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POLAND POLITICS: 1,100 New US-Led Forces Deployed to Deter Russia

POLAND POLITICS: 1,100 New US-Led Forces Deployed to Deter Russia

Moscow, which denies having any expansionist or aggressive agenda, accuses NATO of trying to destabilize central Europe and has respond by forming four new military divisions to strengthen its western and central regions and stepping up exercises.

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TAIWAN POLITICS: ‘Don’t Use Taiwan’, Taipei Frets Ahead of Trump-Xi Meeting

TAIWAN POLITICS: ‘Don’t Use Taiwan’, Taipei Frets Ahead of Trump-Xi Meeting

At issue for Taipei is whether Trump-Xi meeting will harm Taipei’s interests as US begins new arms package for Taiwan, a move sure to anger China.

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CHINA POLITICS: Tillerson Ends China Trip With Warm Words From President Xi Jinping

CHINA POLITICS: Tillerson Ends China Trip With Warm Words From President Xi Jinping

“The joint interests of China and US far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for us both,” Chinese President Xi said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: U.S., China to Work Together On North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: U.S., China to Work Together On North Korea

“Once there is chaos in North Korea, it would first bring disaster to China. I’m sorry, but the United States and South Korea don’t have the right to demand this of China,” it said in an editorial.

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USA POLITICS: Trump, Merkel Hold First Face-to-Face Meeting at White House

USA POLITICS: Trump, Merkel Hold First Face-to-Face Meeting at White House

Merkel, who officials say has prepared carefully for the encounter, is likely to press Trump for assurances of support for a strong European Union.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Ahead of Talks between Merkel and Trump Germany Wants Change to NATO Two-Percent Budget Goal

GERMANY POLITICS: Ahead of Talks between Merkel and Trump Germany Wants Change to NATO Two-Percent Budget Goal

Germany’s defence minister called for changes to the way NATO members’ commitments to budget targets are assessed, in the face of bigger demands from Trump.

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USA POLITICS: Rex Tillerson Faces Tough First Trip to Asia

USA POLITICS: Rex Tillerson Faces Tough First Trip to Asia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China to do more on perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Meets With Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman at White House

USA POLITICS: Trump Meets With Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman at White House

Trump, who took office in January, and Prince Mohammed who is also the kingdom’s defense minister, kicked off their talks in the Oval Office, where they posed for a picture in front of journalists and did not take questions.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey, Netherlands Row Takes Center Stage

TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey, Netherlands Row Takes Center Stage

President Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking Turkish voters’ support in an April 16 referendum on boosting his powers as head of state, has previously accused the Dutch government of acting like “Nazi remnants” for barring his ministers from addressing expatriate Turks to drum up votes.

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VIETNAM POLITICS: Vietnam to China: Stop Cruises in South China Sea

VIETNAM POLITICS: Vietnam to China: Stop Cruises in South China Sea

Vietnam demanded China stop sending cruise ships to South China Sea in a response to Beijing’s latest steps to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Meet Donald Trump

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Meet Donald Trump

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in charge of Saudi Arabia’s reforms, left on Monday for Washington to meet President Donald Trump.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Meets Trump in Clash of Policy, Values

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Meets Trump in Clash of Policy, Values

It is hard to imagine two leaders more different, in style or substance, than Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Donald Trump, the new president of the United States.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Says Yet to See ‘Anything Concrete’ From Trump to Defeat Islamic State

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Says Yet to See ‘Anything Concrete’ From Trump to Defeat Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said “in theory” he still saw scope for cooperation with Trump though practically nothing had happened in this regard.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Dutch PM Mark Rutte Bars Mevlut Cavusoglu From Flying to Rotterdam

TURKEY POLITICS: Dutch PM Mark Rutte Bars Mevlut Cavusoglu From Flying to Rotterdam

“If my going will increase tensions, let it be. I am a foreign minister and I can go wherever I want,” Mevlut Cavusoglu Turkish Foreign Minister said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Says Trump’s Mexico Wall Hurts All Latin Americans

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Says Trump’s Mexico Wall Hurts All Latin Americans

“We have great ideological and political differences with what Trump is doing and we will show our opposition in all possible scenarios,” Maduro said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Mahmoud Abbas to Hold First Talks

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Mahmoud Abbas to Hold First Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak by telephone later on Friday, the White House and Palestinian officials said, their first contact since Trump took office.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Raul Castro Endorses Ecuador’s Ruling Party Candidate Lenin Moreno

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Raul Castro Endorses Ecuador’s Ruling Party Candidate Lenin Moreno

Cuban President Raul Castro on his recent visit to Caracas, backs Lenin Moreno, former vice president and candidate of Ecuador’s ruling Alianza Pais party.

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Two Malaysians Leave North Korea, Talks on to Lift Ttravel Ban

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Two Malaysians Leave North Korea, Talks on to Lift Ttravel Ban

“Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and North Korea will not be severed, as we need to continue communicating with them to find a solution,” Najib said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria Seeks U.S. Immigration Clarity

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria Seeks U.S. Immigration Clarity

Nigeria has advised its citizens against any non-urgent travel to the United States until Washington clarifies its immigration policy, after several incidents in which people with valid visas were denied entry, a presidential aide said

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INDIA POLITICS: India Defies China to Host Dalai Lama in Disputed Territory

INDIA POLITICS: India Defies China to Host Dalai Lama in Disputed Territory

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is raising its public engagement with the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama, a change from earlier governments’ reluctance to anger Beijing by sharing a public platform with him.

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