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Unesco: Israel joins US in quitting UN heritage agency over ‘anti-Israel bias’

Trump administration has been preparing for a withdrawal from world heritage body for months, which Israeli PM praises as brave and moral decision The United States has formally notified the UNs world heritage body Unesco that it is withdrawing its membership of the organisation citing continuing anti-Israel bias. The announcement […]

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Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne

The sectarian terror group wont be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday MI6 had cooperated with the CIA […]

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Trump trade investigation will ‘poison’ relations with China, media warns

The president is expected to order the probe on Monday despite the risk of angering Beijing amid the North Korea nuclear standoff Donald Trumps decision to order an investigation into allegedly unfair Chinese trade practices will poison relations between the two countries, a state-run newspaper has said. Trump is expected

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‘We lost our houses, our cars, our men’: call to protect Mosul civilians

Human rights organisations call for Iraqi government to protect innocent people and investigate civilian deaths Mosuls civilians remain at grave risk and have endured a catastrophic ordeal, human rights organisations have said as they urge the Iraqi government to take steps to protect innocent people and investigate large-scale civilian deaths […]

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North Korea: US and its allies face shortage of good options

Pyongyangs latest missile test has revived calls to deal with Kim Jong-un. But all possible strategies carry huge risks North Koreas all options are on the table for blocking its nuclear weapons programme. Talk of a surgical strike often surfaces when politicians are contemplating military intervention in conflicts or troubled […]

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The Guardian view on North Korea: burgers not bombs | Editorial

Editorial: Pyongyangs latest missile launch is a potent reminder that little time is left to slow the Norths weapons programme. Talks are unpalatable but necessary The prospect of sitting down to hamburgers with Kim Jong-un, as aired by Donald Trump, is not appetising. But North Koreas latest missile launch should […]

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Trump’s stance on North Korea missile defence ‘chaotic’, says Seoul media

Editorials betray confusion over mixed messages from White House and Pentagon on who should pay for $1bn Thaad system The South Korean media has accused Donald Trump of weakening bilateral security ties at a time of South Korea – a key US ally in the Asia-Pacific should foot the $1bn […]

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Iran nuclear deal: Rex Tillerson accuses Tehran of ‘alarming provocations’

Secretary of state talks tough to launch a review of the 2015 agreement that Trump called the worst ever The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has accused Iran of alarming ongoing provocations to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy […]

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Is business starting to get spooked about Donald Trump? | Larry Elliott

After his U-turns at home and Dr Strangelove-style antics abroad, markets and investors are supposing that the president is making it up as he goes along China is not gaining an unfair trade advantage through the manipulation of its currency. The kindest interpretation of this latest flip-flop is that Trump […]

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