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China policymakers pledge stability for ‘complex’ 2017

BEIJING: China’s economy is on a steady growth path as 2016 ends, supported by a housing boom and billions in government investment, but the mood of policymakers is more cautious…

Taiwan leader urges China for ‘calm’ talks as pressure grows

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s leader yesterday urged China to engage in “calm and rational” dialogue to maintain peace, vowing not to give in to Beijing’s recent moves to “threaten and intimidate” the…

Grand Old Party? Trump remaking GOP in his image

WASHINGTON: For eight years, a leaderless Republican Party has rallied around its passionate opposition to President Barack Obama and an unceasing devotion to small government, free markets and fiscal discipline.…

Putin says will not expel US diplomats – Obama hits Russia for election meddling

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin yesterday ruled out any tit-for-tat expulsion of Americans after Washington turfed out dozens of Russian diplomats over alleged interference in the US presidential election. The Kremlin…

Kuwaiti, Turkish societies ink MoU

GAZIANETP, Turkey: Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) yesterday inked a memo of understanding (MoU) with the Turkish Red Crescent Society to examine relief projects in eastern Aleppo. The MoU was…

Air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey’s Syria truce

BEIRUT: Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to peace talks between…

Iraqi troops resume Mosul fight after 2-week lull

NEAR MOSUL: Iraqi forces faced car bombs and fierce resistance from Islamic State militants in southern Mosul yesterday, the second day of a renewed push to take back the city…

Cavaliers hold off Boston Celtics – Thunder fall as Westbrook ejected

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and made two critical layups before leaving with a leg injury and Kevin Love scored 30, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers hold off a late…

Turkish committee clears draft expanding Erdogan’s powers

ANKARA: A Turkish parliamentary commission yesterday cleared a set of draft constitutional amendments that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The constitutional commission approved the reforms…

Europe ramp up security after Berlin attack

BERLIN/PARIS: European capitals tightened security on Friday ahead of New Year’s celebrations, erecting concrete barriers in city centres and stepping up police numbers after the Islamic State attack in Berlin…

Myanmar says will take back 2k citizens from Bangladesh

YANGON: Myanmar said yesterday it will take back 2,415 citizens from Bangladesh, only a tiny fraction of the 300,000 people who Bangladesh says are Myanmar citizens taking refuge there and…

Garbage trucks block likely Times Square truck attacks

NEW YORK: Massive 20-ton sanitation trucks, weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand, will surround the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, officials said Thursday, describing a…