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9 Jan 2019

Erdogan: US’ Bolton ‘seriously mistaken’ on Syrian Kurd fighters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday denounced comments by a senior US official urging protection for Kurdish allies as "seriously mistaken". US National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks in Ankara with Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and other officials on the handling of armed groups in northern Syria and the US's planned pullout of its forces there.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday denounced comments by a senior US official urging protection for...

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3 Jan 2019

US and Israel formally quit UNESCO

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the US after World War II to foster peace.
The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

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20 Dec 2018

Erdogan: New military operation in Syria to ‘start at any moment’

Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding US President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey's plans. Erdogan's remarks on Monday came days after he announced Turkish forces would launch a new cross-border operation against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.
Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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6 Oct 2018

China denounces ‘ridiculous’ US claims of election meddling

China angrily denounced on Friday renewed US allegations that it was interfering in upcoming American midterm elections.  In a wide-ranging speech delivered on Thursday night, US Vice President Mike Pence said Beijing was meddling in the vote to counter tough trade policies against China. The comments echoed those by President Donald Trump recently.
China angrily denounced on Friday renewed US allegations that it was interfering in upcoming American midterm...

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11 Sep 2018

Trump administration to close PLO office in Washington, DC

The United States will shut the Palestine Liberation Organisation's diplomatic office in Washington, DC, over the Palestinian government's refusal to enter into US-led negotiations with Israel. "We have been notified by a US official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the US," PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement on Monday.
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5 Apr 2018

Is US President Trump ‘milking Gulf countries’?

US President Donald Trump is "milking Gulf countries" and exploiting tensions in the Middle East to bolster its arms sales. That's according to Al Jazeera's senior political analyst Marwan Bishara, who was commenting shortly after the US leader told Saudi Arabia it needed to pay up if it wanted the US to continue its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Syria.
US President Donald Trump is "milking Gulf countries" and exploiting tensions in the Middle East to bolster its arms...

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17 Jan 2018

US ‘cuts UNRWA funding’ by more than half

The United States is cutting more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, a source has told Al Jazeera. Washington will give the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) $60m in aid for Palestinians but will hold back a further $65m, a source knowledgeable with the matter said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The United States is cutting more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency...

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29 Nov 2017

North Korea fires ballistic missile

An initial assessment by the US Department of Defense said North  Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). This type of missile is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and could reach the mainland of the United States.  If the Pentagon's first assessment turns out to be correct, it would be the third test of an ICBM by North Korea this year.
An initial assessment by the US Department of Defense said North  Korea fired an...

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23 Sep 2017

‘Trump looking to loosen Obama limits on drone strikes’

The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump's top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules from administration of Barack Obama, the former US president.  The officials said the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA would be expanded to include foot-soldier fighters with no  special skills or leadership roles. 
The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump's top national...

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12 Jul 2017

Rex Tillerson: Qatari position in Gulf row ‘reasonable’

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Doha that the Qatari government had "reasonable" views in the month-old diplomatic  crisis with Arab neighbours. "I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions, and I think those have been very reasonable," Tillerson said after his arrival in Doha on Tuesday. The quartet accuse Qatar of funding "terrorism", an accusation Qatar rejects as "baseless".
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Doha that the Qatari government had...

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24 Feb 2017

Mexico voices ‘irritation’ as top Trump envoys visit

In Mexico City visit, senior White House seek to cool tempers after weeks of tension between the two neighbours."There exists among Mexicans worry and irritation about what are perceived to be policies that could be harmful for the national interest and for Mexicans here and abroad," Videgaray said, l ooking stern as he stood beside the US officials. Relationships between the two countries have gone downhill quickly since Trump's win at the US presidential election in November.
In Mexico City visit, senior White House seek to cool tempers after weeks of tension between the two neighbours."There...

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18 Oct 2016

WikiLeaks: Assange’s internet ‘severed’ by state actor

WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. The whistle-blowing organisation said on Twitter on Monday that they have activated their "contingency plans" after its co-founder's internet service was intentionally cut off.
WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. The...
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