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IS threat on Xi, Putin summit agenda

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders are to discuss the threat the Islamic State group (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, poses in Afghanistan at a Eurasian security summit in Russia this week,FULL STORY

Manila health officials confirm new MERS case

A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus, health officials said yesterday. Philippine Secretary of Health Janette Garin said several people the foreigner had come in close contactFULL STORY

S Korea violinist touts cross-border concert

Violinist Won Hyung-joon wants to bring North Korean and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world’s most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals’ long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. WonFULL STORY

Political rivals unite for Aboriginal recognition

Australia’s political rivals yesterday met Aboriginal leaders in Sydney to work toward “correcting” the constitution by recognizing the nation’s first indigenous inhabitants. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has previously declared he would “sweat blood” to update the document which was written more than a century agoFULL STORY

Pakistan, India to begin process of joining security bloc

Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India are to start the process of joining a security bloc led by China and Russia at a summit in Russia later this week, the first time the grouping has expanded since it was set up in 2001, a senior ChineseFULL STORY

Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of UN war crimes report to foil Rajapaksa comeback

Sri Lanka’s elections next month have been timed to stop a comeback by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably might see his popularity rise in coming months if criticized for war crimes in a UN report, government sources said. Rajapaksa’s crushing of a 26-year Tamil TigerFULL STORY

Nuclear talks enter final straight

Top ministers were due to meet yesterday seeking to conclude an unprecedented nuclear deal with Iran, on the eve of a deadline aiming to draw the curtain on almost two years of high-stakes negotiations. After crisscrossing the world since September 2013 chasing a complex accord toFULL STORY

US lawmakers end break, face complex agenda

The US Congress returns from a holiday recess today facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the federal government or risk a shutdown. The funding fight is shaping up as a major partisan brawl against the backdrop of an intensifying campaign season.FULL STORY

Hopefuls eye immigration curbs

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, both presidential hopefuls for the Republican Party, are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost job prospects for US citizens: Admit fewer legal immigrants into the nation. The notion, absent from US presidential politics for atFULL STORY

US celebration marks Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday

Fellow Nobel Peace Price laureates on Sunday joined thousands of supporters of the Dalai Lama to celebrate the Tibetan spiritual leader’s 80th birthday, commencing a three-day honorary bash in California. A string of minor celebrities also paid tribute to the crimson-robed 14th Dalai Lama ahead ofFULL STORY

Bloody week in Nigeria ends as blasts claim 44

At least 44 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the country’s main relief agency said yesterday, after a bloody week of violence blamed on Boko Haram. “At the moment, we have 44 dead bodies and 47 othersFULL STORY

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UNITED KINGDOM Greek vote rumbles London Britain will do “whatever is necessary to protect its economic security,” a government spokesman said on Monday after Greeks voted overwhelmingly against austerity in a referendum that could send them crashing out of the eurozone with unknown consequences. “This is aFULL STORY

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