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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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USA POLITICS: Trump to Use Force on North Korea ‘If We Must’: Nikki Haley UN Envoy

USA POLITICS: Trump to Use Force on North Korea ‘If We Must’: Nikki Haley UN Envoy

“Our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,” Haley said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Would Consider No-Fly Zone in Syria If Russia Agrees

SYRIA POLITICS: US Would Consider No-Fly Zone in Syria If Russia Agrees

“If our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria’s political future,” Tillerson said.

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USA POLITICS: Pentagon Vows to Protect US, Allies After Pyongyang’s ‘Escalatory ICBM Test’

USA POLITICS: Pentagon Vows to Protect US, Allies After Pyongyang’s ‘Escalatory ICBM Test’

“We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies and to use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against the growing threat from North Korea,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Fall of Mosul Won’t Stop Islamic State Spreading Fear

IRAQ POLITICS: Fall of Mosul Won’t Stop Islamic State Spreading Fear

“Several dozen people directed by Islamic State may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks,” the EU warned.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Freeze on Western Wall Plan Backfires

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Freeze on Western Wall Plan Backfires

Ultra-Orthodox parties in Netanyahu’s coalition administration and the religious authorities that manage the site protested the agreement.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May’s Secrecy on Saudi Triggers Pressure

UK POLITICS: Theresa May’s Secrecy on Saudi Triggers Pressure

Theresa May is yet to decide whether to publish details of a report about foreign funding of extremism in the UK with a focus on Saudi Arabia.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Test-Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead of G20 Summit

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Test-Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead of G20 Summit

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of hitting the United States, ignoring repeated warnings from the international community.

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USA POLITICS: Assad’s Fate in Hands of Russia: Tillerson Says

USA POLITICS: Assad’s Fate in Hands of Russia: Tillerson Says

“What happens to Assad is Russia’s issue, not the US government’s,” Tillerson told the UN chief in the private meeting, according to sources close to the magazine.

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MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: 48 Hours Only to Accept 13 Demands: Saudi Arabia, Allies to Qatar

MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: 48 Hours Only to Accept 13 Demands: Saudi Arabia, Allies to Qatar

Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the stiff demands – including closing Qatar-based al Jazeera TV and ejecting Turkish troops based there – are so draconian that they appear designed to be rejected.

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CHINA POLITICS: China Strongly Condemns New US Navy ‘Provocation’

CHINA POLITICS: China Strongly Condemns New US Navy ‘Provocation’

“China strongly urges the US side to immediately stop this kind of provocative action, which seriously violates China’s sovereignty and puts at risk China’s security,” Lu said.

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CHINA POLITICS: U.S.S. Stethem, a Guided-Missile Destroyer Sails Near Disputed Island in South China Sea

CHINA POLITICS: U.S.S. Stethem, a Guided-Missile Destroyer Sails Near Disputed Island in South China Sea

The U.S.S. Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the official said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: UN Secretary General Guterres to Israel: End Half-Century Occupation in Palestine

ISRAEL POLITICS: UN Secretary General Guterres to Israel: End Half-Century Occupation in Palestine

Guterres said: “Generations of Palestinians have grown up in crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Deal With Saudi Arabia Prerequisite to End Conflict With Palestine: Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs

ISRAEL POLITICS: Deal With Saudi Arabia Prerequisite to End Conflict With Palestine: Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs

“The only light at end of the tunnel is complete regional agreement. Full diplomatic and economic relations. Not under the table, but on table,” Lieberman added.

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UKRAINE POLITICS: U.S. Wants to Sell Coal to Coal-Rich Ukraine

UKRAINE POLITICS: U.S. Wants to Sell Coal to Coal-Rich Ukraine

United States President Donald Trump says, “Ukraine already tells us they need millions and millions of metric tons (of coal).”

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CHINA POLITICS: $1.42b Planned US Arms Sales to Taiwan Angers Xi Jinping

CHINA POLITICS: $1.42b Planned US Arms Sales to Taiwan Angers Xi Jinping

“The wrong move of the U.S. side runs counter to the consensus reached by the two presidents in and the positive development momentum of the China-U.S. relationship,” the embassy said.

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MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

US ultimate goal is to separate Iraq and Syria from Iran to stop Baghdad and Damascus from being part of the axis of resistance against Israel and America.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Forces its Curriculum in Palestinian Schools

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Forces its Curriculum in Palestinian Schools

Faris, 18, chose to study the Israeli curriculum instead of the Palestinian equivalent in the hope that it will open more doors at colleges in Israel and help him get work there.

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