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Russia, China Agree To Take Countermeasures Over US Anti-Ballistic Missile System Deployment
Russia and China have agreed to take countermeasures over deployment of a U.S. anti-ballistic missile system in the Korean Peninsula, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday. The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea to tackle growing nuclear threat from North Korea has left Beijing and Moscow concerned over security in the region.
Trump's offer to Putin: an end to sanctions for nuclear arms cut
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he told The Times of London.
Kremlin counts days to Trump's inauguration, blasts Obama
With eager anticipation, the Kremlin is counting the days to Donald Trump's inauguration and venting its anger at Barack Obama's outgoing administration, no holds barred.
Donald Trump: I'll do a deal with Britain
Donald Trump will offer Britain a quick and 'fair' trade deal with America within weeks of taking office to help make Brexit a 'great thing'.
8 Men as Rich as Half the World
The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.
Syria calls on UN to 'punish' Israel over airport attack
Syria on Friday called on the international community to 'punish' Israel for an apparent missile attack near a major military airport west of Damascus, and accused the US, Britain and France of supporting the assault.
Kerry calls PM from Paris, vows no further UN action
US Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the Paris peace conference, promising to prevent any followup action to a resolution set to be drawn up there on Sunday, either at the confab itself or at the United Nations Security Council.
Palestinians establish embassy at the Vatican
The Palestinian Authority has opened an embassy at the Vatican on the eve of a peace conference meant to revive long-stalled talks with Israel.
Major Powers Warn Israel, PA Against Unilateral Measures Harmful to Peace
Some 70 countries on Sunday reaffirmed that only a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians could resolve the conflict and warned that they would not recognize any unilateral steps taken by either side that could prejudge negotiations.
Inside the United States
Trump Vows 'Insurance for Everybody' in Replacing Obamacare
US President-elect Donald Trump aims to replace Obamacare with a plan that would envisage 'insurance for everyone,' he said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday night.
China Senior Pastor Gu Yuese Re-Arrested in Zhejiang
Pastor Gu Yuese (also known as Joseph Gu) the former pastor of the state-sanctioned Chongyi Church in Zhejiang Province, was formally arrested on 7 January 2017, charged with 'misappropriation of funds.'
Egypt drops case against mob that attacked Christian woman
Egyptian prosecutors have thrown out a case brought by an elderly Christian woman against several members of a Muslim mob who stripped off her clothes and paraded her naked through the streets, her lawyer said Sunday.