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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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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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Palestine appoints permanent representative at OPCW

Rawan Suleiman, Palestine’s ambassador to the Netherlands and International Organizations in The Hague, presented on Monday in official ceremonies her credentials to the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Üzumcu, as Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to this organization. Suleiman stressed …

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Trump Can’t Play Putin’s Game in Syria

In some alternate universe, it may make sense for the president of the United States to meet with his Russian counterpart to negotiate an end to the fighting in Syria. It would be a universe in which the American president weren’t constantly denigrating European allies, and the Russian president weren’t habitually lying about …

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Trump administration focuses on Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, with Mideast peace plan stalled

With President Trump’s promised Middle East peace plan stalled, administration officials are focusing on improving conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip — a move that could put political pressure on Palestinian leaders to come to the negotiating table. The larger peace proposal has been stymied by the Palestinian Authority, which …

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Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority

Australia has ceased providing direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying the donations could increase the self-governing body’s capacity to pay Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence. Ms Bishop said funding was cut to the World Bank‘s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program …

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How a surprise deal to boost world oil supply could ‘stir the pot’ in the Middle East, and pressure Saudi’s spare capacity

An impromptu agreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia to add more supply to increasingly tight oil markets is perceived as a test of the kingdom’s ability to pump more crude — and could further antagonize Iran and Venezuela, as both countries grapple with deteriorating conditions in their respective …

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