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No change to plan of raising sales tax: Japan PM Abe TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday there is no change to his plan of proceeding with a scheduled sales tax hike next year unless a crisis of the scale of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, or a huge earthquake, hits the economy.But he said Japan's private consumption has been weaker than expected since it was hit by the first sales tax hike in 2014."There are downside risks to the global economy," Abe said in a parliament debate with opposition party leaders. "I'm focusing on whether such risks materialise beyond what can be considered as due to cyclical factors," he said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Sri Lanka search for 16 missing after landslide COLOMBO: Rescue workers in Sri Lanka searched for 16 people missing Wednesday after landslides buried several homes following three days of heavy rain, police said.The floods have already claimed 11 lives and have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes."We are looking for 16 people who have been reported missing," a police officer in the central district of Kegalle said by telephone. Security forces had also joined in the search, the officer ...

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Hong Kong protests as top China official visits HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters angry at a visit by a top Beijing official shouted pro-democracy slogans and demanded free elections Wednesday but were kept away from talks seen as an attempt to bridge a growing political divide.The three-day trip by Zhang Dejiang, who chairs China's communist-controlled legislature, is the first by such a senior official in four years and comes as concerns grow that freedoms are under threat in semi-autonomous Hong Kong as Beijing ...

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China's Xi calls for Marxism and intellectual loyalty BEIJING: China's Communist Party must ensure that philosophy and social science "unequivocally uphold" Marxist principles, President Xi Jinping told a high-level academic seminar, according to state media reports. Xi's address to around 150 specialists was his latest move to exert greater authority over China's cultural sphere, following two similar gatherings earlier this year on his vision for the news media and the Internet, and came as the ruling party also seeks more control over universities. ...

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Lightning kills 59 people in three days in Bangladesh: official DHAKA: Lightning strikes have killed an unprecedented 59 people in Bangladesh in three days as tropical thunderstorms hit the country before the annual monsoon, an official said Sunday.Thirty-four people were killed on Thursday in different locations and another 25 over the next two days around the country, disaster management department chief Reaz Ahmed told AFP. "We've not seen such a huge number of deaths due to lightning before," Ahmed said, adding most of the victims ...

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China's CGN says won't go it alone on British nuclear plants BEIJING: China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC) on Saturday said it has no plans to build reactors at the Hinkley Point C site in Britain, denying reports it would be willing to take over from EDF should the French firm pull out. EDF has delayed its investment decision on the construction of two "third-generation" European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at Hinkley Point until September, amid escalating costs and financial problems brought about in part by delays ...

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Two Indian reporters shot dead in less than 24 hours NEW DELHI: Gunmen shot dead two journalists in 24 hours in separate incidents in eastern India, police and local reports said Saturday, the latest media killing in Asia's deadliest country for reporters.Rajdeo Ranjan, the local bureau chief for Hindi-language daily Hindustan, was travelling on his motorcycle late Friday in Bihar state when a group of unknown assailants shot him five times."He was shot from very close range. We rushed him to a hospital where he ...