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Isolated and threatened, Taiwan boosts domestic arms makers

Taichung, May 14 : Standing on his company’s sprawling campus in central Taiwan, Lin Nan-juh says he’s able to make any plane his island’s threatened government calls for. “We can do whatever’s asked,” says Lin, president of Aerospace Industrial Development Corp., or AIDC, a leader in the defense industry serving the isolated self-governing island that China claims as its own ...

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French police question parents, friend of Paris attacker

Paris, May 14 : Investigators are following the trail of a 20-year-old Frenchman born in Chechnya who rampaged through a festive Paris neighborhood slashing passers-by with a knife, raising anew the specter of terrorism in France after less than two months of calm. Using a knife, the man identified as Khamzat Azimov killed one person and wounded four others in ...

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Trump welcomes N. Korea plan to blow up nuke-site tunnels

Seoul, May 13 : North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Donald Trump next month. Trump welcomed the “gracious gesture.” In a statement carried by state media, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said all of the ...

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Mahathir bars predecessor from leaving Malaysia amid probe

Kuala Lumpur, May 13 : Malaysia’s new leader, Mahathir Mohamad, said he barred his scandal-tainted predecessor and his wife from leaving the country to prevent them from fleeing from possible prosecution over a massive corruption scandal. A leaked flight manifesto showed that Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were planning to leave on a private jet Saturday to Indonesia’s ...

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One killed in Paris knife attack, claimed by IS

Photo: Police officers secure the area after a knife attack in central Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018 Paris, May 13 : A knife-wielding assailant killed a 29-year-old man and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near Paris’ famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police Saturday night. The Islamic State group claimed the attacker as one of its ...

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9 dead, 40 wounded as bombs hit 3 Indonesian churches

Police officers set up police line near the the site where an explosion went off at Santa Maria church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Jakarta, May 13 :  Three attacks including one by a suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer targeted three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city of Surabaya early Sunday, killing at least nine ...

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19 dead in fighting between Myanmar army, rebels: military

YANGON, May 12, 2018 : At least 19 people have been killed in clashes between Myanmar’s military and an ethnic armed group on Saturday in northern Shan State, Myanmar army and local sources told AFP, the most deadly flare-up in recent years as fighting in the borderlands intensifies. Rights defenders say clashes in northern Myanmar near the China border have ...

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Trump wants negotiations with California on auto gas mileage

Washington, May 12 : President Donald Trump has instructed his administration to explore negotiations with California on achieving a single fuel economy standard for the nation during a meeting with auto industry executives. The president met with top auto executives Friday to discuss the standards and tasked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to handle ...

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Iraqi polls open in first elections since victory over IS

Baghdad, May 12 :  Polls have opened across Iraq in the first national election since the declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. No clear front-runner has emerged after weeks of official campaigning as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces stiff competition Saturday from political parties with closer ties to Iran. The vote — the fourth since the 2003 U.S.-led ...

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East Timorese vote in second election in less than a year

Dili, May 12 : East Timorese are voting in their second election for parliament in less than a year after the collapse of a minority government. A three-party alliance led by independence hero Xanana Gusmao’s National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction party is vying against Fretilin, which headed the short-lived government formed following July’s election. Polls close at 5.30 p.m. Saturday ...

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