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Trump believes that globalisation and outsourcing have eaten into American jobs. He is wrong. Automation, about which he can do nothing, is the prime cause  
 
A New Year is a time of look forward to new beginnings, new adventures, new explorations. It says something about human beings’ innate optimism, that however bad the previous year has been, we gather together with a cheerful spirit on New Year’s Eve (which is only partially due to the glass in our hand), and enter the next year with unwarranted hope. But an irrational confidence in the future is what keeps us going, doesn’t it?  
 

Some of Britain’s top intelligence experts, including a former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, are reported to have dissociated themselves from a high-profile project run by a group of Cambridge University academics amid suspicions about its links with Russia

  Some of Britain’s top intelligence experts, including a former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, are reported to have dissociated themselves from a high-profile project run by a group of Cambridge University academics amid suspicions about its links with Russia
 

The venerable Oxford Dictionaries recently proclaimed that its word of the year is “post-truth”. This neologism is described as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion or personal belief”. Wait, we needed a new word to denote politics? Regardless of ideology, isn’t this what it has always been – populism flanked by its cousins spiel and spin? And with partisanship and propaganda, they make for three Ps in a pod.

 

On December 14, 2016, in a widely predicted move, the US Federal Reserve announced that it is raising the federal funds rate by one quarter of a percentage point, taking its target band for short-term interest rates to between 0.5 to 0.75 per cent.

On December 14, 2016, in a widely predicted move, the US Federal Reserve announced that it is raising the federal funds rate by one quarter of a percentage point, taking its target band for short-term interest rates to between 0.5 to 0.75 per cent.

 

This has been the craziest election year. Nothing anyone has predicted has happened. So is it possible that in these next six weeks, something else might happen, something crazy, something we're not expecting, writes Harold A. Gould for South Asia Monitor

 
Soon after the surprise win of US President-elect Donald Trump, global markets declined sharply. This was reflective of investors’ sentiments. However, stock markets in Japan, China, and other Asian countries recovered overnight from the shock.  
 

United States' President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the conclusion reached by American intelligence agencies, with “high confidence”, that Russia had interfered in the later stages of the American election campaign to promote his prospects and damage Hillary Clinton's.

United States' President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the conclusion reached by American intelligence agencies, with “high confidence”, that Russia had interfered in the later stages of the American election campaign to promote his prospects and damage Hillary Clinton's.

 

It will take time before the US withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is actually put into action. In the meantime, the administration will have to get cracking on reassuring the allies as well as working on additional deals, writes Kimberley Anne Nazareth for South Asia Monitor

 

But there are reasons for optimism too. At first glance, the election of Trump, Europe’s problems and the UK’s vote for Brexit represent a shift against immigration, globalisation and liberal ideals. The wider picture, however, looks a bit different.

 


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The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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  It would seem that the government of India has decided to suppress the voices of Kashmiris by imposing a social media ban.
 
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The brief hand-holding took place in the Gulf of Aden. Despite a history of border dispute, diplomatic clashes and rivalry on various issues, India and China joined forces on April 9 to rescue a merchant vessel from pirates.
 
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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