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USA POLITICS: Tillerson Will Follow Strict Diplomatic Protocol When He Visits Russia

USA POLITICS: Tillerson Will Follow Strict Diplomatic Protocol When He Visits Russia

Reacting to media reports that Tillerson would use his visit to press Moscow to back away from supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia’s biggest Middle East ally, Peskov signalled that was a non-starter.

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NICARAGUA POLITICS: US Reacts to Russian Flag In Nicaragua

NICARAGUA POLITICS: US Reacts to Russian Flag In Nicaragua

“Clearly there’s been a lot of activity, and it’s on the uptick now,” said a senior US official familiar with Central American affairs, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive situation.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Allies to Trump: US Crosses ‘Red Lines’ For Bombing Syria Air Base

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Allies to Trump: US Crosses ‘Red Lines’ For Bombing Syria Air Base

Assad Allies: “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or breach of red lines from whoever it is, America knows our ability to respond well.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau to International Community: Get to Bottom of Syrian Chemical Attack

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau to International Community: Get to Bottom of Syrian Chemical Attack

Trudeau, who is in New York for an annual women’s summit, roundly condemned the Syrian incident, which killed more than 70 people, including children.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin to Trump: US Attack On Syria ‘Illegal Act of Aggression’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin to Trump: US Attack On Syria ‘Illegal Act of Aggression’

Putin said the missile strikes broke international law and has halted agreement with US aimed at avoiding clashes between their forces in the skies over Syria.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Here’s Why Russia Says Assad Not to Blame for Chemical Attack

SYRIA POLITICS: Here’s Why Russia Says Assad Not to Blame for Chemical Attack

Russia says poison gas leaked from rebel chemical weapons struck by Syrian bombs. Hasan Ali, Free Idlib Army rebel commander, calls Russian statement ‘lie’.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to Taiwan: Using Arms Won’t Stop Unification

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing to Taiwan: Using Arms Won’t Stop Unification

“Separatist Taiwan independence forces and their activities are the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a monthly news briefing.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Resists Theresa May’s Bid to Link EU ‘Divorce’ With Trade Talks

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Resists Theresa May’s Bid to Link EU ‘Divorce’ With Trade Talks

Theresa May is facing resistance from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Parliament to her goal of conducting negotiations on Britain’s future trade relations with Europe at the same time as talks on arrangements for Brexit.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Julie Bishop Meets With China After Extradition Treaty Failure

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Julie Bishop Meets With China After Extradition Treaty Failure

Eager to head-off any possible diplomatic fallout, Julie Bishop met with China’s ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, on Tuesday, the source said.

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UK POLITICS: Good Morning Britain! Brexit Article 50 Triggered!!

UK POLITICS: Good Morning Britain! Brexit Article 50 Triggered!!

Brexit has begun, with Britain formally filing Article 50, a letter to the European Union giving notice of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the EU.

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IRAN POLITICS: 15 US Companies Sanctioned By Iran, List May Expand

IRAN POLITICS: 15 US Companies Sanctioned By Iran, List May Expand

Iran has announced retaliatory sanctions on 15 American companies over their support for Israeli crimes and terrorism two days after Washington imposed bans on nearly a dozen foreign companies or individuals for aiding the Islamic Republic.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Says Two-State Solution Undermined By Israeli Settlement Building

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Says Two-State Solution Undermined By Israeli Settlement Building

“As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of two-state solution,” Merkel to reporters before talks with Palestinian President Abbas in Berlin.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Grants Marine Le Pen Audience in Kremlin

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Grants Marine Le Pen Audience in Kremlin

Le Pen backs the lifting of the European Union’s economic sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict – a stance she reiterated.

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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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