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Israel reported to have bombed Syrian chemical weapons facility

Courtesy The Guardian-  Israeli jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian government facility in the north-west of the country believed to be associated with Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons programme. The strikes were initially reported by Hebrew and Arab media sources on Thursday morning. A Syrian military statement...

North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal Threatens China’s Path to Power

Courtesy The New York Times-  The two men stood together on the reviewing stand in the North Korean capital: a top official in China’s Communist leadership wearing a tailored business suit and a young dictator in a blue jacket buttoned to his chin. Liu Yunshan, the...

Religious tourism: the white gold of Saudi Arabia

Courtesy AFP - Mina (Saudi Arabia)  - With global oil prices flailing, Saudi Arabia is turning to another natural resource: billions of dollars gained from religious tourism as the kingdom hosts the annual hajj pilgrimage. Shops line the packed esplanade of the Great Mosque of Mecca, one...

China forced to abandon plan to enlarge BRICS

Courtesy Times of India- China aborted its attempt to create a permanent BRICS Plus feature and invite other countries to join in following resistance from the other members of the five-nation grouping, including India, who apprehend dilution of BRICS's goals if other counties, including...

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan

Courtesy Reuters- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war. Mattis did not specify the size of the force, which...

White House ‘pressuring’ intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal

Courtesy The Guardian- US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former...

Erdogan conveys Turkey’s unease over U.S. support for Kurdish militants

Courtesy Reuters- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday told U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis that Turkey felt unease over U.S. support for Kurdish militant group YPG, presidential sources said. In a statement following meetings between Mattis and Turkish officials, the sources said the two sides...

China confirms India’s withdrawal of troops, equipment from Dong Lang

Courtesy People's Daily- BEIJING, Aug. 28 -- China on Monday confirmed via on-site checks that India has withdrawn personnel and equipment from Dong Lang (Doklam) after a military stand-off lasting more than two months. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that Chinese personnel completed the...

ISIS ‘OUTSOURCES’ TERROR ATTACKS TO THE PAKISTANI TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN: U.N. REPORT

Courtesy Newsweek- After losing territory and power in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is outsourcing its deadly attacks on the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan to local splinter groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, because it lacks manpower. Claiming responsibility for a string of...
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