The World of Diplomacy
Italy signed deals worth 2.5 billion euros with China
(Reuters) – Italy signed in 23 of May 2019  a preliminary accord with China on Saturday that makes it the first country of the Group of Seven industrialized nation to join the Chinese Belt and Road infrastructure project. Around 30 parallel deals were signed on the sidelines of the visit
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As Death Toll Mounts, Governments Point Fingers Over Coronavirus
The head of the World Health Organization said it was “not a time for excuses,” but some countries have been busily exchanging blame. An Iranian official claimed without evidence that the epidemic could be an American bioweapon, after some U.S. officials said the same about China. Saudi Arabia said its
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Hezbollah Readies for Next War Against Israel
BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon—Hilal stretched his legs in a plastic chair on the veranda outside his house, close to a Hezbollah military base in Hermel, Lebanon. Even in late summer, the night air here has a crisp edge to it, and stars dot the sky above the rust-red hills that separate
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Charting Progress in Mirziyoyev’s Uzbekistan
Three years of frenzied reform activity have certainly made a difference, but much work remains to be done. Three years since Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev assumed power following the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov, he has taken some concrete steps to improve the country’s human rights record. In early
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Biarritz in lockdown as G7 summit descends on French resort
More than 13,000 police arrive in town with authorities saying any unrest will not be tolerated The French seaside resort of Biarritz is under lockdown by security forces ahead of the G7 summit, with more than 13,000 police as well as a special magistrates court set up to try anyone committing
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Iran seizes two UK tankers in Strait of Hormuz
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he is “extremely concerned” by the seizure of two tankers by Iran. The Stena Impero is British-flagged and the Mesdar is Liberian-flagged but British owned. The Mesdar’s operator said the vessel was now free to continue its journey after it was boarded by armed
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US-North Korea: Trump and Kim agree to restart talks in historic meeting
Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea, after meeting Kim Jong-un in the area dividing the two Koreas. Mr Trump and the North Korean leader posed for handshakes before talking for nearly an hour in the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ). Both
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Iran says US sanctions on Khamenei closed path to diplomacy
Foreign Ministry says the new sanctions have “permanently closed the path to diplomacy” between Iran and the US. Iran said on Tuesday that a decision by the United States to impose “hard-hitting” sanctions on the country’s top leadership, including the supreme leader, has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington.
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Confusion over whether Trump was bluffing with an aborted military strike is compounded by political intrigues inside the West Wing and the president’s own ambivalence over the wisdom of going to war. n Friday morning, Donald Trump sought to explain away his stunning decision the night before to order a military strike
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Trump sends 1,500 troops to counter Iran and pushes through £6bn arms sale to Arab allies
onald Trump has ordered another 1,500 US troops to the Middle East and overruled Congressional objections to sell £6.3 billion in weapons to America’s Arab allies amid ongoing tensions with Iran.  Mr Trump approved plans to send more fighter jets and missile defence batteries to the Persian Gulf in what
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