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CHINA POLITICS: China To US: Block Transit By Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

CHINA POLITICS: China To US: Block Transit By Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is to visit Guatemala, one of its diplomatic allies, on Jan. 11-12, its Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Tears Up Foreign Policy Rulebook

USA POLITICS: Trump Tears Up Foreign Policy Rulebook

First Trump used Twitter to announce his phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and on Sunday complaints over Beijing’s economic, military policy.

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IRAN POLITICS: Will The Nuclear Deal Be Undone Under Trump? Iran Says Not Going To Happen

IRAN POLITICS: Will The Nuclear Deal Be Undone Under Trump? Iran Says Not Going To Happen

Iran vows not to let President-elect Donald Trump to rip up its nuclear agreement that was signed with world powers, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.

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IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Demands Obama Blocks Sanctions Renewal

IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Demands Obama Blocks Sanctions Renewal

Iranian President Rouhani demands Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, saying Tehran would otherwise “firmly respond”.

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AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Ghani Says Taliban Wouldn’t Last A Month Without Pakistan Support

AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Ghani Says Taliban Wouldn’t Last A Month Without Pakistan Support

Ghani’s remarks, made at an international conference suggested tensions were rising with Pakistan after Ghani attempted to improve relations with Islamabad.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says, ‘Trump Is A Clever Man, A Statesman, Will Quickly Understand His New Responsibilities’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says, ‘Trump Is A Clever Man, A Statesman, Will Quickly Understand His New Responsibilities’

“Trump an entrepreneur and businessman. He is already a statesman and head of United States of America, one of the world’s leading countries,” Putin said.

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TAIWAN POLITICS: Trump Call With Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen Backfires As China Lodges Protest

TAIWAN POLITICS: Trump Call With Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen Backfires As China Lodges Protest

The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan’s leadership was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Invites Philippines President Duterte To White House

USA POLITICS: Trump Invites Philippines President Duterte To White House

The call lasted just over seven minutes, Duterte’s special advisor, Christopher Go, said in a text message to media.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says Wants To Get On With Trump

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says Wants To Get On With Trump

“We are not seeking and have never sought enemies. We need friends,” Putin told Russia’s political elite gathered in one of the Kremlin’s grandest halls.

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UKRAINE POLITICS: Peace Talks On Ukraine End Without Agreement

UKRAINE POLITICS: Peace Talks On Ukraine End Without Agreement

“It was very tedious again today,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. “Pure lip service will not be enough to solve this conflict.”

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UK POLITICS: Britain Will Work With Poland After EU Exit

UK POLITICS: Britain Will Work With Poland After EU Exit

“I hope we can reach an early agreement on this issue,” British Prime Minister Theresa May had warm words for Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.

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USA POLITICS: Trump To End US-Cuba ‘Deal’ Unless Havana Makes Better One

USA POLITICS: Trump To End US-Cuba ‘Deal’ Unless Havana Makes Better One

“If Cuba is unwilling to make better deal for Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal,” Trump said in Twitter.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Says Hopes For Cuban ‘Freedom’ After Castro Death

USA POLITICS: Trump Says Hopes For Cuban ‘Freedom’ After Castro Death

Donald Trump said his administration would “do all it can” to help increase freedom and prosperity for Cuban people after the death of Fidel Castro.

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CANADA POLITICS: La Francophonie Summit: Trudeau Speaks Truth On LGBTQ Rights

CANADA POLITICS: La Francophonie Summit: Trudeau Speaks Truth On LGBTQ Rights

“Members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities suffer, including members of la Francophonie,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Shinzo Abe Angry Russia Deploys Missile On Disputed Isles

JAPAN POLITICS: Shinzo Abe Angry Russia Deploys Missile On Disputed Isles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Russia’s deployment of missile systems on islands in western Pacific isles claimed by Tokyo was “regrettable”.

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TAIWAN POLITICS: Taiwan Lists Times China Blocked Its Diplomatic Space

TAIWAN POLITICS: Taiwan Lists Times China Blocked Its Diplomatic Space

The list comes after official communication channels between Taiwan and China ceased.

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GREECE POLITICS: Tsipras Congratulates Trump Win, Both Talked About Cooperation, Security

GREECE POLITICS: Tsipras Congratulates Trump Win, Both Talked About Cooperation, Security

“The two leaders agreed to maintain steady communication channels,” Tsipras’ office said in a statement, without providing further details.

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IRAN POLITICS: Khamenei Warns Of Retaliation If US Breaches Nuclear Deal

IRAN POLITICS: Khamenei Warns Of Retaliation If US Breaches Nuclear Deal

“The current U.S. government has breached the nuclear deal in many occasions,” Khamenei said on Obama, addressing members of the Revolutionary Guards.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Slams Obama, Hopes For Improve Relations With Trump Administration

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Slams Obama, Hopes For Improve Relations With Trump Administration

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says, “I aspire, hope and will work so that with Donald Trump, Venezuela will have better relations of respect with US.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says Trump Confirmed Willing To Mend Ties

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Says Trump Confirmed Willing To Mend Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said, “The President-elect confirmed he is willing to normalize Russian-American relations.”

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