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China praises Mattis visit, says defense minister to visit U.S.

China praises Mattis visit, says defense minister to visit U.S.China on Thursday praised the tone of this week’s visit to Beijing by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, saying it had achieve positive results and that Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe would go to Washington this year. Mattis, the first U.S. defense chief to come to China in four years, has described his talks as “very, very good”, even as President Xi Jinping told him China would not give up an inch of its territory, likely a reference to the disputed South China Sea and self-ruled Taiwan which China claims.



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Israel will not accept any Syrian refugees on its territory: defense minister

Israel will not accept any Syrian refugees on its territory: defense ministerBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter its territory but will continue to provide them with humanitarian aid, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Friday. More than 120,000 people in southwestern Syria have been forced to flee since the Syrian government launched an offensive to recover an area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from rebels, a monitoring group said. The Israeli military said an increased number of Syrian civilians had been spotted in refugee camps on the Syrian side of the Golan over the past few days, and that it had overnight sent aid supplies at four locations “to Syrians fleeing hostilities”.



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South Korea Defense Ministry Confirms Suspension of Joint U.S.-South Korea Military Drills Originally Planned for August

South Korea Defense Ministry Confirms Suspension of Joint U.S.-South Korea Military Drills Originally Planned for AugustThe South Korean Defense Ministry confirmed Tuesday that their major military exercise with the US planned for August has been suspended.



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US Defense Secretary Mattis accuses China of 'intimidation and coercion' in South China Sea

US Defense Secretary Mattis accuses China of 'intimidation and coercion' in South China SeaJames Mattis, the US defence secretary, has hit out at China’s “intimidation and coercion” in the South China Sea and warned there would be “consequences” if it continued.  Mr Mattis accused Beijing of military build-up in the region and warned that the result of their actions will “come home to roost” if they do not stop.  Donald Trump appeared to endorse the comments, linking to them in a tweet and writing: “Very surprised that China would be doing this?” But Chinese Lieutenant General He Lei issued a fiery response, saying that "irresponsible comments from other nations cannot be accepted". The South China Sea has long been contested by America and China, with experts warning it could be the next theatre for geopolitical conflict in the coming decades.  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th International Institute for Strategic Studies Credit:  Yong Teck Lim/AP   Mr Mattis made the comments at an international security forum in Singapore – the site of Mr Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12.  Mr Mattis said: "Despite China's claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapon systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion.” He also criticised Chinese President Xi Jinping for reneging on a 2015 promise made at the White House that Beijing would not militarise the island features in the South China Sea. China's reliance on military muscle to achieve its goals "is not a way to make long-term collaboration the rule of the road in a region that's important to China's future," Mattis said, when asked to elaborate. "There are consequences that will continue to come home to roost, so to speak, with China, if they don't find a way to work more collaboratively with all of the nations who have interests," he added.  Responding to the comment, He Lei said: "As long as it is on your own territory you can deploy the army and you can deploy weapons.”   Australia's Defence Minister Marise Payne, China's PLA Lieutenant-General He Lei and Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan listens to US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' address Credit: EDGAR SU/Reuters Delegates hoping for clarity on Trump's intentions for a scheduled June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not get much from Mattis. He has steadfastly avoided weighing in on the issue, deferring questions to the State Department and Trump's national security team. "On the Korean peninsula, we hold the line with our allies, supporting our diplomats who lead this effort," Mattis said. "Our objective remains the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula."



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Dershowitz: My friends, family are horrified by my Trump defense

Dershowitz: My friends, family are horrified by my Trump defense“The left adored me for my statements about Bill Clinton,” Dershowitz says in a new episode of the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.” “And they despise me for making exactly the same statements about a political figure they despise.”



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Rudy Giuliani Offers A Head-Spinning New Defense Of Trump

Rudy Giuliani Offers A Head-Spinning New Defense Of TrumpRudy Giuliani says there's "nothing illegal" about trying to find compromising



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Texas Man Who Killed Neighbor Uses 'Gay Panic' Defense And Avoids Murder Charge

Texas Man Who Killed Neighbor Uses 'Gay Panic' Defense And Avoids Murder ChargeA Texas man avoided murder and manslaughter convictions after his attorney



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EPA Ethics Official Walks Back Defense Of Scott Pruitt's Condo Rental

EPA Ethics Official Walks Back Defense Of Scott Pruitt's Condo RentalThe Environmental Protection Agency's lead ethics official this week walked



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Chinese Defense Minister Says China will ‘Support’ Russia Against America

Chinese Defense Minister Says China will ‘Support’ Russia Against AmericaChina’s new defense minister Wei Fenghe has reportedly said during a visit to Moscow that China is ready to support Russia against the US. “I am visiting Russia as a new defense minister of China to show the world a high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our armed forces to strengthen strategic cooperation,” Wei said at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, according to a report by state-run Tass Russian News Agency.



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China's defense chief calls his Moscow trip a signal to US

China's defense chief calls his Moscow trip a signal to USMOSCOW (AP) — China's new defense minister says his visit to Russia is a signal to the United States about the increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing.



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