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China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist PartyBy Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a “modern socialist country” for a “new era” that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China’s development had entered a “new era”, using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.



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After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More Assertive

After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More AssertivePresident Xi Jinping is expected to emerge from the 19th National Congress with more power, more allies and more ambitious plans. Since coming to power in 2012, China’s President Xi Jinping has taken his country on a foreign policy path in marked contrast to that of his predecessors. Instead of continuing “peaceful development,” China under Xi has grown more assertive in the South and East China Seas, as well as in other areas of territorial dispute.



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A hurricane is no reason to end the party in New Orleans

A hurricane is no reason to end the party in New OrleansA hurricane could not deter revelers Thursday on popular Bourbon Street in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Just minutes before an evening curfew in the city known as “The Big Easy,” happy people continued to saunter through the streets, dance in bars and dine in restaurants. Mayor Mitch Landrieu could barely contain his irritation, admonishing those who did not heed the curfew or evacuation orders for several low-lying areas.



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Iraq ex-president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani dead: party

Iraq ex-president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani dead: partyEx-Iraqi president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani died on Tuesday in Germany, officials in his party told AFP. Talabani, 83, was Iraq’s president from 2005 to 2014 and a key figure in Iraqi Kurdistan, where voters last week overwhelmingly backed independence in a disputed referendum. “Our leader died in Germany,” an official with Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said.



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Dallas Cowboys party shooting: Gunman kills seven after opening fire at Texas home

Dallas Cowboys party shooting: Gunman kills seven after opening fire at Texas homeSeven people have died after a gunman opened fire at house party in Plano, Texas. It is believed the shoot-out was prompted by a “domestic dispute” at the party for fans of NFL team the Dallas Cowboys. When the first police officer arrived on the scene just after 8pm in a suburb north of Dallas, he saw bodies on the ground and the suspect shot at him.



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Trump makes nice with Dems, leaving his party confused

Trump makes nice with Dems, leaving his party confusedWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was in the mood to celebrate after cutting a big deal with opposition Democrats.



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Armed suspects rob pub full of police officers attending party

Armed suspects rob pub full of police officers attending partyPolice arrested two men quicker than ever on Tuesday evening after they attempted to rob a bar at gunpoint, where a group of off-duty cops were also having a retirement party.



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Kenya's opposition party claim election results rigged and demand Raila Odinga be made president

Kenya's opposition party claim election results rigged and demand Raila Odinga be made presidentKenya’s disputed election was thrown into further turmoil on Thursday after the losing opposition said the result had been faked and demanded its leader be handed the presidency.  Amid mounting anxiety in a country haunted by its history of post-election violence, Raila Odinga’s opposition coalition accused the body responsible for conducting the poll of deliberately denying its leader the presidency. Widening an alleged conspiracy to hand re-election to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the opposition said that a “whistleblower” at the electoral commission had disclosed the existence of a hidden database showing that Mr Odinga had beaten his rival by 250,000 votes.  Map: Kenya counties “We demand that the IEBC chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare Raila Amolo Odinga… as the duly elected president,” Musalia Mudavadi, one of the opposition coalition’s leaders, told a press conference. Provisional results released by the commission, known as the IEBC, on its website indicated that Mr Kenyatta had a lead of more than 1.4m votes — or nearly 10 per cent — after nearly all ballots had been tallied. President Uhuru Kenyatta celebrates during a campaign rally in Nairobi Credit: EPA The new allegations, which leave the country in an increasingly perilous and uncertain position, come a day after Mr Odinga rejected the result, claiming that IEBC computer servers had been hacked to alter the result.  Although that allegation was roundly ridiculed, the IEBC’s chairman, Wafula Chebukati, admitted that an attempt to hack the database had been made, but insisted that it had been detected and thwarted. Supporters of Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga wave as he departs in a helicopter after addressing a rally  Credit: AFP Mr Odinga’s refusal to concede sparked fury among his supporters, many of whom seem convinced that their candidate has again be rigged out of victory. His defeat in an election ten years ago triggered the worst violence in independent Kenya’s 54-year history, killing more than 1,300 people and forcing 600,000 more to flee their homes. Small-scale protests erupted in the slums of Nairobi and elsewhere in the country and police shot dead at least two protesters they accused of looting. Most opposition supporters have so far heeded calls from their leaders to remain calm until an official declaration of the winner is made.  But now that Mr Odinga has not just rejected the result but also claimed victory, the prospect of an angry backlash by his supporters seem much higher if President Kenyatta is formally given a second and final five-year term.  An official declaration is expected on Friday. Kenya's electoral commission denied the allegations, with one official telling Reuters that the opposition did not have "any credible data" on the results.  A supporter wears a cloth wrap showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, with writing in Swahili reading "President Uhuru, Five More" referring to the wish for another 5-year term Credit: AP Mr Odinga has long nursed a sense of grievance after being on the losing side of three questionable elections. In 2007, many analysts believe he was cheated out of victory by the president’s predecessor, Mwai Kibaki. Five years ago, he was also denied the chance of a run-off after Mr Kenyatta secured a first round victory by a margin narrow enough to raise suspicions. But there is much greater scepticism about Mr Odinga’s claims this time round amid suggestions they smack of desperation. Foreign observers appeared to dismiss the credibility of opposition allegations of a hacking attack, with John Kerry, the former US secretary of state, saying he had seen nothing to make him question the poll’s integrity. Mr Kerry pointedly referred to his own defeat in the 2004 American presidential election, while Marietje Schaake, leading the European Union’s observer mission was even blunter. Supporters of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Alliance Credit: AP “Candidates and their supporters must accept that not winning is a natural part of a democratic competition,” she said. While the IEBC has been praised for its conduct of the election, questions are now being raised why the commission, in apparent contravention of a court order, published results that had no supporting documentation. Returning officers in a quarter of polling stations failed to send scanned copies of handwritten forms, signed by agents for both candidates, alongside results transmitted electronically to the central tallying centre. Although the IEBC is now uploading the missing forms to its website the opposition says the late forms themselves could since have been doctored.



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The Republican Party Has a Big Problem: Insurgent Candidates

The Republican Party Has a Big Problem: Insurgent CandidatesEstablishment-aligned Republicans may end up spending millions to protect incumbents against insurgent challengers



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Charity run by Pakistani Islamist with $10 million bounty launches political party

Charity run by Pakistani Islamist with $  10 million bounty launches political partyA Pakistani charity that the United States accuses of being a front for anti-India militant group that staged the 2008 Mumbai attacks has entered politics by forming a new party, charity officials said on Monday. The new Milli Muslim League party will follow the ideology of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which the U.S. says is a front for banned militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and is run by Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people. “We have decided to make a new political party, so that Pakistan is to made a real Islamic and welfare state,” said Milli Muslim League President Saifullah Khalid.



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