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VN proposes ASEAN-China hotline for sea disputes

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SINGAPORE  – Việt Nam has stressed the need for ASEAN and China to implement the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CEUS) and operate a… Viet Nam News Addressing the fourth special discussion held in Singapore on Saturday on practical measures to prevent encounters at sea, the Deputy Minister of Public Security, Senior Lieutenant General Bùi Văn Nam, also said that a… Nam told the meeting, held as… VN proposes ASEAN… Read More »

Beijing defends sovereignty at sea

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Foreign Ministry says US, Japan out of line in comments about Nansha Islands By ZHAO LEI in Singapore | China Daily China strongly opposes irresponsible remarks concerning China made by the defense ministers of the United States and Japan at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, a… Hua Chunying said in a news release published on the ministry’s website that China has indisputable sovereignty of the Nansha Islands and its surrounding waters and has been consistently seeking to peacefully… Beijing defends ... Read More »

2022 World Cup in Qatar under threat as Saudi Arabia joins blockade

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. Saudis, UAE and Bahrain close land route, deny airspace over ‘terror’ claims . Fifa, now sponsored by Qatar Airways, decline to comment David Conn The Guardian The prospect of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup has been plunged into the most serious doubt after the country’s neighbours broke off diplomatic relations and blockaded its borders. In a culmination of hostilities simmering for years and accusations that Qatar is a major funder of terrorist organisations, Saudi Arabia, the… 2022 World ... Read More »

The story behind Israel’s atomic explosion plan

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In discussing Israel’s nuclear capabilities, even foreign publications have not gone back to 1967, to the war that transformed Israel from a state under siege and faced with annihilation into a regional empire. Ben Caspit AlMonitor The international community now believes that Israel has 90-200 nuclear warheads. According to foreign researchers, some are installed on Jericho missiles, while… The story behind… Read More »

Qatar row: Four countries cut links with Doha

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. BBC They say Qatar backs terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with Qatar and largely isolating it. It cited officials as saying it was to “protect its national security from the… Qatar row: Four… Read More »

Egypt joins several GCC countries in severing ties with Qatar

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Egypt decided to sever all diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, joining Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in… Staff writer, Al Arabiya English A statement from the official spokesperson of Egypt Foreign Ministry said they took the decision on Monday “in light of the insistence of the… Egypt accused the Qatari government of supporting especially the Muslim Brotherhood which it has designated as… Egypt joins several… Read More »

Environment and Forestry Ministry launches book on maritime national parks

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The Environment and Forestry Ministry together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a book called The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia… The Jakarta Post “With the launch of this book, the maritime national parks in Indonesia have to be the center of economic growth for the people who live around the… We want to show the world the beauty of our marine biodiversity,” said Minister Siti…… Environment and Forestry… Read More »

It’s Not Islam That Drives Young Europeans to Jihad, France’s Top Terrorism Expert Explains

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Olivier Roy, one of France’s top experts on Islamic terrorism, tells Haaretz how assailants like Salman Abedi in Manchester turn into ‘new radicals’ who crave… Davide Lerner Haaretz ANKARA – Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert this week, started life advantageously enough: to parents who had fled Gadhafi’s Libya for a new life in… But actually it was that kind of dislocation that would send him off kilter two… It’s Not Islam… Read More »

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Crazy and China Doesn’t Have a Solution

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Admittedly no one should expect linear thinking from President Donald Trump. Doug Bandow The National Interest Still, it was a bit jarring to hear him go from calling North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un a “pretty smart cookie” and “gentleman” who the president would be “honored” to meet to a… Not that the recent phone call with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte was the… Kim Jong-un Isn’t… Read More »

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

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The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place Seumas Milne The Guardian The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the… Now the ... Read More »

Pancasila should become subject at school: Association

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Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) head Unifah Rasyidi has suggested that Indonesia’s state ideology of Pancasila become its own subject at school. Currently, the teaching of Pancasila is fused with civic education in a subject called Pancasila and… The Jakarta Post “Nowadays, we’ve seen the… She further said taking out Pancasila from PPKN was crucial because the… Pancasila should become… Read More »

Iraqi Kurdistan faces many obstacles to independence referendum

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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced May 24 that it had formally informed the United Nations Security Council of its intention to hold a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan through the… Omar Sattar AlMonitor The KRG is working on three levels to have this referendum held by the end of this year and make the… While the first level consists of solving the internal crises plaguing the… Iraqi Kurdistan faces… Read More »

Freedom struggle hero Barak Sope awarded Timor-Leste honour

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“I was fighting in the mountains and I heard your voice from across the ocean coming to support my people, to cherish the same freedom that you have struggled for and… By Len Garae in Port Vila By PMC Editor Asia Pacific Report Former Prime Minister Barak Sope says the former FRETILIN guerrilla fighter-turned President of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, spoke with words to that effect when he awarded him with the Order of… It is the highest medal in ... Read More »

Gaza on the Brink

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When the fear is gone. If you ask Palestinians in either Gaza or the West Bank who’s responsible for their suffering, most would probably say Israel. But what would they say if they were safely overseas and… Evelyn Gordon Commentary That’s not a question reporters, diplomats, or nongovernmental organizations usually bother asking. We now have an answer to it, at least with regard to Palestinians who… Gaza on the… Read More »

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering War Clouds

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Armenia and Azerbaijan are once again on collision course along increasingly active front lines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. ICG Mediators Russia, France and the U.S., should pressure Yerevan and Baku to tone down inflammatory rhetoric, agree to talks and take steps towards… Executive Summary A year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s April 2016 violent flare-up, Armenia and… Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering… Read More »

Tillerson Present as Exxon Signed Major Deal with Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit

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During his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump announced an array of economic agreements between the U.S. and… Steve Horn CounterPunch While the $350 billion, 10-year arms deal garnered most headlines, a lesser-noticed agreement was also signed between ExxonMobil and… In addition, ExxonMobil’s press release for the agreement mentions that Darren Woods, the company’s CEO, was in the room for the… Tillerson Present as… Read More »