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International coalition of political parties are a very tricky thing, Socialist International, Liberal International and the like. Not only must they navigate the tricky line between common core values but they must also be aware of faults of each individual member in their various countries.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  US and Japan vow closer military cooperation after Korean crisis  
 
     
 
  North Korea will face “strong military consequences” if it were to launch a military strike at the United States or its allies, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said in Washington on Thursday (Aug 17). He made the remarks at a joint news conference alongside US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and their visiting Japanese counterparts, who also pledged to step up their defence cooperation against the North Korean threat.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Foreign Minister Taro Kono are in Washington for high-level “two-plus-two” talks in which the isolated regime had dominated the agenda. “I just can assure you that, in close collaboration with our allies, there are strong military consequences if the DPRK initiates hostilities,” Mattis said, referring to North Korea by the acronym of its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
 
 
 
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India should not forcibly repatriate Rohingya
 
   
 
India should abide by its international legal obligations and should not forcibly return ethnic Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, where they face persecution, without fairly evaluating their claims as refugees, a global human rights group has said.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) cited Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju’s statement to Parliament that “the government has issued detailed instructions for deportation of illegal foreign nationals including Rohingyas”, noting that there were around 40,000 Rohingyas living illegally in India.
 
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Golden decade for BRICS countries?
 
   
 
It is important for BRICS countries to exchange governance experiences as the bloc, consisting of emerging and developing nations, strives to usher in its second "golden decade", a senior publicity official said on Thursday.

Huang Kunming, executive vice-minister of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said the five BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — have gained valuable governance experience in past years that produced excellent economic growth despite global sluggishness.
 
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No justice in sight two years after deadly Bangkok bombing
 
   
 
Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of the deadly bomb attack at the famous Erawan Shrine tourist destination in Bangkok, which killed 20 people and injured 125 others. Activist groups say no justice is in sight.
 
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Fear of disease looms after South Asia floods
 
   
 
As flood survivors struggle to come to terms with the disaster, they fear disease outbreaks, for they lack proper shelter, food, clean water, sanitation and basic medicines.
 
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