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Greek parliament approves more austerity to unlock bailout funds, debt relief

Greek parliament approves more austerity to unlock bailout funds, debt relief

Greek lawmakers approved pension cuts and tax hikes on Thursday sought by the country’s lenders to unlock vital financial aid, as angry demonstrators protested outside parliament over new austerity, the latest since the country plunged into crisis seven years ago. The leftist-led government hopes that legislating the measures, four days before euro zone finance ministers meet in Brussels, will convince […]

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China-Hong Kong bridge to unity, or tentacle of Beijing control?

China-Hong Kong bridge to unity, or tentacle of Beijing control?

As a 30-km (19-mile) bridge between Hong Kong and China across the Pearl River estuary nears completion, Chinese officials are hoping it will bring more than economic integration at a time of growing tension between the two sides. The bridge that snakes out over the blue estuary with soaring pylons, viaducts and towers using more steel than 60 Eiffel Towers, […]

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Motor racing – Triple crown: Monaco or F1 championship?

Motor racing – Triple crown: Monaco or F1 championship?

If Fernando Alonso were to beat the odds and win the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, the double Formula One world champion will be one step away from the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’. That much is certain. But there is still some debate about what three jewels actually feature in a crown only ever worn by one man. “I’ve won […]

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Pletcher confident of Derby winner at Preakness

Pletcher confident of Derby winner at Preakness

Trainer Todd Pletcher oozed confidence over his Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming on Thursday after early morning training at Pimlico ahead of Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. “The horse is doing unbelievably well in the two-week turnaround,” Pletcher said at Pimlico’s annual Alibi Breakfast ahead of the second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown for three year olds. “The way […]

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Johnson tames gusting winds to challenge for lead

Johnson tames gusting winds to challenge for lead

World number one Dustin Johnson battled through tricky afternoon winds to post a three-under-par 67 and challenge for the lead after the opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson in Irving, Texas on Thursday. “It was really difficult today, the way it was blowing hard and it was gusty,” Johnson told Golf Channel after moving within three shots of co-leaders […]

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Japan cabinet approves bill to allow emperor to abdicate

Japan cabinet approves bill to allow emperor to abdicate

Japan’s cabinet approved a bill on Friday that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries. The 83-year-old emperor, who has had heart surgery and prostate cancer treatment, said in rare public remarks last year he feared age might make it hard for him to fulfill […]

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A year in office, Taiwan’s Tsai seeks Beijing’s goodwill to help curb anti-China sentiment

A year in office, Taiwan’s Tsai seeks Beijing’s goodwill to help curb anti-China sentiment

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is signaling she needs more give and take from China to rein in hardliners on an island China considers its own, officials say, but Beijing is unlikely to budge months before its five-yearly Communist Party Congress. As she marks one year in office on Saturday, Tsai, leader of the ruling independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is […]

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Brazil preparing for possible mass influx of Venezuelan refugees

Brazil preparing for possible mass influx of Venezuelan refugees

Brazil is concerned about growing numbers of refugees spilling over its border from Venezuela and is creating a plan to deal with a possible mass influx if the crisis in Venezuela worsens, Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Wednesday. “Evidently we are worried and our biggest concern is the humanitarian situation,” Jungmann told reporters. “We need to have a […]

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Five dead, 19 missing after Haiti rains, flooding: officials

Five dead, 19 missing after Haiti rains, flooding: officials

Five people were killed and 19 went missing after torrential rains and flooding hit Haiti, its Department of Civil Protection said on Thursday. Streams, rivers and ravines overflowed causing the casualties and some damage to infrastructure, the government authority said in a statement. Nineteen fishermen were missing from two towns in the coastal Grande-Anse region of southern Haiti, it said, […]

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China’s Xi says willing to put South Korea ties back on track

China’s Xi says willing to put South Korea ties back on track

Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting South Korean envoy on Friday that he was willing to put relations with Seoul back on a normal track. “We’re willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard-won results, properly handle disputes, put China-South Korea relations back onto a normal track and benefit both peoples on the basis of mutual understanding […]

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