China will have a ‘say‘ on all major international issues, says Xi Jinping in New Year message

China will have a ‘say‘ on all major international issues, says Xi Jinping in New Year message

BEIJING: China will have a “say” on all major international issues and actively push its Belt and Road initiative, Chinese President said in his New Year message on Sunday. Xi said China will resolutely uphold the authority and status of the UN, actively fulfill China‘s international obligations and duties. He also said that China will remain firmly committed to the pledges to tackle climate change, actively push for the BRI […]

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China reduces tax on donkey skins despite population fears

China reduces tax on donkey skins despite population fears

China is reducing the import tax on donkey skins for use in traditional medicine despite fears over a global reduction in the animal‘s population. From Monday, the tax will fall from 5% to 2%, making imports cheaper. Gelatine made from donkey skin is highly prized in China and purchases of hides have soared in recent years. Campaigners say this has led to a reduction in donkey numbers in countries across […]

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Sydney seaplane: Six dead as aircraft crashes in river

Sydney seaplane: Six dead as aircraft crashes in river

Six people have died after a seaplane plunged into a river in Australia some 30 miles (50km) north of Sydney. Five of those killed were British nationals – one of them was an 11-year-old girl. They died alongside the pilot, who was Australian. The crash happened on the Hawkesbury River near the suburb of Cowan. The single-engine aircraft belonged to sightseeing flight company Sydney Seaplanes. Investigators do not yet know […]

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Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15: Official

Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15: Official

JALALABAD: A suicide attack at a funeral in the eastern Afghan city of on Sunday killed at least 15 people and wounded 13, the governor‘s spokesperson said. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attacker had blown himself up as people gathered for the funeral of a former district governor at a cemetery in the city. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes […]

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North Korea: South seizes second ship in oil supply row

North Korea: South seizes second ship in oil supply row

South Korean authorities have seized a second ship suspected of supplying oil to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, officials say. The Panama-flagged tanker, which is named Koti, is being held at a port near the western city of Pyeongtaek. South Korea has already impounded a Hong Kong-registered ship it suspects of secretly transferring 600 tonnes of refined oil to a North Korean vessel. The UN imposed sanctions on […]

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Indian superstar Rajinikanth tells fans he is entering politics

Indian superstar Rajinikanth tells fans he is entering politics

Indian film superstar Rajinikanth, who has a huge following in the country and is one of Asia‘s highest paid actors, has announced he is entering politics. The 67-year-old, who works mostly in Tamil cinema, said that he will “form my own political party” ahead of the next Indian state assembly election. Rajinikanth said it was his “duty to change the system” in Tamil Nadu state. The state has been politically […]

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Hits and misses

Hits and misses

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi faced his toughest year on the economic front in 2017. The ‘s Sameer Hashmi looks back at the year‘s key economic moments to predict what 2018 might look like. Only a year ago it seemed like India was on track to become an important engine of growth for the global economy. It was the fastest growing economy in the world in 2016, surpassing even China, […]

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