Diplomacy

No decision yet on arming Kurds to fight Islamic State, Trump tells Turkish leader

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ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to convince President Trump in a telephone call that arming Kurdish fighters in Syria to fight the Islamic State would be counterproductive to the… Kareem Fahim and Adam Entous The Washington Post One of Erdogan’s objectives in the call was to try to… No decision yet… Read More »

Trump reiterates ‘close, long-standing relationship’ in phone call with Turkish president

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President Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he reiterated support as “a strategic partner and NATO ally,” according to the White… Fox News Trump discussed the “close, long-standing relationship” between the U.S. and Turkey, in addition welcoming the… Trump reiterates ‘close… Read More »

Chinese ships sail near disputed Japanese islands

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The sailing comes just days after US Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed America’s commitment to defending Japan and its disputed islands. Brad Lendon CNN According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, protests were lodged with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo and in Beijing through the… Tensions have flashed numerous times in recent years over the… Chinese ships sail… Read More »

Israeli torture of Palestinian children ‘institutional’

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Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say. Ben White Al Jazeera News A recent article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their prisoners to torture. Methods include slapping… Israeli torture of… Read More »

What Turkey will be looking for when Trump calls Erdogan

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ISTANBUL — When President Trump speaks to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a much-anticipated phone call late Tuesday, Erdogan is certain to press his counterpart to reject Pentagon proposals to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria and… Kareem Fahim and Karen DeYoung The Washington Post Trump may want to change the…Meeting either demand could be problematic for the… What Turkey will… Read More »

How Trump will save Europe

epa05739216 Protesters with an anti-Trump signs during the Women's March near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, 21 January 2017. Protest rallies were held in over 30 countries around the world in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington in defense of press freedom, women's and human rights following the official inauguration on 20 January of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America in Washington, USA.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON

It’s not too late to turn the tables on its populist shake-up. Mark Leonard and Vessela Tcherneva Politico In his first weeks in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has demonstrated that the threat he presents to European interests has not been overstated. There is good… How Trump will… Read More »

Two and a half minutes to Midnight

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 1945 file photo, an allied correspondent stands in the rubble in front of the shell of a building that once was a movie theater in Hiroshima, Japan, a month after the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was dropped by the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 6, 1945. In a moment seven decades in the making, President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb during World War II, decimating a city and exploding the world into the Atomic Age.  (AP Photo/Stanley Troutman, File)

Finally the telephone has rung and Gentiloni, after a long and nervous wait, managed to hear the voice of the new US President, Donald Trump. Manlio Dinucci Voltaire The thrust of the telephone call – informs Palazzo Chigi – [is] the “historical friendship and collaboration between Italy and the US”, in the context of “Nato’s fundamental importance”. However, the Italian… Two and a half… Read More »

When the guns go silent who foots the bill? China is ready

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President Vladimir Putin may be hammering out an endgame in Damascus, but Russia has no money to rebuild once the shooting stops, but Beijing does Sami Moubayed Asia Times All signals from the Trump White House indicate that the new US President is seemingly ready and willing to outsource the entire Syrian conflict to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who will be given a free hand to… When the guns go… Read More »

Much Ado About Russia

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Vladimir Putin is looking for an apology from Fox News over Bill O’Reilly’s comment calling the Russian president “a killer.” David Krayden The Daily Caller I don’t know if he wants to sit down with O’Reilly over a few jiggers of Russian vodka or if he is insisting on a statement being read by the management in prime time. The words were… Much Ado About Russia Read More »

Why this statue of a young girl caused a diplomatic incident

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(CNN) – In the busy South Korean port city of Busan, the young girl sits on a wooden chair, her fists balled in her lap. Sol Han and James Griffiths CNN She looks impassively forward, her expression unsmiling and determined. Her feet are bare, and on her shoulder sits a small bird. This statue has sparked… Why this statue of… Read More »

Ukraine Flare-Up Lays Bare Fears in Europe’s East

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Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine is quickly turning into a litmus test of Russia’s intentions in backing Ukrainian separatist rebels, and the real willingness of the West, in particular the… Magdalena Grono ICG Fears over Washington’s wavering may also cause positions to harden in the… Ukraine Flare-Up… Read More »

Dutch government: ‘British diplomats should stop spreading false Nexit rumours’

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It has been a tumultuous week for the European Union; talks of Grexit, Italy is likely to leave the Eurozone, the Hungarians like Putin more than their own EU-allies, and now rumours of The Netherlands leaving the EU (Nexit) are… By Benjamin de Wolf Gatestone Europe According to a Dutch member of parliament, Michiel… And apparently these… Dutch government: ‘British… Read More »

Joe Hockey lobbies Trump’s right-hand men over refugee deal

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­ The latest signals from the Trump White House have encouraged the Turnbull government’s hopes that the administration will stick to the refugee deal forged with Barack Obama despite Donald Trump’s denunciation of… Michelle Grattan  Conversation Trump has suggested the actions of a previous administration have to be respected, while his… Joe Hockey lobbies… Read More »

Former Norway PM held at Washington airport over 2014 visit to Iran

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Kjell Magne Bondevik describes shock after being held and questioned at Dulles hub under new US entry controls Nadia Khomami The Guardian A former prime minister of Norway has spoken of his shock after he was held and questioned at Washington Dulles airport because of a… Former Norway PM… Read More »

Britain reveals Brexit plan in ‘white paper’

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Negotiating aims will adhere to Theresa May’s 12 principles in securing a good EU exit deal, which would then be put before both houses of parliament, says Arj Singh. Arj Singh Irish Examiner The British government has set out its negotiating strategy for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Launching the keenly Britain reveals Brexit… Read More »

Hundreds likely killed in Myanmar’s Rohingya crackdown: UN

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Myanmar’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims has likely killed hundreds of people, with children slaughtered and women raped in a campaign that may amount to ethnic cleansing, the… Hurriyet A report from the United Nations Human Rights office, based on… Hundreds likely killed… Read More »