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Donald Trump is a mixed blessing for Chinese leaders

Trump’s threats to tear up trade deals and hike tariffs on Chinese goods look ominous. If carried out, they could chill thriving commercial ties at a time when Beijing is struggling to shore up economic growth. At the same time, Trump’s suggestion he might reduce Washington’s global strategic presence to …

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China launches first heavy rocket

China launched its most powerful rocket yet on Thursday, state media said, as the country presses on with a programme that has seen it become a major space power. The Long March 5 rocket can carry up to 25 tons — about the same weight as 16 cars — into …

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Ugandan Trump supporters arrested outside US embassy

Two supporters of US presidential candidate Donald Trump have been arrested while campaigning for the Republican Party leader outside the US embassy in Kampala. Ugandan news sites reported on Tuesday that the group, from the Uganda Young Democrats, had tried to storm the embassy in the Nsambya suburb of Kampala …

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Kenya Airways troubles lead to flight cancellations

Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways cancelled several flights and delayed several others on Sunday after outsourced workers downed tools. The national carrier said in a statement staff had stayed away from work since Friday due to issues with their employer. “Some of our outsourced staff, including cabin crew, have stayed …

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Kenya death penalty public debate enters final leg

The second and final leg of the Kenyan national public debate on capital punishment began. The debate is to solicit views from Kenyans on the administration of capital punishment and management of capital offences or what is popularly known as the death penalty. The public discussion being spearheaded by the …

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German police shoot dead refugee attacking daughter’s abuser

German police shot dead a knife-wielding Iraqi in a refugee shelter who was attacking a Pakistani he suspected of having sexually abused his young daughter, police said Wednesday. The 29-year-old Iraqi died after being hit by several police bullets late Tuesday in the asylum seekers’ shelter in the central Berlin …

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Saudi Arabia on high alert as millions move during Hajj

The Saudi Arabian government has sent at least 100,000 troops to the holy sites in Mecca where the annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj officially started on Saturday, with millions of people moving together from one holy site to the other. The measure is part of the efforts to prevent a …

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Streisand writes song about Trump

Barbra Streisand has written a song about US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The 74-year-old icon put her feelings about the outspoken businessman-turned-politician into a song she performed at an LGBT fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, Trump’s rival for the presidency. In front of a 1,000-strong crowd, she sang: “Is he that …

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