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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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CHINA POLITICS: Vietnam, China Pledge Peace in South China Sea

CHINA POLITICS: Vietnam, China Pledge Peace in South China Sea

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, where about $5 trillion worth of sea-borne trade passes every year.

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SUDAN POLITICS: Trump Approval Facilitates Lifting Sudan Sanction

SUDAN POLITICS: Trump Approval Facilitates Lifting Sudan Sanction

Obama administration’s preliminary decision to ease sanctions on Sudan came with approval of the Trump administration and after months of secret meetings.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Suggests He May Free Russia From Sanctions

USA POLITICS: Trump Suggests He May Free Russia From Sanctions

President-elect Trump: “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”

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CUBA POLITICS: Raul Castro Meets With Thomas Donohue US Chamber of Commerce President

CUBA POLITICS: Raul Castro Meets With Thomas Donohue US Chamber of Commerce President

A brief government statement said chamber President Thomas Donohue and Cuban President Raul Castro discussed “issues of mutual interest.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Japan, Australia Agree to Strengthen Defence Ties

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Japan, Australia Agree to Strengthen Defence Ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia is the first since Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister in late 2015.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Taiwan Angry Buhari Courting China

NIGERIA POLITICS: Taiwan Angry Buhari Courting China

Taiwan urged Nigeria to reconsider, saying: “The foreign ministry seriously objects and condemns the unreasonable actions by the Nigerian government.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Says No Compromising Dossier On Trump

RUSSIA POLITICS: Kremlin Says No Compromising Dossier On Trump

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “It is an attempt to damage our bilateral relations. Hysteria is being whipped up to maintain a political witch hunt.”

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LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Says Ties With Saudi Arabia Recovering

LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Says Ties With Saudi Arabia Recovering

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, ally Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, visited Saudi Arabia to mend relations with Sunni Muslim monarchy.

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UK POLITICS: Britain in ‘Front Seat’ For US Trade Deal, Top Republican Says

UK POLITICS: Britain in ‘Front Seat’ For US Trade Deal, Top Republican Says

Britain will be in the “front seat” to negotiate a new trade deal with the administration of Donald Trump, top Republican in the United States Senate said.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Officials Met Trump Team For Trade Talks

CANADA POLITICS: Canadian Officials Met Trump Team For Trade Talks

Donald Trump vowed during his election campaign to either scrap or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

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