionism could trigger a world recession as he vowed to stand firm in a trade row with the United States.

Pakistan's Khan warns of nuclear war over Indian Kashmir

New York - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the United Nations Friday that his country's dispute with India over Kashmir could escalate into an all-out nuclear war that would have consequences for the world.

Pakistan's Khan warns of 'bloodbath' in Indian Kashmir

New York - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the UN in stark terms Friday of the threat of a "bloodbath" in Kashmir, even invoking the possibility that its dispute with India over the territory could escalate into an all-out nuclear war.

US presses India on Kashmir rights, seeks lower tensions

New York - The United States wants New Delhi to quickly ease restrictions imposed in Kashmir, a senior official said Thursday, declaring President Donald Trump's willingness to mediate to ease tensions between India and Pakistan over the territory.

US says Assad again used chemical weapons, vows action

New York - The United States vowed a response Thursday as it said it had confirmed another chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, although there were no fatalities.

New Zealand's Ardern announces five-way climate trade talks

New York - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a first of its kind five-way climate trade initiative that would remove tariffs on green technology and cut fossil fuel subsidies.

US bars Cuba's Raul Castro and family

New York - The United States on Thursday announced travel sanctions against Cuba's Raul Castro and his family, accusing the former president of violations of human rights.

All agreements off if Israel annexes territory, Abbas warns at UN

New York - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas told the United Nations Thursday he would terminate all signed agreements with Israel if it moved forward with plans announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a key part of the West Bank.

US confirms Syria's Assad used chemical weapons in May: Pompeo

New York - The United States has confirmed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons in May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, vowing a response.

Greek PM calls for new EU aid to Turkey to stop migrants

New York - Greece's new conservative leader on Thursday called for the European Union to commit more money to support Turkey to stem the rising flow of migrants.

Australia PM lashes climate critics in UN speech

New York - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison used his UN speech on Wednesday to slam critics of his country's climate record and to suggest Swedish teen Greta Thunberg was being exploited by others for ulterior motives.
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