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SYRIA: US Embraces Diplomacy, Russian Jets Pound Aleppo

SYRIA: US Embraces Diplomacy, Russian Jets Pound Aleppo 0

“They are shelling the old city heavily after another failed attempt to gain ground,” said Abu Hamam, a rebel from the Failaq al-Sham group.

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SYRIA: US Kerry Just Lost Argument To Back Syria Diplomacy With Force

SYRIA: US Kerry Just Lost Argument To Back Syria Diplomacy With Force 0

“I think you’re looking at three people, four people in the administration who have all argued for use of force, and I lost the argument,” John Kerry said.

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SAUDI ARABIA: US 9/11 Law Brings ‘Disastrous Consequences’ – Saudi

SAUDI ARABIA: US 9/11 Law Brings ‘Disastrous Consequences’ – Saudi 0

Saudi Arabia was home to 15 of the 19 Al-Qaeda hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States which killed nearly 3,000 people.

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PHILIPPINE: Upcoming War Games With US The ‘Last One’ – Duterte

PHILIPPINE: Upcoming War Games With US The ‘Last One’ – Duterte 0

Duterte said he would be putting an end to the joint war games with US the country’s number one ally with which it has a 65-year-old mutual defense treaty.

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RUSSIA: US Syria Statement Tantamount To Terrorism Supports – Sergei Ryabkov

RUSSIA: US Syria Statement Tantamount To Terrorism Supports – Sergei Ryabkov 0

“We cannot interpret this as anything else apart from the current U.S. administration’s de facto support for terrorism,” Sergei Ryabkov said.

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PHILIPPINE: Duterte Visits Vietnam Amid His Defiance Of United States

PHILIPPINE: Duterte Visits Vietnam Amid His Defiance Of United States 0

Duterte’s almost daily jibes against the United States and his positive rhetoric about China may not sit well with Vietnam’s leaders and their quieter, more calibrated diplomacy.

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VENEZUELA: Nicolas Maduro, John Kerry Meet

VENEZUELA: Nicolas Maduro, John Kerry Meet 0

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, first formal encounter between the two since Kerry became the top U.S. diplomat.

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AUSTRALIA: Hague Court To Arbitrate In Australia-East Timor Maritime Border Dispute

AUSTRALIA: Hague Court To Arbitrate In Australia-East Timor Maritime Border Dispute 0

Australia and East Timor will now engage in a conciliation process that will take place behind closed doors over the next year, the court ruled.

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PHILIPPINE: Duterte Says Will Build ‘Many New Alliances’

PHILIPPINE: Duterte Says Will Build ‘Many New Alliances’ 0

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his country could turn to Russia and China for help, including on tackling his country’s drug problem.

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RUSSIA: Peace In Syria ‘Almost Impossible Task Now’ – Russian UN Ambassador

RUSSIA: Peace In Syria ‘Almost Impossible Task Now’ – Russian UN Ambassador 0

Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was “almost an impossible task now.”

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PHILIPPINE: Duterte Tells World Not To Detract His Drugs War

PHILIPPINE: Duterte Tells World Not To Detract His Drugs War 0

“Our actions, however, have grabbed both the national headlines and international attention for all the wrong reasons,” Rodrigo Duterte said.

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MOROCCO: Morocco Applies To Rejoin African Union

MOROCCO: Morocco Applies To Rejoin African Union 0

Morocco has stepped up lobbying efforts across the continent its bid to offer Western Sahara autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.

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UK: Boris Johnson’s ‘Baloney’ Jibe Takes Center Stage

UK: Boris Johnson’s ‘Baloney’ Jibe Takes Center Stage 0

Michel Sapin, in a French twist on Boris Johnson’s “baloney” jibe, said: “There are four freedoms and they cannot be separated.”

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JAPAN: Shinzo Abe Says Wants To Deepen Economic Ties With Cuba

JAPAN: Shinzo Abe Says Wants To Deepen Economic Ties With Cuba 0

“This visit has turned a new page in 400 years of Japan-Cuba friendship,” Shinzo Abe said. “I met with Raul Castro and agreed to intensify our economic cooperation”.

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ITALY: $1.3m Paid To Family Of Giovanni Lo Porto Killed By US Drone

ITALY: $1.3m Paid To Family Of Giovanni Lo Porto Killed By US Drone 0

“I will not see my son at home with his smile. All that remains for me is to wait until the last day of my life for divine not earthly justice,” Giusy said.

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MIDDLE EAST: Arab States Shelve Push Against Israel At UN Nuclear Watchdog

MIDDLE EAST: Arab States Shelve Push Against Israel At UN Nuclear Watchdog 0

Increasingly frustrated, Arab states will not submit an Israel resolution at the IAEA’s General Conference next week for the first time in three years.

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ZIMBABWE: Botswana President Ian Khama To Mugabe: Time To Go

ZIMBABWE: Botswana President Ian Khama To Mugabe: Time To Go 0

“He’s not really able to provide the leadership that could get it out of its predicament,” Botswana President Ian Khama said.

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PHILIPPINE: Duterte To EU: ‘I Am President. Why Insult Me?’

PHILIPPINE: Duterte To EU: ‘I Am President. Why Insult Me?’ 0

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte demanded on Wednesday the European Union show him respect worthy of a president.

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CUBA: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Visits Fidel Castro

CUBA: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Visits Fidel Castro 0

“Fidel and Hassan Rouhani concluded the friendly meeting with the most sincere desires for collaboration between the peoples of Iran and Cuba,” the Communist Party newspaper Granma wrote.

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IRAN: Tehran Urges US To Unblock Aircraft Deals

IRAN: Tehran Urges US To Unblock Aircraft Deals 0

There have also been delays in getting European banks to finance the deals because of restrictions over the use of U.S. dollars.

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