Talk of collusion with Trump ‘absurd’ – Putin
Jul17

Talk of collusion with Trump ‘absurd’ – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin described as ‘absurd’ any talk of collusion between Moscow and US President Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign in the US. “We need to rely on facts, not on momentary political interests of political factions in our countries,” Putin said at the press conference following a meeting with Trump in Helsinki on Monday. “Tell me one fact that shows some kind of collusion during the campaign in...

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China pledges $20 billion in loans to Middle East and aid for Palestine
Jul11

China pledges $20 billion in loans to Middle East and aid for Palestine

Beijing has prepared a package of $20 billion in loans, and about $106 million in financial aid, for Middle East nations, including Palestine, Reuters reports. The decision was announced in Beijing during a meeting between President Xi Jinping and representatives of 21 Arab nations. The financial aid from China to the Middle East is part of “oil and gas plus” model to revive economic growth in the region, Xi said. “We should treat...

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US tells rebels not to count on its help as Syrian army advances into country’s southwest – report
Jun25

US tells rebels not to count on its help as Syrian army advances into country’s southwest – report

The US military has reportedly warned the rebels it backs in Syria that it will not help them thwart a large-scale offensive of the Syrian Army, which is rapidly gaining ground in the southwest of the country. In a letter to the commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a loose umbrella group of armed rebels, Washington wrote that they should not base their decisions “on the assumption or expectation of a military intervention...

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Erdogan wins 1st term as president ‘under new system’
Jun25

Erdogan wins 1st term as president ‘under new system’

Incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the majority of votes, the head of the electoral board said. This would mark the second consecutive term for Erdogan, but the first one under “a new system.” With over 97.2 percent of votes counted, the head of Turkey’s High Electoral Board (YSK) says Erdogan has secured more than 50 percent of the votes needed for the victory. In the parliamentary election, his AK Party...

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Wind-down of ‘irritating’ war games: US & South Korea suspend military drill planned for August
Jun19

Wind-down of ‘irritating’ war games: US & South Korea suspend military drill planned for August

US President Donald Trump seems to be delivering on his promise to scale down military exercises with South Korea, which he made after meeting North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. A drill scheduled for August has been suspended. Washington and Seoul have agreed to suspend their preparations for the exercise code-named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the South Korean defense ministry said on Tuesday. “The South and the U.S. plan to continue...

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