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China BEIJING: China will increase environmental inspections and punish polluters, President Xi Jinping said, vowing more effort to tackle the pollution that blights the lives of millions of Chinese.In a bid to defuse potential sources of unrest, China's leaders have been desperate to show they are firmly on the side of the public in the battle against pollution, setting up hotlines, task forces and rapid response teams, and encouraging the public to participate in campaigns against violators."The goal of achieving an ecological civilization is a key part of China's overall development strategy and governments at all levels should remember that clear waters and green mountains are invaluable assets," Xi said, in comments reported by the official Xinhua news agency late on Friday.More should be done to deepen reforms and establish a framework of institutions and laws to improve the environment, he added."China will increase environmental inspections and punish polluters accordingly to ensure the environment improves," Xi said.Officials at all levels should make environmental protection an important ...

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China says has defeated ‘conspiracy’ to stir up S.China Sea trouble BEIJING: China's success at turning around relations with the Philippines under its new president Rodrigo Duterte show the "conspiracies" of certain countries to stir up trouble in the South China Sea have been defeated, China's foreign minister said on Saturday.In July, the Philippines won a case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague challenging China's sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, which infuriated China.But Duterte has sought to turn foe to friend, visiting Beijing in October, largely ...

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Tens of thousands protest against India cash ban KOLKATA: Tens of thousands of people turned out Monday for nationwide protests against India's controversial ban on high-value banknotes, which opposition party organisers say has caused a "financial emergency".India is still reeling from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shock decision nearly three weeks ago to pull 86 percent of the currency from circulation overnight, triggering a chronic shortage of notes in an economy that operates almost entirely on cash.Around 25,000 people took to the streets of ...

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China will stick to going out strategy amid outflow concerns SHANGHAI: China said on Monday it will stick to its opening up policy and "going out" strategy on investment even while a slide in the yuan to 8-1/2-year lows revives worries about capital fleeing the country.Officials from the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce, the People's Bank of China and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said the country will continue to encourage healthy development of outbound investment, the official Xinhua news ...

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Iran's Rouhani salutes 'relentless warrior' Castro TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani hailed as a "relentless warrior" the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died aged 90 on Friday.In a message to the late leader's brother President Raul Castro, Rouhani said the death of the leader of the Cuban revolution caused him "great grief and sorrow"."In this age -- when oppressed nations around the world suffer from violations of the most obvious and fundamental human principles such as peace, justice and freedom -- ...

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India's Modi calls for move towards cashless society MUMBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the nation's small traders and daily wage earners to embrace digital payment channels, as a cash crunch following the government's surprise ban on high-value bank notes drags on.Modi, speaking in his monthly address on national radio, said the government understands that millions have been affected by the ban on 500-rupee and 1000-rupees notes, but defended the action.The government says the bank-note ban announced on Nov. 8 ...

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Sri Lanka sentences 18 to death in tea planter murder COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan court Friday sentenced 18 men to death for murdering a US tea company executive, the largest group to be condemned in a single trial.High Court Judge M.D.S. Abeyratne found the men -- members of a criminal gang -- guilty of hacking Nihal Perera to death three years ago on the outskirts of Colombo.Perera, a Sri Lankan national, was the superintendent of the Noori Estate tea plantation managed by Texas-based firm, Walters ...