Russia Establishing Permanent Presence in Syria: RIA Says

Russia Establishing Permanent Presence in Syria: RIA Says

🕔10:19, 26.Dec 2017

Russia has begun establishing a permanent presence at its military bases in Tartus and Hemeimeem in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. During his visit to the Hemeimeem base on Dec. 11, President Vladimir Putin said Russia will keep the air base as well as a naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus.

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Nick Clegg to Receive Knighthood

Nick Clegg to Receive Knighthood

🕔09:42, 26.Dec 2017

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is in line to receive a knighthood for his political and public service in the New Year’s honours list, according to reports. Clegg has advocated a further referendum on the UK’s EU membership, and earlier this year met the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier with other anti-Brexit politicians. Mr Clegg has been a vociferous anti-Brexit voice, urging the country to hold a second referendum when the terms of the UK’s withdrawal are known. Mr Clegg first sat as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004 before becoming the MP for Sheffield Hallam.

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South Sudan’s Army Clashed With Rebels in Oil-Producing Region

South Sudan’s Army Clashed With Rebels in Oil-Producing Region

🕔19:42, 25.Dec 2017

South Sudan’s army clashed with rebels in an oil-producing region early on Sunday, both sides said, shattering a ceasefire hours after it came into effect. Both sides accused the other of starting the fighting around the town of Koch in Unity state.

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Canada to Expel Venezuelan Diplomat in Retaliatory Move

Canada to Expel Venezuelan Diplomat in Retaliatory Move

🕔19:23, 25.Dec 2017

Venezuela had already withdrawn its ambassador to Canada in protest over sanctions against the Maduro regime that Canada imposed in September. In a statement, Freeland said the ambassador was no longer welcome in Canada and that Venezuela’s charge d‘affaires is persona non grata.

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China Calls for Constructive Efforts to Ease Korean Tensions

China Calls for Constructive Efforts to Ease Korean Tensions

🕔15:49, 25.Dec 2017

China, with which North Korea does some 90 percent of its trade, has repeatedly called for calm and restraint from all sides and for a return to talks. The North’s old allies China and Russia both supported the latest U.N. sanctions.

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