14 Dec 2017

Uganda’s attorney general endorses 7-year term for president, MPs

“Following President Museveni’s suggestion that African presidents and the countries they lead could benefit from having 7 year terms in office rather than 5, like the one in Uganda, the attorney general’s office in Uganda has today clarified on the legality of this proposal.” Source: Uganda’s attorney general endorses 7-year

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14 Dec 2017

Brexit: Theresa May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss

“Theresa May is due at a summit in Brussels, hours after Conservative rebels in the Commons defeated the government in a key Brexit vote.” Source: Brexit: Theresa May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss – BBC News

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14 Dec 2017

Mexico’s Proposed Security Law Draws Strong Criticism

“Mexican Senate committees on Wednesday approved a controversial security bill that human rights groups say risks granting excessive power to the armed forces in their already checkered role in combating organized crime in the country.” Source: Mexico’s Proposed Security Law Draws Strong Criticism

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14 Dec 2017

US announces new assistance to Lebanese military

“The United States has announced new assistance to the Lebanese military including helicopters and other advanced military equipment.” Source: US announces new assistance to Lebanese military

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14 Dec 2017

Trump signs FY18 defense authorization bill into law

“President Donald Trump signed the annual defense policy bill into law Tuesday, officially establishing the 2018 military pay raise at 2.4 percent and setting the stage for increased Pentagon spending in coming months.” Source: Trump signs FY18 defense authorization bill into law

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14 Dec 2017

Serbia turns to Russia for air defense systems, helo procurement

“Serbia’s president says his government may purchase air defense systems and at least six transport helicopters from Russia.” Source: Serbia turns to Russia for air defense systems, helo procurement

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14 Dec 2017

Allies Are Key, Says Trump’s National Security Strategy

“Eleven months after starting his presidency by swearing off global leadership in favor of ‘only America first’ policies, Donald Trump is set to release a National Security Strategy that leans heavily on allies and international partners to address global threats such as Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and extremist organizations.” Source:

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14 Dec 2017

Corker says panel likely won’t take up war authorization before 2018

“Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday he does not expect his panel to take up a new war authorization before the end of the year, as he has previously said.” Source: Corker says panel likely won’t take up war authorization before 2018 | TheHill

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13 Dec 2017

Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar

“Two Reuters journalists reported missing in Myanmar since Tuesday are in police custody, the government says.” Source: Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar – BBC News

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13 Dec 2017

Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with North Korea

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America’s stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it ‘unrealistic’ to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing. Tillerson said his boss,

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