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China’s claims in South China Sea are invalid, tribunal rules, in victory for the Philippines

Dlivering a sweeping moral victory for the Philippines, an international tribunal ruled Tuesday that China’s claims to “historic rights” across a vast expanse of the South China Sea are invalid. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands,also said that no land formations in the South China Sea – whoever controls them – are big enough to warrant exclusive maritime zones beyond 12 miles. The five-judge panel said China’s ...

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Apple loses trademark case over ‘iPhone’ name in China

Apple Inc has lost a trademark lawsuit in China, with a court here allowing a leather goods maker to sell wallets and handbags flashing the world’s biggest technology giant’s exclusive ‘iPhone’ name. The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court ruled in favour of Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) limited, which sells a number of leather products such as smartphone cases and handbags ...

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Kim Jong-un bans all weddings, funerals and freedom of movement in North Korea

Weddings and funerals have been banned and Pyongyang is in lockdown as preparations for a once-in-a-generation party congress get underway in North Korea. The ruling Worker’s Party of Korea, headed by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is due to stage the first gathering of its kind for 36 years on Friday. Free movement in and out of the capital has also been forbidden and ...

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Greece sells country’s largest port to China

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras(1st L) meets with China COSCO Shipping Chairman Xu Lirong(2nd R) during the agreement signing ceremony for the sale of the majority stake in Piraeus Port Authority(PPA) in Athens, Greece on April 8, 2016 [Xinhua] China has described a deal to sell Greece’s biggest port to Chinese shipping group COSCO as a “win-win” for both countries. ...

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China First Overseas Military Base Construction Begins in Djibouti

China has begun construction of a logistics base in Djibouti, its first military facility overseas. The facility will be used primarily for military rest and resupply in carrying out naval escort, peacekeeping and humanitarian duties, Reuters reported, citing Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian. Last year, China said it was in talks to build what it describes as naval “support ...

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Panama Papers leaks reveal Xi Jinping’s links to offshore companies

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s family features in the explosive revelations made by the leak of confidential documents showing how world’s most rich and prominent people hide their wealth. Xi’s brother-in-law Deng Jiagui and family members of at least eight current and former members of China’s powerful Politburo Standing Committee have set up offshore companies through Mossack Fonseca, the Panama-based law ...

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China, Russia and India are joining forces

This month, as Newsweek goes to print, an international organisation all but unknown in the West is set to announce that its membership will soon include countries representing half the world’s population. If the hopes of its leading backers – particularly Russia – are realised, the 15th annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Russian city of ...

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China’s South China Sea

September 2015 Images by DigitalGlobe, via the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, and CNES, via Airbus DS and IHS Jane’s What China Has Been Buildingin the South China Sea China has placed runways and radar facilities on new islets in the South China Sea, built by piling huge amounts of sand onto reefs. The construction is straining already taut geopolitical ...

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U.S. aircraft carrier patrols South China Sea

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group is operating in the South China Sea, with the Chinese Navy apparently keeping close watch. The Navy’s Seventh Fleet said in a press release Friday that the USS John S. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, as well as the guided-missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon and USS Stockdale, the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and the ...

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The pictures Kim Jong-un don’t want you to see

These are rare pictures of the North Korea Kim Jong-un doesn’t want you to see – smuggled out of the communist state by a brave traveller. Michal Huniewicz travelled to the country as part of a tour accompanied by state-sponsored tour guides virtually watching his every move. Michal, 31, managed to sneak forbidden shots which show poverty-ridden slums and repressed ...

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