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Farmers' party scores surprise win in Lithuania vote: election official

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Vilnius (AFP) - A Lithuanian farmers' party that previously held only a single seat in parliament scored a surprise victory in Sunday's general election run-off, ousting the governing leftists and trouncing conservative rivals.

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Vietnamnet - It will take another five to 15 years for Vietnamese entrepreneurs can become global business leaders, according to a study by the Human Capital Leadership Institute.

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U.S. Senate confirms Tillerson as secretary of state

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By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump's secretary of state on Wednesday, filling a key spot on the Republican's national security team despite concerns about the former Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive officer's ties to Russia.

The vote, mostly along party lines, was by far the closest in at least half a century.

Fifty-six senators backed Tillerson, and 43 voted no. Every Republican favored Tillerson, along with four members of the Democratic caucus, Senators Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin and Mark Warner as well as Angus King, an independent.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons did not vote.

Tillerson's predecessor in the position, John Kerry, was confirmed by 94 to 3. Condoleezza Rice, the last secretary of state nominated by a Republican, was confirmed by 85-13.

Senate Democrats had tried, but failed, to delay the vote on Tillerson because of Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries and temporarily halting the entry of refugees.

They said they wanted to ask Tillerson more questions about the issue after Trump signed the order on Friday, prompting protests and chaos at airports across the country and uncertainty and disruption for travelers around the world.

But Republicans hold a majority of 52 seats in the 100-member Senate, and so far have confirmed all of the six Trump nominees who have come up for votes.

Senators had also expressed concerns over Tillerson's ties to Russia after the executive spent years there working for the oil company. Some faulted him for failing to promise to recuse himself from matters related to Exxon Mobil businesses for his entire term as secretary of state rather than only the one year required by law.

Tillerson, 64, retired as chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil at the end of 2016 after a four-decade career at the company.

Republicans and other Tillerson supporters said they thought he would be a strong leader as the country's top diplomat, citing his experience running a giant corporation operating on six continents. They also said it was important to finalize Trump's national security team quickly, to address international crises and reassure allies wondering about the new president's "America First" foreign policy.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and James Dalgleish)

Thailand overtakes China to become Vietnam’s top car supplier

Over the first four months of this year, three out of ten cars imported into Vietnam were made in Thailand. Data from Vietnam Customs showed that Thailand outperformed both China and Korea to become the country's largest car supplier over the four-month period. Specifically, there were more than 10,000 cars imported from Thailand, accounting for about 35 percent of the total volume, while Korea accounted for 5,369 units (18.5 percent) and China was at 4.216 units (14.5 percent). During the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Smiles and selfies as Cambodia PM tells foreign powers to stop interfering

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Hungary's Orban suffers rare defeat in refugee vote

Budapest (AFP) - Hungary's radical right Jobbik dealt all-powerful Prime Minister Viktor Orban a rare defeat on Tuesday as it blocked his bid to change the constitution to bar the resettlement of refugees.While all 131 MPs of Orban's ruling right-wing coalition voted in favour, the bill failed to pick up an extra two votes to reach a required two-thirds majority in Hungary's parliament.Jobbik has been a natural ally to Orban in the populist right-winger's bid to stop Hungary taking in any of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Lithuania cabinet sworn in as Russia fears rise

Vilnius (AFP) - Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis' new cabinet of political outsiders was sworn in Tuesday, with rising defence fears over Russia and social woes topping the agenda in the eurozone and NATO member.Former police chief and interior minister Skvernelis, 46, leads a cabinet formed by his Peasants and Green Union (LPGU) and the junior Social Democrats, following his party's surprise election win in October.The LPGU, previously an outsider party with only one seat in… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Guterres takes reins at UN, looking to make changes

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Antonio Guterres assumes the reins of the United Nations on Sunday hoping to breathe new life into the world body, in the wake of its impotence over Syria's humanitarian catastrophe.The Portuguese former prime minister, 67, will become the first onetime head of government to lead the UN, succeeding South Korea's Ban Ki-moon for a five-year term.His unanimous election has energized UN diplomats who see him as a skilled politician who may be able to overcome… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

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