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Avoiding trade-offs in the 'Singapore Together' movement

 Singapore, June 18.– In his most significant speech since becoming deputy prime minister a month ago, Mr Heng Swee Keat outlined on Saturday (June 15) how he and the fourth-generation (4G) leadership would engage Singaporeans and lead the country.

Here, I want to discuss two broad points raised by Mr Heng in his speech and dialogue at the Reach-CNA “Building Our Future Singapore Together” event.

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What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?

His choice of ministers suggests he does not plan to do much delegating.

Delhi, June 15.– Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, famously wears a different hat for every Narendra ModiNarendra Modiaudience, from feathered headdresses to towering turbans. He adopts different personas, too: a hug-happy uncle on trips abroad, a finger-wagging prosecutor against critics, a pious ascetic for the religious, a chowkidar (watchman) to please law-and-order nationalists.

Now, after a landslide election that gave him an even stronger mandate than in his first five-year term, Indians are wondering which of these guises will prove to be the real Mr Modi. With no looming elections to distract, and the opposition crushed, he can do whatever he likes.

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New Hong Kong law allows extraditions to China despite biggest protest ever

Under the principle of 'One Country, Two Systems', Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. This arrangement promised a high degree of autonomy, including retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech, but China is gradually pruning these rights and freedoms.

Biggest protest ever in Hong Kong, June 9, 2019Biggest protest ever in Hong Kong, June 9, 2019 Hong Kong, June 10 (Reuters).– Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vowed on Monday to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China a day after the city’s biggest protest since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

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'Big' trade deal possible once UK 'gets rid of shackles', Trump says as he cranks up pressure for harder Brexit

Donald Trump praises 'eternal friendship' at state banquet.

The Queen: "I am confident our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us".

London, June 3.– US President Donald Trump said during his visit to London on Monday that the United States and Britain could soon negotiate a "big" trade deal.

"Big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Baltic States' Relations with Russia must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy', says Latvian President Levits

 Riga, June 3.– In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, President-elect Egils Levits said that Latvia must form good relations with Russia, but that these relations must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy.

He said that good relations must always be formed with neighbors, but added that this is a two-way street. ''Our side has this good will, we have always had and always will have,'' Levits said.

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