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China under suspicion as US admits huge data hack

Washington (AFP) – The US government admitted hackers accessed the personal data of at least four million current and former federal employees, in a vast cyber-attack suspected to have originated in China. “As a result of the incident,” uncovered in April, the Office of Personnel …

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Ship with over 450 on board sinks in China’s Yangtze

BEIJING (AFP) – Divers racing to find survivors rescued a 65-year-old woman on Tuesday after a Chinese ship sank with more than 450 mainly elderly people in the storm-tossed Yangtze river, raising hopes more people can be found alive. She was among 13 people saved …

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China’s Xi greets Modi in ancestral home town with eye to trade ties

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ancestral home town at the start of a three-day visit to China on Thursday as the two Asian giants work to boost economic ties despite decades of mistrust. It was the first …

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National transformation vision

By Ashraf Jehangir Qazi MANY governments find an official national vision useful. Many institutions, business or otherwise, have mission statements. Political parties have their manifestos in which visions and strategies are offered. Official economists often use Perspective Plans. Our Constitution has an Objectives Resolution. All …

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Lacklustre participation

THE lead up to the recent Senate elections felt a lot like the lead up to a general election — such was the enthusiasm with which they were conducted, demonstrating amply, to the people of Pakistan, just how committed our politicians are to democracy and …

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Seven tourists killed by falling rocks in China

BEIJING (AFP) – Seven tourists died Thursday when they were struck by huge rocks tumbling down a mountain in one of China s most popular beauty spots, state media said. The rocks hit the group of travellers as they waited to board boats in the …

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Chinese President to visit Russia in May

BEIJING-UNS: Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Russia in May this year.During his visit to Russia the Chinese President will discuss import bilateral,regional and international situations with his counterpart President Putin. The Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov confirmed Chinese President visit and said that …

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China expands its role in Afghanistan, Pakistan

KABUL -UNS : China has promised to help build a hydroelectric power plant in a violent Afghan border region, as well as road and rail links to Pakistan, in the latest sign it is taking a more active role in Afghanistan. The assistance will include …

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China Nobel winner praises Communist party

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan has heaped praise on the ruling Communist party and its leader Xi Jinping in an interview likely to renew debate about his political stance. Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel literature prize in 2012 for his novels …

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China warns US to end air and naval surveillance

BEIJING (AFP) – China s military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to “undesirable accidents”. The US should “take concrete measures to decrease close-in …

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