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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 

Poland demands 98-year-old Michael Karkoc extradited from US to stand trial for participation in crimes against Polish civilians during second world war 

465,000 killed in Syria war since start six years ago, says UK organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 

Trump more thoughtful and intelligent than Obama, asks impressive questions and listens more, according to Afghan ambassador 

Cambodia refuses to pay war debt to US, prime minister Hun Sen says repayment not required since US ruined country with massive bombings 

Bali refuses to cover statues during visit by Saudi king, during state visit in Jakarta naked figures in presidential palace were hidden by cloth and plants 

Wikileaks releases 8,761 documents related to CIA hacking, including information about hijacking home electronics for secret surveillance 

Former Guantánamo prisoner released in 2009 dead in US airstrike in Yemen, at least 30% of former detainees resume terrorist activities according to Pentagon 

Chinese ground troops active in Afghanistan, believed to focus on combatting Uyghur militant group and paving way for Silk Road, US aware and may approve of Chinese presence  

Tony Blair attended secret meeting in White House, offered services as Middle East peace envoy according to The Mail on Sunday sources 

Maldives to sell atoll to Saudi Arabia, India fears worsened security situation if wahhabism is strengthened in Muslim neighbor country 

Jacob Shapiro: Iranian naval exercise shows ability to block Saudi oil exports in case of conflict, country prepares for scenario with increased room for maneuver as US distracted in South China Sea 

Commando raid in Yemen where Navy SEAL lost life did not generate any actionable information says senior official to NBC, White House has previously said raid generated unbelievable amount of intelligence 

SpaceX to take space tourists around moon during 2018, two customers have placed significant deposits says Elon Musk 

20% of species threatened by extinction, can rise to 50% by end of century unless drastic measures taken, say researchers at conference in Vatican 

US considers leaving UN human rights council according to unconfirmed government sources 

UK wants US to join Commonwealth as associate member, Royal Commonwealth Society opens branch in New York to promote plan 

Cardinal Joseph Zen fears Vatican on verge of giving Chinese government power over Christians in country by recognizing regime controlled Catholic Patriotic Association 

Seven planets of which three in habitable zone discovered around dwarf star 39 light-years from Earth, astronomers consider find unique and promise extensive additional studies 

New Zealand judge rules that Kim Dotcom may be extradited to the US to face fraud charges, Dotcom argues that the supreme courts of both countries already ruled that copyright infringement is not fraud 

Islam not source of terrorism according to Angela Merkel, false understanding behind militancy but this can only be said by muslims, German chancellor says 

Syrian president says ban on country's citizens to enter US is for stopping terrorists, not a measure against Syrian people 

WikiLeaks releases documents showing CIA seven-month spying campaign and involvement in the 2012 French presidential election 

Researchers present technological solution to stop sea from rising, millions of wind-powered pumps could refreeze melting Arctic 

Gambia rejoins Commonwealth, Boris Johnson says British influence growing after Brexit vote 

Russian spy ship off US East Coast, deployment of cruise missiles in violation 1987 INF Treaty, may be test of Trump Administration 

Russia deploys cruise missile in violation of 1987 INF Treaty 

Saudi crown prince and interior minister Mohammed bin Nayef awarded CIA medal, claims Arab kingdom denounces terrorism in all forms 

North Korea tests ballistic missile for first time since October, Shinzo Abe condemns during ongoing US visit, Trump expresses total support for Japan 

Central Bank of Germany brings home 300 tons of gold previously stored in New York, has brought back large gold quantities from France and England in the last decades 

UK government tries to plan Trump visit for days when parliament is not in session to avoid president being snubbed from addressing it 

Russia considers turning over Edward Snowden to US as favor to Trump, according to multiple US intelligence sources 

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians protest US and Trump, increased tensions between countries after US president says Iran will face closer scrutiny after recent missile test 

Julian Assange will be asked to leave Ecuador embassy if Guillermo Lasso wins presidential election next week, current government also unhappy with extended stay 

Russia sends 50 SS-21 ballistic missiles to Syria, largest delivery so far according to US sources 

Iranian professor at Italian university arrested on visit to native country, sentenced to death for espionage without trial, to be executed in two weeks 

China foreign minister Wang Yi tones down tension with US, says both sides would lose in conflict and neither side can afford this 

Belarus mobilizes after Russia introduces border controls on previously unguarded border between countries, tensions between countries has increased after Belarusian President Lukashenko approached EU and made several anti-Russian statements 

Anonymous hacks darknet-hosting service Freedom Hosting II, claims 50% of hosted content was child porn, all data available for download excluding child porn but including 381,000 email addresses 

China has shredded confidence by demanding veto over neighboring states, says US defense minister Mattis at Tokyo news conference, as of yet no need for military rather than diplomatic maneuvers 

Iran conducts new missile test after earlier test causes Trump to impose new sanctions, promises own sanctions against US individuals and companies 

Controversial philosopher Alexander Dugin instrumental to restoring relations between Russia and Turkey, claims to be more outspoken as spider in web without formal position 

EU gives Libya increased financial support and assistance with border control to curb migrant wave, Italy signs separate agreement with country and offers EUR 200 million  

Trump demands Israel ceases settlement announcements, says unilateral action undermines his ambition to make two-state solution reality 

Theresa May criticizes 16 Muslim countries for Israeli citizen entry ban 

Ikea wants to sell textiles made by Syrian refugees, rugs and other products to be available in Middle Eastern markets by 2019 

US and NATO reinforcement of troops and tanks in eastern Europe is not just training excercise but sharp message to Russia, according to Ben Hodges, general of US troops in Europe 

Trump prefers bilateral treaties over multilateral, repositions Great Britain over EU, Brexit and Trump part of national and global regime change, according to Eurointelligence 

Nine Venezuelan converts allowed to stay in Israel after authorities find compromise – must undergo repeat Conservative conversion and join an established religious community 

Russia builds three new nuclear-powered icebreakers, recreates Arctic military presence with a focus on conventional warfare rather than nuclear weapons during the Soviet period, is seen as part of the competition for Arctic oil 

China will overtake US in nuclear capacity by 2026 according to report by BMI, 20 reactors under construction, 176 more planned 

Russian businessman Anton Bakov wishes to install Russian royal family Romanov on islands in Kiribati, whose government is now seriously considering his proposal 

US special forces kill 57 persons in attack on what is said to be al-Qaeda's headquarters in Yemen, an eight-year girl dies 

People's Liberation Army claims increased risk of war between the US and China, more warning than a show of strength according to expert at Eurasia Group 

US defense minister James Mattis expected to confirm Senkaku islands covered by security treaty, says Yomiuri Shimbun sources, reaction to increased Chinese activity in area welcomed by Japan as more clear message from Trump than during campaign 

World governments increasingly corrupt according to Transparency International and Economist Intelligence Unit, only 24 countries has increased score since last yearly measurement 

Palestinian Authority claims to have received Obama's last minute USD 221 million payment despite Trump's attempt to stop it 

Israel, Cyprus and Greece sign agreement on tourism, agriculture and innovation 

Japanese jets intercept three Russian military planes approaching Japanese border 

William Baulch: Support for Libya general Hifter may be Putin's next foreign policy move, would be ideal proxy to build power in North Africa 

Theresa May promises US and UK will stop invading small resource-rich countries in order to reform them, calls policy of predecessor Blair failed liberal interventionism 

Mikhail Gorbachev warns world is on path toward major war, asks Trump and Putin to use UN Security Council to declare nuclear war unacceptable 

Respect for "One China" principle requirement for solution oriented dialogue with US according to foreign minister Wang Yi 

Knights of Malta Grand Master Matthew Festing resigns at request of Pope Francis in wake of conflict between Vatican and chivalric order formed in 11th century 

China claims irrefutable sovereignty over disputed artificial islands in South China Sea, responding to US vow to defend international territories 

Israel gives green light to building of 2,500 new settler homes on West Bank, suspected to be encouraged by Trump's friendly attitude toward Israel 

US aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush sets sail to assist fight against IS terrorists, was delayed six months due to budget cuts 

Trump signs executive order withdrawing US from trade deal TPP fulfilling campaign pledge 

Danish government gets parliament approval to send 60 special forces troops to US-led operation against IS terrorists in Syria 

US kills 100 in air strikes in northern Syria, victims said to be al-Qaida members 

Russia extends Snowden's asylum to 2020, soon qualifying him to apply for citizenship 

Kamran Bokhari: Russia's cooperation with the Taliban new phenomenon, interested in stabilizing region for its own safety but also part of power play with US 

Large decline in Chinese tourism to Paris due to increased crime and violence — Russia, Italy and Spain becoming more popular alternatives 

First freight train traveling new Silk Road from China to London arrives after 12,000 km 18-day journey, transporting clothes and other retail goods 

Taiwan delegation to attend Trump's inauguration despite China's opposition and declarations that Tramp undermines Sino-US relations 

American force of about 300 marines deployed in Norway, Russia questions Oslo's decision and demands explanation 

Russia plans to upgrade and expand its air and naval bases in Syria 

Chinese state media warn that US confrontation over newly built islands in South China Sea will have devastating consequences, respond to Rex Tillerson’s statement on preventing Chinese access to islands 

US funds tens of thousands of Afghan ghost soldiers and officials, says audit authority and concludes that despite enormous costs situation in country is deteriorating 

US destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian naval vessels in Strait of Hormuz, were headed towards the destroyer at high speed, unacceptable behavior says White House spokesperson 

Iran receives 130 tons of uranium from Russia, can be used to produce nuclear weapons, delivery is not contravening agreement with Iran say US diplomats 

US has paid 10 billion USD to Iran since nuclear agreement, says Iran, Obama administration accused of playing down cost 

Iran's intelligence services planned to assassinate German Social Democrat politician and Israel advocate on German soil, appointed prosecuted Pakistani assassin employed by German Space Agency 

5,000 square kilometer iceberg close to breaking away from Antarctica, would be one of the ten greatest ever recorded 

US intelligence releases declassified report with accusations of claimed Russian influence campaign against DNC and US election, doesn't release sources 

Largest US transport of combat vehicles since Cold War arrives in Germany, US also sends Blackhawk, Apache and Chinook helicopters to face Russian aggression 

Representatives of Ovaherero and Nama peoples file class action suit against Germany, claim colonial regime committed genocide between 1904 and 1905 in modern-day Namibia 

Obama administration sold weapons for over USD 200 billion, most since World War 2, majority to Middle East with Saudi Arabia as main importer 

Venezuela Jews leave for Israel, flee from poverty, crime and anti-Semitism 

1,100 African migrants storm border crossing to Spanish exclave of Ceuta, all stopped, five Spanish and 50 Moroccan policemen injured 

Saudi Arabia world's top importer of arms with annual imports of 13 billion USD, India and Pakistan second and third with 11.1 and 7.2 billion, according to US Congress report