Diplomacy / Foreign Policy

As Modi prepares for Trump meeting, U.S. expected to OK India drone purchase

As Modi prepares for Trump meeting, U.S. expected to OK India drone purchase

Published 23/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering after he inaugurated Kochi Metro at a stadium in Kochi, India, June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Sivaram V/File Photo

The United States is expected to authorize India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, two sources familiar with the situation said, ahead of a visit next week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to revitalize ties in his first meeting with President Donald Trump.

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Suicide car bomber kills at least 11 in Pakistan`s Quetta: police

Suicide car bomber kills at least 11 in Pakistan`s Quetta: police

Published 23/06/2017

A soldier covers a body after a blast in Quetta, Pakistan June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

A suicide car bomber killed at least 11 people, including four police officers, in an attack near a checkpoint in the volatile southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday, officials said.

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Turkey welcomes U.S. pledge to take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat

Turkey welcomes U.S. pledge to take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat

Published 23/06/2017

Turkey regards as a "positive step" a U.S. pledge to take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria after the defeat of Islamic State and said its implementation was essential, Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday.

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Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

Published 23/06/2017

It was from this medieval mosque that the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled ''caliphate'' spanning parts of Syria and Iraq three years ago. Al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself ''caliph,'' or ruler of all Muslims, from the pulpit of the mosque on July... REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defense committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday.

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Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Published 23/06/2017

A mosque is seen alone a coastline in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

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Turkey has no plans to reassess military base in Qatar: minister

Turkey has no plans to reassess military base in Qatar: minister

Published 23/06/2017

Turkey's defense minister said on Friday his country had no plans to review its military base in Qatar and that any demand for its closure would represent interference in Ankara's relations with the Gulf state.

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North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM: U.S. officials

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM: U.S. officials

Published 23/06/2017

A North Korean flag is pictured at its embassy in Beijing January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

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UK offer to EU citizens `very fair`, `very serious`: May

UK offer to EU citizens `very fair`, `very serious`: May

Published 23/06/2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday the offer she had made on the rights of EU citizens to live in Britain after Brexit was very fair and very serious and that her government would set out more detailed proposals on Monday.

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Damascus won`t let `enemies` benefit from de-escalation zones-minister

Damascus won`t let `enemies` benefit from de-escalation zones-minister

Published 23/06/2017

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks during an interview with Reuters in Damascus June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

The Syrian government will not allow its enemies to benefit from the creation of de-escalation zones in western Syria, the Syrian deputy foreign minister has said, ahead of international talks on the zones scheduled for early July in Kazakhstan.

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Russia threatens to block Telegram messaging app

Russia threatens to block Telegram messaging app

Published 23/06/2017

Two men pose with smartphones in front of a screen showing the Telegram logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday accused the Telegram messaging app of violating Russian legislation and said it could be blocked if it did not provide the watchdog with information about the company that controls Telegram.

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