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China’s Xi lays out vision for ‘new era’ led by ‘still stronger’ Communist Party

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption, curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.

Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a “modern socialist country” for a “new era” that will be proudly Chinese and ruled by the party but open to the world.

US official says not ruling out direct talks with North Korea

Tim Kelly & Michelle Nichols Reuters The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment. Talks between the adversaries have long been urged by China in particular, but Washington and its ally Japan have been reluctant to sit down at the table while Pyongyang continues to pursue a goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States.

Islamic State defeated in their Syrian capital Raqqa

US-backed militias raised a flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said, as a four-month battle to take Islamic State’s Syrian capital came to an end.

The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining hiding militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Islamic State was now completely cleared from the city.

May Heads to Brussels Amid Moves to Block No-Deal Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Brussels on Monday to personally intervene in deadlocked exit negotiations with the European Union, a day after details emerged of cross-party talks to prevent her from leaving the bloc without an agreement.

China’s precedent-breaking Xi Jinping gets set to bolster his power

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to amass even greater power at a Communist Party Congress this week, promoting close allies, having his guiding thought enshrined in the party constitution and possibly assuming a title to put him on par with Mao Zedong.

That is the view of multiple sources with ties to the Chinese leadership, including senior party officials, former officials and foreign diplomats. Much of it has also been signalled in the state media.

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day today with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialised world.

In a speech to the global body's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Francis said love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and threw his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration.

War By Next Summer: US General shocks TV viewers with chilling warning

US General Barry McCaffrey’s, a respected retired general claims US President Donald Trump is “overloading” his military, undermining the world’s trust in the United States and pushing Australia towards an imminent war with North Korea,

Caffrey’s comments come as fears mount that the US and North Korea are headed towards an imminent war and as Kim Jong-un escalates his threats against the United States and its allies — including Australia.

Spy’s eye: Moment of reckoning

After long years of civilian-army asymmetry in Pakistan, Pak army’s game of cornering the large funding provided by the US in the ‘war on terror’ - without seriously countering the rise of Islamic extremism on its own territory - and that country’s clumsy pretence of helping the return of peace to Afghanistan, Pakistan has finally landed in a situation where the world community has squarely condemned it for providing ‘safe havens’ to terrorists.

Odisha SLFC cleared 98 projects since 2015: Minister

The Odisha government today said its State Level Facilitation Cell (SLFC) has cleared a total of 98 projects worth Rs 1,73,270 crore since its inception in August 2015.

The cell reviews investment proposals received by the state, as well as assists companies in actualising investments on the ground.

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