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U.S. and Turkey almost came to blows over this Syrian town. A new deal may avert that.

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The United States and Turkey have reached agreement on the withdrawal of U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters from the northern Syrian town of Manbij, and the military forces of the two countries will begin joint patrols of the area, U.S. and Turkish officials said. by Karen DeYoung and Erin Cunningham The Washington Post The agreement is designed to defuse one of the most serious and long-running disagreements between the two NATO allies, whose troops in Syria have come perilously close to conflict ... Read More »

Brits in European Parliament set to miss their big moment

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A handful of UK lawmakers have been instrumental in pushing EU legislation, but could be gone by the time it gets voted on. By MAÏA DE LA BAUME Politico Think of it like having several key members of your symphony orchestra leave a few weeks before the big concert. There’s no time to replace the players so some important harmonies will be missing from the performance. Something akin to that will happen on March 29 next year at the European ... Read More »

“Israel” Conspires to Sabotage the US-Turkey F-35 Deal as Ankara’s Relations With Tel Aviv Plunge to New Low

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Reports have surfaced indicating that one of the main reasons that the US has been hesitant to deliver Turkey’s order for new F-35 fighter jets is because the “Israeli” regime has been putting pressure on Washington to either scrap the deal or otherwise deprive Turkey of the performance enchanting software upgrades to the… Adam Garrie EurasiaFuture Put plainly, “Israel” wants its already delivered F-35s to have a technical advantage over those that were supposed to be delivered to Turkey in ... Read More »

Russia’s Gazprom Says Signs TurkStream Protocol With Ankara

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Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom says it has signed a protocol with the Turkish government on the land-based part of the transit leg of the TurkStream gas pipeline. RFE/RL Gazprom on May 26 said it had also agreed with Turkish firm Botas to end an arbitration dispute over the terms of gas supplies related to the project, which will bring Russian natural gas to Europe on a… Gazprom said the dispute with Botas would be settled out of court, but ... Read More »

Turkey, US Reach Accord for Security of Kurdish-Held Manbij in Syria

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Turkish and U.S. officials on Friday reached an accord on a “roadmap” to widen cooperation to provide the security of Manbij, a Kurdish-held city that lies at the heart of the ongoing dispute between two NATO allies in northern Syria.  The Globe Post The northern city of Manbij is held by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia, a group which Ankara says is the “terrorist” offshoot of Kurdish hardliners in Turkey. The U.S. has a military presence in Manbij ... Read More »

Australia’s deal with Timor-Leste in peril again over oil and gas

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In April, Australia and Timor-Leste reached agreement on their maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea. Rebecca Strating and Clive Schofield The Conversation This resolved a longstanding source of contention between them. The potential benefits of this historic breakthrough are now in peril, because the critical issue of how the shared oil and gas of the Timor Sea are to be developed remains in dispute. Breakthrough on maritime boundaries Australia and Timor-Leste’s boundary agreement was achieved thanks to a… Australia’s deal ... Read More »

Italy’s coalition agreement explained

Anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio speaks to the press after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella as part of consultations of political parties to form a government, on May 14, 2018 at the Quirinale palace in Rome. - The leaders of the anti-immigrant League party and anti-establishment Five Star Movement meet the Italian president today to share details of a coalition government programme three month after general elections in Italy. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

In shaping policies, the far-right League seems to have come out ahead of the 5Stars. Giada Zampano Politico ROME — The populist parties seeking to form an Italian government unveiled what they say will be the final version of their coalition agreement Friday. The new “government contract” between the anti-establishment 5Star Movement and the far-right League backs away from some of the more explosive proposals contained in earlier drafts that have been leaked to the Italian press. But it still contains plenty ... Read More »

South Korea’s President Heads to Washington to Salvage Nuclear Deal

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SEOUL — North Korea’s recent threat to pull out of the upcoming nuclear summit with the U.S. has added new urgency to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Washington next Tuesday. Brian Padden VoA President Moon has played a key role in facilitating the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled to be held in Singapore June 12. Diplomatic jeopardy At the recent inter-Korean summit Moon got Kim to affirm a broad commitment ... Read More »

‘Walk away!’ City of London chief urges Theresa May to issue EU Brexit ultimatum

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A LEADING financial advisor in the City of London has urged Theresa May to get tough and “walk away” from Brexit negotiations until financial services are back on the negotiating table. David Dawkins Express Barney Reynolds, one of the UK’s leading voices on law and the City of London, has championed the need for the financial services to be the keystone feature of the final Brexit trade deal between the EU and the… With EU leaders increasingly reluctant to discuss the ‘Enhanced ... Read More »

Fishy Brexit dilemma: Want out of EU but need the market

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Fishermen make up some of the most enthusiastic Brexiteers, but many in the industry fear a hard Brexit. Kait Bolongaro Politico FURNACE, Scotland — The Brussels-hating fisherman has become a staple Brexit stereotype, but the U.K.’s fishing industry is in reality profoundly split over Britain’s impending EU departure. Think of an ardent Brexit supporter and you may well conjure up a fisherman dumping dead fish into the Thames or steering a trawler with Nigel Farage at its bow.  Enthusiastic Leavers shout loudly about ... Read More »

Russia backs off delivery of S-300s to Syria after Israel PM’s Moscow trip

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Kremlin denies that sudden change of heart was related to Netanyahu’s talk with Putin Asia Times A high-profile visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have paid off, as comments from the Kremlin on Friday suggest they will not be delivering an advanced missile defense system to Syria. The change of heart comes after Russia’s defense ministry announced last month it was planning to send S-300 defense systems to Syria. Israel issued a warning in response that ... Read More »

Donald Trump can unilaterally withdraw from treaties because Congress abdicated responsibility

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The constitution provided for the separation of powers to save us from autocrats. But the legislative branch undermined that. Russell Feingold NBC During this administration, everyone has to be alert and watching for potential misuses or abuses of power. Unfortunately, due to decades of executive aggrandizement and congressional acquiescence — coupled with judicial timidity — the ability to unilaterally withdraw the United States from every last treaty the Senate has ever ratified has been left solely in the hands of ... Read More »

U.S. Looks Beyond Iran Nuclear Deal Deadline to What Comes Next

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign secretary, gestures during a news conference at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from Jan. 20 - 23. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Mohammad Javad Zarif

(Bloomberg) — Donald Trump seems set on pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal next week, with U.S. officials suggesting that any initial diplomatic turbulence will be followed by negotiations for a new accord. Nicholas Wadhams There’s one big hang-up: Iran is ruling out new talks, calling the current agreement “non-negotiable.” And America’s European allies continue to back it, saying the deal has been essential to reining in Iran’s nuclear program. As markets, U.S. allies and the government in Tehran ... Read More »

Iran vows to ‘vigorously’ resume enrichment if US quits deal

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Iran has warned it is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, adding that further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a U.S. exit. NEW YORK – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York on April 21 that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that its “probable” response to a… “America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear ... Read More »

Mexico’s EU trade deal lands a punch on Trump

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Accord with Brussels comes as Washington squeezes Latin American country in NAFTA talks. By HANS VON DER BURCHARD AND CHRISTIAN OLIVER Politico Mexico delivered a defiant political riposte to U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday by agreeing a trade deal with the EU. Trump’s push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement helped catalyze Mexico’s talks with Brussels over the past year, as the Latin American country sought to diversify away from dependence on an increasingly hostile… Diplomats said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and… ... Read More »

Brexit: Ministers get ready for defeats in the House of Lords on key piece of EU withdrawal legislation

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Government expects to lose a key vote aiming to make Theresa May rethink her position on an EU customs union Joe Watts Independent The government is bracing itself for defeats in parliament on Brexit this week, including over its plans to take the UK out of a customs union with the EU. Ministers have resigned themselves to the fact that the House of Lords will almost certainly pass amendments backed by Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat peers aimed at forcing Theresa ... Read More »