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India calls satellite 'gift to South Asia', Pakistan says no thanks

NEW DELHI India launched a communications satellite on Friday for its smaller neighbors to share, part of its efforts to build goodwill in the region and counter Chinese influence, but arch-rival Pakistan said it would stay away from the project. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to office promising to strengthen ties with neighbors such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and ...

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Influence of English is fading, says EU chief

By Crispian Balmer | FLORENCE, Italy FLORENCE, Italy European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at Britain on Friday, saying he preferred to give a speech in French because English was becoming less significant. “Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe,” Juncker told a conference in the Italian city of Florence, drawing laughter and applause from his ...

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Frankfurt lays claim to Wall Street banks after Brexit

By John O’Donnell | FRANKFURT FRANKFURT The five largest U.S. investment banks are set to move hundreds of key staff within two years from London to Frankfurt, the city’s chief lobbyist told Reuters, in a move that could bolster Germany’s role in global finance. Hubertus Vaeth, who has been promoting the city to banks since Britain voted to leave the ...

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FIFA appeal committee lifts Messi suspension

ZURICH FIFA’s Appeal Committee has lifted a four-match international ban imposed on Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi for insulting an assistant referee. “Despite the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee considered Lionel Messi’s behaviour as reproachable, the former concluded that the evidence available was not sufficient to establish…(sanctions) could be applied,” the committee said in a statement on Friday. It upheld ...

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Influence of English is fading, says EU chief

By Crispian Balmer | FLORENCE, Italy FLORENCE, Italy European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at Britain on Friday, saying he preferred to give a speech in French because English was becoming less significant. “Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe,” Juncker told a conference in the Italian city of Florence, drawing laughter and applause from his ...

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About 200 inmates break out of Indonesian jail

JAKARTA About 200 prisoners in Indonesia broke out of an overcrowded jail on Sumatra island on Friday, tearing down a gate near a mosque in the prison complex after being allowed out of their cells to pray, officials said. Inmates had complained about their treatment in the jail in Pekanbaru, Riau province, and accused some guards of being violent, said ...

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Thai police find 35 Myanmar smuggling victims 'dumped' in the south

BANGKOK Thai police found 35 migrants from Myanmar abandoned and wandering in a southern forest on Friday, raising fears that smuggling and trafficking routes are flourishing despite a crackdown by authorities. The 28 men and seven women were discovered by villagers in Tha Sala district in Nakorn Si Thammarat province, police said. They were on their way to Malaysia and ...

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Iran's election frontrunners to discuss issues in live debate – TV

ANKARA Iran’s six presidential candidates will participate in a live debate on Friday to discuss cultural and political issues ahead of the country’s May 19 vote, which will shape the Islamic Republic’s economic and domestic policy for years to come. Pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani was criticised by his hardline challengers for failing to bolster the economy in a three-hour debate ...

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In Hollande country, France's new political map emerges

By John Irish | TULLE, France TULLE, France The Socialist party’s headquarters in the southwestern town of Tulle bears the physical scars of the political earthquake that has shaken France since its former mayor Francois Hollande was elected president in 2012. Standing on the rue Jean Jaures, a street named after the father of French Socialism, its doors are shuttered ...

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Thailand revokes wanted Red Bull heir's passport over hit-and-run case

BANGKOK Thailand has revoked the passport of an heir to the Red Bull fortune who has been accused of a deadly hit-and-run but has several times failed to turn up in court. Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, 32, left Thailand for Singapore on April 25, two days before he had been ordered to report to prosecutors to be formally charged in court ...

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