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Hamilton eases to victory in China

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Lewis Hamilton takes a dominant victory in the Chinese GP to win three consecutive races for the first time in his career.

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Senior party officials at start of trial of ‘mafia’ tycoon Liu Han in Xianning, Hubei

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Egypt’s presidential election to be held in late May

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Date set for crucial vote widely expected to be won by the country’s former military chief, Abdel Fattah al-SisiEgypt’s presidential election will be held in late May, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, finally setting dates for the crucial vote widely expected to be won by the country’s former military chief who ousted an elected president last year.The election commission said the results are expected by 5 June, and if a second round is necessary it will be held by mid-month, with results announced no later than 26 June.

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Ukraine’s ‘Chocolate King’ could edge new-look Yulia for president

Petro Poroshenko, a 48-year-old billionaire, emerges as leadership favourite

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Flight MH370: Chinese relatives demand apology from Malaysia

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Families of Chinese passengers criticise officials over handling of disaster, as search for missing plane enters fourth weekDozens of angry relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing flight MH370 have demanded that Malaysia apologise for its handling of the investigation as they arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Beijing on Sunday.About 50 more family members joined those who had earlier flown to Malaysia, saying they hoped to get more information from officials in the capital. Around two-thirds of the 239 people on board the flight were Chinese.

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Number of missing from Washington mudslide drops from 90 to 30

Official death toll hits 18

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Erdogan seeks Turkish voters’ support in fierce power struggle

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China seizes $US14.5bn assets linked to ex-spy chief Zhou Yongkang – report

Gold, paintings and property confiscated, and 300 relatives and allies held or questioned in huge investigation into corruptionChinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90bn yuan ($US14.5bn) from family members and associates of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said. More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies, proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or questioned in the past four months, the sources told Reuters.

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Flight MH370 search draws blank as Australia appoints ex-military chief to co-ordinate operations

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MH370: objects bearing colours of missing plane seen in new search zone

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Chinese aircraft spots objects in newly targeted zone more than 1,000km north-east of area previously being searchedA Chinese military plane searching for signs of debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 spotted several objects floating in the sea on Saturday, including two bearing colours of the missing jet.But it was not immediately clear whether the objects were related to the three-week-old investigation, and the second day of searching in the area ended with no evidence found of the jet, officials said.

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Putin calls Obama to discuss Washington proposal

The two leaders agreed that their chief diplomats should meet soon to explore it, the White House and Kremlin said

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Abdel Fatah al-Sisi resigns from Egypt military to run for presidency

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Sisi finally confirms long-awaited candidacy promising ‘stability, safety and hope for Egypt’ and he is widely expected to winEgypt’s army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi resigned from the military on Wednesday night, paving the way for a long-awaited presidential campaign and a return to strongman leadership for Egypt.”I am here before you humbly stating my intention to run for the presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” Sisi said in a televised statement, still dressed in military fatigues. “Only your support will grant me this great honour.”

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Syrian crisis: where the US stands on Assad, the rebels and the refugees

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As the fourth year of conflict begins, the US prepares to reassess its policy with a Senate foreign relations committee this weekVladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula have dominated US foreign policy in the last few weeks, and President Barack Obama, at a European summit, lambasted the Russian leader for being a menace to the international system built over decades. But this Middle East returns to the agenda as the Senate foreign relations committee held a hearing Wednesday on “what’s next” for US policy in Syria after the latest round of failed peace talks in Geneva.Syria entered its fourth year of conflict in mid-March, with no signs it will abate soon. The regional nature of the conflict has alarmed many countries and international groups, as desperate refugees have fled abroad and armed clashes erupted along borders with neighboring countries.The situation and our options may have grown more complicated, but we believe there is still strong, bipartisan support in the Senate for developing and implementing a comprehensive Syria strategy, one that will break the stalemate on the ground and enable a political solution that paves the way for Assads exit.The Syrian government’s massive and indiscriminate use of violence is the single most important factor driving the humanitarian crisis The report is very clear on this and in pointing to the government’s failure to implement the resolution’s provisions.

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MH370: 122 objects spotted in Indian Ocean are ‘most credible lead yet’

Extra vessels and aircraft arrive in search zone after satellite imagery shows items close to where earlier debris was seenSatellite imagery showing more than 122 possible objects floating in a patch of the southern Indian Ocean offers the most credible lead yet in the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner, the country’s transport minister has said.

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Crimean annexation splits Russia’s weakened opposition even further

With Putin’s popularity at a five-year high, many who stood against him in previous years are now expressing support

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HKU law professor takes middle ground in electoral reform plan

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DealBook: Top China Banker for JPMorgan to Retire Amid Hiring Inquiry

Fang Fang, the bank’s chief executive for China and a focus of a federal bribery investigation in the United States, announced his desire to retire in an internal memo sent to staff.

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Capitol Hill Child Porn Arrest

The chief of staff for Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander was arrested Wednesday for possessing and distributing child pornography.

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Senate Aide Linked to Child Porn

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Chief of staff suspended without pay.

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