Leaders of Singapore and Australia to meet for key dialogue

SINGAPORE – Ministers from Singapore and Australia will meet in Sydney on Friday (March 29) to discuss cooperation between the two countries, including the progress of a strategic partnership signed in 2015 that upgraded ties. Three ministers will meet their counterparts at the Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee. They are Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Defence Ng Eng […]

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Poles will return east to higher wages and jobs, and UK will lose out

A perception had built up over the decade leading to Brexit that Britain was a country out of control. Brussels bureaucrats controlled our lives and money. Migrants were stealing jobs and sponging benefits, or so went the shock doctrine of the tabloid press, manifested among the myriad reasons 17.4 million people cried out from the ballot box two and a […]

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Saudi Arabia Is Wrapping Up Its Jamal Khashoggi Investigation, But More Credible Alternatives Remain

WASHINGTON ― Saudi Arabia’s Friday-night announcement that it has concluded its preliminary investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is the kingdom’s gutsiest bid yet to shut down a scandal of global proportions and sustain its cozy ties with the U.S. and other countries where Khashoggi’s case has been a major news story for weeks. There’s little reason […]

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Trump Says He Reinstated Sanctions Against Iran For ‘World Peace’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first set of U.S. sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord went back into effect early Tuesday under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, targeting financial transactions that involve U.S. dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold. More U.S sanctions targeting Iran’s oil […]

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China Says Tariffs Constitute ‘Blackmail’ As Trump Touts Success

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) ― China’s state media said on Saturday the government’s retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods showed rational restraint and they accused the United States of blackmail. Late on Friday, China’s finance ministry unveiled new sets of additional tariffs on 5,207 goods imported from the United States, with the extra levies ranging from five to 25 percent […]

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New US spending in Asia won't match China but it's significant in other ways

The U.S. infrastructure investment for Asia-Pacific announced on Monday has been interpreted as an alternative to China’s Belt and Road. The $113 million venture pales in comparison to China’s trillion-dollar initiative, but it’s significant because it provides emerging nations with more choices while reinforcing American interest in the region, experts said. Washington’s new $113 million in infrastructure spending for the […]

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Trump Tweets Late-Night Threat At Iranian President: ‘BE CAUTIOUS’

President Donald Trump sent out a furious, all-caps tweet aimed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani late Sunday, warning his counterpart to stop threatening the United States with a blistering message of his own. “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump tweeted shortly before […]

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