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Duterte wants alliances with Russia and China

Sep 27, 2016

Duterte wants alliances with Russia and China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he will visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and “open alliances” with two powers that are rivals to the United States. Duterte said the Philippines was at the “point of no return” ...

Sep 27, 2016

China sentences activists for 'disturbing social order': Xinhua

Three labor activists were given suspended sentences of two to four years, Chinese state media said Tuesday, citing their involvement with “overseas organizations hostile to China.” Zeng Feiyang, director of the prominent labor rights group the Panyu Workers’ Center, was given a three-year sentence ...

Sep 26, 2016

China's North Korean coal imports surge despite sanctions: data

China’s coal imports from North Korea have surged in recent months, government data showed Monday, raising questions about Beijing’s commitment to international sanctions intended to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear program. As the isolated country’s sole ally and main provider of trade and aid, Beijing’s participation ...

Sep 26, 2016

Smoke alert aboard Philippine Airlines flight to Haneda

Smoke from an air vent forced a Philippine Airlines flight to Japan to turn back 20 minutes after takeoff on Monday, aviation officials said. “Apparently there was information that the pilot detected smoke in the cabin. So as part of safety measures, the pilot ...

Sep 26, 2016

China probes North Korea bank suspected of nuclear link: report

China is investigating executives of a North Korean bank believed to finance the illicit procurement of arms and materials related to the isolated country’s banned nuclear program, South Korea’s JoongAng Daily reported on Monday. China and the United States have agreed to step up ...

Sep 26, 2016

Indonesia collars alleged key trafficker of people Down Under

Indonesian police have arrested an alleged people smuggler who has targeted Australia since 1999, Indonesian and Australian authorities said on Saturday. Abraham Louhenapessy, also known as Captain Bram, was arrested in Jakarta before dawn on Friday, Indonesia’s national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said. ...