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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: US Newspaper Says Coup vs Duterte Possible

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: US Newspaper Says Coup vs Duterte Possible

The future of the once-solid US-Philippine defense alliance is uncertain as President Duterte cozies up to China and a coup may be on the horizon.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Can’t Figure Out Trump’s Foreign Policy Goals: German Officials

GERMANY POLITICS: Can’t Figure Out Trump’s Foreign Policy Goals: German Officials

Trump has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and nominated people seen as friendly toward Moscow to senior administration posts.

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JORDAN POLITICS: Jordanian Official Warns Trump of ‘Catastrophic’ Repercussions Moving US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem

JORDAN POLITICS: Jordanian Official Warns Trump of ‘Catastrophic’ Repercussions Moving US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem

Information Minister Mohammed Momani said that such a move would be a “red line” for Jordan and would “inflame the Islamic and Arab streets.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ‘Indonesia, Australia Relations Good’: Widodo

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ‘Indonesia, Australia Relations Good’: Widodo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters, “I think our relations with Australia remain in a good condition.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Enrique Pena Nieto Hires Luis Videgaray As Foreign Minister

MEXICO POLITICS: Enrique Pena Nieto Hires Luis Videgaray As Foreign Minister

Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto said that he had tasked Videgaray with accelerating contacts and dialogue with the incoming Trump administration.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Russia Offers Philippines Arms And Friendship

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Russia Offers Philippines Arms And Friendship

Russia is ready to supply the Philippines with sophisticated weapons including aircraft and submarines and aims to become a close friend.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Scolds Msimanga For ‘Regrettable’ Taiwan Visit

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Scolds Msimanga For ‘Regrettable’ Taiwan Visit

“(We were) made aware of the visit and advised Mayor Msimanga not to undertake it as it would constitute a breach of our One China Policy,” foreign ministry said.

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USA POLITICS: Obama Sanctions Meant To ‘Box In’ Trump, A Perfect Blessing In Disguise!

USA POLITICS: Obama Sanctions Meant To ‘Box In’ Trump, A Perfect Blessing In Disguise!

Obama’s move appears to have backfired, granting the incoming administration leeway to pursue the Moscow-approved restoration of Russia-U.S. relations that Trump has been advocating.

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USA POLITICS: Obama’s Russian Sanctions ‘Politically Motivated’: Sean Spicer Hints

USA POLITICS: Obama’s Russian Sanctions ‘Politically Motivated’: Sean Spicer Hints

“You haven’t seen a response like that in modern history for any action,” Spicer said about Obama expelling 35 Russian diplomats and closing separate Russian compounds in Maryland and New York.

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USA POLITICS: ‘Stand Up to Putin’: McCain Calls US To Punish Russia

USA POLITICS: ‘Stand Up to Putin’: McCain Calls US To Punish Russia

“We strongly urge our colleagues toward more stronger sanctions against Russia because of their attack on the United States of America,” John McCain.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Sidelines Western Troublemakers To Articulates New World Order

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Sidelines Western Troublemakers To Articulates New World Order

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the nationally broadcast address: “We are working, and working successfully, and we are achieving much.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Hoping to Sideline US With Syria Ceasefire

SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Hoping to Sideline US With Syria Ceasefire

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Vladimir Putin overseen a truce deal welcomed by all sides in the conflict that may lead to peace talks.

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USA POLITICS: Russia-US Row: Trump Praises Putin for Rejecting Obama’s Tit-For-Tat Diplomacy

USA POLITICS: Russia-US Row: Trump Praises Putin for Rejecting Obama’s Tit-For-Tat Diplomacy

“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Trump wrote on Twitter from Florida, where he is on vacation.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: US-Russia Row: Putin Rejects Obama’s Tit-For-Tat ‘Kitchen’, Irresponsible Diplomacy

RUSSIA POLITICS: US-Russia Row: Putin Rejects Obama’s Tit-For-Tat ‘Kitchen’, Irresponsible Diplomacy

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier proposed expelling 35 U.S. diplomats after outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the expulsions and sanctions.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Aligns With Trump Against John Kerry Over Israeli Settlement Row

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Aligns With Trump Against John Kerry Over Israeli Settlement Row

UK Prime Minister Theresa May scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the most right-wing in Israeli history.

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USA POLITICS: Fact Sheet: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

USA POLITICS: Fact Sheet: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

In response to the threat to U.S. national security posed by Russian interference in our elections, Obama approved an amendment to Executive Order 13964.

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EGYPT POLITICS: 2 Red Sea Islands Handed Over to Saudi Arabia By Egypt’s Government

EGYPT POLITICS: 2 Red Sea Islands Handed Over to Saudi Arabia By Egypt’s Government

Egypt’s government has approved a deal to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia and sent it to parliament for ratification, despite a legal dispute over the plan.

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USA POLITICS: Obama Statement on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity And Harassment

USA POLITICS: Obama Statement on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity And Harassment

I ordered a number of actions in response to Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election.

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USA POLITICS: Tit-For-Tat! Obama Punishes 35 Russian Spy Suspects

USA POLITICS: Tit-For-Tat! Obama Punishes 35 Russian Spy Suspects

Russians have 72 hours to leave the United States, the official said. Access to two compounds will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Distances Itself From Obama’s Stance Against Israeli Settlements

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Distances Itself From Obama’s Stance Against Israeli Settlements

In a statement to the ABC, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reiterated that the Australian Government remained “firmly committed to a two-state solution.

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