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China says US warship «violated» its sovereignty

Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had «violated» its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea

A year of Trump fails to improve US-Russia ties

Donald Trump said during his election campaign he wanted to improve relations between the US and Vladimir Putin's Russia. But a year on from his inauguration, ties between Washington and Moscow are at Cold War lows

US vows to help Europe repel Russian aggression

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson re-committed the United States to opposing Moscow's «aggression» against its neighbors Tuesday and vowed to help Europe wean itself off Russian oil and gas.

Flurry of activity hints at North Korea missile test

Radio signals and radar activity detected at a North Korean missile base have raised concerns the reclusive regime may be preparing a new missile test, news reports in Seoul and Tokyo said Tuesday

New US sanctions on North Korea ships, Chinese traders

The United States on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang, again raising the pressure on the pariah state to abandon its nuclear program.

France on a mission to restore lost Middle East clout

From mediating in the crisis in Lebanon to defending Iran's nuclear deal, President Emmanuel Macron aims to fill the vacuum left by an isolationist America to boost France's clout in the Middle East.

Xi gives Trump a Chinese history lesson

As President Xi Jinping led his US counterpart Donald Trump around Beijing's Forbidden City on Wednesday, he made time to teach the American billionaire a bit of Chinese history.

North Korea denies involvement in WannaCry cyberattack

North Korea has slammed Britain for accusing it of being behind a global ransomware attack that hit the National Health Service, calling the allegation a «wicked attempt» to further tighten international sanctions against Pyongyang.

South Korea, China to hold talks: Seoul

South Korean President Moon Jae-In will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of next week's APEC summit, Seoul said Tuesday, with the neighbours' relationship strained by a US missile defence system.

Fresh Syria talks open in Astana

A fresh round of peace talks seeking to end Syria's war opened in the Kazakh capital Astana on Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push supported by Iran and opposition backer Turkey.

Bahrain suggests freezing Qatar's GCC membership

Bahrain's foreign minister on Monday suggested suspending Qatar's Gulf Cooperation Council membership until it accepts the demands of its Arab adversaries in the region's worst crisis in years.

Mattis says US goal is «not war» over North Korea

Washington's goal «is not war» as it seeks to ease high military tension with Pyongyang, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday, standing at the heavily-fortified border between the two Koreas.

Mattis says US «not rushing to war» with North Korea

Washington is seeking a «peaceful resolution» with North Korea, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to the divided peninsula amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear threats.

US-led coalition denies deadly Syria strikes

The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq denied on Tuesday that it had carried out deadly air strikes around the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor.

Tillerson in new bid to ease Gulf crisis

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to launch a fresh bid Sunday to ease a crisis between Riyadh and Doha, both allies of Washington, but without high hopes of a breakthrough.

US and North Korea: To talk or not to talk?

Now is not the time to talk to North Korea, the White House declared Monday, as President Donald Trump appeared to undermine efforts to force Pyongyang to the table.

Tillerson in China to pile pressure on North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Beijing on Saturday to discuss efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions and prepare President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to China.

Macron invites Iraqi PM to Paris to discuss Kurdish vote

French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to visit on October 5 to discuss the Kurdish independence referendum, offering France's help in calming tensions over the vote.

Moon, Trump vow stronger pressure against North Korea

US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart have pledged "stronger pressure" on Pyongyang, Seoul said Sunday, after North Korea defied tough new sanctions with a missile test and said it wanted to match American nuclear strength.

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