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German given 3½ year sentence over Hamburg G20 riot

A man has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for throwing a bottle at police officers during the riots that accompanied last year’s Group of 20 summit in Hamburg — the highest sentence yet over the disturbances. German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that the Hamburg district court convicted the 28-year-old German, whose name wasn’t released, of bodily harm, attacking officers and breaching the peace. The court found that the man, who had a significant previous criminal record, broke…

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‘US may help India in war against terror’

‘If the US-Pakistan relationship continues to suffer, Pakistan may feel it has less to lose and decide that it need not keep a leash on LeT in order to appease America.’‘A tougher US policy toward Pakistan could lead to an emboldened and strengthened LeT and JeM, resulting in more terrorist attacks in India.’ IMAGE: Muhammed Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist, addresses supporters at a protest in Rawalpindi, December 29, 2017, against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph:…

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Looking forward by looking back, starting with 2008

Poet and memoirist Maya Angelou once wrote: “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you have been.” In that spirit, and while Canadian federal politicians are still far from the capital on their winter break, this writer proposes looking forward to the coming year by looking back a decade — or two, or three, or more. When the late 19th century socialist and journalist Edward Bellamy chose “Looking Backward” as the title for his utopian novel, it…

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New year, same Trump, and he wastes no time proving it | Opinion

New year. Same old president. 2018 was only seven hours and 12 minutes old when President Trump launched his first verbal attack of the year on a foreign country. His target: the unsuspecting nation of Pakistan, which, he charged, has “given us nothing but lies & deceit” and “safe haven to the terrorists.” Only 10 weeks earlier, Trump tweeted about a “much better relationship with Pakistan,” saying, “I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts.” Before whiplashed…

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Preparing for Cyberwar or Promoting Cyber Détente?

In 2018, Internet Governance will be one of the top priorities in the geo-strategic battles among big powers. In today’s world, every global conflict has an Internet-related component. There is no international security without cybersecurity. The world economy is a digital economy. And human rights are relevant offline as well as online. It is impossible to decouple cyberspace from the conflicts of the real world. 20 years ago, Internet governance was a technical issue with political implications. Today, it is…

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Climate change is an overwhelming problem

Today’s climate challenge is so far beyond our collective experience that it demands a radically different kind of engagement from senior leadership teams in the private sector. The threats that climate change poses to business, markets, and, indeed, capitalism are peculiarly hard for most top teams to spot, let alone act on. Our brains evolved to respond reflexively to immediate threats but ignore or downplay systemic crises that creep up on us. Such market dynamics behave like vortices — a…

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Turkey’s economy on the up, but deep-rooted problems remain

Terror attacks, political tumult and fraying relations with the West have seen Turkey’s economy take a beating in recent years. However, with the visible effects of the botched July 2016 coup now fading, and the spate of terrorist attacks that plagued the country in 2016 apparently at an end, an economic revival of sorts has quickly followed. Fuelled by the Turkish lira’s fall against major currencies, exports in 2017 reached a record €120 billion. Turkish auto makers rolled out more…

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Japan might ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit in 2019 to discuss isle row

The government is considering inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan around May 2019 in the hope of making progress in resolving a decades-long territorial row, government sources said Friday. Putin last visited Japan in December 2016. That trip was played up as a potential turning point in the row over the sovereignty of a chain of Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido but resulted in little tangible change. Putin is expected to visit Japan next year in any case to…

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Japan mulls inviting Russian President Putin in 2019 to press isles issue

The government is considering inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan around May next year in the hope of making progress in resolving a decades-long territorial row, government sources said Friday. Putin last visited Japan in December 2016. That trip was played up as a potential turning point in the row over the sovereignty of a chain of Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off of Hokkaido, but resulted in little tangible change. Putin is expected to visit Japan next year in any…

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Statement On Matters To Consider In The Use Of Financial Benchmarks

IOSCO is today publishing a statement setting out matters for users of financial benchmarks (benchmarks) to consider in selecting an appropriate benchmark and in contingency planning, particularly for scenarios in which a benchmark is no longer available. Objectives: Benchmarks play a key role in the financial system’s core functions of pricing and allocating capital and risk. They impact enormous volumes of credit products (including loans, mortgages, structured products, short-term money market instruments and fixed income products) and derivatives and have…

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‘FIRE AND FURY’ LATEST: Trump Insisted On False Story At Trump Tower Meeting | 105.9 FM and AM 630—Where Washington Comes To Talk

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump insisted that a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower was about adoption policy — after knowledge of the confab became public — even though it was likely that reporters had evidence it was set to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton, a new book on his presidency says. The book by Michael Wolff has come under fire by the White House, which has dismissed it as “complete fantasy,” and quotes in the book attributed to former White…

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Opinion: Beijing heavy-handed approach to Taiwan, Hong Kong misguided

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping during the official welcome at the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou on Sept. 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld With his country’s power and influence reaching new heights globally, President Xi Jinping has made it clear that both Hong Kong and Taiwan need to embrace “mother China.” Yet taking an assertive approach is counter-productive. Beijing is worried about Hong Kong because of the appearance of a demand among…

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Steve Bannon: No chance Trump Jr. didn’t introduce Russians to Trump

Steve Bannon. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson The former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was quoted in an upcoming book as making several bombshell statements about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer and lobbyist at Trump Tower in June 2016, The Guardian reported. Bannon said there was “zero” chance that Trump Jr. “did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the 26th floor,” the report says, adding that he called the meeting “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” President…

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New year, same Trump – The Washington Post

New year. Same old president. 2018 was only seven hours and 12 minutes old when President Trump launched his first verbal attack of the year on a foreign country. His target: the unsuspecting nation of Pakistan, which, he charged, has “given us nothing but lies & deceit” and “safe haven to the terrorists.” Only 10 weeks earlier, Trump tweeted about a “much better relationship with Pakistan,” saying, “I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts.” Before whiplashed…

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Builder who Philip joked was a ‘terrorist’ not offended 

The Duke’s most infamous gaffe came in 1986 when he told a British student in China: ‘If you stay here much longer you’ll be slitty-eyed’  ‘I declare this thing open, whatever it is.’ During a visit to Canada in 1969. ‘It looks like a tart’s bedroom,’ — on seeing plans for the Duke and Duchess of York’s house at Sunninghill Park in 1988. To a driving instructor in Scotland, during a 1995 walkabout: ‘How do you keep the natives off…

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