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Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing showdown

Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay, defusing showdownCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela defused a potential showdown with the United States, suspending a demand that U.S. diplomats leave the country as Washington called on the world to "pick a side" in the South American nation's fast-moving crisis.



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Trump's Shutdown Showdown Is a Threat to National Security

Trump's Shutdown Showdown Is a Threat to National SecurityBorder security is imperative, but so is ensuring that U.S. federal law enforcement, the intelligence community, and other security professionals are able to support their families and fulfill their mission.



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Romney backs Trump in shutdown showdown, questions Pelosi

Romney backs Trump in shutdown showdown, questions PelosiOGDEN, Utah (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Friday he supports President Donald Trump's push for a border wall that has led to a government shutdown and questioned why Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't agree to "another few miles" of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.



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G20 summit: World leaders reluctantly bow to Trump on trade amid showdown between US and China over tariffs

G20 summit: World leaders reluctantly bow to Trump on trade amid showdown between US and China over tariffsAfter hours of tense negotiation, world leaders of the G20 have signed off on a summit-ending agreement reaffirming a commitment to multilateral trade and a “rules-based international order” – but the real winner may yet be Donald Trump. The message involved a pledge to reform the World Trade Organisation (WTO), with Mr Trump having built his campaign for the presidency on the idea that America was being treated unfairly on trade issues. The EU, and its individual members, had been looking to put pressure on Mr Trump over the issue, given his ‘America First’ doctrine, but officials said they had felt resistance from Washington on almost every issue.



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Sea Showdown: Russia vs. Ukraine in the Sea of Azov

Sea Showdown: Russia vs. Ukraine in the Sea of AzovSigns of imminent trouble are apparent everywhere.



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Netanyahu heads into cabinet showdown as allies demand early Israeli elections

Netanyahu heads into cabinet showdown as allies demand early Israeli electionsBenjamin Netanyahu faces a showdown with his coalition government partners on Sunday as he tries to stop them from forcing early elections in the wake of his unpopular decision to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas.  Three of the smaller parties in the Israeli prime minister’s coalition have demanded elections as soon as possible and want to use today’s cabinet meeting to formally agree on a date for the vote.  However, Mr Netanyahu said he wants to keep the government together and is eager to push the date of the elections off for several more months.  “Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed that it is important to make every effort to preserve the Right-wing government,” said a spokesman for his Likud party. Mr Netanyahu on Saturday said he wanted his government to see out the end of its term, blaming the centre-Right Kulanu party for the turmoil. "If the Kulanu faction doesn't bring the government down – there is a government," he said on Twitter. "All Likud members want to keep serving the country for another whole year until the end of the term in November 2019."   Education Minister Naftali Bennett demanded to be given the defence portfolio, threatening to withdraw his eight seats from Mr Netanyahu's governing coalition Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images He is hoping a delayed election will leave more time for the Right-wing voters of his base to forget about last week’s ceasefire agreement with Hamas to stop fighting in Gaza.   Many Israelis on the Right wanted to see Israeli forces move more aggressively against the Islamist militants, who fired around 460 rockets and mortars into southern Israel during the fighting.  Mr Netanyahu’s defence minister resigned over the ceasefire and civilians in the southern city of Sderot, which is regularly targeted by Hamas rockets, burned tyres and blocked streets in protest. If the prime minister holds his ground and refuses to grant elections then coalition party leaders face a choice: they can stay in the government and allow Mr Netanyahu to limp on or leave the government and bring the coalition crashing down.  The smaller parties may be loathe to bring down the government because it will allow Mr Netanyahu to present himself as a responsible leader who tried to maintain Israel’s stability while other parties clamored for elections.  Profile | Benjamin Netanyahu The two sides may reach a compromise where Mr Netanyahu agrees to elections but on a longer timetable, possibly with elections in late March, which favours his own political interests.   Mr Netanyahu goes into the cabinet facing off against three of his own ministers. His main irritant is Naftali Bennett, the 46-year-old education minister and leader of the Right-wing Jewish Home party.  Mr Bennet, who was once Mr Netanyahu’s chief of staff, is trying chip away Right-wing voters from the Likud by promising a tougher line against Hamas.  The two men have a frosty personal relationship, with Mr Netanyahu’s allies accusing Mr Bennett of leaking material from cabinet meetings to undermine the prime minister.  Despite the chaos in the coalition and the corruption scandal swirling around him and his wife, Mr Netanyahu appears well placed to win an election and form a new Right-wing government.  A poll for Israel’s Channel 2 found that Mr Netanyahu’s Likud would win 29 seats in an election, making it by far the biggest party. The centrist Yesh Atid party would take 18 seats while the centre-Left Zionist Union would win only 11.  Mr Netanyahu has been prime minister since 2009 and served a brief three-year stint as prime minister in the late 1990s. If he is still prime minister in July next year, he will have overtaken David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, as the longest-serving leader of Israel.  The current government could continue serving until November 2019 but Israel’s coalition governments rarely serve out their full four-year terms.  The current coalition has 61 seats in the 120 parliament, known as the Knesset. One of Mr Netanyahu’s Likud MPs, Oren Hazan, was suspended for six weeks this week after insulting a defence ministry official.  Mr Hazan, who previously embarrassed the prime minister by taking a selfie with Donald Trump, can still vote but is barred from any other parliamentary activity. His suspension gives Mr Netanyahu’s weakened government even less room for manoeuvre.     



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Trump’s Claims Of Vast Power Could Be Heading Toward A Supreme Court Showdown

Trump’s Claims Of Vast Power Could Be Heading Toward A Supreme Court ShowdownWASHINGTON ― With the president and his lawyers claiming he is shielded from



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Showdown in the South China Sea: Why China or America Won't Backdown

Showdown in the South China Sea: Why China or America Won't BackdownThe South China Sea is once again rapidly becoming a major point of contention between Washington and Beijing, with both sides refusing to back down. Two U.S. Navy warships — the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam — conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea Saturday, sailing within twelve nautical miles of several Chinese-controlled islands in the Paracels, territories the Chinese military forcefully seized from Vietnam in the 1970s. Asserting that the American vessels entered China’s territorial waters “without the permission of the Chinese government,” the Chinese Ministry of National Defense explained that the Chinese military “immediately dispatched warships to identify and inspect the American ships according to law, and warned them to depart.” This claim has not been verified.



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North Korea Threatens Again To Call Off Trump Summit, Warns Of ‘Nuclear Showdown’

North Korea Threatens Again To Call Off Trump Summit, Warns Of ‘Nuclear Showdown’North Korea has escalated its war of words with the U.S., repeating a threat



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Trump Sets Up Showdown With DOJ Over Claims Of Campaign Surveillance

Trump Sets Up Showdown With DOJ Over Claims Of Campaign SurveillancePresident Donald Trump said on Sunday he intends to direct the Department of



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