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Pakistan army gets broad election powers at polling stations

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s election authorities have granted broad judicial powers to the powerful military at polling stations during next week’s general election, a rare move that has fanned concern among political parties and human...

Russia ready to discuss Putin Washington visit – Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday. The White House said on Thursday that Trump had invited Putin to visit Washington this autumn,...

Saudi Military Industries signs warships JV with Spain’s Navantia

DUBAI (Reuters) – State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed an agreement with Spain’s Navantia to set up a joint venture in the kingdom to build five warships, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday. The deal is part of a wider framework agreed in April by Spain and Saudi Arabia for Spanish state-owned...

Australia is wrong, we are friends to the Pacific says China

BEIJING, 20 JULY 2018 (SMH) – China has said Australian politicians are “wrong” to fear its investments in the Pacific, saying Pacific Islands require large amounts of capital to “take off” economically, and that its aid programme is a response to “urgent needs”. Responding to Australian government criticism that Chinese aid risked creating unsustainable debt...

Philippines to expel ‘undesirable’ Australian nun who irked Duterte

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines blacklisted and ordered the deportation on Thursday of an elderly Australian nun at odds with President Rodrigo Duterte, calling her an “undesirable alien” who broke terms of her missionary visa by engaging in political activism. The resolution was the second time immigration chiefs have sought to deport Patricia Fox, 71,...

Pakistan army gets broad election powers at polling stations

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s election authorities have granted broad judicial powers to the powerful military at polling stations during next week’s general election, a rare move that has fanned concern among political parties and human rights groups. The July 25 election is seen as a two-way race between parties led by former cricket star Imran...

Russia ready to discuss Putin Washington visit – Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday. The White House said on Thursday that Trump had invited Putin to visit Washington this autumn,...

Saudi Military Industries signs warships JV with Spain’s Navantia

DUBAI (Reuters) – State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed an agreement with Spain’s Navantia to set up a joint venture in the kingdom to build five warships, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday. The deal is part of a wider framework agreed in April by Spain and Saudi Arabia for Spanish state-owned...

Australia is wrong, we are friends to the Pacific says China

BEIJING, 20 JULY 2018 (SMH) – China has said Australian politicians are “wrong” to fear its investments in the Pacific, saying Pacific Islands require large amounts of capital to “take off” economically, and that its aid programme is a response to “urgent needs”. Responding to Australian government criticism that Chinese aid risked creating unsustainable debt...

Philippines to expel ‘undesirable’ Australian nun who irked Duterte

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines blacklisted and ordered the deportation on Thursday of an elderly Australian nun at odds with President Rodrigo Duterte, calling her an “undesirable alien” who broke terms of her missionary visa by engaging in political activism. The resolution was the second time immigration chiefs have sought to deport Patricia Fox, 71,...

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