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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to China: Do More to Contain North Korea

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to China: Do More to Contain North Korea

“China is North Korea’s major financial backer. It has much more leverage over North Korea than it claims,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

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EUROPE POLITICS: ‘EU, UK Free Labor Movement to End’ After Brexit

EUROPE POLITICS: ‘EU, UK Free Labor Movement to End’ After Brexit

According to reports, Britain and the EU have failed to reach an agreement on the future rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe after Brexit.

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USA POLITICS: Russia Sanctions Go Against EU Energy Security, Free Trade: US Senator Richard Black Says

USA POLITICS: Russia Sanctions Go Against EU Energy Security, Free Trade: US Senator Richard Black Says

US Senator Black said he believes that in pushing for Russia sanctions, Congress is attempting to use a political tool to gain economic advantage.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey Will Resist Western Bully: Erdogan

TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey Will Resist Western Bully: Erdogan

In concerns of US military over purchase by Turkey of Russia’s advanced S-400 anti-missile defense systems, Erdogan is looking forward to the deliveries.

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USA POLITICS: Official: Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Approved By US House of Representatives

USA POLITICS: Official: Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Approved By US House of Representatives

“Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has invaded its neighbor Ukraine, seizing its territory and destabilizing its government,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce claimed in applauding passage. “Left unchecked, Russia is sure to continue its aggression.”

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IRAN POLITICS: US in its Treacherous Measures Against Iran 2015 Nuclear Deal: Qassemi

IRAN POLITICS: US in its Treacherous Measures Against Iran 2015 Nuclear Deal: Qassemi

Iranian FM Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says, “The countries of P5+1 group are not accompanying US in its treacherous measures against the nuclear deal.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Happy’ With New Russia Sanctions Bill

USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Happy’ With New Russia Sanctions Bill

The administration of US president Donald Trump is “happy” with the latest congressional push for more sanctions against Russia, says the White House.

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EUROPE POLITICS: EU to US: Sanction Russia, Face ‘Unintended Consequences’

EUROPE POLITICS: EU to US: Sanction Russia, Face ‘Unintended Consequences’

“We understand that the Russia/Iran sanctions bill is driven primarily by domestic considerations,” read the statement in reference to a last month bill passed by US Senate.

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CANADA POLITICS: 5 Contentious NAFTA Issues to Create Friction Between Canada, US

CANADA POLITICS: 5 Contentious NAFTA Issues to Create Friction Between Canada, US

The U.S. wants Canada to allow a whopping increase in the value of goods American companies can send into Canada without paying an import tax.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin’s Syrian Zugzwang

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin’s Syrian Zugzwang

Putin’s attempts to satisfy his own ambitions and restore the image of the super state will result in strained relations with those states of the region which are the important economic partners of Russia, first of all, Turkey and Israel.

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QATAR POLITICS: Qatar Crisis Strains Saudi-Led Arab Alliance in Yemen War

QATAR POLITICS: Qatar Crisis Strains Saudi-Led Arab Alliance in Yemen War

Yemen’s government rushed to express solidarity with Qatar on the state news agency website. Within two hours that message of support was wiped off.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Venezuela: Suspend Plans for Constituent Assembly

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Venezuela: Suspend Plans for Constituent Assembly

Mexican foreign ministry called on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to shelve the vote “and thereby open the door to a negotiation to resolve the serious democratic crisis Venezuela is going through.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘US Hopes to Retain Power By Sanctioning Iran’

USA POLITICS: ‘US Hopes to Retain Power By Sanctioning Iran’

The new sanctions freeze any assets the targets may have in the US and prevents Americans from doing business with them.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Ready to Retaliate After Meeting US on Diplomatic Row: Russia Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Ready to Retaliate After Meeting US on Diplomatic Row: Russia Says

Russia wanted to resume regular dialogue with the United States about strategic stability too, it said, saying it was up to Washington to make a move on the issue.

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EGYPT POLITICS: Egypt to Deny Qataris Visa-Free Entry

EGYPT POLITICS: Egypt to Deny Qataris Visa-Free Entry

“The Foreign Minister affirmed to his Kuwaiti counterpart Egypt’s commitment to the list of demands presented to the state of Qatar and the continuation of sanctions taken against it,” Abu Zeid said in a statement.

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QATAR POLITICS: UAE Hack Sparks Gulf Crisis: Qatar Says

QATAR POLITICS: UAE Hack Sparks Gulf Crisis: Qatar Says

“The information published in the Washington Post on 16 July 2017, which revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of Qatar News Agency, unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place,” Qatar’s government said in a statement

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Proposes Military Talks With North Korea

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Proposes Military Talks With North Korea

South Korea President Moon Jae-in pledged to engage the North in dialogue as well as bring pressure to impede its nuclear and missile programmes.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Raps US Bill Over Taiwan Military Ties

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Raps US Bill Over Taiwan Military Ties

“China firmly opposes any forms of official exchange and military contact between the US and Taiwan,” Lu told reporters at a regular press briefing, adding that Beijing had made “stern representations” to Washington over the “negative content” of the bill.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Rejects Trump’s Protectionist Policy

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Rejects Trump’s Protectionist Policy

“More trade barriers .. does not help working families over the long term, or even the mid-term. Such policies kill growth,” Trudeau.

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HONG KONG POLITICS: Carrie Lam Offers Condolences to Wife of Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo

HONG KONG POLITICS: Carrie Lam Offers Condolences to Wife of Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo

“Hong Kong people are compassionate and so I share that compassion of Hong Kong people by sending my condolences to the wife and family of Mr Liu,” Lam.

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