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Hello from the Philippines! I am in town today to join the Inquirer as they co-host a forum on disinformation and what we can do to combat it. Fake news is definitely the topic du jour and I only wish more organisations would host these discussions on what we (collective we) can do to fight back.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  Hun Sen lauds China, lashes out at US  
 
     
 
  Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday lavished praise on China, attacking anyone who questioned the Kingdom’s relationship with its largest foreign investor, while also accusing the United States of setting up a purported espionage network through civil society organisations. The premier’s comments, made at the groundbreaking ceremony of a new $57 million Chinese-funded bridge in Kampong Cham, follow criticism in recent weeks of the adverse effects of Chinese investment, especially in the coastal town of Sihanoukville. Late last month, the government set up an interministerial task force to address issues of criminality in the city stemming from Chinese investment, and last week the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh held a press conference pledging to help law enforcement efforts while pointing to the positive impacts of the flow of Chinese money.

On Friday, with Chinese Ambassador Xiong Bo near at hand, Hun Sen lauded Cambodia’s biggest donor for its support, while juxtaposing its approach to aid with that of Western countries. “We should talk with each other in a manner that [shows] we respect the independence and sovereignty of each other,” Hun Sen said, after reaffirming the government’s support for the One China principle, in which Taiwan is not recognised as a separate nation.
 
 
 
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Duterte under fire after 'shoot them in vagina' comment
 
   
 
President Rodrigo Duterte came under fire after ordering soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the vagina.
 
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Brexit forces farms to move business to China
 
   
 
One of Britain’s largest berry farmers has moved part of its business to China due to a labor shortage, as thousands of seasonal workers stop coming to the United Kingdom following the vote to leave the European Union.
 
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Pakistan extends ban on terror groups identified by UN
 
   
 
Pakistan on Monday endorsed the United Nations' list of banned terrorist organisations by extending the ban on the said outfits in Pakistan as well, DawnNews reported.
 
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  US says ready to talk with N Korea  
 
     
 
  The US is ready to engage in direct talks with North Korea even as it maintains its “maximum pressure campaign” on the regime, US Vice President Mike Pence has said, hinting at a shift in Washington’s North Korea policy.

The US and South Korea have agreed on terms for further engagement with North Korea, first by Seoul and then possibly leading to talks with Washington, Pence said in an interview with the Washington Post aboard Air Force Two on his way home from the Olympics in South Korea on Sunday.

“The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization,” the Post quoted Pence as saying. “So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify. But if you want to talk, we’ll talk.”
 
 
 
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