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China backs Palestinian U.N. bid

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China on Monday highlighted its support for the Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations but called for “prudent” international action on Syria.

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said his country would back Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in any Security Council vote on membership, which the United States has vowed to veto.

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“China consistently supports the just cause of establishing an independent Palestinian state and supports Palestine’s membership in the United Nations,” Yang told the UN General Assembly in a speech.

He said China backed “political negotiation” to achieve the two state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Yang also called for progress in talks between Israel and Syria and Lebanon to reach a “comprehensive, just and durable peace in the Middle East”.

He highlighted China’s concern about Syria, however. Western nations are pressing for UN sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and China has threatened to veto any move at the UN Security Council.

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The international community should “handle the Syrian issue in a prudent way so as to prevent further turbulence in Syria and its repercussions on regional peace,” Yang said.

In a marked call to Assad’s forces and the opposition demonstrators, Yang said “we hope that parties in Syria will exercise restraint, avoid any form of violence or more bloodshed and conflict, and act quickly to ease tension.”

China has joined Russia in leading opposition to UN sanctions against the Assad government in Syria, where the United Nations says that more than 2,700 people have been killed since March.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to back strong UN action on Syria when she met with Yang Jiechi just before his speech, a senior US official said.


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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

Trump invited himself to a Houston, Texas rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he tried to campaign for the U.S. president with Indian-American voters. Sadly, however, nearly 80 percent of Indian-American voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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