24 Sep 2016

Colombia’s FARC rebels ratify peace accord to end 52-year war

“Colombia’s FARC rebel group voted unanimously to approve a peace deal with the government on Friday, declaring an end to the five-decade war as it prepares to transition into a new political party.” Source: Colombia’s FARC rebels ratify peace accord to end 52-year war | Reuters

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24 Sep 2016

Yemen president vows at U.N. to ‘extract Yemen from claws of Iran’

“Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi vowed at the United Nations on Friday to ‘extract Yemen from the claws of Iran’ as he accused Tehran of impeding peace by intervening in the country.” Source: Yemen president vows at U.N. to ‘extract Yemen from claws of Iran’ | Reuters

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24 Sep 2016

Morocco, seeking support for W.Sahara plan, asks to rejoin African bloc

“Morocco has applied to rejoin the African Union 32 years after it left, the bloc said on Friday, as the North African kingdom seeks support for its plan to end a decades-old row over Western Sahara.” Source: Morocco, seeking support for W.Sahara plan, asks to rejoin African bloc | Reuters

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23 Sep 2016

Top US officer: Russia bombed Syria humanitarian aid convoy

“The top U.S. military officer told Congress on Thursday that he believes Russia bombed a humanitarian aid convoy in Syria earlier this week, killing 20 civilians in an ‘unacceptable atrocity,’ as the bitter feud between the two nations over the five-year Syrian civil war escalated further.” Source: Top US officer:

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22 Sep 2016

Japan PM calls North Korea threat ‘substantially more serious’ than in past

“The threat posed by North Korea after its multiple missile and nuclear tests this year is ‘substantially more serious’ than it was in the past and demands an ‘entirely distinct’ response, the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.” Source: Japan PM calls North Korea threat ‘substantially more serious’

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22 Sep 2016

China’s Tiangong-1 space station ‘out of control’ and will crash to Earth

“China’s first space station is expected to come crashing down to Earth next year, fuelling concerns that Chinese space authorities have lost control of the 8.5-tonne module. The Tiangong-1 or ‘Heavenly Palace’ lab was described as a ‘potent political symbol’ of China’s growing power when it was launched in 2011

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22 Sep 2016

Senate backs selling weapons to Saudis

“A broad majority of Senate lawmakers on Wednesday voted down a resolution aimed at canceling the sale of U.S. military weapons to Saudi Arabia, over fears that the country is undermining one of the United States’ critical alliances in the Middle East.” Source: Senate backs selling weapons to Saudis |

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22 Sep 2016

Kerry demands Russia, Syria ground warplanes to save truce

“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry demanded on Wednesday that Russia and the Syrian government immediately halt flights over Syrian battle zones, in what he called a last chance to salvage a collapsing ceasefire and find a way ‘out of the carnage’.” Source: Kerry demands Russia, Syria ground warplanes to

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22 Sep 2016

Russian Su-24 attack plane was flying over Syrian convoy when it was bombed, Pentagon source says

“A Russian Su-24 bomber was detected over the aid convoy that was attacked as it delivered aid to Syrians on Monday, leaving little doubt that the Russians were responsible for the bombing that killed 20 people and effectively ended hopes for a cease-fire that would allow relief for citizens, a

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21 Sep 2016

Sino-Russian naval exercises conclude with ‘island seizing’ operation

“Eight days of exercises involving ships, aircraft, submarines, and marines from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and Russian Federation Navy (RFN) culminated in a simulated assault to seize an island off the Chinese coast using amphibious forces.” Source: Sino-Russian naval exercises conclude with ‘island seizing’ operation | IHS Jane’s

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