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* Trump accuses China of militarising the South China Sea

Dec 05 (ANI) Hong Kong- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has accused China of keeping its currency artificially low and militarising the South China Sea to the level of it being a tense territorial dispute "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?
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* Russia's Putin calls Donald Trump 'a clever man' who will learn

Dec 04 (BBC) Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Donald Trump "a clever man" who should "quickly understand" his role. In an interview with state-controlled NTV, he said the US president-elect "is already a statesman". Mr Putin has previously voiced hopes that the Trump administration will help improve US-Russia relations.
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* New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in surprise resignation

Dec 05 (BBC) John Key has announced that he will resign as prime minister of New Zealand, after eight years in the job. Called it "the hardest decision I've ever made," an emotional Mr Key said "I don't know what I'll do next". Deputy PM Bill English is likely to take over until the National Party holds a caucus to choose a new PM.
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* Hawaii snowfall: Parts of state receive weather warning

Dec 04 (BBC) Parts of the US state of Hawaii have received a winter weather warning, with up to three feet (90cm) of snow over the past few days. Weather experts say that it is not unusual for snow to fall in tropical Hawaii, but rarely has it fallen so heavily at such low altitudes. The snow is heaviest around two of the island's highest peaks, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.
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