India Lifts Ban on Trade of Certain Items with Iran

June 30, 2016 10:07 am0 comments
India Lifts Ban on Trade of Certain Items with Iran

India has lifted a ban on trade of specified items with Iran after some western sanctions against the Persian Gulf nation were lifted earlier this year, the government said in a notification on Wednesday. “Direct or indirect export to Iran or import from Iran is now permitted subject to UN […]

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Britain Votes to Leave the European Union

June 24, 2016 5:54 am0 comments
Britain Votes to Leave the European Union

By Steven Erlanger  Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West. With all but a handful of the country’s cities and towns reporting Friday morning, the Leave campaign held a […]

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China Ambassador Wu Jianmin’s death Sparks Foreign Policy Debate

June 23, 2016 8:33 am0 comments
China Ambassador Wu Jianmin’s death Sparks Foreign Policy Debate

The sudden death of former Chinese ambassador and influential foreign policy “dove” Wu Jianmin has sparked shock and mourning. But, more unusually, it has also prompted a rare moment of reflection in China over how the country should deal with its foreign policy challenges. The BBC’s Vincent Ni explains why. […]

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Claims New Missiles Can Strike US Targets in Pacific

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Claims New Missiles Can Strike US Targets in Pacific

By Justin McCurry Kim Jong-un has boasted of North Korea’s “sure capability” to strike US targets in the Pacific after his military carried out an apparently successful test of its Musudan medium-range missile. The North Korean leader, who personally monitored Wednesday’s missile tests, described the launch as a “great event” that […]

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Democrats Continue House Sit-in Demanding Vote on Gun Control

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Democrats Continue House Sit-in Demanding Vote on Gun Control

By David Smith & Nicky Woolf Democrats drowned out the Speaker with chants, sang We Shall Overcome on the floor of the House of Representatives and held up pictures of gun violence victims as they continued a sit-in demanding action to curb mass shootings in the United States. The rebellion began before […]

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Prime Minister Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark Meets with Yang Jiechi

April 19, 2016 8:39 am0 comments
Prime Minister Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark Meets with Yang Jiechi

On April 17, 2016 local time, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark met with State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the prime minister’s office in Copenhagen. Lars Løkke Rasmussen asked Yang Jiechi to convey his greetings to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Lars Løkke Rasmussen said that having […]

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Ceasefire holds in contested Armenia-Azerbaijan border region

April 7, 2016 10:43 am0 comments
Ceasefire holds in contested Armenia-Azerbaijan border region

Azerbaijani forces have wrestled key locations from Armenian separatists in the contested region, the defense ministry said. Germany’s foreign minister warned that the situation is still “fragile” despite a ceasefire. Following days of renewed violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenian separatist forces and Azerbaijani troops, a ceasefire agreed on […]

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US National Decision Making Process Need Trimming

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US National Decision Making Process Need Trimming

By RAND Corporation A leaner, more-focused national security decision-making system can help the United States succeed in a period of tumultuous change, according to a new RAND Corporation report. Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the National Security Council is necessary as the country contends with many more state and […]

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Saudi Arabia’s bitter Lebanese Divorce

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Saudi Arabia’s bitter Lebanese Divorce

By Dominic Evans and Angus Mcdowall The waspish cartoon in a Saudi-owned newspaper summed up the anger behind Riyadh’s decision to cancel billions of dollars in military aid and suspend decades of engagement in Lebanon’s fraught politics. “The State of Lebanon: April Fool”, it read. Published on the same day […]

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Russia’s first Post-Syria move: Stronger T-72 Battle Tanks

March 16, 2016 9:20 am0 comments
Russia’s first Post-Syria move: Stronger T-72 Battle Tanks

Dave Majumdar While the world has been focused on Russia’s air campaign in Syria, Moscow continues its military modernization closer to home. The Kremlin is planning on modernizing one hundred and fifty additional Soviet-era T-72B main battle tanks to the T-72B3M standard. The upgraded vehicles would offer performance comparable to […]

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