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Putin and Xi oversee launch of landmark Russian gas pipeline to China

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday oversaw the launch of a landmark pipeline that will transport natural gas from Siberia to northeast China, an economic and political boost to ties between Moscow and Beijing. The start of gas flows via the Power of Siberia pipeline reflects Moscow’s attempts to pivot to the East to ...

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India and Japan hold inaugural security talks

NEW DELHI — India said Saturday that ties with Japan are key to stability in the Indo-Pacific region as the two countries held their inaugural foreign and defense ministerial dialogue in New Delhi with an aim to further bolster their strategic partnership. The security talks focused on…

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China accuses UN rights chief of inflaming Hong Kong unrest

HONG KONG — China accused the U.N. high commissioner for human rights of emboldening “radical violence” in Hong Kong by suggesting the city’s leader conduct an investigation into reports of excessive use of force by police. The U.N. commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, wrote in an opinion piece Saturday in the South China Morning Post that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s government ...

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Merry Clickmas: Black Friday online sales hit record $7.4B

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, as fewer people hit the stores and shoppers rang up $7.4 billion in transactions from their phones, computers and tablets. That’s just behind the $7.9 billion haul of last year’s Cyber Monday, which holds the one-day record for online sales, according to Adobe Analytics. Adobe…

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Mont Blanc avalanche: Two skiers die in accident on Italian Alps

Two people have died in an avalanche on Mont Blanc, according to reports. The victims were thought to have been skiing off piste when the avalanche hit at an altitude of around 10,000 feet, according to Rai News24. The bodies of the two skiers were recovered by mountain rescue teams after the avalanche struck on the Italian side of the ...

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Fury in India over Priyanka Reddy rape-murder case

Hyderabad: Hundreds of people on Saturday laid siege to a police station where four men are being held over the latest gruesome rape-murder to shock India. Baton-wielding police pushed back crowds from the building in the southern city of Hyderabad where they said the 27-year-old veterinary doctor was gang-raped, killed and then her body burned. Raising slogans ‘we want justice’, ...

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Manhunt underway after three stabbed in The Hague

Dutch police kept up a huge manhunt for an assailant who stabbed three youths in The Hague’s main shopping area. Officials said they were keeping an open mind about the motive for the attack, which came as shoppers hunted bargains on Black Friday. The incident caused panic in The Hague as it happened just hours after two people were stabbed ...

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