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

BEIJING 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. | Video

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U.S. wants stronger India economic, defense ties given China's rise: Tillerson

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before a visit to India next week that the Trump administration wanted to "dramatically deepen" cooperation with New Delhi, seeing it as a key partner in the face of negative Chinese influence in Asia.

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Canada's Trudeau defends finance minister amid ethics questions

OTTAWA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his finance minister on Wednesday amid criticism that Bill Morneau did not place his assets in a blind trust, moving to dampen a growing controversy that threatens to overshadow the government's agenda.

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Trying to unlock Brexit, Britain's May to make offer on EU citizens

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise on Thursday to make it as easy as possible for European Union citizens living in Britain to stay after Brexit, trying to unlock stalled talks that have spurred calls for her to walk away.

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New Zealand kingmaker set to announce which party it will back for government

WELLINGTON The small New Zealand party holding the balance of power after inconclusive elections will announce on Thursday which party it will back in government, ending weeks of political limbo that have hurt the currency and business sentiment.

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Australian senate rejects proposed visa, citizenship curbs

SYDNEY Australia's lawmakers have rejected legislation that would tighten citizenship and foreign worker visa rules, a blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who had sought to stop a loss of his support base to far-right political parties.

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