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President Trump, Don't Forget About Tibet

President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would zero out funding critical to advancing freedom in Tibet. Proposed budget cuts would eliminate all USAID programming for Tibet and funding for the Ngawang Choephel Fellows program, which finances educational and cultural exchanges for Tibetan refugees. …

China

Philippine Forces Struggle to Retake City Held by Islamist Militants

MARAWI, Philippines — Militants loyal to the Islamic State stubbornly resisted as government troops pushed on Monday to drive them out of Marawi, a city in the southern Philippines where hundreds of desperate residents remained trapped by the fighting.<p>Troops have so far cleared about half the city …

Asia

Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an “Arab NATO,” to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest …

Middle East

RAF Reaper drone strike saves Isis prisoners from public execution in Syria

Hellfire missile attack kills one Isis sentry and puts a stop to execution.<p>An RAF drone strike has prevented the public execution of two Islamic …

North Korea says world 'astonished' by Wannacry

"Cyber warfare is asymmetrically advantageous for the DPRK. As the country is almost entirely not connected to the internet, it is much less exposed …

USS Ronald Reagan Now Underway On Patrol Amid Uncertainty in Asia

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan departed its Yokosuka homeport Tuesday for a scheduled patrol of the Asia-Pacific …

Many Americans Can't Find North Korea On A Map, *New York Times* Experiment Reveals

Time for a geography lesson.<p>An experiment conducted by Kyle Dropp of Morning Consult at the request of <i>The New York Times</i> with 1,746 adults found that only 36 percent of Americans could identify North Korea on a map. Instead they pointed to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and other countries in the …

North Korea

China's Northern Theater Command

At the end of April, China’s Defense Ministry announced it would be conducting “live fire drills” near the border with North Korea (MOD, April 27). …

South Korean President Moon Jae-In warns of military clashes with North Korea

<b>Seoul</b>: South Korean President Moon Jae—In warned Wednesday there was a "high possibility" of military clashes along the border with North Korea as …

North Korea

Mustard gas was used to attack women in Syria, investigation reveals

<b>Two women were exposed to mustard gas in an attack in Syria last year, the global chemical weapons watchdog has told the UN.</b><p>As they were unable to …

Syria Takes a Page out of Nazi Germany's Playbook With the Sick Way It's Disposing of Bodies

Since the Syrian Civil War started, according to the United Nations, over 400,000 people have died.<p>Thousands of those deaths are due to terror groups …

Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds - Erdogan

<b>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated after talks in Washington that he will never accept a US alliance with Kurdish forces fighting in Syria.</b><p>"There is no place for terrorist organisations in the future of our region," he said at a joint news conference with President Donald Trump.<p>He …

Middle East

US-backed forces are now just 3 miles from the capital of the Islamic State

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia has advanced to within four kilometres north and east of the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa, a spokesperson and monitor said Tuesday.<p>The advances bring the SDF, a Kurdish-Arab alliance, closer than ever to the jihadist group's most important …

Jordanian official denies reports of Syria camp bomb | Reuters

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Jordanian military source denied there had been a bomb attack in a Syrian refugee camp near the border with Jordan on Wednesday, after a war monitor said one had occurred.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a small bomb had gone off in a car in Rukban camp, …

Middle East

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:<p>EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the …

China installs rocket launchers on disputed South China Sea island: report | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China’s ongoing military build-up.<p>China has said military construction on the islands it …

China

New clues in WannaCry ransomware attack point to North Korea and Kim Jong Un

“The self-spreading ‘WannaCry’ internet worm, which ripped through 160,000 computers and crippled hospitals and other businesses, is now being linked …

Only 36% Of Americans Can Correctly Identify North Korea On A Map [Infographic]

North Korea conducted its latest missile test on Sunday, heightening tensions with the United States and spreading even further alarm across the region. Pyongyang has claimed that the test was successful and that its Hwasong-12 missile is capable of carrying a large-size nuclear warhead. Despite …

North Korea

Why the South Korean President’s Bodyguard Is Bae All Day

Well, hello. On a Mother’s Day filled with far too many news stories of grief and despair, I found a little something to make a girl smile.<p>It’s the …

Syria rejects international forces in safe zones

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a …

Middle East

Netherlands backs India's bid for permanent UNSC seat; condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria

<b>New Delhi:</b> The Netherlands today came out in support of India's bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), saying the …

UN Security Council

Illegal Pakistani, Saudi Arabia channels airing 'anti-India propaganda' available in Jammu and Kashmir: Report

As violence and unrest continues in Jammu and Kashmir, a news report is now saying that banned Pakistani and Saudi Arabia TV channels are being …

Saudi Arabia

India Starts To Move Cautiously Towards New Middle East Strategy

Diplomatic activity between India and Israel is picking up momentum ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July – the first by an Indian PM. The importance of the trip is not just what it means for Indian-Israeli relations, but also what it might say about India’s wider …

Middle East

ISIS Leader in Egypt Warns Muslims to Avoid Christian Gatherings

The leader of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Egypt has told Muslims to avoid Christian gatherings, pointing to the possibility of further …

Iran says ready for Saudi talks despite 'unlawful, inflammatory' remarks | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran said on Thursday it is ready for talks with Saudi Arabia to promote regional peace despite “unlawful and inflammatory” remarks by the Saudi deputy crown prince, who vowed to protect his kingdom from what he called Iranian efforts to dominate the Muslim world.<p>FILE …

South Asia

Tennessee school yearbook photo with Nazi costumes prompts apology

A Tennessee school district is under fire from parents after a photo of two students dressed as Nazis ended up in a yearbook.<p>The picture in the Houston Middle School yearbook showed two boys wearing hats with the Nazi swastika symbol.<p>“We understand the concern and are reviewing the incidents with …

Middle School

Pentagon eyes Iran-North Korea military connection

When Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a “midget” submarine earlier this week, Pentagon officials saw more evidence of North Korean influence in the Islamic Republic – with intelligence reports saying the submarine was based on a Pyongyang design, the same type that sank a South Korean …

North Korea

Trump to visit Israel, Vatican and Saudi Arabia in first foreign trip

<b>Donald Trump has said he will visit Israel, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia in his first foreign trip as US president.</b><p>Mr Trump will travel overseas in late May before heading to Brussels for a Nato meeting and a G7 summit in Sicily.<p>The news comes a day after Mr Trump hosted Palestinian leader Mahmoud …

Donald Trump

The US and South Korean navies just put on a massive show of force amid North Korean nuclear tensions

Peak tensions among the US, North Korea, and its neighbors have prompted a weighty response from the US and South Korean navies.<p>Despite initial confusion about when the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier would show up off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, the carrier strike group has finally arrived …

Brides in India given bats to fend off abusive husbands

An Indian state minister has come up with a controversial way to shine the light on the country’s long-standing issue of domestic violence.<p>Gopal …