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China's Xi signs economic partnership in Prague amid protests PRAGUE: Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a landmark strategic partnership with his Czech counterpart in Prague on Tuesday amid a fresh wave of protests in the Czech capital against Beijing's policies on Tibet.The first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic has been overshadowed by protests by human rights groups and opposition politicians critical of China's policy in Tibet. Czech President Milos Zeman, who has billed the visit as a chance to boost trade with the world's second-biggest economy, announced that Chinese investors would pour 95 billion koruna (3.5 billion euros, $3.93 billion) into the central European country in 2016 alone.But the announcement failed to silence China's critics."I have never come across such bootlicking as I can see now," former foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg said, criticising the warm welcome Zeman has offered his Chinese counterpart.To show its disapproval Schwarzenberg's conservative TOP 09 party, which accuses Xi ...

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Obama to discuss North Korea threat with South Korea, Japan leaders WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will discuss the growing threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea at a meeting this week with the leaders of Japan and South Korea, the White House said Monday.The trilateral sit-down on Thursday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye will take place on the sidelines of a wider nuclear security summit bringing together delegations from dozens of countries.It has been scheduled for the same day ...

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China's Xi faces fresh protests in Prague trip PRAGUE: Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday faced a turbulent second day of a visit to Prague aimed at boosting trade ties, as demonstrators planned new protests against Beijing's policies on Tibet.Police arrested 12 people on Monday after pro-Tibetan demonstrators scuffled with crowds who had turned out to welcome Xi on the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic.Chinese flags hung on Prague's streets were defaced, and protesters displayed a huge ...

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Iran sanctions removal duration unclear: Austrian president TEHRAN: Austrian President Heinz Fischer has said it is unclear how long it will take for the West to lift sanctions on Iran, in an interview with Iran's state television news agency IRIB.Iran's historic agreement with world powers went into force on January 16, ending a 13-year standoff over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme and lifting punishing sanctions on its economy. But more than two months later Iran is still struggling to make business with the ...

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Myanmar army chief vows to uphold democratic transition NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar's powerful army chief vowed Sunday to keep the nation "on the path to democracy", days before Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government takes office after decades of army rule.Senior General Min Aung Hlaing made the remarks at an annual display of military might by Myanmar's armed forces, a body that long crushed democratic aspirations with an iron fist but has since stewarded the country through a remarkable transition."I would solemnly impart the fact ...

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New opposition party launched in Japan ahead of summer election TOKYO: Two Japanese opposition parties merged on Sunday to form a new grouping intended to put pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative ruling party before the upper house election this summer.The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the main opposition party, and the smaller Japan Innovation Party merged to create the "Minshinto" party, which will have a total of 156 lawmakers in the upper and lower house.It will still be far smaller than the coalition ...

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Chinese flags defaced in Prague ahead of president's visit PRAGUE: Dozens of Chinese flags that had been hung up in the streets of Prague ahead of a landmark visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping were defaced overnight, police said on Saturday. "Several dozen Chinese flags were splattered with a black substance overnight," police spokesman Jan Danek told AFP, saying one or two unknown vandals were involved. The flags had been hoisted in the Czech capital in recent days, notably on the road between notably ...