30 Mar 2017

Paraguay fears dictatorship as president moves to amend constitution

“After months of behind-the-scenes preparations, Paraguay’s president, Horacio Cartes, has moved to amend the constitution to allow him to be re-elected in 2018, prompting warnings that the country where Alfredo Stroessner ruled for more than 30 years is once again sliding towards dictatorship.” Source: Paraguay fears dictatorship as president moves

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30 Mar 2017

US Ambassador: UN Aiding ‘Corrupt’ Government in Congo

“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday accused the world body of aiding a ‘corrupt’ government in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Source: US Ambassador: UN Aiding ‘Corrupt’ Government in Congo

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30 Mar 2017

U.S., Turkey Set on a Collision Course

“Turkey expected a honeymoon with President Donald Trump. Instead, it increasingly looks like Ankara and Washington are heading for a squabble, if not a divorce.” Source: U.S., Turkey Set on a Collision Course – WSJ

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30 Mar 2017

Trump administration to allow Bahrain F-16 deal

“The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the U.S. State Department under President Barack Obama.” Source: Trump administration to allow Bahrain F-16 deal

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30 Mar 2017

US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul

“A senior U.S. general said on Wednesday it will be difficult to maintain ‘extraordinarily high standards’ to avoid civilian casualties in Mosul, even as the U.S. military begins a formal investigation into an explosion in the Iraqi city that is believed to have killed scores of civilians.” Source: US opens

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29 Mar 2017

Serbia: Putin Agrees to Large Weapons Delivery to Balkans

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to sign off on a delivery of fighter jets, battle tanks and armored vehicles to Serbia, the Balkan country’s defense minister said Tuesday, in what could worsen tensions with neighboring states and trigger an arms race in the war-weary region.” Source: Serbia: Putin Agrees

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29 Mar 2017

Paris clashes after French police kill Chinese man

“Violence in Paris over the police killing of a Chinese man has left three police officers injured with at least 35 people detained.” Source: Paris clashes after French police kill Chinese man – BBC News

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29 Mar 2017

Report: China’s man-made South China Sea islands nearly complete

“A report from a U.S. think tank says China has nearly completed construction work on three man-made islands in the South China Sea, giving it the ability to deploy combat aircraft and other military assets to the disputed region.” Source: Report: China’s man-made South China Sea islands nearly complete

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29 Mar 2017

China to open a drone factory in Saudi Arabia

“China will construct a new facility to produce unmanned aerial vehicles in Saudi Arabia, following a recent visit from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.” Source: China to open a drone factory in Saudi Arabia

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29 Mar 2017

US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties

“U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, U.S. and Iraqi military officials acknowledged Tuesday, but they denied the rules for avoiding civilian casualties have been loosened despite a recent spike in civilian casualties.” Source: US denies loosening rules for

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