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Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with self-proclaimed killer Duterte

Duterte last year declared the Philippines' "separation" from the United States.

Rich, poor nations feud at UN climate talks

Rich and poor nations agreed on Friday on a roadmap for UN climate talks this year after feuds flared over actions required to combat global warming.

UN climate tsar warns on expiration of Kyoto pledges

Pledges to cut carbon emissions are due to expire next year without new binding commitments from developed nations, the UN's climate chief has warned.

Calm urged as radiation spreads across Asia

Small amounts of radiation from Japan's leaking nuclear power plant have spread across Asia, authorities said on Tuesday.

China to step up ‘re-education’ of Tibetans

China warned on Saturday it would step up a controversial ''re-education'' campaign for Tibetans after a fresh protest showed a huge security crackdown had failed to extinguish nearly one month of unrest. The statement in the state-run Tibet Daily newspaper called for Buddhist monks to become Chinese patriots.

China admits to shooting at Tibetans

China admitted for the first time that security forces shot at Tibetan protesters, as the military on Friday pursued its crackdown on volatile areas amid fears of mass arrests. The admission comes with Beijing's Communist rulers trying to put the country's best face forward in the run-up to the Olympic Games in August.

We can tackle global warming, says UN report

Nations have the money and technology to save the world from the worst ravages of global warming, but they must start acting immediately to succeed, experts at a United Nations climate conference agreed on Friday. After five days of testy negotiations, the experts from 120 nations agreed on a report laying out proposals to fight climate change.

China feels rising cost of interests in Africa

A deadly attack by rebels on a Chinese-run oil field in Ethiopia that left more than 70 dead is the latest example of the human and political cost of China's growing energy interests in Africa. Tuesday's attack on the facility left 65 Ethiopians dead as well as nine workers from China, making it the deadliest in a recent spate of killings and kidnappings aimed at Chinese firms in Africa.

Els, Goosen hope to ease Masters pain

Ernie Els and Retief Goosen will be aiming to ease very different forms of Masters heartache when they tee off at the BMW Asian Open in Shanghai on Thursday as a high-class field aims to impose more misery. The smooth-swinging South African duo walked off the famed fairways at Augusta National this month with their hopes of securing another Major title blown away.

Spaniard Pedrosa wins first MotoGP title

Spanish whiz Dani Pedrosa became the second-youngest winner in the history of motor cycling's premier class with victory in the Shanghai Grand Prix on Sunday. Pedrosa (20) started in pole and pushed his Honda through the 22 laps of the 5,28km Shanghai International Circuit in 44 minutes 07,734 seconds.

China’s New Year fireworks frenzy kills 36

Fireworks explosions killed 36 people and injured hundreds more in China as traditional Lunar New Year celebrations led to much mayhem as well as joy across the nation, officials and state media said on Monday. In the most serious accident, 36 people died when a storeroom full of fireworks exploded, Xinhua news agency said.

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