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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: US, South Korea Should Offer Concessions to North Korea: Moon Jae-in

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: US, South Korea Should Offer Concessions to North Korea: Moon Jae-in

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says, “North Korea should promise a nuclear freeze before full-fledged dialog for nuclear dismantlement can start.”

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USA POLITICS: Mattis Accuses Putin of International ‘Mischief’

USA POLITICS: Mattis Accuses Putin of International ‘Mischief’

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions undermined “secure and peaceful” order established after WWII devastation.

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IRAN POLITICS: US Playing With Fire in Syria: Senior Iranian Official Warns

IRAN POLITICS: US Playing With Fire in Syria: Senior Iranian Official Warns

“Undoubtedly, the US’ unwise and adventurous behaviors in Syria are clear examples of playing with fire,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: Sturgeon Postpones Second Referendum Until After Brexit

SCOTLAND POLITICS: Sturgeon Postpones Second Referendum Until After Brexit

“We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independence referendum immediately,” Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament. “The Scottish government will reset the plan I set out.”

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USA POLITICS: Senator Bob Corker to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi-Led States Until Qatar Dispute Resolved

USA POLITICS: Senator Bob Corker to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi-Led States Until Qatar Dispute Resolved

US Congressman Republican Senator Bob Corker is on a congressional group that reviews arms deals before they can go ahead.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Strikes £1b Deal to Get DUP Support

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Strikes £1b Deal to Get DUP Support

“Today we have reached an agreement with the Conservative Party on support for government in parliament,” DUP leader Arlene Foster said in Downing Street.

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CANADA POLITICS: China, Canada Vow Not to Conduct Cyber Attacks on Private Sector

CANADA POLITICS: China, Canada Vow Not to Conduct Cyber Attacks on Private Sector

“This is something that three or four years ago (Beijing) would not even have entertained in the conversation,” an unnamed Canadian government official told the Globe and Mail, which first reported the agreement.

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INDIA POLITICS: US Lawmakers to Trump: Press Modi on Trade, Investment

INDIA POLITICS: US Lawmakers to Trump: Press Modi on Trade, Investment

Modi is due to meet with Trump on Monday at the White House, when he will seek to revitalize ties that have appeared to drift, in spite of the priority they were afforded under former President Barack Obama.

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QATAR POLITICS: Saudi Arabia Wants to Undermine Qatar’s Sovereignty, Independence

QATAR POLITICS: Saudi Arabia Wants to Undermine Qatar’s Sovereignty, Independence

Omari said Saudi Arabia, supported by its allies, is trying to put pressure on Qatar in order to force it to accept the Saudi guardianship on the country.

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USA POLITICS: Russian Meddling in US Election an ‘Act of War’: Dick Cheney

USA POLITICS: Russian Meddling in US Election an ‘Act of War’: Dick Cheney

“I would not underestimate the weight that we as Americans assign to the Russian attempts to interfere with our internal political processes,” said Cheney.

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QATAR POLITICS: Here’s 13 Serious Demands From Saudi and its Allies to Qatar

QATAR POLITICS: Here’s 13 Serious Demands From Saudi and its Allies to Qatar

Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to Qatar, or the list becomes invalid.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: UN Has ‘Responsibility’ to Resolve Kashmir Issue: Nafees Zakaria

PAKISTAN POLITICS: UN Has ‘Responsibility’ to Resolve Kashmir Issue: Nafees Zakaria

Foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Kashmir is an “internationally recognised” dispute and is outstanding on the UN Security Council agenda.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program

“China is North Korea’s only ally and China is the country that provides the most economic assistance to North Korea,” Moon said. “Without the assistance of China, sanctions won’t be effective at all.”

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USA POLITICS: US Continues to ‘Stab Russia in the Back’ With Syrian Offensives

USA POLITICS: US Continues to ‘Stab Russia in the Back’ With Syrian Offensives

Russia disagrees with Washington’s claim the shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday was an ‘act of self-defense’ and has demonstrated its displeasure by halting cooperation with the US-led coalition in Syria over the incident.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Heading to Palestine

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Heading to Palestine

Trump’s international envoy, Jason Greenblatt, will join meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Trump Hardens Approach Toward Pakistan After Afghan War Review

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Trump Hardens Approach Toward Pakistan After Afghan War Review

Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding U.S. drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan.

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USA POLITICS: Otto Frederick Warmbier Dies After Release from North Korea Prison

USA POLITICS: Otto Frederick Warmbier Dies After Release from North Korea Prison

Otto Frederick Warmbier, 22, who was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist, had been described by doctors caring for him last week as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau May Mediate in Venezuelan Crisis

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau May Mediate in Venezuelan Crisis

Peru’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna publicly floated the idea of Justin Trudeau acting as a mediator for the Venezuelan crisis, citing the Prime Minister’s “global power role,”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: US Respect Syrian Sovereignty: Lavrov Russian FM

RUSSIA POLITICS: US Respect Syrian Sovereignty: Lavrov Russian FM

“We call on the United State and all others who have their forces or advisers on the ground to ensure the coordination in our work,” Lavrov said, adding “zones of de-escalation are one of the possible options to jointly move forward.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Has Means to Punish US After US Senate New Sanctions Bill: Top General

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Has Means to Punish US After US Senate New Sanctions Bill: Top General

“The ruling establishment in the US is a hegemonic, expansionist, bullying and blackmailing regime and the root of hostilities with us is based in these things,” Deputy Chief of Staff of Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said.

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