• China sets 2018 GDP target at 'around 6.5%'
China sets 2018 GDP target at 'around 6.5%'

China announced on Monday an 8.1 per cent defence budget increase for 2018, giving the world's largest armed forces a boost after spending slowed in the previous two years. The budget grew 7.6% in 2016, and 7% in 2017. "The pace and scale of this build-up is really dramatic". "Some spending will be hidden in civilian spending", said the diploma...

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  • Chinese, US senior officials highlight cooperation to settle trade disputes
Chinese, US senior officials highlight cooperation to settle trade disputes

China will "advance all aspects of military training and war preparedness, and firmly and resolvedly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests", Premier Li Keqiang told the opening session in an address. Administration officials have emphasized that it is the goal of sanctions and diplomatic pressure to push into the futur...

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  • What are Jeremy Corbyn and Michel Barnier up to?
What are Jeremy Corbyn and Michel Barnier up to?

Fox will argue that maintaining a customs union would prevent Britain from setting the rules in sectors of its economy, handicapping free trade deals with non-EU countries. "We all want to do bold new trade arrangements, but we'd be better off doing them with the European Union, and that a "cost/benefit analysis" points to this stance".

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  • At 'opioid summit,' Trump urges lawsuit against companies, tougher sentences for dealers
At 'opioid summit,' Trump urges lawsuit against companies, tougher sentences for dealers

The White House is hosting a summit on opioids today as lawmakers and activists ramp up calls for the Trump administration to do more to address the crisis. communities have done - against firms that make the powerful painkillers. To get the public discussion going, NPR reporter David Green aired an interview with US Surgeon General Jerom...

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  • NY Senate Republicans Block Effort to Pass More Gun Regulations
NY Senate Republicans Block Effort to Pass More Gun Regulations

On the question of whether the country would be safer if more people carried guns, there was a huge divide, for example - 55 percent of Republicans felt the country would be safer, compared to just 15 percent of Democrats. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more , visit http://www.npr.org/. But it's safe to say that Trump's unpopularity is part of the r...

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  • Oppn set to corner govt in Parliament on bank scams
Oppn set to corner govt in Parliament on bank scams

March 05 ( ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) national secretary D. Raja and Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Naresh Agarwal on Monday gave adjournment motion notice in the Rajya Sabha over Punjab National Bank fraud (PNB) case. But the government is expected to bring in some other crucial bills meant to deal with bank frauds, among others. The r...

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  • US to close embassy in Turkey for 'security threat'
US to close embassy in Turkey for 'security threat'

Turkish police arrested 12 people in Ankara in an investigation targeting Islamic State jihadists, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Monday, hours after the U.S. The State Department officials said they would make an announcement when the embassy is ready to reopen. Prosecutors in Turkey's capital Ankara issued arrest warrants on Monday for 2...

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  • Trends, results in Nagaland may lead to big battle between Rio, Zeliang
Trends, results in Nagaland may lead to big battle between Rio, Zeliang

But sections of the rival Naga Peoples Party ( NPP ) too are willing to join hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party though not directly with the NDPP. The Nagaland , Naga People's Front (NPF) has been in power in Nagaland since 2003. In Meghalaya , Congress is struggling to retain its majority by taking a lead on 21 seats, while th...

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  • Few people ousted PM elected by whole nation: Nawaz Sharif
Few people ousted PM elected by whole nation: Nawaz Sharif

Senate election polling began at 9 am on Saturday and concluded at 4 pm. Twelve seats each from Punjab and Sindh, 11 each from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, four from tribal region and two from federal capital territory were up for grab due to retirement of 52 senators this month.

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  • George Pell in court to fight historical sex offence charges
George Pell in court to fight historical sex offence charges

Last June, Victoria Police charged Cardinal Pell with "multiple" sexual offence charges involving "multiple complainants". Pell appeared before it three times, once in person and twice via video-link from Rome over the Church's handling of complaints against paedophile priests.

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  • Guatemala, like the U.S., plans embassy move to Jerusalem in May
Guatemala, like the U.S., plans embassy move to Jerusalem in May

The country was one of only nine countries to vote against a United Nations resolution in December slamming the USA for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "This decision strongly evidences Guatemala's continued support of Israel, and we are sure that many other countries will follow in our steps". But the country's position, ...

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  • Germany's SPD approves new coalition with Merkel
Germany's SPD approves new coalition with Merkel

But the chancellor, in power for 12 years, has had to pay a high price to coax the reluctant Social Democratic Party (SPD) back into another loveless "grand coalition ". SPD youth chief Kevin Kuehnert , who ran an impassioned campaign against the planned coalition , expressed disappointment at the postal referendum result.

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  • China says its 'moderate' defence spending rises are no threat
China says its 'moderate' defence spending rises are no threat

The adviser, Liu He, said he will take charge of reform efforts this month and wants a list of USA demands for what China could do to ease tensions, according to the person. In a almost two-hour speech to the legislature, Premier Li Keqiang did not mention the scrapping of term limits but emphasized the primacy of Xi and the ruling Communist Part...

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  • Trump wants daughter, son-in-Law to leave White House
Trump wants daughter, son-in-Law to leave White House

A White House official who spoke with Trump on the topic said the President "was angry that Kushner - and, by extension, daughter Ivanka - were in his view being dishonestly maligned". by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience". Reince Priebus, Trump's former chief of ...

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  • Woman arrested after dumping popcorn on 'noisy' toddler's head in movie theatre
Woman arrested after dumping popcorn on 'noisy' toddler's head in movie theatre

At one point, police say Keri Karman placed her hand over the child's mouth as she yelled profanities at the young girl. She was at the movie theater with her father, Charles Karman , 61, when a little girl near her asked her mother for some popcorn.

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  • Russian Federation demands U.S. send proof of election interference
Russian Federation demands U.S. send proof of election interference

Russian President Vladimir Putin's unveiling of a new catalog of doomsday weapons is largely bluster, Sen. In the interview with NBC News , Putin argued his government has little to answer for until the USA provides "some materials, specifics, and data".

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  • Papua New Guinea natural disaster death toll reaches 67 as aftershocks strike
Papua New Guinea natural disaster death toll reaches 67 as aftershocks strike

Another big tremor has rocked quake-affected Papua New Guinea this morning. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the latest temblors. The Australian and New Zealand defence forces have began delivering aid, while the China Red Cross and Beijing have pledged financial assistance, according to the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier...

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  • Salah strike keeps Liverpool on rise
Salah strike keeps Liverpool on rise

Salah scored his 32nd goal of the season in all competitions as he opened the scoring for Liverpool , five minutes before the break. With no real outlet in attack, the Magpies were under constant pressure at Anfield and they buckled again when Sadio Mane swept the home side further ahead from Roberto Firmino's pass - the 200th top-flight goal ...

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  • Barnaby Joyce says baby questions are 'nobody's business'
Barnaby Joyce says baby questions are 'nobody's business'

Calling the issue of paternity a "grey area", backbencher Mr Joyce criticised the media for failing to check the "fact". "I don't have any comments to make on it at all." The flight to Sydney was the first time the couple had been seen together since news broke they were expecting a baby in April - the fifth child and first son for Mr Joyce.

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  • KCR finds support in Mamata for his third front proposal
KCR finds support in Mamata for his third front proposal

Addressing a large gathering of people at his official residence Pragati Bhavan amid "Desh ka neta KCR " slogans from the audience, KCR said it was surprising that the Centre still had control over many issues that could be handled by the states.

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  • Wesley Sneijder announces Netherlands retirement
Wesley Sneijder announces Netherlands retirement

Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has chose to end his worldwide football career after 14 years and a record 133 caps during a golden era for his country. "I respect his choice". He played his last match in November's 3-0 away win against Romania in a friendly. All in all, Sneijder played 133 times for Holland, helping his country to the runners...

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  • India, Vietnam agress to work for open, prosperous Indo-Pacific region
India, Vietnam agress to work for open, prosperous Indo-Pacific region

Quang is in India on a three-day state visit from March 2-4. Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse were greeted with a 21-gun salute at an official welcome ceremony at the Indian Presidential Palace in New Delhi on March 3 morning (local time).

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  • Meet the men behind BJP's historic performance in Tripura
Meet the men behind BJP's historic performance in Tripura

The BJP has bagged 32 seats and is leading in three seats in the 60-member Tripura assembly, while its ally the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has won seven seats and is ahead in one more. "Both states have one fact in common: the left (communist) rule for decades that had made the cadres apathetic and nearly bourgeois in their approac...

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  • Massive storm forces hundreds of flights to be canceled
Massive storm forces hundreds of flights to be canceled

The storm is now going through bombogenesis and could bring harsher conditions to the region, according to The Weather Channel . Scientists say the storm has met the definition of a " bomb cyclone ", a dramatic name that seemed fitting for the vast damage already wrought over the region Saturday .

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  • West Virginia Senate passes oil, natural gas drilling bill
West Virginia Senate passes oil, natural gas drilling bill

Senate majority Republicans backed the amendment 19-15 on Saturday evening. In a formal explanation made in front of the strike, the West Virginia director of schools, Steven Paine, said that he concurred that the teachers "merited more", in spite of the fact that he was mindful so as to include that "the financial substances of our state may...

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