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Politically Weak Obama Prepares to Face China

Luis Ramirez WASHINGTON— U.S. President Barack Obama travels to economic summits in China, Myanmar and Australia beginning Sunday for a weeklong visit aimed at improving relations with Beijing, boosting American exports, and reassuring Asian partners in the face of China’s increasingly aggressive behavior in the region. Obama will face questions on the U.S. decision to shift its military focus to ...

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Politically Weak Obama Prepares to Face China

Luis Ramirez WASHINGTON— U.S. President Barack Obama travels to economic summits in China, Myanmar and Australia beginning Sunday for a weeklong visit aimed at improving relations with Beijing, boosting American exports, and reassuring Asian partners in the face of China’s increasingly aggressive behavior in the region. Obama will face questions on the U.S. decision to shift its military focus to ...

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ISIS Has 9,000 ‘Core Fighters.’ Or Maybe 17,000. Or Possibly 30,000.

Another day, another American estimate of ISIS’s strength that’s vastly different from the last guess. How many fighters are the U.S. and its allies combatting in its new war against ISIS? American military and intelligence leaders have only the vaguest of notions. Estimates of ISIS’s strength from these leaders have varied wildly, and now the military commander in charge of ...

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Asia stocks rise on ECB stimulus hopes, Wall St

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were cheered Friday by a record close on Wall Street and talk of further stimulus efforts from the European Central Bank. Investors were also looking ahead to a report on U.S. employment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed up 0.5 percent at 16,880.38 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.5 percent to 5,549.10. Seoul’s Kospi ...

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Asia stocks rise on ECB stimulus hopes, Wall St

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were cheered Friday by a record close on Wall Street and talk of further stimulus efforts from the European Central Bank. Investors were also looking ahead to a report on U.S. employment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed up 0.5 percent at 16,880.38 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.5 percent to 5,549.10. Seoul’s Kospi ...

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German Rail Strike to Affect Berlin Anniversary Celebrations

Zlatica Hoke Germany’s capital is gearing up for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this weekend, but some people may not be able to make it to the celebrations because of a four-day strike by train drivers. The work stoppage affects not only long-distance and regional rail services, but also the local networks. The strike began ...

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German Rail Strike to Affect Berlin Anniversary Celebrations

Zlatica Hoke Germany’s capital is gearing up for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this weekend, but some people may not be able to make it to the celebrations because of a four-day strike by train drivers. The work stoppage affects not only long-distance and regional rail services, but also the local networks. The strike began ...

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New virus putting tiger population at threat of extinction

Washington, November 07: A new research has observed that a new virus called canine distemper virus (CDV) is proving to be a threat to the tiger populations in the wild. According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners, CDV has the potential to be a significant driver in pushing the animals toward extinction. The ...

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Malaysian Court Overturns Sharia Law Ban on Cross-dressing

Reuters KUALA LUMPUR— A Malaysian court on Friday gave transgender Muslims the right to cross-dress in a landmark decision overturning an Islamic sharia law ban that could trigger similar challenges. Muslim-majority Malaysia represents itself as the global face of moderate Islam, but at home it has experienced a gradual Islamisation that makes minority groups worry their rights could lose out ...

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Hollande promises no tax increase in 2015

PARIS, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) — French President Francois Hollande on Thursday pledged not to increase taxes “on anyone” next year and till to…

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