Russia Rejects Israeli Request of 70 km Buffer over Iran Militias Presence

Russia has rejected a request made by Israel to create a large buffer zone on the border of the Golan Heights in an attempt to keep Iranian forces and their militias around 70 kilometers away from Israeli territories, political sources in Tel Aviv have said. Israel had asked Russia and the US not to have …

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‘No Military Solution’: China & Pakistan Slam Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy

China and Pakistan have slammed US President Donald Trump’s new policy on Afghanistan, which includes sending additional troops to the country. The nations have instead urged new talks with the Taliban. The Pakistani and Chinese foreign ministers announced that their two countries and Afghanistan would hold a new series of three-way talks later this year, …

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China Warns Tensions on Korean Peninsula at ‘Tipping Point’ After Pyongyang Missile Launch

China has warned that the situation on the Korean Peninsula has reached “tipping point,” just hours after Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile. Meanwhile, North Korea has accused the US of driving the region towards an “extreme level of explosion.” Speaking at a regular news briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the …

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Netanyahu to Putin: Iran Must Withdraw from Syria or Israel Will ‘Defend Itself’

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel is prepared to intervene in Syria to counteract the Iranian influence in the conflict. Moscow, which views Iran as key to resolving the crisis, said it will note Israeli interests. When the two leaders met in Sochi on Wednesday, Netanyahu told Putin that …

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US Could Cut Aid to Pakistan, Wants More Help in Fighting Taliban – Tillerson

The US may cut aid to Pakistan or review its status as a major non-NATO ally if Islamabad does not do more to help fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Pakistan said it is disappointed with the US’ “false narrative.” Tillerson’s comments come after US President Donald Trump blasted …

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Military Intervention in Venezuela Crisis is Unacceptable – Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the idea of any intervention, including military, in the Venezuela crisis, saying that the situation in the country must be resolved through peaceful means. “We are united in the need to overcome the existing disagreements in the country by peaceful means through a nationwide dialogue as soon as possible, …

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Taliban to Trump: Withdraw All US Troops From Afghanistan, Foreign Occupation is Main Driver of War

In an open letter, the Taliban have urged US President Donald Trump to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan, as the commander-in-chief ponders his next move in the country. “Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than further destruction of American military and economical might,” the …

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China Will Prevent US First Strike Against North Korean Regime

China will prevent the US and South Korea from carrying out strikes on North Korea and trying to overthrow the leadership there, but will remain neutral if Pyongyang launches missiles at American targets first, the state-run Global Times said. The warning, delivered through an editorial in the Chinese state-run newspaper on Thursday, comes as both …

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‘Now We Have a Smaller Payroll’: Trump Thanks Putin for Cuts to US Diplomatic Staff in Russia

President Donald Trump deadpanned that he is “very thankful” for Russian President Vladimir Putin's order to kick out hundreds of US diplomatic staffers from Russia. Trump’s quip that the US would “save a lot of money” wasn’t met with much laughter, though. “I want to thank [Putin], because we’re trying to cut down on payroll,” Trump …

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