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FRIDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2017, 10:21


While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank

Yesterday at 23:56 PM, via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday.

Putin Says He Hopes For Better U.S.-Russia Relations

Yesterday at 23:45 PM, via NPR

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked of his hopes for better relations with the U.S. during his annual press conference in Moscow on Thursday – but the nearly four hour marathon was dominated by domestic issues, ahead of next year’s Presidential election.

European Union Leaders To Review Britain’s Brexit Progress

Yesterday at 23:45 PM, via NPR

European Union Leaders will meet in Brussels on Friday to decide if Britain has made sufficient progress in its attempts to leave the EU. If Britain has mad enough progress, the two sides can start talking about their future relationship.

After London setback, May wins Brexit cheer in Brussels

Yesterday at 23:32 PM, via Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Making no secret of her desire to move on with Brexit talks, Prime Minister Theresa May told EU leaders on Thursday and won a round of applause for efforts so far in agreeing to an outline of divorce terms.

U.N. calls Syria talks a ‘big missed opportunity’, seeks new ideas

Yesterday at 22:58 PM, via Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) – A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar al-Assad’s government to engage, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said.

Colombia urgently crafting law to allow crime gangs to surrender

Yesterday at 22:31 PM, via Reuters

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s government is urgently working with Congress on a law that would lay out terms of surrender for crime gangs such as the Gulf Clan, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday, after the gang declared a unilateral ceasefire.

EU agrees to extend economic sanctions on Russia until mid-2018

Yesterday at 21:52 PM, via Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to prolong for another six months the bloc’s economic sanctions on Russia, imposed over the annexation of Ukraine’s peninsula of Crimea and Moscow’s support for rebels in east Ukraine.

Mexico presidential front-runner taps finance minister choice

Yesterday at 21:48 PM, via Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The front-runner for Mexico’s 2018 presidential election on Thursday said U.S.-trained economist Carlos Manuel Urzua was his choice for finance minister if he won the July election.

In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iran weaponry from Yemen

Yesterday at 21:29 PM, via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions.

U.S. jets fire flares to warn Russian jets in Syria

Yesterday at 21:27 PM, via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. F-22 fighter aircraft fired warning flares on Wednesday after two Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area in airspace east of the Euphrates river in Syria, the U.S. military said.

More than 20 Islamic State militants killed in Syria: U.S.-led coalition

Yesterday at 20:46 PM, via Reuters

WASHINGTON/AMMAN (Reuters) – A Pentagon-backed rebel group and the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and detained a number of militants in the southern Syrian desert near a base, the coalition said on Thursday.

‘Bad news for our enemies’: EU launches defense pact

Yesterday at 20:35 PM, via Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain’s decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defenses, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together.

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