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Taiwan says ready to review Chinese activist's asylum request

TAIPEI: Taiwan said on Monday it was prepared to review a petition for asylum from a Chinese activist who left his tour group in Taiwan without notice last week. Local media reported on Sunday that Zhang Xiangzhong, whose whereabouts remain unknown, has said he will make an asylum request on Tuesday with the Mainland Affairs… Read More »

Feel the pain of the poor and immigrants, pope says at Easter Vigil

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, leading the world’s Roman Catholics into Easter, urged them on Saturday not to ignore the plight of immigrants, the poor and other vulnerable people. In his homily at an Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis recounted the Biblical account of Jesus Christ’s mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, filled with… Read More »

France's Le Pen says protectionism can spur GDP growth to 2.5 percent by 2021

PARIS: Far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who is campaigning on a platform of economic nationalism, says France’s GDP growth would accelerate to 2.5 percent towards the end of her first term if she wins the upcoming election. Le Pen wants to drop the euro currency, a move that would throw the future… Read More »

Merkel says looking forward to meeting Trump in Washington – paper

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a newspaper she was looking forward to meeting U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday. “It’s always better to talk with each other than about each other,” Merkel told regional newspaper Saarbruecker Zeitung. Asked if both sides were curious, Merkel said: “There’s definitely curiosity. And also pleasure at… Read More »

South Korea's disgraced Park leaves Blue House, says truth will out

SEOUL: Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye left the presidential Blue House on Sunday, two days after a court dismissed her over a corruption scandal, facing life as a private citizen and the possibility of jail. Park struck a defiant tone upon arriving at her private home in the Gangnam district of the capital, Seoul,… Read More »

Iraq to continue striking Islamic State targets in Syria, Abadi says

SULEIMANIYA, Iraq: Iraq will continue hitting Islamic State targets in Syria, as well as in neighbouring countries if they give their approval, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday. “I respect the sovereignty of states, and I have secured the approval of Syria to strike positions (on its territory),” he told a conference in… Read More »

More 100m, less discus to boost sport, says Edwards

LONDON: Athletics’ proud position as the number one Olympic sport is far from secure, according to Britain’s triple jump champion-turned broadcaster Jonathan Edwards, who also says the Diamond League needs to focus more on big names and less on equality. Edwards has seen the sport from both sides, from a hugely successful competitive career that… Read More »