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TRUMP FIRES BOLTON RAISING HOPES FOR NEW TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA AND IRAN

11th Sep 2019 . by Andrew Richards

11 SEPTEMBER 2019 (SOURCE: CNN) – President Donald Trump abruptly announced in a tweet Tuesday that he has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign, noting that he “strongly disagreed with many” of Bolton’s suggestions “as did others in the administration.” “I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new…

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ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS PEACE AS TRUMP AND KIM MEET AT DMZ

11th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland South Korea’s president on Tuesday [2 July] called a recent US-North Korean summit at the Korean border an end of mutual hostility between the countries, despite scepticism by many experts that it was just a made-for-TV moment that lacked any substance. During their impromptu third summit at the Korean Demilitarised Zone on…

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TRUMP SETS FOOT IN NORTH KOREA, AGREES WITH KIM TO RESUME TALKS

30th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

30 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met its leader, Kim Jong Un, in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks. The two men shook hands warmly and expressed hopes…

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US-IRAN TENSIONS DEEPEN

27th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

Iran said on Tuesday [25 June] 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. “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif)…

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TRUMP FORMALLY RECOGNISES ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER GOLAN HEIGHTS

3rd Apr 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock (with contribution by Mike Burnard) Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation on Monday [25 March] formally recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, still considered Syrian territory under international law. The decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over land that the international community nearly unanimously considers occupied, or at the least disputed, is…

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US AND VENEZUELA OPPOSITION TO DISCUSS WAYS TO OUST MADURO

25th Feb 2019 . by incontext_adm

25 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation after a weekend effort failed to deliver aid. Vice President Mike Pence travels Monday to the Colombian capital…

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TRUMP THREATENS TURKEY WITH ECONOMIC DEVASTATION IF IT ATTACKS KURDS AFTER US QUITS SYRIA

14th Jan 2019 . by incontext_adm

14 JANUARY 2019 (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST) – US President Donald Trump warned Turkey of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pull-out from Syria. Trump also warned the Kurds against provoking Turkey. Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal some of his latest thoughts in the slow…

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THREE KEY GEOPOLITICAL EVENTS OF 2018

5th Dec 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards   2018 Overview 2018 saw world powers battling it out in proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, expanding the fight through cyber warfare and even trying to force each other into submission by means of a trade war. Arguably, Turkey made the biggest geopolitical shift in the Middle East as the NATO…

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THREE HEADLINE-MAKERS IN 2018

5th Dec 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland, Alex Pollock and Cherolyn Amery   CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN – The Man Who Would Be King Since his meteoric rise to power in 2015, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has enjoyed favourable coverage in the international media, with a major focus on his economic and social reforms in…

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US-SAUDI RELATIONS STRAINED BY KHASHOGGI DEATH AND WAR IN YEMEN

22nd Nov 2018 . by incontext_adm

The slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi wrote passionately about ending the brutal war in Yemen. In one column for the Washington Post he called on Saudi Arabia to “use its clout and leverage within Western circles” to resolve the conflict. Never could he have imagined that he himself would become the leverage in attempts to end the…

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