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Communists warn peace pact not achievable before 2019

Communists warn peace pact not achievable before 2019

Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia’s longest insurgencies said yesterday a peace pact was likely not achievable before 2019, in a blow to the government’s hopes of securing a deal this year.

China’s sea militarisation is ‘very troubling’: defence chief

China’s sea militarisation is ‘very troubling’: defence chief

China’s militarisation of the South China Sea is “very troubling” and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines’ defence secretary said yesterday.

Pakistani right cries ‘blasphemy’ to muzzle progressives

Pakistani right cries ‘blasphemy’ to muzzle progressives

A virulent social media campaign to paint five disappeared Pakistani activists as blasphemers deserving execution has spotlighted how right-wing efforts to muzzle liberal voices using the country’s draconian laws have found a powerful new platform online.

Top Pak, US commanders back Afghan reconciliation

Top Pak, US commanders back Afghan reconciliation

US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Joseph Votel and Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa have pledged to support “inclusive reconciliation” in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.

Trump urged not to act rashly towards Cuba

Trump urged not to act rashly towards Cuba

US organisations that have worked closely with the outgoing Obama administration to improve relations with Cuba yesterday released a four-page letter to president-elect Donald Trump urging him not to act rashly toward the Communist-run nation.

Brazil police fire rubber bullets as inmates clash

Brazil police fire rubber bullets as inmates clash

Brazilian police used rubber bullets and tear gas yesterday to break up a renewed clash between drug gangs in a prison where 26 inmates were butchered by rivals in recent days.

PM expresses concern over China’s reach, ambitions

PM expresses concern over China’s reach, ambitions

Growing military ambitions in the Asia-Pacific are creating security risks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday in a coded message to China to exercise strategic restraint.

Samajwadi, Congress form alliance for polls

Samajwadi, Congress form alliance for polls

Setting the stage for a triangular contest in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress yesterday said it would contest the assembly election along with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.

Gene Cernan, last person to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Gene Cernan, last person to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Former US astronaut Eugene Cernan, who became the last astronaut to walk on the moon in an experience that he said made him one with the universe, died on Monday at 82, the US space agency said.

MLK daughter says God can triumph over Trump

MLK daughter says God can triumph over Trump

Martin Luther King’s daughter said on Monday that “God can triumph over Trump,” but the slain civil rights leader’s son struck a conciliatory tone after meeting with the president-elect on the US holiday that honours their father.

Indrani and Peter Mukerjea charged with Sheena murder

Indrani and Peter Mukerjea charged with Sheena murder

A Mumbai court yesterday started the trial in the Sheena Bora murder case by framing charges against her mother Indrani Mukerjea and her two step-fathers – former media tycoon Peter Mukerjea and Kolkata-based businessman Sanjeev Khanna.

End of the road for Mulayam and beginning of a new one

End of the road for Mulayam and beginning of a new one

Some say Mulayam Singh Yadav deserved it for all the divisive caste and religious politics that he practised all his life.

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