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Turkey treads tricky path with China

When Abdulweli Ayup, a Chinese ethnic Uyghur, fled his home in 2015 after he was jailed, he found refuge like other exiles in Istanbul, where Turkey’s government prides itself as a defender of oppressed Muslim minorities. After years of frustration, Ayup, who was imprisoned for promotingFULL STORY

Thai ‘godfathers’ make a comeback

Itthipol Khunpleum grabbed the mic, bounded onto the stage and flashed a winning smile as he worked the crowd gathered for a final rally: “Chonburi... show me your hands!” he said to wild applause. Yet he need not have bothered. The feared and revered Khunpleums haveFULL STORY

EU leaders offer options to delay Brexit

European leaders and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday agreed on a short delay to Britain’s divorce from the EU in the hope of ensuring an orderly Brexit. Britain had faced a sharp cliff-edge deadline of Friday next week to leave, but May’s EU colleaguesFULL STORY

New Zealand mourns with prayers, unity

The Muslim call to prayer yesterday sounded out over Christchurch and across New Zealand, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly atFULL STORY

Xi visits Italy to expand Belt and Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) was yesterday to start a whistle-stop European tour in Rome amid growing Western unease over Italy joining the ever-expanding Asian giant’s Belt and Road Initiative. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is today to sign a memorandum of understanding with Xi forFULL STORY

US sanctions two Chinese firms over North Korea work

The US on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies it said had helped North Korea evade sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, the first such steps since a US-North Korean summit collapsed last month. The US Department of the Treasury also issued an updatedFULL STORY

S Korea minister warns against plan to label Japan goods ‘made by war crimes’

South Korea’s foreign minister has intervened over a provincial proposal to apply stickers to some Japanese-made items in schools as “made by a Japanese firm responsible for war crimes.” South Korea and Japan are both democracies and US allies faced with an increasingly assertive China andFULL STORY

Aide of Venezuelan opposition seized

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide was taken away in the middle of the night by masked intelligence agents who broke down his door early on Thursday, drawing condemnation from the US and other countries pushing to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Washington demanded theFULL STORY

US general to discuss China issues with Google

The top US military officer is to meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that US companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the US. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Wednesday saidFULL STORY

Trump orders US colleges to back free speech

US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order requiring US colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding. The order directs federal agencies to ensure that any college or university receiving research grants agrees to promote free speechFULL STORY

Tourists celebrate spring at pyramids in Mexico

Thousands of people dressed in white on Thursday flocked to Mexico’s ancient pyramids, seeking to soak up the rays of the spring equinox sun. The equinox held special significance for many of Mexico’s pre-Columbian people, who built their architecture around it in some cases. Famous examples includeFULL STORY

Hurricane damage forces US Marines to reduce training

A number of unexpected costs, including major hurricane damage repairs and unplanned deployments to the US-Mexico border, are forcing the US Marine Corps to cancel training exercises and will degrade combat readiness, the top Marine general said. General Robert Neller said in a memo this weekFULL STORY

US border agents fire tear gas as migrants climb wall

US Border Patrol agents on Thursday fired tear gas as Central American migrants attempted to cross the border from the Mexican city of Tijuana, journalists on the scene said. A group of migrants, including children, used an improvised rope to try to scale fencing installed onFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

CHINA Man rams crowd, kills six A man yesterday rammed a car into a crowd in Hubei Province, killing six people and injuring eight before he was fatally shot by police, local officials said. The suspect, a 44-year-old named Cui Lidong (崔立冬), allegedly wounded his wife andFULL STORY

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