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China expands ambitious Silk Road project with Arctic strategy, new route could cut distance to Europe by a third 

Total world population expected to be slightly less than 10 billion in 2050, Nigeria has fastest growth and becomes third most populous country, India to overtake China in seven years 

Bavarian boys, 13 and 14 years old, suspected for firing plastic bullets from toy gun toward Thai king Rama X during the latter's vacation in Germany, king was hit while biking and was not injured 

Canadian sniper breaks world record by killing IS terrorist from 3,540 meters using McMillan TAC-50 rifle  

Trump launches intensive mediation efforts in Middle East by sending son-in-law Jared Kushner to hold peace talks between Israel and Palestine 

US student Otto Warmbier dies after North Korea imprisonment, was returned in coma, previously sentenced to forced labor after stealing poster 

Microsoft and Accenture launch blockchain-based proof of identity for refugees using both biometrical and personal information 

Lockheed Martin working in India with local industrial giant Tata to manufacture F-16 jets, expects large order from government of India 

UN issues warning that Israeli army exacerbates the Syrian war by steady and increasingly large support to Syrian rebels 

Russia vows to track and treat US planes as targets in Syria following the downing of Syrian ditto, suspends hotline between the two powers 

EU stopped from criticizing China's crackdown on dissidents in UN after Greek veto — Greece says condemnation not constructive, recent Chinese investments crucial for country's slow economy 

US shoots down Syrian army jet in Raqqa province and calls measure collective self-defense of rebels, attack undermines struggle against IS terrorists according to Syria's army 

Australia pulls out last three police officers serving with UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, prioritizes counterterrorism and missions closer to home 

Increasing number of asylum seekers in Germany goes on vacation to countries they claim to have fled from, many trips paid for by German tax payers 

US expected to send another 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, current figure of about 10,000 a tenth of peak during Obama administration 2009 

Panama cuts long-standing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establishes relations with China in what is described as coup, only 20 countries now have relations with Taiwan 

American special forces provide technical assistance in Filipino battle against 200 IS-affiliated militants holed up for three weeks with up to 1,000 civilians in part of Marawi City, cooperation significant as Duterte earlier vowed to eject US military trainers and advisers 

Conservative libertarianism growing faster than progressive, Sweden has unusually large and radical liberty movement, come to Coraxconf on Malta and listen to Hans-Hermann Hoppe, says Martin Eriksson in interview with Jeff Deist at Mises.org 

Rex Tillerson urges Gulf countries to ease blockade on Qatar, says restrictions have humanitarian consequences and are harmful to US business activities 

Saudi Arabia national soccer team refuses to line up for minute's silence during match against Australia, was supposed to honor victims of London terrorist attack where two Australian citizens were killed, claims minute of silence is not in keeping with Saudi culture 

EU gives EUR 50 million to African joint military force with mission to combat jihadists in Sahel region, multiple Islamist groups active in area 

George Friedman: Diplomacy will not solve conflict between North Korea and US, Kim Jong-un will not accept American nuclear observers and China is not an adequate arbitrator 

Identitarian group raises over GBP 50,000 to pay for boats disrupting vessels picking up migrants in Mediterranean 

Russia close to selling air-defense system to Turkey, relations between countries improving even though some Russian sanctions remain in place 

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing country of supporting terrorism and extremist groups 

Australia, Japan, India and Vietnam seek to increase co-operation and bolster informal alliances according to diplomats, want to counter Chinese influence if US withdraws 

Vietnam buys US power generation technology and aircraft engines worth USD 8 billion after White House visit, General Electric and Caterpillar benefit from deal, strengthens trade relations between countries 

George Friedman: US prepares for war against North Korea, military build up in area significant, most likely outcome is war between countries after a few weeks of quiet diplomacy 

British Airways global system outage results in massive queues and delayed flights, no evidence of cyber attack according to the company 

Former Ethiopian health minister Tedros Adhanom first African to be assigned leader of WHO, chosen over doctors from UK and Pakistan 

Saudi Arabia and UAE donate USD 100 million to World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs inspired by Ivanka Trump 

Duterte on five-day trip to Russia to meet his favourite hero Putin and seek military support in struggle against Islamic militants, move could steer Philippine foreign policy course further away from longtime ally US 

Eleven countries with Canada at forefront seek to continue controversial TPP negotiations after US pulled out in January, both Japan and New Zealand willing to revive deal 

Svalbard global seed vault leaked water near entrance, renovation and decreased number of visitors to keep seeds safe in future 

China killed or imprisoned as many as 20 US intelligence sources from 2010 to 2012 following massive intelligence breach, investigators split over how the information leaked, according to the New York Times 

Putin pledges to send several thousand tons of wheat each month to Venezuela following phone call with Maduro, according to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry 

Macron visits Mali and vows to escalate France's military operations in country to counter Islamists, urges Germany and other European nations to help with military and development aid 

Trump renews Obama's sanctions relief against Iran, previously called deal worst ever, US companies can keep doing business with Iran 

Nick Turse: US military quietly expanding presence in Africa, carrying out 100 missions at any given time — 17% of all American commandos stationed in the region, up from 1% ten years ago 

US supplies the Afghan military with 159 refurbished Black Hawk helicopters as part of four-year program, considered necessary to break current deadlock in the country 

Lewis Tallon: Despite reduced tensions in Libya country is still divided and in disarray, dysfunctional governments supported by different foreign powers and Trump's ambiguous attitude will cause uncertainty in years to come 

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura denies Syria peace talks being irrelevant despite criticism from both Assad and opposition 

Extensive cyber attack against tens of thousands of organizations in dozens of countries, many hospitals among the affected, exploit used part of information leaked from NSA 

Russia offers life line to Cuba with advantageous oil deal, necessary when previous supplier Venezuela collapses 

US in talks with Saudi Arabia on contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales ahead of Trump's visit to kingdom say sources to Reuters, deal includes laser-guided bombs despite previous concerns over civilian casualties in Yemen 

Vatican and Myanmar establish full diplomatic relations, important step for normalization of Asian country, happening despite Pope Francis previously criticizing treatment of Rohingya people 

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to create four safe zones in Syria to enable delivery of aid, rebel delegates refuse to sign document and storm out of meeting in protest 

Russia-Turkey relations restored to normalcy according to Putin, economic sanctions after Russian fighter jet was shot down repealed and trade is growing 

First legal cannabis import to Australia completed, delivery from Canada to benefit children with epilepsy and cancer patients 

FBI interpreter defects from mission, travels to Syria and marries German IS terrorist Abu Talha al-Almani instead of investigating him, new husband is successful IS recruiter and former rap artist 

Trump considers increase military presence in Afghanistan, speculation about 3,000 to 5,000 troops as advisors in war against Taliban and unspecified number of special forces to fight IS terrorists and al-Qaeda 

Trump invites Duterte to visit White House after telephone call which was reportedly cheerful and positive for relationship between countries 

Montenegro parliament votes unanimously to approve NATO membership, pro-Russian parliamentarians boycott vote, represents historic shift of alliances toward West 

Relations thaw between US and Argentina after old acquaintances Trump and Macri meet in White House, increased cooperation for crime-fighting planned but not economic support assumed sought by Macri 

Bill by Russian politician proposes turning Crimea into tax haven, would allow anonymous wealth management, exceptions from banking licenses and fast track to citizenship, inspired by Delaware and British Virgin Islands 

US troops deployed to northern Syria close to Turkish border days after Turkish air force kills US backed kurds 

US plans relocation 4,000 of 19,000 marines from Japanese island Okinawa to US territory Guam, move planned for 2020-2024 and is welcomed by locals 

Turkey blocks Wikipedia, multiple versions of the site unavailable for users from multiple ISPs 

South Korea refuses pay whole cost of missile defense system THAAD as demanded by Trump, refers to agreement where US pledged to bear part of cost 

Jacob Shapiro: Upheavals in Middle East sign of Islamist awakening rather than Arab spring, protests not orchestrated by liberal idealists but by groups which preferred Islam instead of artificial nation-states 

PM of Belgium regret country's participation in electing Saudi Arabia to UN women's rights commission, says mistake committed due to insufficient internal discussion 

US increases diplomatic pressure on North Korea and tightens sanctions in order to prevent new missile tests, strategy announced after special meeting with senators 

IMF drops pledge to fight protectionism from closing note of spring meetings in Washington, members instead promise to jointly fight trade imbalances 

Saudi Arabia elected to UN Commission on the Status of Women after secret ballot, like making arsonist town fire chief according to UN Watch director who estimates five EU countries supported result 

US State Department approves support for Peshmerga, two infantry brigades and two artillery battalions to be fully outfitted for USD 295.6 million pending approval from Congress 

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Interventionists unable to learn from mistakes since they are not themselves affected, while warlords throughout history have died in battle today's hawks sit in air-conditioned offices and let innocents in Middle East pay the price 

Daniel Larison: US participation in Saudi operations against Yemen a monstrous war crime, contributes to famine and creates new enemies, disgusting that Trump kills innocents in attempt to counter Iran 

Erdoğan claims victory in Turkish constitutional referendum, will dramatically increase power of presidency 

France's foreign minister Ayrault visits Uzbekistan and emphasizes need to strengthen security cooperation in light of terrorist attacks in Saint Petersburg and Stockholm, says both countries have issues linked to Islamism 

US sends dozens of soldiers to Somalia, will train forces fighting al-Shabab, first time regular US troops deployed in country since 1994 

US greenlights Montenegro NATO membership, does not invite collision with Russia according to John McCain but necessary to resist Russian aggression 

US attacks IS terrorists in Afghanistan with MOAB, largest non-nuclear bomb in arsenal, used to destroy tunnels in Nangarhar province 

George Friedman: US will keep intervening in Middle East during foreseeable future, lacks military resources for stabilization but admitting impossibility of success is politically impossible 

Trump reverses position on NATO, says alliance is no longer obsolete after talking to Jens Stoltenberg 

Satellite images suggest North Korea prepares for nuclear weapons test as neighboring countries heighten readiness and US increases naval presence 

Russia and India to inaugurate transport corridor between countries, shortens transit times from 40 to 23 days 

Symantec identifies cyber attacks conducted with CIA tools exposed by Wikileaks, at least 40 attacks against government organizations in 16 countries 

North Korean coal ship en route to China returns on Chinese request, may be way to appease Trump administration after pressure to act against neighbor, sanctions ordered due to intensified missile tests 

Further US attacks on Syria will be met with force by Russia and Iran according to joint statement, missile attack constituted crossing of red line 

US Navy moves strike group with aircraft carrier to Korean peninsula, says increased presence necessary due to provocations from North Korea 

Russia becomes first country to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, part of two-state solution where eastern Jerusalem becomes capital of Palestinian state 

Russia suspends 2015 memorandum on exchanging flight information with US to avoid incidents in Syria 

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says Assad will some day stand trial for war crimes, complains that Russia and China blocks related UN resolutions 

US attacks Syrian air base with 59 cruise missiles in response to alleged nerve gas attack – Rex Tillerson tells Putin to carefully consider his support for Assad 

US withdraws financial support to UN Population Fund accusing agency of backing programs in China that include forced abortion and involuntary sterilization 

SpaceX launches and lands re-used Falcon 9 rocket successfully 

US will no longer focus on ousting Bashar al-Assad says country's UN ambassador Haley, will instead seek to counter Iran's influence in Syria and cooperate with Turkey to find long term solution to conflict 

Volkswagen cars fixed after "diesel gate" reported to lose performance and torque with increased fuel consumption, Volkswagen claims only 0.02% of its customers are dissatisfied 

Israel reduces yearly contribution to UN with another USD 2 million in protest against hostile resolutions, has decreased payments by almost 70% during 2017 

UN investigators Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp found executed and buried in central Congo-Kinshasa according to Congolese government, were kidnapped by unknown group earlier this month 

123 countries launch UN conference to negotiate nuclear ban, declared nuclear powers oppose effort led by among others Sweden, South Africa and Brazil – important initiative in light of current situation says Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström 

Europeans will not be safe anywhere unless diplomatic crisis is solved, says Erdoğan 

Pope Francis visits Egypt to participate in interreligious meeting with Coptic pope of Alexandria and representatives of Al-Azhar, will focus on improving relations between religions  

US deploys battalion of 1,100 soldiers to northeast Poland from April to deter Russian aggression in area 

China takes larger role in Middle East political games, invites Netanyahu for meeting three days after talks with Saudi king Salman 

Turkey inaugurates Somalia military base in April to train local forces, is one of largest sponsors of fight against Islamist terror in East Africa 

Trump continues Obama strategy for Africa and Middle East, increases presence of special forces rather than deploying regular ones 

Islam world's fastest growing religion, followers expected to surpass Christians by 2070 

Laurenz Gehrke: Russia's alleged increasing involvement in Libya a distraction, presence in North Africa not motivated by strategic interests but by opportunity to depict country as powerful nation on world stage 

Saudi Arabia says meeting between Trump and Mohammed bin Salman is historic turning point for relations between countries due to new US line on Iran, positive attitude of Trump and clarifications about Islam