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U.S. Navy Commander Warns of Possible South China Sea Arms Race

By Tim Kelly TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander has warned of a possible arms race in the disputed South China Sea which could engulf the region, as nations become increasingly tempted to use military force to settle territorial spats instead of international law. Commander Admiral Scott Swift urged nations, like

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Chinese Citizen Reportedly Fighting for Daesh in Syria

BEIJING, Dec 10 (Reuters) – A young Chinese man has become the first citizen of his country known to have travelled to Syria to fight with the Kurds against Daesh, a newspaper said on Thursday, running an interview with his sister who called for him to come home. Pan Yang, from a farming family from

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China says Mandarin Daesh Song Shows Need for Global Cooperation

BEIJING, Dec 8 – A Chinese-language song purportedly released by Daesh shows the need for closer global cooperation against terrorism, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, as a senior official said the fight against Islamist militancy had made progress. China relies on the Middle East for oil supplies, but tends to leave diplomacy there to

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Global Economy: A Not-Entirely-Dead Week

By Jeremy Gaunt LONDON, Dec 6  – The calm before the storm? Here comes the “dead week” before the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the first time since June 2006 – nine and a half years ago. It will be a week of last-minute positioning by financial markets before the expected hike on Dec. 16

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Asian Imports of Iran Oil Fall to Lowest Level in Two Years

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Asian imports of Iranian oil fell to the lowest level in two years in October, as Iran’s biggest crude buyers held off from increasing purchases following a landmark agreement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme in July. Imports by Iran’s four biggest buyers – China, India, Japan and

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China Steps Up Efforts to Fight Militancy After Mali Attack

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – China will strengthen its cooperation with Africa in the fight against violent extremism after an attack last week by Islamist militants in Mali killed 19 people, including three Chinese citizens, China’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for relevant departments to boost security

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China Urges Stronger Coordination After Turkey Downs Russian Jet

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Reuters) – China called for more coordination in the fight against terrorism on Wednesday after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, one of the most serious clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. Moscow’s decision to launch separate air strikes in Syria means

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ASEAN Creates ‘Community’ at Summit Shadowed by Terrorism Fears

By Trinna Leong and Megha Rajagopalan KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 – Southeast Asian nations on Sunday established a formal community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic output of $2.6 trillion. The Community declaration was signed by leaders of the 10-

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Security Concerns Hang Over Asia-Pacific Summit

By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 17 – U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Manila on Tuesday for the first of two regional summits that were supposed to bolster trade and security ties but have been clouded by the Daesh threat half a world away. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

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