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U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessels

January 10, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down, U.S. officials said on Monday. The incident, which occurred on Sunday and was first reported by Reuters, comes as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump […]

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Taiwan courts Central America after U.S. visit angers China

January 10, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen praised Honduras for its loyalty on Monday at the start of a trip to four Central American nations aimed at strengthening ties, days after she met U.S. lawmakers in Texas on a visit that angered China. Her trip has come under scrutiny since U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sparked protests from Beijing […]

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Cyprus leaders seek deal in ‘historic opportunity’ for peace

January 10, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

he leaders of both sides of ethnically divided Cyprus began new unification talks on Monday but sought to temper hopes of a swift breakthrough, though its U.N. envoy said a deal to resolve one of Europe’s most enduring conflicts was within reach. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, launched a […]

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Japan says always gathering information on North Korea’s nuclear missiles

January 10, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

Japan is always gathering and analysing information on North Korea’s nuclear missile situation with great interest, its top government spokesman said on Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that the government was taking all possible measures for warning and surveillance of North Korea. North Korea declared on Sunday it could test-launch […]

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At least four killed in Palestinian truck attack in Jerusalem

January 9, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four of them in an attack that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said was likely inspired by Islamic State. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in months and targeted officer cadets as they disembarked […]

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Syrian air strikes resume on rebel-held Damascus water-source valley

January 9, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

Air strikes escalated on Sunday in a rebel-held valley near Damascus containing the Syrian capital’s main water supply, a day after insurgents and the government failed to agree a plan to repair the springs knocked out of service two weeks ago. Several rebel groups warned that the escalation effectively meant the collapse of shaky ceasefire […]

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U.S. military vows more complex training in Europe to deter Russia

January 9, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

The U.S. military on Sunday vowed to increase the scope and complexity of its European training exercises to deter Russian aggression, as more U.S. tanks, trucks and other equipment arrived in Germany for a big buildup on NATO’s eastern flank. “Let me be clear: This is one part of our efforts to deter Russian aggression, […]

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North Korea’s missile testing ‘serious threat’ to U.S.: defense secretary

January 9, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities and ballistic missile defense programs constitute a “serious threat” to the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday. The United States is prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile launch or test “if it were coming towards our territory or the territory of our friends and allies,” […]

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Trump says Mexico would repay U.S. funds spent on border wall

January 7, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday Mexico would repay the United States for his planned border wall, a day after news emerged that his transition team was exploring getting the Republican-led Congress to vote to approve the funding. Trump told the New York Times he would most likely seek repayment through renegotiation of the […]

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Syrian rebels deny report of ceasefire near Damascus

January 7, 2017, Author: Millicent Smith

A senior Syrian rebel official denied a report on Friday that a ceasefire had been reached between rebels and government forces in the Wadi Barada area near Damascus, where bombardments have knocked out the capital’s main water source. The government and allied fighters from the Lebanese group Hezbollah launched an attack two weeks ago to […]

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