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Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

World
Syrian President Bashar al Assad has had talks in Russia with Vladimir Putin. The two leaders spoke in the Black Sea coast resort of Sochi to discuss their "next mutual steps", according to the Kremlin.A transcript released by the Russian government claimed Mr Assad said the situation in Syria was becoming "more stable". Image: Syria has been plagued by civil war for seven years He also reportedly hailed progress in fighting "terrorism", which "opens the door to the political process".Mr Putin's spokesman said Mr Assad had decided to "send a delegation to the UN" to discuss reforming the country's constitution.Russia has been a crucial ally of the Syrian regime throughout the Middle Eastern country's seven-year civil. ...
There is a political war brewing in Washington over Trump's apparent desire to 'punish' Beijing

There is a political war brewing in Washington over Trump's apparent desire to 'punish' Beijing

Finance
A day after President Donald Trump slammed South Korea last week for benefiting unevenly from its trade relationship with the US, the largest American business association shot back.Embedded in an article the US Chamber of Commerce published to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, also known as KORUS, was a video that slammed anyone calling for the pact's demise.KORUS "represents a rules-based economic order that goes hand in glove with the mutual defence treaty that has supported regional stability in the Asia-Pacific since the end of the Korean war," the chamber said.More from the South China Morning Post :A nasty US-China fight is inevitable. But it needn't be terminalChina 'doesn't want a trade war' with US, as sides agree to more talks in Beijing soo...
Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

World
Italy is on course for a hung parliament after voters backed right-wing and populist parties, projections based on partial results suggest.The Eurosceptic, anti-establishment Five Star Movement has won the lion's share of the vote.But ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition, which includes the far-right League, looks set to win the most seats in the lower house of parliament.Forming a government may now take weeks of negotiation and coalition-building.Alternatively, fresh elections could be held in a bid to produce a more decisive result - though there is no guarantee that would happen. Provisional results show Five Star garnering 31.6% of the vote, while the League received 18.2% of the vote and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia 13.8%.Matteo Renzi's ruling Democratic Party (DP) onl...
U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

World
SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...
MTV VMAs: Kendrick Lamar dominates as awards show gets political

MTV VMAs: Kendrick Lamar dominates as awards show gets political

Entertainment
The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are always a big night for pop music, but were also dominated by political statements at a fiery show in Los Angeles on Sunday night.Artists spoke out against white supremacy and urged suicide awareness.Transgender military personnel attended days after US President Donald Trump signed a directive to ban them.The mother of Heather Heyer, killed during a protest against a far-right march, presented an award.Susan Bro handed out the Fight Against the System Award, just 15 days after Ms Heyer's death in Charlottesville, Virginia. Paying tribute to her daughter, she said: "I miss her, but I know she's here tonight."She was introduced by the stage by Reverend Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendant of the controversial general on the Confederate side of the US Civil...