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NEW DELHI | Millions of Indian women form chain for gender parity

NEW DELHI — Jan 02, 2019— Millions of women have formed a chain across a southern Indian state to support gender parity, amid protests by Hindu priests and conservatives against women of menstruating age worshipping at one of the world’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the ruling party in Kerala … Continue reading NEW DELHI | Millions of Indian women form chain for gender parity

PARIS | The Latest: Macron’s government may face no-confidence vote

PARIS — The Latest on France protests (all times local): 1 p.m. French left-wing opposition parties are seeking a no-confidence vote in President Emmanuel Macron‘s government amid growing protests and fears of violence. The Socialist Party, far-left Defiant France and the Communist Party are setting aside their divisions and promising to submit the request to … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Macron’s government may face no-confidence vote

WASHINGTON  | White House hails China trade truce as skeptics raise doubts

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to U.S. demands anytime soon. “This is just an enormous, enormous event,” Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | White House hails China trade truce as skeptics raise doubts

BEIJING | Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

BEIJING  — A bishop who has resisted demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation. Asia News reported that Peter Shao Zhumin dropped out of sight several days ago, but gave no details other … Continue reading BEIJING | Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

United States | U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

United States – On November 9, 2018, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Central Commission of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi and State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe for the second U.S.-China Diplomatic … Continue reading United States | U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam’s former Communist Party Chief Do Muoi dies at 101

HANOI, Vietnam  — Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Do Muoi, who worked against the French colonial government and became a committed communist, has died at age 101. The government said in an announcement posted on its website that Muoi died late Monday night at the National Military Hospital 108 after battling … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam’s former Communist Party Chief Do Muoi dies at 101

HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam will hold a state funeral and national mourning for President Tran Dai Quang who died last week at age 61. The Communist Party and government announcement said flags will fly at half-staff and entertainment activities will be canceled during the two-day funeral that starts Wednesday. Quang will be buried in his … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

Thousands rally across Russia against raising pension ages

MOSCOW — For yet another weekend, thousands rallied across Russia on Saturday to protest the government’s plan to raise the eligibility age for retirement pensions by five years. Several thousand people attended a Moscow rally organized by the Communist Party and other leftist groups, which was authorized by city officials. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov … Continue reading Thousands rally across Russia against raising pension ages

MOSCOW  | Thousands rally across Russia against raising pension age

MOSCOW  — Thousands have rallied across Russia to protest the government’s plan to raise the eligibility age for retirement pensions by five years. Several thousand attended a Moscow rally organized by the Communist Party and other leftist groups. Protests were also held Saturday in many cities across Russia’s 11 time zones. Most of them were … Continue reading MOSCOW  | Thousands rally across Russia against raising pension age

HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 due to illness

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country’s second in command after the Communist party’s leader, died Friday of a serious illness, the government said. He was 61. The website statement said Quang passed away despite “utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese and foreign professors and doctors and care by the Party … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 due to illness

MOSCOW | Russians rally against raising pension age

MOSCOW — Opponents of a Russian government move to increase the age for collecting state retirement pensions are holding protests throughout the country and scattered arrests have been reported. The protests on Sunday were called by Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption activist who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent foe. Navalny is currently serving a 30-day … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russians rally against raising pension age

WELLINGTON, New Zealand  | Polish President Duda defends government’s judicial moves

WELLINGTON, New Zealand  — During a visit to New Zealand, Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday defended the moves his nation’s government have made to take control of the judicial system. Poland’s conservative government lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65 as part of a broader judicial overhaul which has … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand  | Polish President Duda defends government’s judicial moves

BEIJING | China set to begin demolishing mosque despite Hui protests

BEIJING  — Authorities in northwestern China were poised to begin demolition of a mosque Friday despite protests by hundreds of members of the country’s Muslim Hui ethnic minority determined to preserve the newly built structure. A crowd gathered Thursday outside the towering Grand Mosque in the town of Weizhou in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region … Continue reading BEIJING | China set to begin demolishing mosque despite Hui protests

MOSCOW | Tens of thousands of Russians protest retirement age hikes

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied throughout Russia to protest plans to substantially hike the age at which Russians can receive state retirement pensions. A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 attended a protest in Moscow that was called by the Communist Party. A similarly large crowd gathered in Yekaterinburg to protest … Continue reading MOSCOW | Tens of thousands of Russians protest retirement age hikes

BEIJING | China applauds airlines for changing ‘Taiwan’ references

BEIJING — China is applauding international airlines for bending to its demand that they stop referring to Taiwan as an independent country on their websites after the issue generated friction between Beijing and Washington. The three largest U.S. carriers — American Airlines, Delta and United — are among a wave of airlines that have removed … Continue reading BEIJING | China applauds airlines for changing ‘Taiwan’ references

RAFINA, Greece | Death toll at 49 in Greek wildfires

RAFINA, Greece — Twin wildfires raging through popular seaside areas near the Greek capital have torched homes, cars and forests and killed at least 49 people, authorities said Tuesday, raising the death toll after rescue crews reported finding the bodies of more than 20 people huddled together near a beach. Many people headed to beaches … Continue reading RAFINA, Greece | Death toll at 49 in Greek wildfires

BEIJING | Chinese leaders order probe over vaccine scandal

BEIJING — Chinese leaders are scrambling to shore up public confidence and oversight of the pharmaceutical industry after a rabies vaccine maker was found faking records, the latest in a slew of public health and safety scandals that have outraged Chinese parents. Premier Li Keqiang said in a statement Sunday that Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences … Continue reading BEIJING | Chinese leaders order probe over vaccine scandal

BEIJING | Chinese premier orders investigation of vaccine makers

BEIJING — Chinese leaders are scrambling to shore up public confidence and oversight of the pharmaceutical industry after a rabies vaccine maker was found faking records, the latest in a slew of public health and safety scandals that have led outraged Chinese parents to direct their ire at the government. Premier Li Keqiang declared in … Continue reading BEIJING | Chinese premier orders investigation of vaccine makers

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Vietnamese Leaders

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On July 8 and 9, Secretary Pompeo met in Hanoi, Vietnam with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Vietnamese Leaders

BAGHDAD | Early results in Iraq election favor populist cleric al-Sadr

BAGHDAD (AP) — A populist coalition organized by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr emerged as the front-runner Monday with more than half the vote counted in Iraq’s national elections. Partial returns from Saturday’s balloting — the first since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State militant group — were announced by the country’s electoral commission … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Early results in Iraq election favor populist cleric al-Sadr

BEIJING | China hands ex-political high-flyer life sentence for graft

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced former political high-flyer Sun Zhengcai to life in prison Tuesday for taking more than $26 million in bribes, making him one of the biggest names to fall in President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption and disloyalty. Sun’s sentence handed down by the intermediate court in the northern port … Continue reading BEIJING | China hands ex-political high-flyer life sentence for graft

BEIJING | China politician Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life for graft

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced former political high-flyer Sun Zhengcai to life in prison for taking more than $26 million in bribes. Sun’s sentence handed down Tuesday by the intermediate court in the northern port city of Tianjin appears to mark the end of a career that had once been seen as … Continue reading BEIJING | China politician Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life for graft

BEIJING | China auto show highlights industry’s electric ambitions

BEIJING | April 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The biggest global auto show of the year showcases China’s ambitions to become a leader in electric cars and the industry’s multibillion-dollar scramble to roll out models that appeal to price-conscious but demanding Chinese drivers. Auto China 2018, which opens this week, follows Beijing’s decision to allow full foreign … Continue reading BEIJING | China auto show highlights industry’s electric ambitions

HAVANA | Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

HAVANA | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario … Continue reading HAVANA | Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

HAVANA| Bureaucrat set to replace Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

HAVANA| April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro’s place as the president of Cuba on Thursday as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. Members of the National Assembly voted Wednesday on Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel … Continue reading HAVANA| Bureaucrat set to replace Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

HAVANA| Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba

HAVANA| April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country’s single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it. The certain approval of Diaz-Canel by members of the … Continue reading HAVANA| Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba

Communist Party will regulate China’s media, film industry

BEIJING /March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Chinese state media will be getting more propaganda now that the Communist Party has announced it will be in direct control of broadcasters and the regulators of everything from movies and TV to books and radio programs. The move is part of a push by President Xi Jinping — … Continue reading Communist Party will regulate China’s media, film industry

Protests in Greece swell against property auctions

ATHENS, Greece/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Greece’s powerful Communist Party has vowed to step up protests against online auctions of homes with defaulted mortgages, putting more pressure on the government which has promised bailout creditors it will speed up the auction process. More than 2,000 protesters from the party’s labor union took part in a … Continue reading Protests in Greece swell against property auctions

Rise of ‘morality schools’ for Chinese women sparks outcry

HONG KONG/February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The video shows students at the so-called “female morality school” in northeastern China getting up at 4:30 a.m. to scrub floors and being taught not to resist if their husbands beat them. Shot with a hidden camera and posted on a popular Chinese video website, it sparked a storm … Continue reading Rise of ‘morality schools’ for Chinese women sparks outcry

China hands down harsh sentence to rights activist

BEIJING  /December 26,2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — A prominent activist who calls himself the “Ultra Vulgar Butcher” for mocking and pressuring Chinese officials was given an eight-year prison sentence on charges of subversion, the harshest punishment in a sweeping crackdown on rights campaigners. The Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court on Tuesday handed down the sentence after … Continue reading China hands down harsh sentence to rights activist