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ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea

ASEAN overcomes communique impasse, urges non-militarisation in South China Sea

Published 07/08/2017

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended an impasse on Sunday over how to address disputes with China in the South China Sea, issuing a communique that called for militarization to be avoided and noting concern about island-building. [more…]

Paris` bid leader says IOC convinced of merits of awarding 2024 Olympics to France

Paris` bid leader says IOC convinced of merits of awarding 2024 Olympics to France

Published 31/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron and French slalom canoeist Tony Estanguet attend the press conference after the briefing of 2024 Olympic Games candidate cities Paris and Los Angeles ahead of final election of 2024 Olympic host city, in Lausanne, Switzerland July 11, 2017.

The co-chair for Paris' 2024 Olympics bid on Monday said the team working on the French capital's candidacy had convinced the International Olympic Committee of the merits of awarding the Games to Paris.

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U.S. president defends son after emails over Russian campaign help

U.S. president defends son after emails over Russian campaign help

Published 12/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: Donald Trump Jr. (L) gives a thumbs up beside his father Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) after Trump's debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S. September 26, 2016.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his eldest son as "innocent" following emails that showed Donald Trump Jr. welcomed Russian help against his father's rival in the 2016 presidential election.

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Kaspersky Lab complains it has been drawn into U.S.-Russia geopolitical game: RIA

Kaspersky Lab complains it has been drawn into U.S.-Russia geopolitical game: RIA

Published 12/07/2017

A general view of the headquarters of Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Labs in Moscow July 29, 2013.

Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday it had fallen victim to geopolitical sparring between Russia and the United States, but said it was ready to respond to any questions from U.S. officials, the RIA news agency reported.

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Trump calls son `high-quality person,` applauds his transparency

Trump calls son `high-quality person,` applauds his transparency

Published 12/07/2017

Donald Trump kisses his son Donald, Jr. at a campaign event at Regents University in Virginia Beach, Virginia February 24, 2016.

President Donald Trump called his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a "high-quality person" on Tuesday after disclosures about the latter's meeting last year with a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have information incriminating Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

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Qatar rejects Arab states` accusations, UK`s Johnson flies to Saudi

Qatar rejects Arab states` accusations, UK`s Johnson flies to Saudi

Published 07/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: A man walks on the corniche in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon/File Photo

Qatar on Friday dismissed as "baseless" accusations that it was financing terrorism, in its first public response to a statement from four Arab states which are leading a boycott against the tiny emirate.

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Four Arab states leading Qatar boycott say initial demands void, vow more measures

Four Arab states leading Qatar boycott say initial demands void, vow more measures

Published 06/07/2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa attend a press conference after their meeting that discussed the diplomatic situation with Qatar, in Cairo, Egypt July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Elfiqi/Pool

The four Arab states leading the boycott against Qatar said late on Thursday that Doha's refusal of their demands to resolve a Gulf diplomatic crisis is proof of its links to terror groups and that they would enact new measures against it.

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Syrian state determined to recover all areas: Assad

Syrian state determined to recover all areas: Assad

Published 12/09/2016

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday the state was determined to recover all areas from terrorist groups, the presidency said in a statement on its social media accounts, hours before a U.S.-Russian ceasefire deal was due to take effect.

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