23 May 2017

China holding six Japanese men, possibly on spying charges, says government source

“China has detained six Japanese citizens for ‘illegal activities’, the foreign ministry said on Monday, amid Beijing’s growing concerns about threats from foreign spy agencies.” Source: China holding six Japanese men, possibly on spying charges, says government source | South China Morning Post

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23 May 2017

Secretive Israeli-Arab Security Coordination Could Prove an Obstacle to Peace

“President Donald Trump’s goal of striking ‘the ultimate deal’ between the Israelis and Palestinians faces steep challenges amid a new, clandestine security arrangement between the Jewish state and several of its Sunni Muslim neighbors, calling into question whether either side has the power or the incentive to follow through on

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23 May 2017

South Korea fires at suspected drone at border with North amid missile crisis

“South Korea’s military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea on Tuesday amid tension over Pyongyang’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China.” Source: South Korea fires at suspected drone at border with North amid missile crisis | Reuters

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23 May 2017

North Korea declares medium-range missile ready ‘for action,’ shows off apparent photos from space

“North Korea said Monday that its test-firing a day earlier of a solid-fuel, medium-range missile capable of striking most of Japan was ‘perfect’ and that the weapon was ready to be deployed ‘for action.’” Source: North Korea declares medium-range missile ready ‘for action,’ shows off apparent photos from space |

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23 May 2017

Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, says Trump in meeting with Israeli president

“US President Donald Trump said on Monday (May 22) during a visit to Jerusalem that Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons while also denouncing Teheran’s support for ‘terrorists’.” Source: Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, says Trump in meeting with Israeli president, Middle

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23 May 2017

Israeli Officers: You’re Doing ISIS Wrong

“The Israeli military is not too impressed with President Donald Trump’s escalation against the Islamic State.” Source: Israeli Officers: You’re Doing ISIS Wrong – POLITICO Magazine

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22 May 2017

Rouhani Wins Reelection in Iran

“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won reelection Saturday, beating his conservative opponent, Ebrahim Raisi, by a hefty margin in a clear signal that the nation approves of his reformist policies that have increasingly engaged the outside world.” Source: Rouhani Wins Reelection in Iran – The Atlantic

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22 May 2017

US mega-deal to Saudi Arabia spurs concern in Israel

“As helicopters fly over Jerusalem in preparation for hosting U.S. President Donald Trump Monday, many here are wary about his mammoth $110 billion deal with Saudi Arabia inked Saturday.” Source: US mega-deal to Saudi Arabia spurs concern in Israel

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22 May 2017

NATO chief in talks with Germany, Turkey over Incirlik dispute

“NATO head Jens Stoltenberg has said he is focused on finding a solution between Germany and Turkey on the issue of visiting rights to the strategic Incirlik air base. Berlin has threatened to withdraw German troops.” Source: NATO chief in talks with Germany, Turkey over Incirlik dispute | News |

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22 May 2017

Israel Wants Trump to Stop Palestinian Payments to Prisoners and Families of “Martyrs”

“Palestinian authorities have been paying prisoners for years, but the issue is now front and center as Israel’s government and its supporters in Congress are pressing the Trump administration to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority unless the payments stop, William Booth reports for the Washington Post.” Source: Israel Wants

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