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China-Chile continue to boost bilateral trade ties


China's first RMB clearing bank in Latin America was opened in Chile in June this year, setting up a platform to upgrade financial cooperation between China, Chile and the rest of Latin America. "Media relation and public opinions are in a way the barometer of state-to-state relations, and media plays an important role in shaping the global relation and people's sentiments". Read More »

South Korea prosecutors likely to question president

Still, the message from Saturday's candlelight protest was clear. "I believe in Korea's democracy, and I want to show my two children that justice will be served to the current administration". Opposition lawmakers have largely avoided direct resignation calls and appear more interested in extracting further concessions from Park in terms of devolving power to the legislature. Read More »

Late-season tropical storm strengthens; no threat to Ja

The storm caused heavy rains in Panama as it moved off that nation's northern coast. In Nicaragua , authorities now predict that the hurricane will enter between Monkey Point and San Juan de Nicaragua , sometime Thursday afternoon. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has top sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) and is almost stationary about 245 miles (395 kilometers) east of Limon, Costa Rica . Read More »

Presidential turkey pardons expected for Tater and Tot


During a joke-filled speech, the president also make a genuine appeal to the American people, speaking of advancements in the economy and marriage equality, among other issued touted during his eight-year administration. Thanksgiving staples are roasted turkey with a ton of "sides" that include gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing - which is a mishmash of shredded cornbread and anything else you want to throw in there. Read More »

Back in NYC, a parade of meetings at Trump Tower

Giuliani; and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an immigration hard-liner. Pence said he has "great respect for Senator McCain" but added that "we're going to have a president again who will never say what we'll never do". The night before, actor Alec Baldwin portrayed Trump as Googling, "What is ISIS?" "In a calm and deliberate voice, he told the group sitting around a conference table that they had failed to provide their viewers with fair and accurate coverage, and told them they ... Read More »

Juno Therapeutics halts study after more patient deaths


Juno said it's too early to know what happens next with the trial, a decision that has to be made along with the Food and Drug Administration and the Data and Safety Monitoring Board, an independent expert advisory group. ( Juno ) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on re-engaging the body's immune system to revolutionize the treatment of cancer. Juno removed fludarabine from the protocol, and the FDA allowed the company to restart the trial. Read More »

French presidential candidate: Jews wished to break our laws


The man tipped to become France's conservative candidate in next year's presidential election has suggested that, historically, Jews did not respect the country's laws. Juppe, 71, presents himself as a more modern centrist, able to win a majority of open-minded conservatives, centrists, undecided voters and even some left-wing voters. Read More »

Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many

The regulation would have come into effect on 1 December and increased the salary limit below which workers automatically qualified for overtime pay to $47,476 from $23,660. "Franchise owners who had been facing significant costs and questions about the impact the overtime rule was creating for compliance with an unreasonable new threshold and automatic increases". Read More »

Trump win prods European diplomats to seek greater role


The ministers said they wanted more details about Republican Trump's plans following his shock election win, which has sparked anxiety in Europe due to his campaign-trail rhetoric questioning United States commitment to the continent. "Until we know who will be in charge of the direction of USA diplomacy, until the White House officially makes public its economic and foreign policy priorities, this is a complete waste of time". Read More »

Manchester City's Yaya Toure Claims He Knew Pep Guardiola Would Need Him

Yaya Toure was named Man of the Match in his first game after being recalled by manager Pep Guardiola, and the Manchester City boss was full of praise for the Ivorian afterwards. "Yaya has trained really well for the last month-and-a-half, two months". The win left City in second place in the Premier League, below leaders Liverpool on goals scored alone, and Guardiola felt it had been hard-earned against a Palace side who drew level through Connor Wickham . Read More »

Man charged with murder of missing Sydney schoolgirl


Details of the 18-year-old cold case emerged in court on Monday following a stunning breakthrough on Sunday resulting in the arrest of Vinzent Tarantino, 49. She did not make it to the other end of the sorting facility. Across the city, a few streets from the Diec family home in Granville, police searched a single-storey weatherboard house as part of their bid to "bring Quanne home to her mum and dad and put her to rest". Read More »

Japan and India sign civil nuclear agreement


The deal is strictly for peaceful purposes and includes a provision that allows Japan to halt cooperation if India breaches its 2008 commitment to suspend nuclear tests. "All of the economic reforms that India is pursuing point into the new direction". "It is vitally important for [Japan and India] to take the initiative in fostering peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the whole world", Abe said at the joint press conference. Read More »

Posco chief, Samsung executive questioned over South Korea scandal


Around 25,000 police officers were allegedly deployed to prevent any violence or any march to the presidential office, but no big scuffle has been reported yet. Park Sang-Jin, a Samsung Electronics' president for corporate relations, was also questioned Saturday about reports that Samsung Electronics may have funnelled as much as 2.8 million euros (USD 3.1 million) to Choi to bankroll her daughter's equestrian training in Germany. Read More »

Obama to meet Australia, Canada leaders


On his final day in Peru, Obama sought to reassure the leaders gathered here that their longstanding ties with the US wouldn't falter under Trump. President Barack Obama on Saturday sought to reassure Latin America that USA policy in the region will not significantly change once his predecessor, President-elect Donald Trump, assumes power. Read More »

UN says nearly 1 million besieged in Syria


Global concern has mounted since Damascus began a ferocious assault last Tuesday in an attempt to recapture eastern Aleppo. There are no more functioning hospitals in the rebel-held eastern part of Syria's Aleppo, where more than 250,000 people are living under siege and many need urgent medical care , the United Nations has said. Read More »

Iraqi Special Forces Pause in Mosul Push Due to Poor Weather


The militants have been steadily retreating from areas around Mosul into the city since the battle started on October 17, with air and ground support from a USA -led coalition. IS seized Mosul along with swathes of other territory in June 2014, but Iraqi forces have since regained much of the areas they lost two years before, and the city is now the country's last major population centre still in militant hands. Read More »

Trump cancels meeting with New York Times


The reporters and political persons all tell me they are hearing similar, consistent, sentiments across this country. Well done.' And I said, 'I want to thank you very much, you were a great competitor.' She is very strong. Though he declined to definitively rule out a prosecution, he said, "It's just not something that I feel very strongly about". That comes after months of Trump nicknaming his Democratic rival "Crooked Hillary", questioning whether the Clinton Foundation is a pay-for-play ... Read More »

South Africa sets out planned minimum wage level

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) says the new proposal for a minimum wages could have negative consequences for workers. Jim's Numsa, which was expelled from the government-aligned Cosatu three years ago for criticising the ruling African National Congress and its leader President Jacob Zuma, didn't participate. Read More »

No comparison between Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi, says Sonia


While speaking on a range of issues, Sonia did not abort the controversial question regarding similarities being noticed by some political analysts between Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi. Rahul said a big economic decision such as demonetisation was taken in the history of India and the prime minister took it after talking to three-four people. Read More »

Missing Baby Reunited With Family, Woman In Custody

The baby was reunited with family members in Kansas on Saturday. "It's something that nobody expected to happen", he said. "My son saw the police carrying the baby out to the vehicle", Johnson said. "We believe they knew each other for a few years." The case is being presented to the District Attorney's Office for formal charges. She was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. Read More »

Thousands hold anti-PM rally in Malaysia; 17 detained

Prime Minister Najib, who is attending an Asia-Pacific summit in Peru, was quoted by Malaysian national news agency Bernama as saying that Saturday's rally calling for him to step down was unconstitutional and that Malaysians were fed up with demonstrations. Read More »

Only Lobbyists Can Help Trump 'Drain the Swamp'


Trump's ethics plan would ban all executive-branch officials from lobbying for five years after leaving their government jobs - one of several policies aimed at curbing the influence of lobbyists. "You had a campaign that at the 11th hour in October made a decision to pull out ethics reform", Miller argued, who said his worries spiked this week when the transition team purged its corps of lobbyists, even though they sorely needed the experience. Read More »

Trump battles back against charges of transition tumult


People forget that when the one presidency wraps up at noon on Inauguration Day, a new cast of characters enters the White House. And while Gerstein does not believe a democrat will go across party lines to help fill a cabinet position, with just a few even willing to truly try and work with Trump, he does add the President-elect may force their hand through his actions, "The olive branch is going to have to come from President-Elect Trump and then we'll see". Read More »

World leaders at APEC summit take aim at Trump over trade

During a vitriol-filled campaign, Trump frequently took a combative stance against China, blaming Beijing for "inventing" climate change and rigging the rules of trade. Obama also planned to take questions from the journalists who accompanied him to Greece, Germany and Peru before he flies back to Washington. At the forum, Obama also reflected on democracy and said there was a lot more to it than just holding elections, since many other elements are involved like freedom of the press, ... Read More »

Sen. Harry Reid Goes In On Donald Trump for Appointing Steve Bannon

Bannon has proudly fostered a fringe conservative movement in this country that is rooted in anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, and homophobia". Reid, who is retiring in January, went on to say that Democrats on Capitol Hill are willing to work with the president-elect in a pragmatic manner, but also have a responsibility to uphold the values of the constituents they represent. Read More »

Juppe set to win primary in French Polynesia

Alain Juppe, who like Mr Fillon is an ex-prime minister, finished second. He said it was time to pursue more "private" passions as he resigned to vote for Mr Fillon in the second round of primaries. Polls suggest that whoever the Republicans nominate is likely to face the National Front leader in the two-way presidential run-off in May, since Socialist incumbent Francois Hollande is posting the worst approval ratings in French history. Read More »

Brazil police make arrests, seize drugs near chopper crash


Footage shows the moment the helicopter fell from the sky with gunfire heard in the distance, however, it has not been confirmed what the cause of the crash was. Hundreds of police stormed the City of God in 2009, routing local gangs and setting up a permanent presence with the aim of taking back the streets for residents. Read More »

Palestinians, Gazans protest against 'quiet mosques' bill


Over the weekend, protests have been held in the southern city of Rahat, where 100 Palestinians held a rally against the bill, while more than 500 people took part in various demonstrations in the north. Yusef al-Sharafi, a Hamas leader, told the crowd that "this unprecedented Zionist decision is an encroachment on the freedom of Muslims". It said forces at the scene fired warning shots in the air to disperse them and that it is investigating the incident. Read More »

Why Hillary Clinton lost to Trump:Obama

That was evident Monday during a string of NY media appearances, including stops at "The View " and " The Late Show With Stephen Colbert ". This election is less a story of the left abandoning a "Never Trump" coalition, and more a story of the failure of the Democratic Party to inspire an opposition to the rising far-right by not countering it with a bold, progressive vision. Read More »