Putin urges North Korea talks, says sanctions not working

While condemning North Korea over its latest nuclear test, the leaders of Russia and South Korea seemed far apart on the issue of stepping up sanctions against the country. Speaking after the meeting Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Russian port city of Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are […]

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World unity crumbles in face of North Korea threat

International solidarity in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat crumbled Tuesday as Russia rebuffed US calls for new UN sanctions and Washington promised its allies advanced weaponry. Last month, Pyongyang’s latest missile test drew unanimous condemnation from the UN Security Council — but Sunday’s apparent hydrogen bomb detonation revealed an underlying diplomatic rift. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin declared Washington’s […]

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India and China mend ties at Brics summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have held their first bilateral meeting since a border standoff.Their meeting at the Brics summit in China’s port city of Xiamen came just days after the two countries resolved the three-month border dispute. According to Chinese state media, Mr Xi told Mr Modi that “healthy, stable” China-India ties were necessary. […]

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Israeli PM sheds statesmanlike persona as scandals mount

With a slew of corruption scandals closing in on him, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dropping what remains of his statesmanlike persona in favor of an angry nationalism that’s popular with his base. Casting himself as an innocent outsider, the long-serving prime minister blames Israel’s old guard “elites” for the array of inquiries into his financial conduct. He has […]

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International community condemns North Korea nuclear test

Countries around the world swiftly condemned North Korea’s announcement that it had tested a hydrogen bomb Sunday, with South Korea calling for the “strongest punishment” against Pyongyang while key ally China strongly condemned it. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have spiralled in recent weeks, with North Korea testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and threatening to fire missiles towards the […]

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France’s Macron: Fighting terrorism abroad is top priority

French President Emmanuel Macron has made the fight against “Islamic terrorism” in Syria and Iraq the top priority in his foreign policy agenda. Speaking Tuesday to French diplomats gathered at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Macron called the Islamic State group “our enemy.” “Restoring peace and stability — Iraq then Syria — is vital priority for France,” he said. He […]

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Truce with IS on Syria-Lebanon border

A ceasefire has been declared in offensives against so-called Islamic State on the Syria-Lebanon border. The militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front, and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other. Lebanon’s army said the pause in operations would enable talks over the fate of kidnapped soldiers. Nine troops were taken hostage when IS overran the […]

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Russia condemns US visa restrictions

Russia has condemned a US decision to make Russians go to Moscow if they want a visa for the United States. A US embassy statement said non-immigrant visas would no longer be issued at the three US consulates in Russia – only at the Moscow embassy. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was an attempt to provoke discontent among Russians towards […]

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