N. Korea faces historic turning point: State media

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SEOUL • North Korea is facing a “significant, historic turning point”, its state media said yesterday, ahead of a highly anticipated second summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. The meeting between the two leaders … Read More

Europe finally pulls the trigger on a military force

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After two years of Trump treating European allies like adversaries, France and Germany have finally committed to creating an EU-wide army. The move promises to shore up existing alliances, writes German economist Hans-Werner Sinn. We know who our friends are. … Read More

Report: ISIS continues to make ‘vast suns of money’

posted in: Middle East, News

The Islamic State (ISIS) still maintains large financial assets and a steady revenue stream even after losing 98 percent of its territory in Syria and Iraq, according to a report from Foreign Policy magazine published Wednesday. As noted in a report by Colin Clarke, … Read More

Iran warns of “countermeasures” in volley of threats with Trump

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Iran hit back on Tuesday morning after an angry warning from President Trump. Mr. Trump said in a Sunday tweet that Iranian President Hasan Rouhani would “SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” if he threatens … Read More

Russia May Consider Supplying S-300 Missile Systems to Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the overnight U.S.-led missile attack on Syria and called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Russia may consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria and other countries, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi said on Saturday after … Read More

UNSC sets largest sanctions list yet over North Korean smuggling

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United Nations Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies on Friday over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea, boosting pressure on Pyongyang as leader Kim Jong Un plans to meet with his … Read More

China ‘still a player’ on North Korea, despite Trump-Kim talks, Japanese official says

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Peace and stability in Asia will top agenda at upcoming summit between Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul, former foreign minister says. China still has a significant role to play on the North Korea nuclear issue, regardless of the planned talks between … Read More

Russian military threatens action against the US in Syria

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The threat, by Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov, was widely reported by Russia media sites such as state news agency RIA and Tass. It said Gerasimov said Russia had “reliable information” about militants preparing to falsify a government … Read More

The Chinese Navy Can Make North Korean Sanctions Bite

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Joint U.S.-Chinese naval operations would put real pressure on Pyongyang — and are in China’s interests, too. China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) sailors march in Hong Kong on July 1, 2015. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images) On Feb. 8, the U.S. … Read More

Trump Opens Door, Just Slightly, to Talking With North Korea

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“We want to talk also,” President Trump said in remarks to American governors at the White House on Monday, referring to the North Koreans. But he quickly added: “only under the right conditions.”CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times   TOKYO — … Read More

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