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Lanka leader calls Modi, denies blaming RAW

Lanka leader calls Modi, denies blaming RAW

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Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on telephone and rejected reports in a section of the media about him alluding to the involvement of India and its external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in an alleged plot to assassinate the President and a former defence…
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Bhutan votes in third general polls

Bhutan votes in third general polls

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The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, wedged between India and China, yesterday voted in a national election guaranteed to usher in a new ruling party which must boost the economy without compromising the country's fierce independent streak. The country of 800,000 people, famed for its Gross National Happiness index, is holding only its third democratic election…
CO2 emissions to rise in 2018

CO2 emissions to rise in 2018

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Energy sector carbon emissions will rise in 2018 after hitting record levels the year before, dimming prospects for meeting Paris climate treaty goals, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Wednesday. The energy sector accounts for 80 percent of global CO2 emissions, with most of the rest caused by deforestation and agriculture, so…
Mattis seeks resilient US ties with China

Mattis seeks resilient US ties with China

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told his Chinese counterpart yesterday that the world's two largest economies needed to deepen high-level ties so as to navigate tension and rein in the risk of inadvertent conflict. Mattis saw firsthand last month how mounting Sino-US friction can undermine military contacts when Beijing up-ended plans for him to travel…
US opposed to Koreas’ plan for no-fly zone

US opposed to Koreas' plan for no-fly zone

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The United States opposes a plan by South and North Korea to set up a no-fly zone over their heavily fortified border, the latest sign of a rift between Seoul and its top ally. Washington and Seoul publicly insist they are on the same page about dealing with Pyongyang. But behind the scenes, there are…
Pompeo suggests US may lift sanctions on Turkey

Pompeo suggests US may lift sanctions on Turkey

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday after talks in Ankara that Washington may now lift sanctions imposed on Turkey during the dispute over its detention of an American pastor. "We'll have a decision on that shortly but some of the sanctions that were put in place were directly connected to Pastor Brunson and…