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News | World Politics: The Autocracy in Southeast Asia was Highlights by Myanmar Coup. Myanmar Coup Highlights Autocracy's Rise in Southeast Asia Hannah Beech 9-12 minutes Credit...The New York Times Myanmar Coup Puts the Seal on Autocracy’s Rise in Southeast Asia Not long ago, democracy seemed to be surging in the region. But in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and elsewhere, it is in trouble. A protest this month in Yangon, Myanmar, against the military’s ouster of the civilian government.Credit...The New York Times April 12, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET Late last month, foreign officials in army regalia toasted their hosts in Naypyidaw, the bunkered capital built by Myanmar’s military. Ice clinked in frosted glasses. A lavish spread had been laid out for the foreign dignitaries in honor of Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day. That very day, the military, which had seized power on Feb. 1, gunned down more than 100 of its own citizens . Far from publicly condemning the brutal

News | World Politics | Perú: Perú's President Merino resigns after deadly crackdown on protesters.

  3-4 minutes - Source: BBC image copyrightReuters image captionA vigil was held in Lima for two people killed in the protests Peru's interim president has resigned, a day after two people died during protests against his government. Manuel Merino, former speaker of Congress, had been in the post less than a week. He replaced President Martín Vizcarra, who last Monday was removed in an impeachment procedure over bribery allegations, which he denies. Politicians had called for Mr Merino's resignation after a violent crackdown on demonstrations against him. Twelve ministers from his recently appointed cabinet resigned earlier on Sunday in protest against police brutality and his handling of the crisis. Congress failed to agree a replacement for Mr Merino when it met on Sunday, rejecting a team led by Rocío Silva Santisteban, a writer and former human rights activist. A new list, made up of an interim president and sen

News | World Politics | Canada: After Trump’s Tariffs and Insults, Canada Is Relieved at Biden’s Win

By Catherine Porter 8-10 minutes - Source: NYT Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris both have warm ties to Canada, and are more in line with Canadian views on issues like climate change. Credit...Chris Wattie/Reuters TORONTO — On a snowy evening in December 2016, a month after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada held a rare farewell state dinner for the departing vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. It was like a tearful goodbye between two old friends. “We are more like family. That’s the way the vast majority of Americans feel about Canada and Canadians,” Mr. Biden said to a hall packed with politicians in Ottawa. “The friendship between us is absolutely critical to the United States.” He ended with a toast: “Vive le Canada. Because we need you very, very badly.” After four years of surprise tariffs, stinging insults and threats from President Trump, a giddy jub

News | World Politics | US - China: Putin's problem with Biden? A lack of chemistry, expert says

Holly Ellyatt 5-7 minutes - Source: CNBC Good chemistry: President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. Chris McGrath | Getty Images News | Getty Images With Russian President Vladimir Putin so far failing to send congratulations to Democrat Joe Biden following his projected U.S. presidential election win, experts say there could be one big — and personal — problem between them: a lack of chemistry. “Something we should keep in mind is that neither Biden nor Putin like each other,” Anton Barbashin, a political analyst and editorial director of Russian affairs journal Riddle, told CNBC Monday. “There could be no chemistry between them, thus U.S.-Russia relations are bound to become even more confrontational.” While European leaders congratulated Biden, the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election according to NBC pr

World Politics: 'We don't plan to go to war with anyone,' Putin says, amid Syria-Turkey tensions

Holly Ellyatt 4minutes - Source: CNBC Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin last April.  Adem Altan | AFP | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country is not going to go to war with anyone, and that it would seek to deter any other country that considered an armed conflict with Russia. “We are not going to fight against anyone. We are going to create conditions so that nobody wants to fight against us,” Putin told Russian news agency TASS in an interview published Monday. “Moreover, our annual expenditures are falling. In contrast, other countries’ [military] spending has been rising,” he said. Putin’s comments come against a backdrop of rising tensions in Syria between government troops — who are backed by Russia — and Turkish forces and rebel groups in the northwestern Idlib province, which is now the center of a battle for control between opposing sides. Government forces u

China is the 'most serious threat' to the United States, says former security advisor to Obama

Abigail Ng 3-4 minutes: CNBC Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags. Johannes Eisele | AFP | Getty Images Beijing has been forthcoming about its long-term goals and is the “most serious threat” to the U.S., according to a former U.S. national security advisor. “China has been very clear about what its long-term goals are strategically,” James Jones, who served as NSA under former President Barack Obama, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble. “We need to take that very seriously.” One Chinese goal is “total control of their own people using technology,” he said at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. “They’re making astonishing progress to control every single citizen, whatever he or she does.” “They’re giving grades for citizenship, which will affect their jobs you’re going to hold, the travel you can do and everything else,” he added, seeming to refer to China’s social credit system. “Where they’re moving is scary

World Politics | Russia: Russian military questions US account of raid that killed ISIS leader

2minutos - Source: CNN The Russian military on Sunday questioned the official US account of the military raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying it was not aware of any US military operations in the region. In a statement, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said the Russian military “does not have reliable information” on a US Special Operations raid in Syria’s Idlib province, adding: “The increasing number of direct participants and countries that allegedly took part in this ‘operation,’ each one giving completely contradictory details, raises legitimate questions and doubts about its existence and especially the level of its success.” In a statement that followed the raid, President Trump thanked Russia for its assistance, as well as Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Syrian Kurds. Russia maintains a major base in Syria at Latakia. Konashenkov said, however, that the Russian military had observed no

World Politics: Australia's relationship with China in a 'terrible' state after Morrison's US visit, Labor says

Sarah Martin 5-7 minutes - Source: The Guardian Labor’s shadow defence minister, Richard Marles, says Australia’s relationship with China is in a “terrible” state following Scott Morrison’s visit to the United States. Speaking fresh from a visit to Beijing, Marles said that Morrison’s “megaphone diplomacy” alongside Donald Trump about China’s status as a developing country had inflamed tensions. “What we saw this week was the prime minister in the United States in the context of there being trade tensions between the US and China, and from there, taking pot shots against our largest trading partner,” Marles said. “The context in which he has engaged in this megaphone diplomacy is absolutely the issue, and it’s not the way in which this issue should be dealt with in a respectful way.” Following calls from Morrison and Trump for China’s status to be upgraded from a developing country, as defined under World Trade Organisation r

World Politics: Brazil to reject $22 million G-7 fund aimed at controlling Amazon fires

Chloe Taylor 4-5 minutes - Source: CNBC Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, speaks during a Brazil Day conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on March 18, 2019. Alex Edelman | Bloomberg | Getty Images Brazil has said it will reject $22 million offered by the G-7 nations to help control fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. Speaking to Brazilian news website G1 on Monday, Bolsonaro’s Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni accused French President Emmanuel Macron of hypocrisy over his stance on the Amazon fires. “Thanks, but perhaps these resources are more relevant to reforesting Europe,” Lorenzoni said. “Macron cannot even prevent a predictable fire in a church (Notre Dame Cathedral) that is a World Heritage Site, and (he) wants to teach lessons to our country?” He added that Brazil could teach “any nation” how to protect their native forests, according to a translation of the interview. France’s iconic

World Politics: G-7 summit set to end without an agreement for the first time in history

Sam Meredith 5-6 minutes A view shows the Hotel du Palais summit venue ahead of the G7 Summit in the French coastal resort of Biarritz, France, August 21, 2019. REUTERS | Regis Duvignau The Group of Seven ( G-7 ) summit is set to end without a joint communique for the first time in its 44-year history, after French President Emmanuel Macron decided to abandon the tradition citing “a very deep crisis of democracy.” It will be the first time since meetings began in 1975 that the forum has failed to end a summit without an agreed statement, laying bare the deepening rift between heads of state from seven of the world’s largest economies. Speaking to reporters ahead of the G-7 meeting at a news conference in Paris on Wednesday, Macron said an attempt to produce a joint communique would most likely be a “pointless” exercise. He referenced President Donald Trump ’s decision to withdraw from a landmark climate agreement restricting global efforts to cu

World Politics | Renewed US sanctions on Iran revive fortunes of an Indian bank

3-4 minutes by Pradipta Mukherjee Renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports are giving a boost to the profits of one of India’s smaller state-owned banks, which has been struggling under the weight of a mountain of bad loans. Kolkata-based Uco Bank NSE 1.62 % expects its privileged status processing refiners’ payments for Iranian oil shipments to add more than Rs 800 crore ($110 million) to annual earnings, according to Chief Executive Officer Atul Kumar Goel. Indian refiners are required to deposit any money destined for Iran without interest with Uco Bank during periods when U.S. sanctions are in force. “Being involved in the country’s oil imports from Iran gives us access to zero-interest funds, which refiners place with us,” Goel said in a recent interview at his Kolkata office. “It will improve our net interest income as well as operating profit.” Uco Bank was first designated by India’s government as the payment bank for Iranian oil in 2012, as t