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World Newsletter
15 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT BACKS SAR'S HANDLING OF HK RIOTING

As rioting continued in Hong Kong on Thursday, President Xi Jinping voiced the central government's firm support for the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in leading the governance team to administer the city by rule of law. Xi also expressed firm support for the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing the law and for the judiciary to punish violent criminals in accordance with the law.

World Newsletter
15 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL SHOOTING: SANTA CLARITA ATTACK LEAVES TWO DEAD

A California high school student on his 16th birthday opened fire on campus
on Thursday, killing a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and wounding
three other teens before shooting himself in the head, officials said.

World Newsletter
15 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

SPEAKER REJECTS DUTERTE SPECIAL POWERS FOR BBB

MANILA —Saying it was too late in the day, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has
rejected a proposal to give President Duterte special powers to speed up
Build, Build, Build (BBB) flagship projects under his administration.

World Newsletter
14 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES BUSINESS SECTOR'S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN BRICS COOPERATION

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called on the business circles to actively participate and promote BRICS economic cooperation so as to make tangible contributions to economic growth and job creation.

World Newsletter
14 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: NEW CLAIMS AMID PUBLIC HEARING

A top US diplomat told impeachment hearings that President Trump directly
asked about a Ukrainian investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

World Newsletter
14 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

HOUSE TO VOTE ON SPEAKER

Manila — With President Duterte keeping his hands off the issue, the House
of Representatives will vote on the term-sharing deal between Speaker Alan
Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, a House official said
yesterday.

World Newsletter
13 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI: BRI HELPING CHINESE, GREEK PEOPLE

The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is not an empty slogan but a successful practice and a brilliant reality, President Xi Jinping said during a visit to the Port of Piraeus in Greece on Monday.

World Newsletter
13 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

VIOLENCE BRINGS HONG KONG TO ‘BRINK OF TOTAL BREAKDOWN’

A flash mob of more than 1,000 protesters descended on central Hong Kong on
Tuesday in a scene authorities said was bringing the Chinese-ruled city to
the brink of "total collapse."

World Newsletter
13 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

DUTERTE HANDS OFF ON TERM-SHARING DEAL ON SPEAKERSHIP

MANILA — President Duterte will not meddle in the term-sharing agreement
between Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco
in the House of Representatives, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said
yesterday.

World Newsletter
12 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR STRONGER GREECE TIES

China and Greece should work together to construct the Belt and Road and build China-Europe land and maritime routes into key channels for cargo transportation, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

World Newsletter
12 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


AUSTRALIAN STATE DECLARES EMERGENCY DUE TO WILDFIRES

Australia's most populous state declared a state of emergency on Monday due
to unprecedented wildfire danger as calls grew for Australia to take more
action to counter climate change.

World Newsletter
12 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

UN BODY, ROBREDO MEET OVER NEW VP-LED ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN

MANILA—Vice President Leni Robredo sat down Monday with the United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as she moved to shift the government’s
bloody drug war to one adopting best practices while avoiding mistakes
committed in other countries.

World Newsletter
11 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI BEGINS STATE VISIT TO GREECE; BRICS SUMMIT IN BRAZIL NEXT

President Xi Jinping called on China and Greece to tap their civilizations for wisdom and build a new type of international relations featuring respect, justice and mutually beneficial cooperation.

World Newsletter
11 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

24TH WEEKEND OF HONG KONG PROTESTS

Police fired tear gas to break up rallies as black-clad activists blocked
roads and trashed shopping malls across Hong Kong on the 24th straight
weekend of anti-government protests.

World Newsletter
11 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

ROBREDO ON CABINET MEETINGS: I’LL GO IF I’M INVITED

MANILA—Vice-President Leni Robredo on Sunday said she will only attend
Cabinet meetings if she is invited.

World Newsletter
10 November 2019
CHINA NEWS


TRUMP TO HOST NATO CHIEF AS ALLIANCE FACES STRAINS

U.S. President Donald Trump will host NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in
Washington at a time of severe strain within the Atlantic alliance, the
White House announced on November 9.

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10 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


TRUMP TO HOST NATO CHIEF AS ALLIANCE FACES STRAINS

U.S. President Donald Trump will host NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in
Washington at a time of severe strain within the Atlantic alliance, the
White House announced on November 9.

World Newsletter
10 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

FISHERS QUESTION MANILA BAY RECLAMATION PROJECTS BEFORE DENR

MANILA - A fisherfolk federation has filed an official complaint with the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources against three reclamation
projects in Manila Bay.

World Newsletter
9 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR AIR FORCE TO SOAR

President Xi Jinping urged the People's Liberation Army Air Force on Friday to keep moving toward success and to build itself into a world-class air power.

World Newsletter
9 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

SECOND PHILIPPINE NAVY FRIGATE LAUNCHED IN SOUTH KOREA

MANILA — The Philippine Navy yesterday launched its second brand-new frigate
at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipbuilding complex in Ulsan, South Korea.

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9 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

TRUMP SAYS HAS NOT AGREED TO ROLL BACK TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS

President Donald Trump on Friday said he has not agreed to rollbacks of U.S.
tariffs sought by China, sparking fresh doubts about when the world's two
largest economies may end a 16-month trade war that has slowed global
growth.

World Newsletter
8 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI TO VISIT GREECE, ATTEND BRICS SUMMIT

President Xi Jinping's upcoming state visit to Greece and his participation in the BRICS Summit in Brazil will represent China's strong support, along with the bloc's four other member nations, for maintaining multilateralism and promoting the building of an open global economy, senior diplomats said on Thursday.

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8 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


FRANCE PRESIDENT SAYS NATO SUFFERING ‘BRAIN DEATH’, QUESTIONS US COMMITMENT

French President Emmanuel Macron, in an interview with British weekly The
Economist, warned fellow European countries that they could no longer rely
on the United States to defend North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
allies.

World Newsletter
8 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

SOVEREIGN RIGHTS PROTECTED IN MOU WITH CHINA, SAYS CARPIO

MANILA - Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio believes China will
comply with the arbitral ruling in the South China Sea with the Memorandum
of Understanding it signed with the Philippines on joint oil and gas
exploration.

World Newsletter
7 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

CHINA, FRANCE SIGN DEALS WORTH $15B

China and France signed commercial deals on Wednesday totaling $15.1 billion in such fields as aviation, energy, agriculture and finance to boost their cooperation, and vowed to jointly safeguard multilateralism and free trade.

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7 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROBE TO ENTER HIGH-STAKES PHASE WITH PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT
WEEK

Impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump for pressuring
Ukraine to investigate a political rival will reach a critical stage next
week when a Democratic-led congressional committee holds its first public
hearings on the issue.

World Newsletter
7 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS


DFA CHIEF TO PROTEST CHINA'S WARNING FLARES VS PHILIPPINE MILITARY PLANES
AFTER VERIFICATION

MANILA — The Philippines' top diplomat is awaiting confirmation on China's
firing of warning flares against Philippine military aircraft patrolling the
West Philippine Sea.

World Newsletter
6 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI REAFFIRMS OPENING-UP COMMITMENT

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China's commitment to opening its door wider with such measures as lowering tariffs and improving the business environment.

World Newsletter
6 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

DEADLOCK CONTINUES IN PAKISTAN

A government delegation led by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak met Jamiat
Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) representatives and other Opposition leaders, who
were leading a sit-in in Islamabad demanding Prime Minister Imran Khan's
resignation, on Tuesday, but failed to resolve the deadlock.

World Newsletter
6 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES RESUMES STAMPING ON CHINESE PASSPORTS WITH 9 NINE-DASH LINE MAP

MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday announced that it will
resume the stamping on passports of Chinese nationals entering and leaving
the Philippines.

World Newsletter
5 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI: CHINA TO ADOPT 5 MEASURES TO PROMOTE HIGHER-LEVEL OPENING-UP

President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the second China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Tuesday. He announced the opening of the expo and delivered a keynote speech.

World Newsletter
5 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

US IN TALKS WITH RUSSIA, CHINA ON MAJOR ARMS CONTROL-LIKE AGREEMENT: TRUMP

The United States is in talks with both Russia and China on a major arms
control-like agreement, US President Donald Trump has said.

World Newsletter
5 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

DUTERTE BACK IN MANILA AFTER 35TH ASEAN SUMMIT IN THAILAND

MANILA-President Rodrigo Duterte returned to Manila early Tuesday after
participating in the 3-day ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Nonthaburi,
Thailand.

World Newsletter
4 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES BETTER CITY GOVERNANCE

President Xi Jinping, on a two-day inspection tour in Shanghai, called for further reform, opening-up and institutional innovation to improve the level of governance of the international metropolitan city.

World Newsletter
4 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

KARTARPUR READY FOR SIKH PILGRIMS, SAYS IMRAN KHAN; SHARES PHOTOS

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday shared some of the dazzling
pictures of the Kartarpur complex and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, saying the
revered venue is ready to welcome the Sikhs pilgrims for the 550th birth
anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak.

World Newsletter
4 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

HOUSE DROPS EMERGENCY POWERS FOR DUTERTE, TO USE OVERSIGHT FUNCTION VS
TRAFFIC

MANILA — The House of Representatives will exercise its oversight powers to
ease crippling traffic in urban areas, instead of giving President Rodrigo
Duterte proposed emergency powers, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Monday
as Congress resumed its session.

World Newsletter
3 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

CHINESE PREMIER CALLS FOR MULTILATERALISM IN EAST ASIA MEETINGS

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on the upcoming East Asia meetings to focus on pragmatic cooperation, multilateralism, and free trade through dialogue and consultations.

World Newsletter
3 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


WILL NOT ALLOW CHAOS, PAK ARMY WARNS PROTESTERS

The Pakistan army on Saturday warned that no one would be allowed to create
instability and chaos in the country, a day after the incalcitrant cleric
and politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman set a two-day deadline for Prime
Minister Imran Khan to step down.

World Newsletter
3 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

ASIAN LEADERS HOPE FOR TRADE DEAL AS ECONOMIES SAG ON US-CHINA SPAT

BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian leaders meet for a second day in Thailand on
Sunday, hoping for a breakthrough in talks over the world's largest trade
deal to help throw off the torpor which has gripped the global economy since
the US-China tariff war began.

World Newsletter
2 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI SENDS CONGRATULATIONS ON 120TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORACLE BONE INSCRIPTION DISCOVERY, RESEARCH

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory letter on the 120th anniversary of the discovery and research of oracle bone inscriptions.

World Newsletter
2 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

FARAGE TELLS JOHNSON: DROP BREXIT DEAL AND I'LL HELP YOU WIN

British euroskeptic politician Nigel Farage tried to ramp up pressure on
Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday, saying his Brexit Party
would run against the Conservatives across the country unless Johnson
abandons his divorce deal with the European Union.

World Newsletter
2 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

DUTERTE ARRIVES IN THAILAND FOR 35TH ASEAN SUMMIT

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Thailand Friday night to attend
the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

World Newsletter
1 November 2019
CHINA NEWS

PLENUM REAFFIRMS PARTY LEADERSHIP

A key Party meeting concluded in Beijing on Thursday, reaffirming the significance and advantages of pursuing socialism with Chinese characteristics and modernizing the country's system and capacity for governance in realizing national rejuvenation, setting the tone for the country's future development path.

World Newsletter
1 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

SLAMIC STATE GROUP NAMES ITS NEW LEADER AS ABU IBRAHIM AL-HASHEMI

The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has for the first time confirmed the
death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and named his successor.

World Newsletter
1 November 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

DUTERTE 'ON TOP' OF QUAKE RESPONSE, TO PUSH THROUGH WITH THAILAND TRIP

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte will push through with his trip to
Thailand on Friday to attend the ASEAN Summit while remaining "on top" of
earthquake response, his spokesman said.

World Newsletter
31 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

PARTY MEETING FOCUSES ON BETTER ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE

China is likely to see breakthroughs in improving its business environment and the rule of law in economic fields to better unleash the country's growth potential and ensure high-quality development as the central leadership discusses governance systems and capacity at an ongoing Party meeting in Beijing, experts said.

 

World Newsletter
31 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

TWITTER TO BAN ALL POLITICAL ADVERTISING

Twitter is to ban all political advertising worldwide, saying that the reach
of such messages "should be earned, not bought".

World Newsletter
31 October 2019
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CARPIO'S GAME PLAN: PRESSURE CHINA TO RESPECT ARBITRATION RULING

MANILA - Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is
supporting the move to bring the Philippines' legal victory against China
over the South China Sea to the United Nations General Assembly to get the
support of world leaders.

World Newsletter
30 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI TO ATTEND IMPORT EXPO IN SHANGHAI

President Xi Jinping will deliver the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the second China International Import Expo in Shanghai, said Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Bingnan.

 

World Newsletter
30 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

U.K. PM BORIS JOHNSON WINS APPROVAL FOR DEC. 12 ELECTION

Britain will hold its first December election in almost a century after
Prime Minister Boris Johnson won approval from parliament on Tuesday for an
early ballot aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock.

World Newsletter
30 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

ROBREDO IGNORES DUTERTE OFFER TO LEAD DRUG WAR

MANILA — Vice President Leni Robredo refused yesterday to answer President
Duterte’s latest tirades against her, saying she would rather focus on more
urgent matters than dwell on his repeated insults.

World Newsletter
29 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI TO DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH AT OPENING OF 2ND CIIE

President Xi Jinping will deliver the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the second China International Import Expo on Nov 5 in Shanghai, Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Bingnan announced on Tuesday.

World Newsletter
29 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

EU AGREES TO DELAY BREXIT; UK HOUSE BLOCKS DEC 12 POLLS

Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the
European Union granted a three-month delay to the UK's departure from the
bloc.

World Newsletter
29 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

PANGILINAN DARES DUTERTE: LET ROBREDO TAKE OVER LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR 3 YEARS,
NOT 6 MONTHS

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte should give Vice President Leni Robredo 3
years instead of 6 months to enforce the law in the country, a senator said
Monday.

World Newsletter
28 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

PARTY MEETING TO FOCUS ON BETTER GOVERNANCE

With China shifting from high-speed growth to high-quality development, the upcoming fourth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China is expected to unveil new policies to improve China's systems and capacity of governance to better meet its development needs in the new era, analysts said.

World Newsletter
28 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDADI: IS LEADER 'DEAD AFTER US RAID' IN SYRIA

The fugitive leader of the Islamic State (IS) group killed himself during a
US military operation in north-west Syria, President Donald Trump has said.

World Newsletter
28 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

ROBREDO SAYS POLL PROTEST BECOMING 'PLATFORM FOR LIES,' MUST END SOON

MANILA -- Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday the election protest of
her 2016 rival, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, should be
resolved to prevent it from being used as a platform for "lies."

World Newsletter
27 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

CLOSER TIES SOUGHT WITH BRAZIL

China would like to expand cooperation with Brazil in areas covering agriculture, energy, mining industry, aerospace and infrastructure, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

World Newsletter
27 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

RUSSIA CALLS U.S. MOVE TO PROTECT SYRIAN OIL 'BANDITRY'

Russia's Defense Ministry on Saturday harshly criticized the United States
decision to send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to
protect oil fields, calling it "banditry."

World Newsletter
27 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

PUTIN ACCEPTS DUTERTE INVITE FOR 1ST PHILIPPINE VISIT

MANILA, Philippines - Russian ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev is
hopeful that President Vladimir Putin would visit the Philippines "as soon
as possible."

World Newsletter
26 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT CALLS FOR FOREIGN GUESTS TO BOLSTER TIES

President Xi Jinping on Friday called on foreign participants in an international conference to help enhance mutual understanding between China and the outside world.

World Newsletter
26 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

U.S. TO USE 'MECHANISED FORCES' IN SYRIA

The U.S. will strengthen its military presence in Syria with "mechanised
forces" to prevent Islamic State fighters seizing oil fields and revenue,
the U.S. Defense Secretary said on Friday, the latest twist in President
Donald Trump's confusing policy on Syria.

World Newsletter
26 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

SOME WORLD LEADERS TELL DUTERTE WATCH HIS HEALTH, 'AVOID RIDING BIG MOTORBIKES'

MANILA - Some world leaders who gathered in Japan for the enthronement of
its new emperor, extended their well wishes to President Rodrigo Duterte,
who had to leave Tokyo earlier due to “unbearable” back pain, Malacañang
said Friday.

World Newsletter
25 october 2019
CHINA NEWS

TOP PARTY LEADERSHIP PREPARES FOR SESSION

A key Party meeting announced goals regarding modernization of the socialist system and capacity for governance in the coming decades, a topic to be further discussed by the Party's senior officials at a four-day session next week.

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25 october 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

BORIS JOHNSON TO ASK PARLIAMENT FOR DECEMBER 12 ELECTION

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on October 24 that he was asking
parliament to approve a national election to take place on December 12 as
part of his efforts to ensure Britain leaves the European Union.

World Newsletter
25 october 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

PH, CHINA INK 6 BILATERAL DEALS FOR PROJECTS UNDER 'BUILD, BUILD, BUILD', OTHER VENTURES

MANILA - The Philippines signed 6 bilateral accords with China for projects
under President Rodrigo Duterte's infrastructure program "Build, Build,
Build" and other ventures in trade, customs and communications, the finance
department said Thursday.

World Newsletter
24 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

19TH CPC CENTRAL COMMITTEE TO HOLD 4TH PLENUM ON OCT 28-31

The fourth plenary session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee will be held from Oct 28 to 31 in Beijing, according to a decision made at a CPC Central Committee Political Bureau meeting on Thursday.

World Newsletter
24 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

BORIS JOHNSON EYES GENERAL ELECTION AFTER PAUSING BREXIT BILL

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to push for a general
election if the European Union (EU) offers a three-month extension to the
October 31 Brexit deadline, after MPs rejected his fast-track timetable for
the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill in the UK Parliament.

World Newsletter
24 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

DUTERTE FEELS ‘MUCH BETTER’; TO MEET WITH CHINESE VICE PREMIER: PALACE

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will push through with his meeting with
Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Thursday since he is already feeling
“much better,” Malacañang said a day after the chief executive consulted
with doctors on the “unbearable” pain in his spine that forced him to cut
short his trip to Japan last Tuesday.

World Newsletter
23 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

COOPERATION IN CLEAN ENERGY TO EXPAND, XI SAYS

The country is ready to work with the international community to strengthen all-around energy cooperation, safeguard energy security and address climate change, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

World Newsletter
23 October 2019
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE BACK IN PH AFTER SHORTENED JAPAN TRIP, TO SEE DOC WEDNESDAY

Soon after his arrival, Duterte proceeds to Nene Pimentel wake
Nursing an aching spine, President Rodrigo Duterte flew in to the country
Tuesday night from Japan as he cut short a scheduled 2-day trip after
witnessing the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

World Newsletter
23 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

BREXIT BILL 'IN LIMBO' AS MPS REJECT TIMETABLE

Boris Johnson has hit the pause button on his Brexit legislation after MPs
rejected his plan to get it through the Commons in three days.

World Newsletter
22 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI SAYS COUNTRY WILLING TO JOINTLY TACKLE PROBLEMS

China is willing to work together with countries in the Asia-Pacific region to tackle security challenges, but it is resolute in safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development interests, senior military officials said on Monday.

World Newsletter
22 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

BREXIT: MPS' VOTE ON DEAL RULED OUT BY SPEAKER JOHN BERCOW

The Commons Speaker has refused a government request to hold a "yes" or "no"
vote on its Brexit deal.

World Newsletter
22 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

DUTERTE ARRIVES IN JAPAN FOR EMPEROR NARUHITO'S ENTHRONEMENT

President Rodrigo Duterte has arrived in Japan Tuesday morning (Manila time)
to join other world leaders in witnessing the enthronement of Emperor
Naruhito.

World Newsletter
21 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI: INTERNET A JOINT GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY

As the internet celebrates its 50th year, President Xi Jinping is encouraging countries to promote global governance in cyberspace and strive to build a community with a shared future.

World Newsletter
21 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

US TROOPS LEAVING SYRIA FOR WESTERN IRAQ: PENTAGON CHIEF

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says under current plans all US troops
leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will
continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent
its resurgence.

World Newsletter
21 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

ROBREDO ASKS PET ANEW: JUNK POLL PROTEST

MANILA — The lead counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated
yesterday his appeal to the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential
Electoral Tribunal (PET), to dismiss the electoral protest filed by former
senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. after failing to make a substantial recovery in
the initial recount of votes for the vice presidential race in 2016.

World Newsletter
20 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI WELCOMES WORLD INTERNET CONFERENCE ATTENDEES WITH LETTER

President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the 6th World Internet Conference, which opened Sunday in the town of Wuzhen in East China's Zhejiang province.

World Newsletter
20 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

BRITISH PM SENDS UNSIGNED LETTER SEEKING BREXIT DELAY

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reluctantly wrote to Brussels asking
for a Brexit extension after MPs voted Saturday to force him into seeking a
delay beyond October 31.

World Newsletter
20 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

HOUSE TO TACKLE DIVORCE BILL, DEATH PENALTY

MANILA — Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano intends to get a consensus of the
members of the House of Representatives on Charter change (Cha-cha), the
divorce bill and re-imposition of the death penalty to help guide the
leadership on what to do.

World Newsletter
19 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT: GAMES 'GATHERING OF PEACE'

President Xi Jinping pledged on Friday that China will strive to make the 7th Military World Games of the International Military Sports Council an international gathering of peace that encourage military personnel to compete on a fair basis and enable diverse military cultures to develop exchanges and mutual learning.

World Newsletter
19 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

ATF RETAINS PAKISTAN IN GREY LIST; WARNS OF ACTION

Putting Pakistan on notice, the international terror financing watchdog FATF
on Friday warned it will be blacklisted if it does not control terror
funding by February next, voicing serious concern over that country’s
failure to deliver on most of its 27 targets.

World Newsletter
19 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

CARPIO TAKES SC HELM AS ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE

MANILA – Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will take the high court's
helm in acting capacity, Court Administrator Midas Marquez said Friday.
This as President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to pick his choice of chief
magistrate while Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin has retired.

World Newsletter
18 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES NEW EFFORTS TO FIGHT POVERTY

President Xi Jinping is emphasizing efforts to win the battle against poverty.

China should stick to its poverty alleviation target and make continuous efforts in the battle, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said on Thursday, National Poverty Relief Day.

World Newsletter
18 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

BREXIT DEAL IN HAND, BORIS JOHNSON FACES AN UPHILL STRUGGLE IN PARLIAMENT

Britain secured a Brexit deal with the European Union on Thursday, more than
three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc, but Prime Minister Boris
Johnson must still win a knife-edge vote in Parliament to get the agreement
approved.

World Newsletter
18 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

DUTERTE WARNS ‘NINJA’ COPS, CRIMINALS: I CAN BE MORE EVIL THAN YOU

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday warned rogue policemen and
criminals that he can be more “evil” than them if he decides to do so.
Duterte specifically cautioned the so-called “ninja” cops or policemen
involved in the resale of drugs seized in anti-narcotics operations,
robbers, and drug pushers not to be too confident in their illegal
activities.

World Newsletter
17 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI LAUDS OCT 1 FETE AS IMPETUS FOR COUNTRY

Celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China can serve as a strong impetus for people to press ahead in the new era, President Xi Jinping said.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remark while presiding over a recent meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

World Newsletter
17 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

TURKEY DEFIANT ON SYRIA OPERATION AS U.S. SEEKS CEASEFIRE

Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive
against Kurdish militants in Syria on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald
Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire.

World Newsletter
17 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

CHINESE SHIP THAT SANK GEMVER POSSIBLY PART OF MARITIME MILITIA - REPORT

MANILA - Tracking the moves of the Chinese vessel that sank Philippine
fishing boat GemVer 1 would suggest that it was more than just a commercial
fishing ship, according to a think tank.

World Newsletter
16 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

XI: CHINA WELCOMES FRANCE TO ATTEND SECOND CIIE

China will continue to firmly pursue the strategy of opening-up based on mutual benefit, President Xi Jinping said when he held a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emannuel Macron on Tuesday night.

World Newsletter
15 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

TRUMP SANCTIONS FAIL TO SLOW TURKEY ASSAULT; MOSCOW'S ALLIES ADVANCE

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed a U.S. proposal to broker a
ceasefire in northern Syria and said he was not worried over U.S. sanctions,
in comments published in Turkish media on Wednesday.

World Newsletter
16 October 2019
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE'S DROOPY EYE NOT LIFE THREATENING - PALACE

MANILA - President Duterte is "perfectly healthy" despite his revelation
that he has a condition called myasthenia gravis, a chronic auto-immune
neuromuscular disorder that affects the muscles in his eyes, according to
presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo.

World Newsletter
15 October 2019
CHINA NEWS

CHINA WILL INTENSIFY COOPERATION TO ENSURE FOOD SECURITY

China will intensify international cooperation with other countries to jointly fight hunger and ensure global food security, said a white paper released on Monday.

World Newsletter
15 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

DONALD TRUMP IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON TURKEY AS SYRIAN CRISIS ESCALATES

Protesting Turkey's military offensive into northeast Syria, US President
Donald Trump on Monday announced he will authorise sanctions against Turkish
officials, raise steel tariffs and end negotiations on a $100 billion trade
deal. Turkey launched a cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters on
Wednesday after the US decided to withdraw troops from Syria.

World Newsletter
15 October 2019
PHILLIPINES NEWS

ROBREDO CAMP URGES PET TO FOLLOW OWN RULES

MANILA - The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo urged the Presidential
Electoral Tribunal to follow its own rules on Monday, a day ahead of a
possible ruling on the election protest filed by 2016 vice presidential
candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.

India Newsletter
15 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

SC DISMISSES PLEAS SEEKING REVIEW OF RAFALE JUDGMENT

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the review petitions against its
verdict in the Rafale deal on grounds that they lacked merit, reiterating
its clean chit to the Modi government in the fighter jet agreement with
French firm Dassault Aviation.

India Newsletter
14 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

CONGRESS-NCP BEGIN DRAFTING CMP FOR ALLIANCE WITH SHIV SENA

Leaders of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party on Wednesday
began holding discussions for framing the Common Minimum Programme (CMP)
with the Shiv Sena ahead of forming a tripartite alliance in Maharashtra.

India Newsletter
13 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


PRESIDENT'S RULE IN MAHARASHTRA

Nineteen days after Maharashtra's fractured verdict produced no clear winner
in the Assembly elections, the state was placed under President's Rule
Tuesday evening after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Union
Cabinet's approval of the Governor's recommendation.

India Newsletter
12 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

MAHARASHTRA GOVT FORMATION: SENA LEFT STRANDED AS CONG DITHERS; NCP NEXT

Maharashtra governor refused to give Shiv Sena more time for government
formation on Monday while the Congress party kept everyone guessing about
whether it would support a Sena-led government.

India Newsletter
11 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

BJP EXPRESSES INABILITY TO MUSTER UP NUMBERS; SHIV SENA GETS AN INVITE TO
FORM GOVT

Sixteen days after the Maharashtra Assembly election results, the unfolding
events took another spin as the single-largest party and the major partner
of the winning alliance, BJP, declared that it was unable to form the
government.

India Newsletter
10 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


A HISTORIC, UNANIMOUS VERDICT BRINGS CLOSURE TO A LONGSTANDING DISPUTE

Bringing to an end a seven-decade legal battle over the title to the
disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, an issue that roiled
India and propelled the rise of the BJP, a five-judge Constitution Bench of
the Supreme Court, in a unanimous verdict Saturday.

India Newsletter
9 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

AYODHYA VERDICT TODAY: PM MODI CALLS FOR CALM

The outcome of one of India's most significant and sensitive litigation will
be known today when a five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice
of India Ranjan Gogoi, rules on appeals challenging a 2010 order on the
title to the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

India Newsletter
8 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

KARTARPUR OPENING TOMORROW, PAK ARMY ADDS TO CONFUSION

Conflicting statements from Pakistan on passports for Sikh pilgrims from
India expose the faultlines between its government and Army.

India Newsletter
7 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


RS 25,000-CR BOOST FOR REALTY: GOVT SETS UP FUND TO REVIVE STALLED PROJECTS

The Union Cabinet Wednesday approved setting up a special fund to provide
last-mile funding to housing projects stuck across the country. 

India Newsletter
6 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

DELHI POLICEMEN IN PROTEST MODE

In unprecedented protests by Delhi police, thousands of its personnel on
Tuesday laid siege outside the Police Headquarters for 11 hours and staged a
virtual revolt sparked by two attacks on their colleagues before calling off
their stir following multiple appeals, including from their chief. 

India Newsletter
5 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

INDIA OPTS OUT OF RCEP

India has decided against joining Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Bangkok.

India Newsletter
4 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


DELHI AIR WORSENS, PMO STEPS IN, CENTRE TO MONITOR

With Air pollution levels increasing to 'severe levels' in the National
Capital region and Air Quality Index measuring an alarming 494 Sunday, with
at least 37 flights diverted between 9 am and 1 pm because of poor
visibility, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Sunday called a review meeting
on air pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas.

India Newsletter
3 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

ANOTHER SET OF NRIs CHEERS PM MODI, ON ARTICLE 370

In his second address to the Indian community overseas since the
government's decision to scrap special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday referred to the move and said that when a
decision is "right", it "reverberates" far and wide.

India Newsletter
2 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

CENTRE ASKS WHATSAPP TO EXPLAIN HACKS, LIST OUT PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Amid an uproar over allegations of an Israeli software being used to spy
over activists and journalists, WhatsApp on Friday said it has taken a
"strong action" in the incident and supports the Indian government's stand
on the need to safeguard the privacy of all citizens.

India Newsletter
1 November 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS SPEAKS ON MEPs IN KASHMIR, FINALLY

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) denied that the government had
cherry-picked 27 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for a conducted
tour of Jammu and Kashmir and said it was prepared to allow more such
delegations to visit the Valley provided their intentions were correct.

India Newsletter
31 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

J-K CEASES TO BE A STATE TODAY; 2 NEW UTs COMING INTO BEING

Jammu and Kashmir, which has been part of the Union of India since 1947,
will cease to be a state and will be bifurcated into two Union Territories.

India Newsletter
30 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

PM MODI INVITES SAUDI INVESTMENT, SAYS INDIA TO SPEND $100 BN ON ENERGY
INFRA

In his keynote address at the annual Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited Saudi companies to invest in
India's energy space, saying the government has set a target of USD 100
billion investment in the sector.

India Newsletter
29 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS


27 EU MPs HEAD TO J&K TODAY

Weeks after a US Congressman was denied permission by the government to
visit Jammu and Kashmir, a delegation of 27 members of the European
Parliament is set to visit the state Tuesday.

India Newsletter
28 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

PAKISTAN TURNS DOWN INDIA'S REQUEST TO OPEN AIRSPACE FOR PM MODI'S SAUDI
VISIT

For the second time in two months, Pakistan on Sunday rejected India's
request to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's special flight to use its
airspace for his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.

India Newsletter
27 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

SHIV SENA COULD EXPLORE SOME 'OTHER OPTIONS': UDDHAV'S MESSAGE TO BJP

Days after the Assembly elections returned the BJP with a weaker tally, ally Shiv Sena continued to pile on the pressure, with party president Uddhav
Thackeray telling his legislators that the Sena would settle for nothing
less than the Chief Minister's post.

India Newsletter
26 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS FOR J&K AND LADAKH, MALIK IS SHIFTED TO GOA

With less than a week for the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, to
take effect, the government Friday shunted out the state's last Governor,
Satya Pal Malik, and appointed him the new Governor of Goa.

India Newsletter
25 october 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

ELECTION RESULTS: BJP-SENA RETAINS MAHARASHTRA, HUNG HOUSE IN HARYANA


HARYANA

Bharatiya Janata Party 40 (Vote Share 36.09%)

Haryana Lokhit Party 1

India Newsletter
24 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

COUNTING BEGINS

BJP-Shiv Sena alliance seems to be heading for a comfortable win in
Maharashtra Assembly. In Haryana, BJP seems to be just clearing the halfway
mark. The results do not seem to be as favourable for BJP as was predicted
by Exit Polls.

India Newsletter
23 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

US LAWMAKERS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN KASHMIR

Influential American lawmakers on Tuesday expressed concern over the
situation in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of the special status of
the state and said that as the world's largest democracy India needs to
uphold its commitment to human rights.

India Newsletter
22 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

EXIT POLLS CALL IT FOR THE BJP: NDA SET TO SWEEP MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA

Exit polls for the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, where votes were cast yesterday, have predicted a sweep by the ruling BJP-led NDA in both states.

India Newsletter
21 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

INDIA STRIKES PoK TERROR CAMPS; PAK DENIES IT

The Indian Army says it destroyed terror launch pads and Pakistan Army posts in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in a retaliatory attack against ceasefire violations. Hour laters, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday said around 6-10 Pakistani soldiers and as many terrorists have been killed in the action.

India Newsletter
20 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

CAMPAIGNING ENDS IN MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA

An election campaign dominated by the BJP's aggressive narrative on the
nullification of Article 370 and marked by the Opposition's lacklustre
canvassing, drew to a close on Saturday in Maharashtra and Haryana.
Elections to 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra and 90 seats in Haryana will
be held on October 21, and the results will be announced on October 24.
While the Prime Minister addressed nine rallies in Maharashtra, he devoted
four days to address seven public meetings in Haryana.

India Newsletter
19 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

GOVT FOCUSED ON ELIMINATING NEPOTISM IN SPORTS: MODI IN HARYANA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government was focussed on
identification of merit and eliminating nepotism in sports, whereas the
previous Congress-led regimes only "harvested the produce of scams".
Addressing a rally in Sonipat district in the run-up to the October 21
Haryana Assembly polls, he said, "Our jawans and sportspersons gave historic
performances in the Commonwealth Games, which were hit by scams earlier
(during the UPA rule) and brought disgrace. The question is, what change has
been brought now?"

India Newsletter
18 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

MANMOHAN SINGH SIGNALS A CONGRESS SHIFT ON ARTICLE 370 AND VEER SAVARKAR

With Maharashtra and Haryana voting for new assemblies in four days, former
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday nuanced the Congress position on the
removal of J&K’s special status, saying the party believes that Article 370
was a “temporary measure” under the Constitution. This is the first time a
Congress leader of Singh’s stature has articulated such a view.

India Newsletter
17 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

AYODHYA HEARINGS OVER, SC RESERVES ORDER

The high voltage hearing in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute
involving 2.77 acres of land is the second longest after the landmark
Keshvanand Bharti case in 1973 during which the proceedings for propounding
the doctrine of basic structure of the Constitution continued for 68 days.

India Newsletter
16 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

ART. 370 REMAINS KEY ISSUE FOR BJP IN STATE POLLS

During his rallies in poll-bound Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
Tuesday focused on national security and took swipe at Congress leaders for
spreading 'rumors' about the government's decision to scrap Article 370

India Newsletter
15 October 2019
FRONT PAGE NEWS

INDIAN-AMERICAN ABHIJIT BANERJEE, TWO OTHERS WIN 2019 NOBEL ECONOMICS PRIZE

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and Michael Kremer of Harvard University were awarded the 2019
Nobel Prize in Economics "for their experimental approach to alleviating
global poverty."