QWorld: Tensions Mar Asia Summit; Clinton Stands Firm on Emails

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Hillary Clinton speaking in 2010. (Photo: Reuters)

1. Clinton Defends Email Handling at National Security Forum

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton defended her handling of classified information using private e-mail servers at a televised “commander-in-chief” forum that paired her with Republican Donald Trump in separate appearances.

2. Tensions Over South China Sea Belie Summit Cordiality

The Philippines has said that it is “gravely concerned” that Chinese boats are preparing to build structures at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, shattering an appearance of cordiality at an Asian summit in Laos.


3. Syrian Opposition Vows to Reject Any US/Russia Deal Unlike Its Own Plan

Syria’s main opposition negotiating group has vowed to reject any deal struck by Russia and the United States on Syria’s fate that is different from its own proposed transition plan, the group’s general coordinator Riyad Hijab revealed.


4. Top Saudi Cleric Says Iran’s Leaders Not Muslims as Haj Row Mounts

Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority has said that Iran’s leaders are not Muslims, which has drawn rebuke from Tehran in an unusually harsh exchange between the regional rivals over the running of the annual Haj pilgrimage.


5. Russian Jet Came Within 10 Feet of US Spy Plane: US Officials

A Russian fighter jet carrying out an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of a US spy plane over the Black Sea and came within 10 feet (3 metres) of the American aircraft, two US defence officials revealed.


6. Mexico President Replaces Finance Minister After Trump Visit

President Enrique Pena Nieto has sacked his close ally and Finance Minister, Luis Videgaray, after the two were heavily criticised for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial visit to Mexico last week.


7. Rio Olympics Ticket Scalping Ring Was Eyeing Future Games

A ticket touting ring uncovered at the Rio Games had operated for around 8 years and was preparing for other Olympic events such as the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, two Rio de Janeiro police sources say.


8. Police Seek Woman After Car With Gas Cylinders Found in Paris

French police are on the lookout for a young woman after a car carrying seven gas cylinders was discovered on Saturday night near Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, police and judicial officials revealed.


9. Gabon’s Bongo Shrugs off Calls for Vote Recount

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo has shrugged off growing international pressure to recount last week’s disputed elections, saying it is a matter for the constitutional court to decide on the issue.

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