14 Jan 2017

Senate intelligence panel to probe Russia hacking

“The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the panel will investigate allegations Russia used cyber attacks to influence the U.S. presidential election, including any links between Russia and the political campaigns.” Source: Senate intelligence panel to probe Russia hacking | Reuters

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14 Jan 2017

U.S. House votes to begin repealing Obamacare

“U.S. House Republicans on Friday won passage of a measure starting the process of dismantling Obamacare, despite concerns about not having a ready replacement and the potential financial cost of repealing Democratic President Barack Obama’s landmark health insurance law.” Source: U.S. House votes to begin repealing Obamacare | Reuters

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13 Jan 2017

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards position for power

“Iran’s Revolutionary Guards look set to entrench their power and shift the country to more hardline, isolationist policies for years to come following the death of influential powerbroker Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.” Source: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards position for power | Reuters

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13 Jan 2017

U.S. sanctions Syria for use of chemical weapons

“The Obama administration tightened sanctions against the Syrian regime Thursday in response to reports by international monitors that forces loyal to President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons in 2014 and 2015.” Source: U.S. sanctions Syria for use of chemical weapons

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13 Jan 2017

Obama ends ‘wet foot, dry foot’ Cuba policy

“The Obama administration is ending the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas. That’s according to a senior administration official, who said the policy change was effective immediately.” Source: Obama ends ‘wet foot, dry foot’ Cuba policy | Washington

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13 Jan 2017

Chinese media warns of ‘war’ with US after Donald Trump’s state department choice stirs South China Sea row

“locking Chinese access to islands in the South China Sea would require the US to ‘wage war’, an influential Chinese state-run tabloid said on Friday, after US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson suggested the strategy on Wednesday.” Source: Chinese media warns of ‘war’ with US after Donald Trump’s state department choice

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13 Jan 2017

Senate approves exception for Mattis to serve as defense secretary

“The Senate on Thursday quickly passed legislation allowing retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to serve as the next defense secretary, just hours after his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.” Source: Senate approves exception for Mattis to serve as defense secretary

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13 Jan 2017

Russia says US troops arriving in Poland pose threat to its security

“The Kremlin has hit out at the biggest deployment of US troops in Europe since the end of the cold war, branding the arrival of troops and tanks in Poland as a threat to Russia’s national security.” Source: Russia says US troops arriving in Poland pose threat to its security

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12 Jan 2017

Tillerson says China should be barred from South China Sea islands

“U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state has set a course for a potentially serious confrontation with Beijing, saying China should be denied access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.” Source: Tillerson says China should be barred from South China Sea islands |

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12 Jan 2017

U.S. Senate panel approves Montenegro’s NATO bid

“The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday supporting Montenegro’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), trying for a second time to back the former Yugoslav republic’s bid.” Source: U.S. Senate panel approves Montenegro’s NATO bid | Reuters

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