05 May 2016

EU proposes scheme to share out asylum seekers

“The European Commission proposed a system to distribute asylum seekers across the EU on Wednesday that aims to ease the load on states like Greece and Italy but drew immediate condemnation from governments in Eastern Europe.” Source: EU proposes scheme to share out asylum seekers | Reuters

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05 May 2016

Davutoglu To Step Down as Turkish Prime Minister

“Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday he has decided to take the country’s ruling party to an extraordinary general convention on May 22, where he will not run for chairmanship. Davutoglu has long been at odds with the powerful president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, over several political issues, including his

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05 May 2016

Iran Accuses U.S. of Meddling as Tensions Grow

“Tensions between Iran and the United States, never far from the surface, showed signs of worsening on Wednesday, with the Iranians threatening to block a vital Persian Gulf access route and protesting what they called the American ‘meddling approach and tone.’” Source: Iran Accuses U.S. of Meddling as Tensions Grow

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05 May 2016

NATO Accepts Israel, 4 Other Nations as Headquarter Liaisons

“The North Atlantic Council on Wednesday agreed to allow Israel and four other non-NATO members to open diplomatic missions to its headquarters in Brussels.” Source: NATO Accepts Israel, 4 Other Nations as Headquarter Liaisons

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05 May 2016

Lawmakers to Obama: Don’t Supply Syrian Rebels with Stingers

“More than two dozen U.S. lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to refrain from supplying Syrian rebels with American-made shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.” Source: Lawmakers to Obama: Don’t Supply Syrian Rebels with Stingers | DoD Buzz

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05 May 2016

Russia warns of retaliation as NATO plans more deployments in Eastern Europe

“Russia will reinforce its western and southern flanks with three new divisions by the year-end, officials said on Wednesday, threatening retaliation to NATO’s plans to boost its military presence in eastern members Poland and the Baltic States.” Source: Russia warns of retaliation as NATO plans more deployments in Eastern Europe

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04 May 2016

No end in sight to election mess in struggling Haiti

“Senate leader Jocelerme Privert took office as Haiti’s caretaker president with one real task: Quickly untangle a political stalemate blocking presidential and legislative runoff elections.” Source: No end in sight to election mess in struggling Haiti

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04 May 2016

N. Korean shipyard work paves way for new class of ballistic subs

“North Korea has made progress upgrading a shipyard that will allow it to build a new class of ballistic submarines, a Washington-based monitoring group says.” Source: N. Korean shipyard work paves way for new class of ballistic subs – Pacific – Stripes

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04 May 2016

Turkey on verge of completing EU visa deal work: minister

“Turkey is on the verge of completing the necessary work to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the European Union, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday after parliament passed new legislation overnight.” Source: Turkey on verge of completing EU visa deal work: minister | Reuters

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04 May 2016

Pakistani army chief confirms death sentences for 11 Taliban

“Pakistan’s army chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers, an army statement said.” Source: Pakistani army chief confirms death sentences for 11 Taliban

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