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Kim Jong Un ends visit to China with a message for the US

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended a celebratory visit to China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday with tea, praise, handshakes -- and a message for the US.<p>Amid lingering questions over Pyongyang's willingness to denuclearize and an escalating trade war between the US and …

North Korea

No breakthrough in Turkey-Iran-Russia talks on Syria constitution

Tripartite meeting in Geneva ends with 'some common ground was beginning to emerge', UN envoy says.<p><b>Geneva, Switzerland -</b> A tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran to discuss the formation of an all-inclusive committee tasked with drafting a new Syrian constitution had ended without a …

Middle East

UN chief Antonio Guterres: Gaza 'on brink of war'

In report sent to UN Security Council before Tuesday meeting, UN condemns Israeli use of force against Palestinians.<p>UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the "most serious escalation" of violence in the Gaza Strip places the besieged enclave on the "brink of war", urging Israel and …

Israel

Isolated Kim takes big gamble leaving home for Trump summit

SINGAPORE (AP) — Spare a moment, as you anticipate one of the most unusual summits in modern history, to consider North Korea's leader as he left the all-encompassing bubble of his locked-down stronghold of Pyongyang on Sunday and stepped off a jet onto Singapore soil for his planned sit-down with …

North Korea

Turkish forces begin patrols in Syria's Manbij

Ankara says 'independent patrol' missions by Turkish and US forces under way, part of roadmap agreed by both countries.<p>The Turkish army has said its forces have began patrols along the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, in cooperation with US soldiers in the area.<p>The announcement on …

Middle East

US Senate approves bill that could block F35 transfer to Turkey

Turkey says US bill is going against 'the soul of strategic partnership', warning it could buy stealth jets elsewhere.<p>The US Senate passed a bill on Monday that could be used to block or slow the transfer of the F35 advanced warplane to Turkey, a NATO ally that has an increasingly strained …

U.S. Senate

China to retaliate after US imposes tariffs on $50bn in imports

Beijing says they will impose measures 'of the same scale and strength' after Washington announces tariffs.<p>The White House has announced a 25 percent tariff on $50bn worth of Chinese goods over "unfair trade practices".<p>The goods targeted by the levies "contain industrially significant …

China

G7 in disarray after Trump rejects communique and attacks 'weak' Trudeau

Donald Trump has left the G7 network of global cooperation in disarray after he pulled the US out of a previously agreed summit communique, blaming the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau whom he derided as “dishonest and weak”.<p>The US president, who arrived at the summit in Canada late and left …

Donald Trump

Trump remains isolated as G7 summit enters final day

Deep divisions between US and G7 allies on display as US president calls for Russia to be readmitted to the group.<p>A G7 summit dominated by disagreement over trade between the US and its key allies has failed to deliver a breakthrough as the meeting enters its second and final day.<p>Trump added to the …

France

UAE, Saudi hold first meeting of the two-nation council

The two countries had formed a separate military and trade partnership amid the GCC rift.<p>Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have held the first meeting of their new military and trade alliance that is separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).<p>Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met …

Saudi Arabia

Russia attempts to regain clout over North Korea

Unlike the West, Russia does not want the Kim Jong-un regime to collapse - or change at all.<p>Russia's frenetic attempts to hop on the bandwagon of historic diplomatic talks between the United States and North Korea underline two simple facts: Pyongyang no longer depends on Russia for its economic …

North Korea

Hezbollah and Iran 'to stay in Syria until it is liberated'

Lebanese parliament speaker says Hezbollah and Iran will not quit Syria until its 'territorial integrity' is regained.<p>Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement will not leave Syria until it is "fully liberated from terrorists", the Lebanese parliamentary speaker said.<p>Speaking to Russian media outlet …

Middle East

Qatari FM dismisses reported Saudi threats over S-400 deal

Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says purchase of military equipment is a 'sovereign decision'.<p>Qatar's foreign minister has dismissed reports of threats of military action by Saudi Arabia over Doha's plans to acquire the Russian-made S-400 air defence system, saying Qatar's …

Saudi Arabia

Pakistani military says 'no space for war' with India

Pakistan's military urges neighbouring India to respect ceasefire commitment in disputed region of Kashmir.<p><b>Islamabad, Pakistan</b> - Pakistan's military says there is "no space for war" with its eastern neighbour India, calling upon its regional rival to respect a reiterated commitment to a ceasefire …

Pakistan

US renews call for OAS to eject Venezuela

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges Organization of American States members to kick out Venezuela.<p>US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on members of the Organization of American States (OAS) to suspend Venezuela from the group and bolster sanctions against Nicolas Maduro's government.<p>In his …

Venezuela

Turkey and US agree on plan to remove YPG from Syria's Manbij

Ankara says NATO allies decided on a timetable and method for withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the city.<p>Turkey and the United States agreed on a plan on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters considered "terrorists" by Ankara from the northern Syrian city of Manbij.<p>The agreement was reached during a …

Middle East

How the blockade on Qatar failed

The GCC crisis has inflicted significant financial loss on Qatar, but it has failed to bring it down.<p>On the morning of June 5, 2017, Qataris woke up to the shocking news that their country was under blockade. The hostile move came from none other than its Arab neighbours and cofounders of the Gulf …

Middle East

Russia 'to supply S-400 system to Qatar' despite Saudi position

Russian lawmaker says Moscow's plans 'will not change' by Riyadh's opposition to the sale of surface-to-air missiles.<p>A senior Russian politician has said Moscow still plans to supply an advanced aerial defense system to Qatar despite Saudi Arabia's reported opposition.<p>In comments made to local …

Saudi Arabia

'Relief for N Korea only after clear steps to denuclearisation'

US' Mattis says Pyongyang must take 'irreversible steps' to end its nuclear programme before receiving sanctions relief.<p>US Defense Secretary James Mattis said North Korea will "receive relief only after it takes clear and irreversible steps" to end its nuclear programme, adding it would be a bumpy …

North Korea

After embassy move, Trump weighs Jerusalem consulate changes

This move could suggest placing the Palestinian Authority under Israel's jurisdiction.<p>President Donald Trump is considering giving US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman more authority over Washington's diplomatic mission that handles Palestinian affairs, five US officials told The Associated Press …

Israel

Japan urges caution on any North Korea agreement

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera says sanctions on Pyongyang should stay in place, citing previous violations.<p>Japan's defence minister has urged the international community to keep sanctions and surveillance on North Korea, saying it has a history of reneging on agreements.<p>Itsunori Onodera said …

North Korea

Mattis accuses China of 'intimidation' in South China Sea

China criticises 'irresponsible comments' on S China Sea policy after Mattis accuses them of 'coercion'.<p>US Defense Secretary James Mattis has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in the South China Sea, taking a tough stance on Beijing at a security summit in Singapore.<p>Speaking on Saturday …

China

In symbolic nod to India, US Pacific Command changes name

Name-change to Indo-Pacific Command underscores the growing importance of India to the Pentagon.<p>The United States military renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command in a symbolic move underscoring the growing importance of India to the Pentagon.<p>US Pacific Command, which is responsible …

India

Assad raises prospect of clashes with U.S. forces in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad raised the possibility of conflict with U.S. forces in Syria if they do not withdraw from the country soon.<p>In an interview with Russia's RT international broadcaster, Assad said he would negotiate with fighters backed on the ground by Washington, but …

Middle East

North Korea's Kim Yong-chol in US for meeting with Mike Pompeo

Senior official Kim Yong-chol arrives in New York as Russia's FM Lavrov arrives in North Korea for talks.<p>The North Korean leader's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a steak dinner at a Manhattan apartment to discuss plans for a historic summit planned for next …

North Korea

Turkey slams Macron over Erdogan magazine cover support

French magazine Le Point splashed a photo of the Turkish president on its May 24 edition calling him a 'dictator'.<p>Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has slammed French President Emmanuel Macron over his support for a French magazine's cover calling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a …

Civil Service

Pakistan and India vow to implement 2003 ceasefire agreement

The two countries agree to curb cross-border violence which has killed more than 150 people since September 2016.<p>Pakistan and India have agreed to curb cross-border violence to comply with a ceasefire agreement signed between the two nuclear-armed neighbours in 2003.<p>The understanding was reached by …

Middle East

Russia: Only Syrian forces should be stationed on Israel border

Moscow calls for exit of non-Syrian forces from 'de-escalation area' as rebels prepare for potential government push.<p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that only Syrian forces should be present in areas alongside the country's border with Israel and Jordan, as rebels in southern Syria …

Middle East

US team in North Korea raises expectations of Trump-Kim summit

Report says South Korean President Moon Jae-in may join Trump and Kim in Singapore for possible three-way talks.<p>A team of American officials was in North Korea on Monday to discuss a historic summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, raising expectations that the meeting called off …

North Korea

China anger over US 'provocation' in South China Sea

China's defence ministry says US warships sailing near Paracel Islands seriously infringe Chinese sovereignty.<p>China's defence ministry has protested against what it called "provocation" after US warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing.<p>US officials, speaking on condition of …

China