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IRAQ POLITICS: 36 Hours After Haider al-Abadi Declared Victory in Mosul Iraqi Forces Strike ISIS in Mosul

IRAQ POLITICS: 36 Hours After Haider al-Abadi Declared Victory in Mosul Iraqi Forces Strike ISIS in Mosul

“There are still going to be losses from the Iraqi security forces as they continue to secure Mosul.”

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ROMANIA POLITICS: USA Approves $3.9bn Patriot Missile Sale to Romania

ROMANIA POLITICS: USA Approves $3.9bn Patriot Missile Sale to Romania

“The proposed sale of the Patriot system will support Romania’s needs for its own self-defense and support NATO defense goals,” the agency said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Leaked! ‘Australia Probing Forces for Unlawful Killing of Afghans’

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Leaked! ‘Australia Probing Forces for Unlawful Killing of Afghans’

Australian Special Forces are under a secret defense investigation for the unlawful killing of Afghan civilians, according to leaked documents, which provide new details of deadly incidents in southern Afghanistan.

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QATAR POLITICS: ‘Saudi-Led Alliance Seeking Regime Change in Qatar’

QATAR POLITICS: ‘Saudi-Led Alliance Seeking Regime Change in Qatar’

“I am not surprised they [Saudis and allies] are not happy with this result. They have specific objectives that they wish to accomplish,” al-Omari said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Gaza ‘Unlivable’ Ten Years After Hamas Seized Power: UN

PALESTINE POLITICS: Gaza ‘Unlivable’ Ten Years After Hamas Seized Power: UN

“Across the board we’re watching de-development in slow motion,” Robert Piper, U.N. coordinator for humanitarian aid and development for Gaza Strip, West Bank.

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UK: Britain, US, Allies vs Russia Battle For Supremacy

UK: Britain, US, Allies vs Russia Battle For Supremacy

NATO’s aim is to make good on a promise to deter Russia in Europe’s ex-Soviet states, after Moscow orchestrated annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Kurds Should Take Part in Drafting New Constitution: UN Envoy

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Kurds Should Take Part in Drafting New Constitution: UN Envoy

Staffan de Mistura told Russia’s RIA news agency in an interview published on Tuesday that the Kurds should not be ignored and their representatives must be allowed to take part in producing the initial version of such a document.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Amnesty International Calls for Special Mosul Commission to Probe Potential War Crimes By Coalition, Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Amnesty International Calls for Special Mosul Commission to Probe Potential War Crimes By Coalition, Islamic State

The often disproportionate and imprecise use of deadly force by the coalition fighting terrorists in Mosul has prompted major criticism from Amnesty.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistanis Hold Anti-US Rally in Solidarity With Kashmiris

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistanis Hold Anti-US Rally in Solidarity With Kashmiris

Activists in the Pakistani city of Karachi also held a protest rally in solidarity with the Kashmiris.

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ISREAL POLITICS: Israel Not Bound By US-Russian Ceasefire Deal in Syria: Liberman

ISREAL POLITICS: Israel Not Bound By US-Russian Ceasefire Deal in Syria: Liberman

“Israel reserves its complete freedom of action, regardless of any understandings or developments,” minister of military affairs Avigdor Liberman said.

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UK POLITICS: Court Ruling May Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

UK POLITICS: Court Ruling May Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The court has been studying the case lodged with it by UK-based Campaign Against the Arms Trade NGO since February, and is due to issue its ruling on Monday, The Guardian reported.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hail South Africa’s Decision to Downgrade Israel Ties

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hail South Africa’s Decision to Downgrade Israel Ties

Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa Hashem Dajani also described the decision as an “advanced move to put pressure on the apartheid government of Israel in order to end occupation of the state of Palestine.”

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USA POLITICS: US to Test THAAD Missile Defenses Against Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile

USA POLITICS: US to Test THAAD Missile Defenses Against Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile

“The test is designated as Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18,” Chris Johnson, an MDA spokesman said. He did not elaborate.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Germany, France, Russia Stress Ukraine Truce Implementation

EUROPE POLITICS: Germany, France, Russia Stress Ukraine Truce Implementation

Kremlin complained that the Minsk accords were being implemented “too slowly,” stressing that there needs to be measures leading to a genuine ceasefire in Ukraine.

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INDIA POLITICS: India Places Kashmir Under High Security Order, Deploys Thousands of Government Forces

INDIA POLITICS: India Places Kashmir Under High Security Order, Deploys Thousands of Government Forces

India and Kashmir News: “I have never seen restrictions of this magnitude before,” said one local speaking on condition of anonymity.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Pro-Zionist Lobbies Against Peace in Palestine: Analyst

PALESTINE POLITICS: Pro-Zionist Lobbies Against Peace in Palestine: Analyst

Dean said lobbying groups, which are seeking to exert influence on Israeli and US officials, want the prolongation of conflict in Palestine.

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MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain Vow to Punish Qatar Harder

MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain Vow to Punish Qatar Harder

Saudi Arabia completely shuttered the land border with Qatar in order to cripple the neighboring country’s food supply.

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USA POLITICS: US B-1B Lancer Bombers Challenge China in South China Sea

USA POLITICS: US B-1B Lancer Bombers Challenge China in South China Sea

U.S. Lancers flew from Guam over the South China Sea last month, while a U.S. warship carried out a maneuvering drill within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s artificial islands in the waterway in late May.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia to US: Clarify Syria ‘No-Fly Zones’ Proposal

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia to US: Clarify Syria ‘No-Fly Zones’ Proposal

Russia has suspended communications with the US, which used to be carried out via a hotline set up to prevent accidents over Syrian airspace.

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UK POLITICS: Tony Blair Failed to ‘Be Straight’ With the Public About Iraq Invasion: Chilcot

UK POLITICS: Tony Blair Failed to ‘Be Straight’ With the Public About Iraq Invasion: Chilcot

“Tony Blair made much of, at various points, the need to exert influence on American policy-making,” Sir John Chilcot said.

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