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Trump, Macron may clash on European defense in Paris talks

Trump, Macron may clash on European defense in Paris talksFresh off U.S. congressional elections that saw his Republican Party’s power erode, Trump is spending the weekend in Paris to bolster the U.S.-European alliance at World War One remembrance ceremonies. Discussing cyber security threats and global instability in general, Macron said Europe needs to protect itself against China, Russia and the United States.  Later in the interview he spoke about the need for a European army.



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U.N. aims for Yemen talks by year-end, not end of month

U.N. aims for Yemen talks by year-end, not end of monthA proxy war is playing out in Yemen between Iran and Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Iran-allied Houthi group. The United States and Britain last week stepped up calls for an end to the nearly four-year war that has driven impoverished Yemen to the verge of famine, raising pressure on Saudi Arabia as it faces a global outcry over the murder of a prominent Saudi journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.



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In talks with Saudi minister, Mattis calls for transparent investigation in Khashoggi killing

In talks with Saudi minister, Mattis calls for transparent investigation in Khashoggi killingWashington Post columnist Khashoggi’s murder has escalated into a crisis for the world’s top oil exporter as Saudi Arabia’s allies have reacted with outrage. Mattis said he met Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir during a conference in Bahrain on Saturday and discussed the killing. You know the same thing we talked about, the need for transparency, full and complete investigation,” Mattis told a small group of reporters traveling to Prague with him.



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Trump adviser says wants U.S.-Russia strategic talks on Chinese threat

Trump adviser says wants U.S.-Russia strategic talks on Chinese threatU.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Friday that the United States wanted to hold strategic talks with Russia about China’s belligerent activity. Bolton made the comments in an interview with Reuters in Tbilisi, the capital of ex-Soviet Georgia, where he was holding talks with senior government officials. Bolton said that Chinese missile capabilities posed a threat to Russia as the “Russian heartland” was in striking distance of such missiles.



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Two Koreas, UN Hold Talks to Disarm Heavily Fortified Border

Two Koreas, UN Hold Talks to Disarm Heavily Fortified BorderSouth Korea’s defense ministry said the meeting at the border village of Panmunjom will focus on landmine removal operations that the two Koreas began undertaking this month and discuss details of disarming and reducing the number of guards at the Joint Security Area. South Korea President Moon Jae-in touted the military pact as a meaningful move to reduce conventional military threats. The meeting comes as the U.S. expressed discontent with South Korea for moving forward with the plans without consulting U.S. officials, who fear such inter-Korea pacts could undermine nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea.



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Saudi delegation in Turkey for talks on missing journalist: source

Saudi delegation in Turkey for talks on missing journalist: sourceA Saudi delegation arrived in Turkey on Friday for talks on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last week at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish diplomatic source told AFP. The source gave no further details but state-run news agency Anadolu said the delegation arrived in the capital Ankara and would have talks with Turkish officials at the weekend.



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Richard Branson Suspends Saudi Talks Over Missing Journalist Khashoggi

Richard Branson Suspends Saudi Talks Over Missing Journalist KhashoggiWashington Post columnist Khashoggi was last seen entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, triggering an allegation by Turkish officials that he may have been murdered there. Saudi officials say Khashoggi left the building unharmed on the same day. “What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government,” Branson said in an Oct. 11 statement posted on the Virgin website.



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Russia begins missile system delivery to Syria, warns West on peace talks

Russia begins missile system delivery to Syria, warns West on peace talksDefence Minister Sergei Shoigu had said on Monday the system would be delivered to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in two weeks despite strong Israeli and United States objections. A week previously, Moscow had accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria. “The delivery started already and as President (Vladimir)Putin said, after that incident … the measures that we will take will be devoted to ensuring 100 percent safety and security of our men,” Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations.



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Brett Kavanaugh talks incessantly about beer

Brett Kavanaugh talks incessantly about beerWhile being questioned by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Supreme Court nominee Brett
Kavanaugh repeatedly mentions beer.



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Striking images captured on 1st day of Korean summit talks

Striking images captured on 1st day of Korean summit talksSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The broadly smiling North and South Korean leaders embrace each other as cheering Pyongyang residents wave fake flowers. The two inspect goose-stepping soldiers and ride together in a convertible Mercedes limousine for a parade. The leaders praise one another for taking the initiative to open a new era of inter-Korean detente.



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