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How Israel silences Palestine in EU circles

Imagine the following: a toxic op-ed is published that defames your organisation. You contact the website on which it features and are invited to publish a rebuttal. The next day, you submit your article. As the editors are about to put it online, they are targeted by a sophisticated disinformation …

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Iran builds new rotor factory for centrifuges

Iran’s nuclear chief says the country has completed the construction of an advanced factory specializing in the manufacturing of centrifuge rotors in order to enhance its uranium enrichment capacity without violating the limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of …

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The Trump Putin Summit – Quick Take

For nearly 80 years the US and Russia (or the former Soviet Union) have held summits.  In each case, it has been a forum for domestic political debate.  The president’s supporters always say the summit took solid steps towards peace and understanding, even while the president remained forceful and unyielding.  …

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Trump says he misspoke on Russia poll meddling

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he accepts the conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 US election, attempting to quell a firestorm over his failure to challenge Vladimir Putin a day earlier. “I have felt very strongly that while Russia’s actions had no impact at all on the outcome …

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Trump, Putin tout reset in ties at summit

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin vowed a fresh start to troubled relations between the world’s greatest nuclear powers at their first summit on Monday, as the American leader rejected a chance to condemn Moscow’s alleged manipulation of US elections. The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting …

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Russian woman charged with infiltrating US politics

A 29-year-old Russian woman has been arrested for conspiring to influence US politics by cultivating ties with political groups including the gun rights lobby the National Rifle Association (NRA). Mariia Butina was arrested in Washington on Saturday and appeared in court on Monday, the Justice Department said in a statement. …

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Alberta, UAE to broaden ties

The government of Alberta province in Canada will be opening a representative office in the UAE to broaden ties between the two countries. The announcement came during the visit of the UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazroui to the oil rich region of Alberta earlier this month. “We welcome this …

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Trump-Putin summit kicks off an hour late with trade, nuclear arms and China on agenda

President Donald Trump told his Russian counterpart that he would discuss “everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China” during their one-on-one meeting at a high-stakes summit in Helsinki Monday. Not mentioned in his opening remarks during a handshake photo opportunity: Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, …

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Protests follow President Trump to Scotland

From the capital of Edinburgh to seaside golf resorts, thousands in Scotland staged colorful, peaceful protests against President Donald Trump on Saturday as he played golf at one of his luxury retreats. On the beach outside the resort, a dozen demonstrators staged a “protest picnic,” chanting “Trump is a racist! …

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Suicide blast kills 128 at Pakistan election rally

A suicide bomber targeting a political rally in southwest Pakistan Friday killed 128 people, an official said, the deadliest in a string of attacks on campaign events that have raised security fears ahead of nationwide polls. The blast – which was claimed by the Daesh extremist group – ripped through …

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