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China’s Consumption Downgrade: Skip Avocados, Cocktails and Kids

[ad_1] “I would like to have a nicer lifestyle but don’t know how I can afford it,” she said.A Chinese consumption downgrade could be felt around the world. Chinese spenders have been a key driver of their country’s economic growth in recent years. China, in turn, has played a major role in global growth. Chinese consumers help global companies like Apple, General Motors, Volkswagen and many others. A consumption downgrade
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Taliban Says It Will Attend Afghan Peace Talks in Russia

[ad_1] Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents confirmed on Wednesday that they would send emissaries next month to peace talks in Russia, a diplomatic twist in repeated efforts to settle the 17-year-old war.The Taliban’s acceptance of an invitation by Russia to the Sept. 4 talks planned in Moscow was a reversal for the group, and came after the government of Afghanistan and its main supporter, the United States, declined invitations to attend.In a
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ISIS Leader Baghdadi Resurfaces in Recording

[ad_1] The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, resurfaced on Wednesday in the first audio recording of him to be released in nearly a year, one in which he called on followers to attack Westerners with knives, guns, cars and bombs.Based on events cited in the recording, it appears to have been made within the past few weeks, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the group’s
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Malcolm Turnbull: Australia PM faces second leadership challenge

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Malcolm Turnbull is facing calls for a second leadership vote Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is facing a demand by a party rival for a second leadership challenge, as he fights to retain his grip on power.On Tuesday, former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton lost an internal party vote by a slim 13-vote margin.Australian media reported that Mr Turnbull was resisting Mr Dutton's calls for
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The memes that might get you jailed in Russia

[ad_1] Image copyright VK/Unknown Image caption "Quick, while God isn't looking!" One of the memes posted by Maria Motuznaya The case of a young woman facing jail for sharing memes on social media, has prompted a major debate about abuse of law and censorship in Russia.Maria Motuznaya, a 23-year-old from the city of Barnaul in Siberia, came to public attention in late July, when she explained on Twitter, why she
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The New Thing in Hong Kong’s Public Schools: White Students

[ad_1] HONG KONG — For generations, Hong Kong’s prestigious international schools exclusively educated the children of wealthy Western expatriates. Today, placement in those schools is increasingly competitive and enrollment fees can exceed $1 million, making them some of the most expensive private schools in the world.Recent changes to the city’s demography — prompted by Chinese politics and global markets — have driven up tuitions and resulted in a dramatic shift
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‘I don’t care if Trump paid off a porn star’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump voter: 'Everybody lies' News that two former Trump advisers are facing prison time may have provoked a media firestorm in the nation's capital. But to the president's core supporters it's just a distraction from the good work he's doing. "This is the sort of stuff that should be in People magazine," says James Montfort III, when I call him to
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Islamic State: ‘New audio’ of leader Al-Baghdadi released

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the IS "caliphate" in Mosul's al-Nuri mosque in July 2014 The Islamic State group (IS) has released an audio message purporting to come from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.In the message, the first since September last year, the voice addresses IS supporters.Although the audio is undated, it appears to refer to recent events, including the detention of a US pastor