Beijing Wants to Boost China – ASEAN Relations: Win-Win vs Claw-or-Paw

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Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, during his weekly press conference, in the first week of January 2017, said that the government More...

Egyptian Court Approves Controversial Transfer of Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia

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nsnbc : The Cairo Court of Urgent Matters approved the controversial transfer of the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. The Court’s ruling came after a More...

New Cold War – Venezuela Furious over Colombia’s NATO Cooperation Talks

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Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Colombia and NATO agreed to launch cooperation talks. The move prompted a furious response from Venezuela, a recipient of Russian military technology More...

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Obama Commutes Sentence: Manning to be Released in May 2017 instead of 2045

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : U.S. President Barack Obama commuted and significantly shortened the prison sentence of whistleblower Bradley / Chelsea Manning who will be released More...

Pakistani Bloggers “Disappeared”

nsnbc : Samar Abbas, the prominent social activist and head of the Civil Progressive Alliance Pakistan “went missing” in Islamabad on January 7, 2017. Four others More...

Russia’s Constitutional Court Dismissed ECHR Ruling on Compensation for YUKOS Shareholders

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nsnbc : The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation dismissed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) More...

No Place For Brexit Pick-And-Choose Tactics: Tusk

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nsnbc : European Council President Donald Tusk warned on Wednesday that there won’t be any place for pick-and-choose More...

Vietnam Currency_Vietnam 2017 Vietnamese Banks Report a Good Bottomline and Profits in 2016

nsnbc : Several of Vietnam’s leading banks including Vietinbank, Vietcombank and BIDV reported a good business...

venezuela_nicolas-maduro_presidential-press_jan-2016 Promises Of 50% Minimum Wage Hike Amidst Venezuela’s Runaway Inflation

nsnbc : Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proudly announced a50 percent increase in the country’s national minimum...

afghanistan_road-construction_2017 Chinese Firm Wins Major Road Construction Contract in Afghanistan

nsnbc : A Chinese firm was awarded a major road construction contract in Afghanistan. The agreement...

Wife of Omar Mateen a.k.a. Orlando Shooter Arrested by FBI

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Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, commonly known as “the Orlando shooter” More...

Obama Commutes Sentence: Manning to be Released in May 2017 instead of 2045

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : U.S. President Barack Obama commuted and significantly shortened the prison sentence of whistleblower Bradley / Chelsea Manning who will..

Oman Agreed to Accept 10 Guantanamo Inmates from the USA

nsnbc : Oman agreed to accept ten inmates from the United States’ notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision was..

Vietnam’s Deputy PM Welcomed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank VP in Hanoi

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nsnbc : Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held a reception for D.J More...

Australia, China, Malaysia Suspend Search for MH370: Families Dismayed

Fahwad al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : The governments of Australia, China and Malaysia suspended the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370...

Three Malaysian ISIS Fighters Killed in Raqqa

nsnbc : Three Malaysian militants of the Islamic State were killed in an airstrike in the city of Raqqa in northeastern..
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How did Moscow’s stray dogs learn to navigate the metro?

Jacqueline Boyd (TC) : For most of us, commuting is a task to be endured. Busy, noisy and often cramped, the..
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Female Belgian Interior Ministry Staffer Suspended for Making Porn: At the Ministry

nsnbc : A female staffer at the Interior Ministry in Belgium has been suspended for producing porn, in the elevator at..
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Coral reefs off Tanzania’s coast are being destroyed, most beyond repair

TC : If current trends continue and countries fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world’s coral reefs..
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Are Mexico’s new nature reserves a real conservation effort or empty political gesture?

Adán Echeverría-García (TC) : At the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (COP13) in early December 2016, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto..
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What’s the point of sex? It’s good for your physical, social and mental health

TC : The act of penetrative sex has evolved over millions of years as a mechanism to deliver sperm to eggs..
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Mediterranean diet may protect your brain in old age, new finding suggests

Paul Fletcher (TC) : Amid the contention about diets and detoxes, sugar and fats, there is at least general agreement that..