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Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he told the Communist Party congress. The closed-door summit determines who rules China …

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North Korea accuses US of declaring war

North Korea’s foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country. Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers. This applied even when they were not in North Korean airspace, the minister added. The world …

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Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an election a year early, and will dissolve parliament on Thursday. He also announced a 2tn yen ($1.78bn, £13.2bn) stimulus package on education, debt reduction and social spending. Mr Abe’s announcement comes as his approval ratings have rebounded from a record low over …

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US expands travel ban to include N Korea

The United States has expanded its controversial travel ban to include people from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad. The White House said the restrictions follow a review of information sharing by foreign governments. Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation late on Sunday. “Making America safe is my number one priority. …

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