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Turkey's lira falls 3 percent, Trump won't take pastor's detention 'sitting down'

17.08.2018 21:09

Turkey's battered lira weakened 3 percent on Friday after a Turkish court rejected an American pastor's appeal for release, drawing a stiff rebuke from President Donald Trump, who said the United States would not take the detention "sitting down".

From: feeds.reuters.com

China complains about Pentagon report, says it is 'pure guesswork'

17.08.2018 20:34

China's Defence Ministry has lodged a complaint with the United States about a Pentagon report that said China's military was likely training for strikes against the United States and its allies, saying it was "pure guesswork".

From: feeds.reuters.com

U.S. judge approves plan to reunite separated immigrant families

17.08.2018 18:26

A federal judge on Friday approved a plan to reunite hundreds more families who were separated by border officials after they entered the United States from Mexico.

From: feeds.reuters.com

U.S. raises $300 million from allies for Syria stabilization

17.08.2018 18:09

The United States said on Friday it had secured $300 million from coalition partners to help stabilize parts of Syria retaken from Islamic State, after President Donald Trump demanded that allies help carry the costs of the war.

From: feeds.reuters.com

U.S.-Mexico bilateral NAFTA issues may be resolved next week: minister

17.08.2018 17:08

Mexico's economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Friday he hopes to conclude by the middle of next week outstanding bilateral issues with the United States surrounding the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

From: feeds.reuters.com

US Sanctions Myanmar Officials For Role in Rohingya 'Atrocities'

17.08.2018 17:04

The United States placed sanctions on four top Myanmar security officials and two of the country's military units on Friday for human rights abuses carried out during the ethnic cleansing on the country's minority Muslim Rohingya communities in the Rakhine state in 2017, according to Politico. The Treasury Department announced the decision a year after the brutal forces prompted more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh. Officials had debated for months over how much to punish Myanmar, where the U.S. previously attempted to nurture democratic reforms, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been deliberating on whether to declare the events as a genocide, The sanctions were...

From: article.wn.com

US intensifies sanctions on Myanmar forces for rights abuses

17.08.2018 16:23

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States intensified its sanctions against Myanmar on Friday, blacklisting four commanders and two units of security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses, said [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

Pentagon Report: China 'Rapidly' Expanding Bomber Training For Strikes On US Targets

17.08.2018 15:43

A new report released by the Pentagon on Thursday said the Chinese military was expanding its bomber operations and was "likely training for strikes" against the United States and its allies, according to The Guardian. The annual report highlighted China's ongoing efforts to increase its global influence through economic and military expansion, including a defense spending budget which has exceeded $190 billion in 2017. “Over the last three years, the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets,” the report said, emphasizing how China has...

From: article.wn.com

US suspends financing for Syria stabilisation projects

17.08.2018 15:33

August 18, 2018 3:33 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said on Friday (Aug 17) it is suspending US$230 million (S$315 million) budgeted for stabilisation projects in Syria, citing the aid pledged by other partners in the coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

From: www.straitstimes.com

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