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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Presses Trump to Uphold NAFTA Trade Deal

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Presses Trump to Uphold NAFTA Trade Deal 0

U.S.-Mexican trade relations have been strained by Trump’s repeated vow to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement if he cannot secure better terms for U.S. workers and industry.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Escalates Trade Dispute With US Because Trudeau is Under Pressure

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Escalates Trade Dispute With US Because Trudeau is Under Pressure 0

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under pressure to secure support in a key region ahead of the country’s 2019 elections.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Offers Macron Olive Branch After Election Win

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Offers Macron Olive Branch After Election Win 0

“The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a difficult time for Europe and the whole world community,” Putin told Macron.

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EUROPE POLITICS: US ‘Losing Leadership’ in World: EU Federica Mogherini

EUROPE POLITICS: US ‘Losing Leadership’ in World: EU Federica Mogherini 0

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the United States is “losing its leadership” position in the world, presenting an “opportunity” for the EU to become a “reliable partner” on the international stage. “There is an opportunity for the

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EAST TIMOR POLITICS: Jose Ramos-Horta to Australia: Gas Dispute Risks Pushing East Timor Closer to China

EAST TIMOR POLITICS: Jose Ramos-Horta to Australia: Gas Dispute Risks Pushing East Timor Closer to China 0

East Timor’s ex-president Jose Ramos-Horta: “There is alternative, there’s always China, unlike 20 years ago when China was not booming as strong as today.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump-Turnbull Dinner and the Celebrities Aboard Battleship

USA POLITICS: Trump-Turnbull Dinner and the Celebrities Aboard Battleship 0

There was an American marching band, and Australian singers Beccy Cole and Amber Lawrence entertained attendees while they ate.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Grave Consequences’: Pyongyang Warns China

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Grave Consequences’: Pyongyang Warns China 0

North Korea has warned China of “grave consequences” if it “chops down” relations between the two countries.

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CANADA POLITICS: Trump Pressures Canada to Boost Defense Spending

CANADA POLITICS: Trump Pressures Canada to Boost Defense Spending 0

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said poor decisions and under funding by successive governments had left the armed forces short of equipment and increasingly unable to do their job.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Will Not ‘Beg’ for China’s Friendship: KCNA

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Will Not ‘Beg’ for China’s Friendship: KCNA 0

“The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China, risking its nuclear program, which is as precious as its own life, no matter how valuable the friendship is,” the commentary said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: As US, China Find Common Ground on Pyongyang, is Russia Wild Card?

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: As US, China Find Common Ground on Pyongyang, is Russia Wild Card? 0

“Pyongyang has been playing off Beijing and Moscow for half a century, letting them compete for the right to aid and influence North Korea.”

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TAIWAN POLITICS: Taiwan Says US Ties Solid, as Opposition Chides Over Trump Response

TAIWAN POLITICS: Taiwan Says US Ties Solid, as Opposition Chides Over Trump Response 0

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says that she would not rule out talking directly again to the U.S. president, when asked about such a possibility.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Trump: Plan to Build Walls ‘Hostile’, ‘Deeply Unfriendly’ Act

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Trump: Plan to Build Walls ‘Hostile’, ‘Deeply Unfriendly’ Act 0

Mexico Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray said building walls when there are 600 kilometers of barriers is not only a hostile and deeply unfriendly act, but one that “also is not going to fulfill the objectives that it raises, is not only an aggravating action, but it seems to be frankly a bad idea.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Seeks ASEAN’s Help to Avert ‘Nuclear Holocaust’ as Trump Warns of ‘Major Conflict’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Seeks ASEAN’s Help to Avert ‘Nuclear Holocaust’ as Trump Warns of ‘Major Conflict’ 0

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘Major, Major Conflict With North Korea Possible’: Trump Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Major, Major Conflict With North Korea Possible’: Trump Says 0

“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” U.S. President Donald Trump says.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Joint Statement of Philippines, Brunei Darussalam (Full Text)

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Joint Statement of Philippines, Brunei Darussalam (Full Text) 0

His Majesty expressed his deep gratitude to President Duterte for the warm welcome accorded to him and the Brunei Darussalam delegation.

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CHINA POLITICS: US Aircraft Carrier Heads for Korean Waters, China Calls for Restraint

CHINA POLITICS: US Aircraft Carrier Heads for Korean Waters, China Calls for Restraint 0

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on a call about North Korea with U.S. President Donald Trump, as Japan conducted exercises with a US aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Khaled bin Salman Who Bombed ISIS, Yemen Now Ambassador to US

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Khaled bin Salman Who Bombed ISIS, Yemen Now Ambassador to US 0

Prince Khaled bin Salman position will allow Trump direct line to Saudi monarchy, signalling warmer relations after a cooling following Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with regional rival Iran.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pence Tries Hand At Koala Diplomacy Down Under

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pence Tries Hand At Koala Diplomacy Down Under 0

“That’s my usual position on a Sunday afternoon,” Pence said as a bank of cameras clicked, capturing yet another picture-perfect moment for his family in Australia.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US-Russia Relations: US Hardens Their Positions

SYRIA POLITICS: US-Russia Relations: US Hardens Their Positions 0

Pressure both economic and military such as sanctions and displacement from Syria and Libya shows that Washington uses any chance to prevent Putin from being elected in 2018.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pence to Turnbull: US Will Honor Refugee Deal

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Pence to Turnbull: US Will Honor Refugee Deal 0

“We will honor this agreement out of respect to this enormously important alliance,” Pence said at Turnbull’s harbor side official residence in Sydney.

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