24 Jun 2017

Qatar says list of demands not realistic

“Qatar’s foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable. Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism.” Source: Qatar says

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24 Jun 2017

China, U.S. agree aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization

“China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible’, Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.” Source: China, U.S. agree aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearization | Reuters

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24 Jun 2017

Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers’ list

“In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats, U.S. officials said.” Source: Exclusive: Overruling diplomats, U.S.

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23 Jun 2017

Emirati princesses convicted in Belgium for human trafficking

“Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a Belgian court on Friday and were given suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years ago, their lawyer said. The Brussels criminal court handed the eight

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23 Jun 2017

China deploys new anti-submarine aircraft to fringes of South China Sea

“China has deployed its newest anti-submarine aircraft and stepped up unmanned aircraft deployments to Hainan island on the fringes of the South China Sea, according to satellite imagery obtained by Defense News.” Source: China deploys new anti-submarine aircraft to fringes of South China Sea

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23 Jun 2017

Report: Russia may have accidentally revealed new military satellites

“Russia may have accidentally revealed its new military satellites, according to an IHS Markit report.” Source: Report: Russia may have accidentally revealed new military satellites

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23 Jun 2017

Marines will meet a ‘swift response’ if they dare intervene, says Venezuelan official

“At a recent Organization of American States meeting in Mexico, the U.S. proposed that multiple countries form a ‘contact group’ to help mediate Venezuela’s crises, according to The Associated Press. But Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez flatly rejected the idea, saying on Tuesday: ‘I think the only way they (the U.S.)

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23 Jun 2017

Arab states issue list of demands to end Qatar crisis

“Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar have reportedly issued a list of demands to end the crisis, insisting that Qatar shut down the Al Jazeera network and scale down ties with Iran.” Source: Arab states issue list of demands to end Qatar crisis | Qatar

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23 Jun 2017

US reassures Turkey over arms provided to Syrian Kurds

“Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once Islamic State militants are ousted from their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa.” Source: US reassures Turkey over

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23 Jun 2017

House poised to add billions to Trump’s military budget

“The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says it’s not President Donald Trump’s fault his defense budget proposal is billions below what the military needs.” Source: House poised to add billions to Trump’s military budget

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