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China invites private investors to help build $318 billiion of projects

Newly-built residential buildings are seen next to the partially-frozen Songhua River and a bridge in JilinChina's state planning agency on Monday released a list of more than 1,000 proposed projects totalling 1.97 trillion yuan ($317.75 billion) that it is inviting private investors to help fund, build and operate. The National Development and Reform Commission said the 1,043 projects, in sectors such as transport, water conservancy and public services, will be done as public-private partnerships (PPP). An NDRC statement on its website did not say whether private investors will include foreign firms.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:46 am

Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi

FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. The Islamic State group’s takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that aired Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:46 am

US Defense chief’s criticism of Iraqis raises questions

FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. The Islamic State group’s takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that aired Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:40 am

Malaysia finds 139 suspected migrant graves: police chief

Human remains are retrieved from a mass grave at an abandoned camp in Thailand's southern Songkhla provinceBy Praveen Menon WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia's police chief said on Monday that 139 graves believed to contain the remains of migrants were found near the country's border with Thailand, and that some graves contained more than one body. The graves were found at 28 suspected human trafficking camps located around 500 metres (550 yards) from the border in northern Malaysia, said Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar. Malaysia's Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Sunday officials were determining whether the graves were of human trafficking victims.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:37 am

China state paper warns of war over South China Sea unless U.S. backs down

Still image from a United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly IslandsA Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that "war is inevitable" between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway. The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper the People's Daily, said in an editorial that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country's "most important bottom line". The editorial comes amid rising tensions over China's land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:34 am

Nepali villagers return to homes after river gets unblocked

People gather at the site of a landslide north of Beni Bazaar, Nepal, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods, officials said. (AP Photo/M.B. Astha)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of villagers in northwestern Nepal were able to return to their homes Monday after a mountain river swept away debris from a landslide that had blocked it, allowing waters to flow normally again.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:28 am

Oil prices edge up on firm Asian, U.S. demand

Pump Jacks are seen at sunrise near BakersfieldCrude oil futures edged up on Monday, buoyed by healthy Asian appetite and demand from the U.S. driving season. U.S. crude prices were up 14 cents at $59.86 a barrel. "Global oil demand continues to surprise to the upside, with April data showing no signs of slowdown despite a pick-up in prices," Energy Aspects said.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:19 am

ITC shares fall after lower-than-expected earnings

A man talk on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in KolkataMUMBAI (Reuters) – Shares in ITC Ltd (ITC.NS) fell 2.8 percent on Monday after India's largest cigarette maker reported lower-than-expected earnings as higher taxes on smokes and a government push to discourage …

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:07 am

Relatives doubt that 42 men died in shootout on Mexico ranch

Police drive along a road inside the Rancho del Sol, a ranch that was the site of clashes between Mexican authorities and a drug cartel, in the municipality of Ecuandureo, Mexico, Saturday, May 23, 2015. The clash on Friday was the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer killed during a three-hour firefight. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — One body was missing an eye and had bruises on its face. Another had its teeth knocked inward. One had a gunshot in the top of the head.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:04 am

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, a man uses his mobile phone to photograph a circular sun halo in Mexico City. The ring around the sun is a fairly common weather phenomenon caused by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)In an eventful week in Latin America, Mexico City residents got to see a "sun halo," a weather phenomenon caused by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, while in western Mexico at least 43 people died in what authorities described as a three-hour gun battle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen at a ranch.

Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:01 am

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Malaysia finds 139 suspected migrant graves: police chief – Reuters


Reuters

Malaysia finds 139 suspected migrant graves: police chief
Reuters
WANG KELIAN, Malaysia Malaysia's police chief said on Monday that 139 graves believed to contain the remains of migrants were found near the country's border with Thailand, and that some graves contained more than one body. The graves were found at …
Malaysian police find 139 suspected migrant gravesBBC News
Bangladeshi PM: 'Punish' migrants seeking to fleeCNN International
Malaysia mass graves: police find 139 suspected sitesTelegraph.co.uk
Myanmar Times
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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:38 am

Villagers in Nepal return to homes after river gets unblocked after landslide – Fox News


Fox News

Villagers in Nepal return to homes after river gets unblocked after landslide
Fox News
People gather at the site of a landslide north of Beni Bazaar, Nepal, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash …
Fears of flash floods fears as blocked Nepalese river flows againIrish Times
Thousands flee after landslide blocks Nepal riverDAWN.com
Blocked Kali Gandaki river flows again (with photos)E Kantipur

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:38 am

Iraq will take back Ramadi from IS ‘in days’ – PM Abadi – BBC News


BBC News

Iraq will take back Ramadi from IS 'in days' – PM Abadi
BBC News
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has said that the city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State militants "in days". But he told the BBC that more support was needed from international coalition partners. Iraqi forces have suffered a number of defeats at the …
Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in PalmyraReuters
Islamic State executes 217 in Palmyra in nine daysThe Australian (blog)
Dobbs: When a madman is 70 miles awayThe Denver Post
RT -Rudaw
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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:27 am

Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist – Washington Post


Brisbane Times

Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist
Washington Post
SYDNEY — An inquest into last year's siege at a Sydney cafe has heard that the gunman was a self-obsessed fabulist who grew increasingly defiant as he edged closer to launching his deadly attack. The details of Man Monis' life and death were being …
Lindt cafe siege inquest: Man Haron Monis' clairvoyancy business 'a front to Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney cafe siege inquest hears details of gunman MonisBBC News
LIVE: Lindt cafe siege inquestBrisbane Times

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:10 am

Women activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Women activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth from right, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, and Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion on Sunday with South …
Delegation of women activists from abroad cross the DMZ in the name of peaceThe Hankyoreh
Women activists cross DMZ between North and South KoreaCNN

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:01 am

Poland’s new president Andrzej Duda signals shift to the right – Sydney Morning Herald


Sydney Morning Herald

Poland's new president Andrzej Duda signals shift to the right
Sydney Morning Herald
Warsaw: Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to the conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday's presidential election, a result reflecting voters' frustration that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being more evenly shared.
Conservative Andrzej Duda wins Poland's presidential cliffhangerFirstpost
Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challengerReuters
Polish president concedes election defeat to right-wing opponentFox News
Krakow Post -euronews
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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 3:47 am

Spain enters a new political era – BBC News


BBC News

Spain enters a new political era
BBC News
As expected, in the wake of the economic crisis and high-profile corruption scandals which have tarnished the reputation of the traditional political parties in Spain, the country has now entered a new political era. Anti-austerity parties, linked to the Podemos …
Spain's ruling party punished in local and regional electionsThe Globe and Mail
Ruling Party Loses Hold as Leftists Surge in SpainNew York Times
Spain's Governing Popular Party Suffers Losses in Regional ElectionsWall Street Journal

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 3:20 am

Explaining a Cornerstone of Game Theory: John Nash’s Equilibrium – New York Times


New York Times

Explaining a Cornerstone of Game Theory: John Nash's Equilibrium
New York Times
John F. Nash Jr. was best known for advances in game theory, which is essentially the study of how to come up with a winning strategy in the game of life — especially when you do not know what your competitors are doing and the choices do not always look …
John Nash, mathematician who inspired 'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in car crashReuters
Beautiful mind killedTimes LIVE
Famed 'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash, wife, killed in N.J. Turnpike NJ.com

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 2:33 am

Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed – Reuters


RT

Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed
Reuters
BEIRUT Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed, the leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite movement said on Sunday. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told …
Hezbollah vows to step up involvement in Syria's civil warFox News
'No one can bury heads in sand:' Hezbollah leader calls for help fighting ISIS in RT
Nasrallah vows to oust jihadis from Arsal outskirtsThe Daily Star

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 2:21 am

Afghans Form Militias and Call on Warlords to Fight Taliban – New York Times


New York Times

Afghans Form Militias and Call on Warlords to Fight Taliban
New York Times
KABUL, Afghanistan — Facing a fierce Taliban offensive across a corridor of northern Afghanistan, the government in Kabul is turning to a strategy fraught with risk: forming local militias and beseeching old warlords for military assistance, according to Afghan …
Afghan Peace Envoy Met Taliban in Secret China TalksWall Street Journal
IS recruiting militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Nato generalDAWN.com
Afghans, Taliban met in secret China talksMarketWatch

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Posted on 25 May 2015 | 1:06 am