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Japan PM Abe seeks to build trust with Trump, stresses alliance vital WASHINGTON/TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that he wants to build a relationship of trust when he meets U.S. President-elect Donald Trump this week, stressing that the two-way alliance is the core of Tokyo's diplomacy and security.Abe, set to meet Trump later on Thursday in New York, is expected to be the first foreign leader to do so since the U.S. billionaire real estate magnate's election on Nov. 8.The U.S.-Japan alliance "is the cornerstone of Japan's diplomacy and security. Only when there is trust does an alliance come alive," Abe told reporters before leaving Tokyo, Kyodo news agency reported.However details about the meeting remain unclear, with Trump's transition team not responding to requests for comment on the meeting.On Wednesday, Japanese officials said they had not finalised when or where in New York it would take place, who would be invited, or in some cases whom to call ...

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India's foreign minister suffers kidney failure NEW DELHI: India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday that she is being treated for kidney failure and undergoing tests for a possible transplant.Swaraj, one of India's best-known female politicians and a veteran leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tweeted that she was undergoing dialysis at a private hospital in New Delhi."I am in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis," the 64-year-old tweeted ...

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Modi promises to ease cash crunch NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged Indians to give him more time to resolve a cash crisis that followed the withdrawal of high-value notes, insisting the shock move would benefit the poor in the long run.His comments came as the government said it was increasing a weekly cash withdrawal limit and taking steps to help people in remote areas access money as frustration mounted.There have been huge queues outside banks and ATMs ...

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China's Xi tells Trump cooperation is only choice BEIJING/WASHINGTON: Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that cooperation was the only choice for relations between the world's two largest economies, with Trump saying the two had established a "clear sense of mutual respect".Trump lambasted China throughout the U.S. election campaign, drumming up headlines with his pledges to slap 45 percent tariffs on imported Chinese goods and to label the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office.His election has ...

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13 dead in Indian garment factory fire NEW DELHI: A fire at a suspected illegal garment factory near the Indian capital killed 13 people and injured several others early Friday morning, officials said.The workers were sleeping in the cramped leather factory, which was in a residential building on the edge of New Delhi, when the blaze broke out, likely caused by a short circuit."The fire broke out at a factory in a residential area of Sahibabad around 4:30 am in the morning. ...

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China Oct vehicle sales rise 20pc y/y BEIJING: Passenger vehicle sales in China to retail customers rose 20 percent in October from a year earlier, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said on Tuesday. Auto retail sales totalled 2.2 million vehicles in October, CPCA said in a statement on its website. For January-October, passenger car sales rose 15.2 percent versus the same period in 2015, it said. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, whose statistics are generally viewed as the benchmark for ...

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UK economy very strong, govt committed to fiscal discipline: May BENGALURU: Prime Minister Theresa May said the fundamentals of the British economy were very strong and affirmed her commitment to strengthening public finances after a report indicated that Brexit will prolong the country's reliance on borrowing. The Institute for Fiscal Studies predicted Britain will only start to lower public debt as a share of GDP at the end of the decade due to a hit to the economy resulting from the country's withdrawal from the ...