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Australia, Indonesia hope to heal phone tapping rift with new pact

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:18AM UTC Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, talks with her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa after a meeting in Jakarta last year. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will heal a bilateral rift sparked last November by accusations that Australia had tapped the cell phones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009.

Philippines protests Chinese ‘sovereignty patrols’

By Mon, Aug 18, 2014 6:46PM UTC Philippines protests Chinese ‘sovereignty patrols’

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines says it will file a new diplomatic protest for frequent patrols by Chinese ships in the South China Sea within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, which extends out 200 nautical miles. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said Monday that Chinese “illegitimate sovereignty

Russian choppers in China for multinational drills

By Mon, Aug 18, 2014 6:43PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Russian army helicopters have landed in northern China to take part in multinational anti-terrorism drills, underscoring the close ties between Beijing and Moscow despite tensions with the West over Ukraine. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that eight transport choppers landed Sunday night at China’s largest

Nepal flood toll hits 101, fears of disease rise

By Mon, Aug 18, 2014 4:08PM UTC Nepalese villagers carry their belongings while wading through a flooded street to move to safer ground, at Bardia, in western Nepal, Friday. Pic: AP.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese authorities attempting to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding fear an outbreak of diseases from the disaster that has already killed 101 people and left more than 136 missing.

China says Mercedes guilty of price abuses

By Mon, Aug 18, 2014 3:47PM UTC China says Mercedes guilty of price abuses

BEIJING (AP) — Mercedes-Benz has become the latest global automaker that Chinese investigators say violated the country’s anti-monopoly law. A regulatory agency in the eastern province of Jiangsu said in a statement carried Monday by the official Xinhua News Agency that the German company improperly used its control over supplies

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