State Department: US, Russia Agree to Continue Diplomacy Over N. Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have “agreed to continue to work toward a diplomatic solution to achieve a denuclearized Korean peninsula,” the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. A U.S. statement said the two spoke by phone Tuesday to discuss concerns related to North Korea’s “destabilizing nuclear program and emphasized… Please follow and like us:

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Catalonia independence: As it happens

Catalonia’s parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday in defiance of the central government, in Madrid. The Spanish government responded by approving direct rule in the breakaway region. The vote by the upper house on Article 155 allows Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to rule Catalonia directly. Below all the latest updates on Friday’s declaration and… Please follow and like us:

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US State Department Explores Blockchain Tools

The U.S. State Department is exploring how blockchain technology could simplify all kinds of bureaucracy. “We’re interested to learn whether blockchain technology can have direct applications to many of the key features of our proposed redesign,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said Tuesday at a blockchain forum in Washington D.C., according to CoinDesk. Secretary… Please follow and like us:

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Putin Defends Massive Cut in US Diplomatic Staff in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending his massive cut in the size of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia, saying it had waited long enough for relations with Washington to improve. Putin said he had hoped “the situation would perhaps change for the better. But it seems that even if the situation is changing, it is… Please follow and like us:

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Rex Tillerson to meet with Qatar emir and FM in Doha

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to hold talks with Qatar’s emir and foreign minister on the second leg of his four-day trip to the Gulf to help seek a resolution to the ongoing GCC crisis. The US State Department said Tillerson would meet with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at 8:30… Please follow and like us:

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Trade, terrorism top initial meeting between Trump and Modi

Washington (dpa) – US President Donald Trump welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House on Monday, saying he looks forward to working with Modi and India in a “reciprocal” relationship. The meeting was the first face-to-face talks between the current leaders of the world’s largest democracies. “After our meetings today I will say… Please follow and like us:

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DIPLOMACY – Merkel’s blunt speech sparks fears of rupture in transatlantic pact

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that a major geostrategic shift may be under way when she told a Munich rally on Sunday that Europe must fight “for our destiny” in the wake of Brexit and an apparent US withdrawal from the world stage. Speaking to some 2,500 supporters at an election rally in Munich, Merkel said… Please follow and like us:

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South Korea Rejects Trump’s $1 Billion THAAD Demand

The South Korean government has quickly refuted U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for Seoul to pay $1 billion for the THAAD missile defense system. The Defense Ministry put out a statement Friday saying, “There is no change in South Korea and the United States’ position that our government provides the land and supporting facilities and the… Please follow and like us:

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