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GREECE POLITICS: Alexis Tsipras Sees Progress On Cyprus

GREECE POLITICS: Alexis Tsipras Sees Progress On Cyprus

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras: “A precondition is the other side, particularly Turkey, come to negotiations in similar spirit, putting aside aggressive rhetoric.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Army Advance in Northeastern Mosul

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Army Advance in Northeastern Mosul

Iraqi forces recaptured most of eastern Mosul in a 3-month old U.S.-backed offensive to drive Islamic State out of its last major stronghold in the country.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to US: Bar Taiwan Delegation From Trump Inauguration

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to US: Bar Taiwan Delegation From Trump Inauguration

Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and he has also said the “One China” policy was up for negotiation.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau to Shuffle Officials to Handle Trump Challenge

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau to Shuffle Officials to Handle Trump Challenge

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau plans to promote a former army commander as he shuffles senior officials to help handle ties with the Trump administration.

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USA POLITICS: 17 May Chelsea Manning Will Gain Freedom

USA POLITICS: 17 May Chelsea Manning Will Gain Freedom

President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst behind the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history, the White House said.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Sets For ‘Hard Brexit’, Britain Will Leave EU Single Market

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Sets For ‘Hard Brexit’, Britain Will Leave EU Single Market

“I want to be clear: What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market,” Prime Minister Theresa May told an audience of foreign diplomats and Britain’s own Brexit negotiating team at a mansion house in London.

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LITHUANIA POLITICS: Lithuania to Build Fence to Boost Security On Its Border With Russia’s Kaliningrad Enclave

LITHUANIA POLITICS: Lithuania to Build Fence to Boost Security On Its Border With Russia’s Kaliningrad Enclave

Lithuania politician Rasa Jukneviciene said “this fence will not stop military equipment” but it would help to “reduce the potential threat posed by Russia”.

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CUBA POLITICS: USA, Cuba Unite to Fight Terrorism, Drug Trafficking

CUBA POLITICS: USA, Cuba Unite to Fight Terrorism, Drug Trafficking

A brief statement said Rhodes was in Cuba for “official meetings, cultural engagements, and to witness the signing of a U.S.-Cuba Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).”

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SERBIA POLITICS: Hashim Thaçi Says Serbia Wants to Annex Part of Kosovo Using ‘Crimea Model’

SERBIA POLITICS: Hashim Thaçi Says Serbia Wants to Annex Part of Kosovo Using ‘Crimea Model’

“Serbia’s intention is to use this train, which was donated by Russia to help carve away the northern part of Kosovo,” Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Lavish Vacation Probe in the Spotlight

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Lavish Vacation Probe in the Spotlight

Commissioner Mary Dawson said she was investigating whether Justin Trudeau breached ethics laws in receiving a free Bahamas vacation and in using the Aga Khan’s helicopter to fly to his private island.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Berlin Sheds Tear For Post-War Order As Trump Era Looms

GERMANY POLITICS: Berlin Sheds Tear For Post-War Order As Trump Era Looms

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have got off to a rocky start but his impending departure has sparked a wave of nostalgia and trepidation in Berlin.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Attend Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Attend Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

Russia, Assad set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered major defeat last month by losing control of districts of eastern Aleppo.

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EGYPT POLITICS: Court Rejects Transfer of Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia

EGYPT POLITICS: Court Rejects Transfer of Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia

Khaled Ali, a leading human rights lawyers said, “It is Egyptian land and cannot be given up according to the Egyptian constitution.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin ‘Ready’ to Rebuild Security Ties With US Under Trump

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin ‘Ready’ to Rebuild Security Ties With US Under Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has praised Putin as “very smart”, has signaled he wants to improve strained ties with Russia.

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Early Election Talk Takes Center Stage

NORTHERN IRELAND: Early Election Talk Takes Center Stage

Britain’s Northern Ireland minister expected to call an early election, a week after the resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ONE Nation To Attend Trump’s Inauguration

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ONE Nation To Attend Trump’s Inauguration

One Nation senator Brian Burston will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. Hanson tweeted he would do a great job of representing the party.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Has No Choice But to ‘Take Off the Gloves’ If Trump Continues On Taiwan: China Daily Says

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Has No Choice But to ‘Take Off the Gloves’ If Trump Continues On Taiwan: China Daily Says

“If Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable,” the China Daily said.

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USA POLITICS: ‘We’re Going to Have Insurance For Everybody’: Trump

USA POLITICS: ‘We’re Going to Have Insurance For Everybody’: Trump

Donald Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump’s Offer to Putin: An End to Sanctions For Nuclear Arms Cut

USA POLITICS: Trump’s Offer to Putin: An End to Sanctions For Nuclear Arms Cut

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump: “Russia’s hurting very badly now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that people are gonna benefit.”

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TURKEY POLITICS: Parliament Votes in Favor Of Constitutional Reform

TURKEY POLITICS: Parliament Votes in Favor Of Constitutional Reform

Turkey’s parliament has voted in favor in a first round ballot on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.

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