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Japanese ruling party race to determine next PM

Official election campaigning started on Friday for the next head of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The winner will almost certainly become leader of the world’s No. 3 economy, shaping key political, military and security roles in the region. Two men and, unusually for Japan, two women are competing in the Sept. 29 vote […]

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Early results in Russia show pro-Kremlin party leads

Results from about 30 per cent of the country's polling stations gave the pro-Kremlin United Russia party 45 per cent of the vote for the 225 deputies apportioned by party lists, according to the elections commission. Early results on Sunday in Russia’s parliamentary election showed the dominant pro-Kremlin party well in the lead, but it […]

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IMF suspends its engagement with Afghanistan

Several world leaders have announced they would see whether the Taliban fulfils its promises to the international community on issues like an inclusive Afghan government and human rights before giving their regime diplomatic recognition. The International Monetary Fund has said its engagement with Afghanistan will remain suspended until there is clarity within the international community […]

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Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian said it was “highly irresponsible” for the U.S. and Britain to export the nuclear technology Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia’s new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his […]

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Milley defends calls to Chinese as effort to avoid conflict

Some in Congress accused Gen. Mark Milley of having overstepped his authority and urged President Joe Biden to fire him, but Biden indicated Wednesday he stands behind Milley. The top US military officer has defended the phone calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, saying the […]

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North Korea says it tested rail-launched ballistic missiles

Wednesday’s launches underscored a return of the tensions between the rivals amid a prolonged stalemate in U.S.-led talks aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear weapons programme. North Korea said Thursday it successfully launched ballistic missiles from a train for the first time and was continuing to bolster its defenses, after the two Koreas […]