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US has military activity in 76 countries as part of War on Terror, according to Brown University's Costs of War Project

North Korea world's worst persecutor of Christians for 16th consecutive year, Afghanistan not far behind followed by Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan, according to annual ranking by Open Doors

Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship but Ecuador request for diplomat accreditation dismissed by UK, initiative intended to confer legal immunity allowing him to leave Britain without being arrested

Lachlan Colquhoun: Australia may have to end balancing act between Washington and Beijing as China threatens to cut economic ties if military alliance with US continues

209 African migrants breach heavily fortified border between Morocco and Spanish exclave Melilla after more than 300 attempt storming, one police officer and four migrants who reached Spain injured

US freezes USD 125 million in annual funding for United Nations Relief and Works Agency after Palestine suspended contact with Trump administration due to recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel, considers cutting another USD 55 million, according to three diplomats to news site Axios

US suspends security assistance to Pakistan until country takes action against Afghan Talibans and the Haqqani network, aid covers transfers of military equipment as well as reimbursements for counterterrorism operations and is said to amount to more than USD 255 million

Britain exploring becoming TPP member after Brexit, would be first member without Pacific Ocean or South China Sea borders

Israel gives African migrants 90 days to leave country for homeland or third country with up to USD 3,500 payment or face imprisonment, children, elderly people and slavery victims exempted, 38,000 illegal migrants claimed to be in country of which majority from Eritrea and Sudan

Guatemala to move embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after being one of nine countries to vote against UN condemnation of US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital

U.S. announces USD 285 million cut in in 2018-19 UN operating budget, ambassador Nikki Haley comments that ”the inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known” and that they ”will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked”

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz urges EU to consider establishing militarily backed safe areas in refugees' countries of origin and end migrant quota system, says forcing states to accept migrants won't take Europe further

Denmark halts aid to 14 out of 24 Palestinian organizations after internal investigation shows money used to promote terrorism, sets stricter conditions for future aid, investigation launched after women's center named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi

Ankara's mayor orders preparations to rename street where UAE embassy is located to honor former Ottoman commander Fahreddin Paşa, action in response to UAE embassador retweeting accusations of Ottoman forces stealing money and manuscripts during WWI

UNHCR premiers bringing African migrants from Libya to Europe, flies 110 women and children to Italy by military plane, aims to evacuate 10,000 migrants during 2018

Trump expected to announce approval of plan to sell 210 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine according to ABC News sources, US "in a certain sense crossed the line" according to Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov

Unprecedented amount of Russian deep-sea activity, especially around undersea internet lines, according to NATO officials

US reported to prepare limited "bloody nose" strike against North Korea, considering attack on launch site or intercepting next missile test

19 people injured when car enters crowd in Melbourne, Afghan driver with Australian citizenship arrested by police

Japan and UK agree to work on defence projects and to hold joint military exercises during 2018 in order to maintain free and open Indo-Pacific region, seen as another step in creating semi-alliance between countries

US claims missile fired by Houthi rebels at Saudi Arabia was made in Iran, proof that Tehran provides weaponry to proxies and partners in region in violation of UN resolution according to Pentagon

US recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Trump orders state department to begin preparations to move country's embassy

Yemen's ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by Houthi rebels two days after declaring that he wanted dialogue with Saudi Arabia, development expected to have major implications for war in country

Hawaii first US state to test alarm for nuclear weapons since the Cold War, when attacked, people have 20 minutes to take shelter, the test will be performed first weekday of each month

China to send special forces to Syria to aid Syrian government in fight against Islamic East Turkistan Movement in Damascus countryside according to Russian statement, group thought to be allied with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and has been declared as terrorist organization by US

Serbia starts new railroad construction for high-speed trains between Belgrade and Budapest, financed by China through loans of almost EUR 300 million

Opposition accuses Greece's leftist government of planning to illegally sell missiles and bombs to Saudi Arabia with help of private arms dealers

Camp Humphreys new US military base 80 kilometers south of Seoul, capacity for 36,000 soldiers, relatives and civilian contractors, part of strategy to focus efforts on Korean Peninsula, missile defense via nearby Osan base

Cuban President Raúl Castro meets North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho amid hopes that Havana could convince Pyongyang to avert showdown with US

India cancels order of anti-tank missiles from Israel, wants to strengthen local defence industries

PLO vows to suspend all communication with US if diplomatic office in Washington is closed by Trump administration

Trump calls elephant hunting horror show, postpones decision on whether to review import ban on big-game trophies

UN considers ban on military robots and other automated weapons, proposal follows statement by Elon Musk

Pope Francis condemns possession of nuclear weapons and says resources could be used instead to protect environment and help poor, goes further than previous popes who accepted holding arsenals solely to deter other countries from using them

Cloud of radioactice nuclide ruthenium 106 detected over Europe, harmless levels but material does not occur naturally, accidental spill from some medical facility near the Urals suspected by French scientists

Increasing US presence in Afghanistan as number of civilian casualites is on the rise, 205 deaths during nine first months of 2017 which is 52% increase since last year

Agreement with France enables independence referendum in New Caledonia in 2018, could be first French territory to break away since Vanuatu in 1980

CIA publishes 321 GB of data from raid against Osama bin Laden, including his personal diary, cannot guarantee it's free from malware

US delivers two A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Lebanon, plans to invest over USD 160 million in Lebanese army during current year

Russia signs deal worth USD 20 billion to build two nuclear power plants in Nigeria through state-owned company Rosatom, discussions in Ghana and South Africa ongoing

Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev prepares official switch from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet, underlining independence from Russia, lanugage used Arabic letters before Soviet Union ordered switching alphabets in 1920s and 1940

Pope Francis warns of climate change at environmental conference in Rome, hopes for quick and effective solutions for people in vulnerable countries

1.1 billion people do not exist in public registers, the group consists primarily of Africans and Asians and one third children

Taiwan and the United States agree not to build an additional set of six satellites for the FormoSat-7 program due to funding issues

Jason C. Ditz: Death of four American soldiers in Niger reveals attempt to hide intervention, Pentagon's habit of defining troops to be advisors enables worldwide military deployments

World Health Organization appoints Robert Mugabe to goodwill ambassador, hopes he will use role to influence other leaders in region

US wants to deepen cooperation with India and offers help to strengthen country's defense capabilities, discussions ongoing about creating alternatives to Chinese infrastructure financing in East Asia according to Secretary of State Tillerson

The Kobe Steel certificate scandal deepens as employees claim quality falsification has been ongoing since the 1970s, several investigations launched towards the company around the world

Marc Faber resigns from multiple boards after newsletter remarks on American history deemed racist, the investor commented “if stating some historical facts makes me a racist, then I suppose that I am a racist”

Russia to introduce state-controlled cryptocurrency according to communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov, 13% tax when exchanging if unless one can prove where the money comes from, blockchain based, but cannot be mined by anyone

Around 100 IS terrorists have surrendered since Friday in Raqqa – city possibly liberated within days according to YPG spokesman, US more cautious concerning timeframe

Hans-Hermann Hoppe: Non-aggression principle not enough to establish or maintain libertarian society, must be complemented by conservative values, realism, common sense and a populist strategy [video]

German foreign minister Gabriel warns Trump that withdrawing from Iran nuclear agreement "will drive us Europeans into a common position with Russia and China against the USA"

The US and Israel leave UN agency UNESCO, the US refers to anti-Israeli bias and the need for comprehensive reform, Israel prays its closest allied

Belgium suspends all school projects in Palestine after school built with Brussels' aid renamed in honor of mass-murdering terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, spokesman says country "unequivocally condemns the glorification of terrorist attacks"

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN for drawing attention to their catastrophic humanitarian consequences and for its efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition, the Norwegian Nobel Committee calls upon nuclear-armed states to initiate serious negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons in the world

Saudi Arabia's king Salman visits Russia with 1,000-strong delegation, first official visit by Saudi monarch results in lucrative deals including arms sales and investments in energy projects

Turkey opens military base in Mogadishu where up to 1,000 Somali soldiers can be trained at a time, base cost USD 50 million to build and is Turkey's biggest overseas military compound

Elon Musk proposes using rocket designed for Mars travel for traveling between places on Earth, under an hour flight regardless of destination, cost comparable to commercial flight

Average US taxpayer has paid nearly USD 7,500 to fund wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria since 9/11, according to Pentagon budget data

3.4 magnitude earthquake registered in north-eastern North Korea according to China Earthquake Networks Center, presumed artificial explosion as epicenter matches recent nuclear test location

U.S sends 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to bolster Afghan army in fight against the Taliban, al-Qaeda and IS terrorists, brings total number of U.S. troops in country to over 11,000

UK sells 24 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole combat aircraft to Qatar, Britain’s Ministry of Defence hopes sale will help enhance security on Arabian Peninsula

Erdoğan says Turkey will hold high-level security meeting to mull response over planned Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq, accuses region's leaders of "serious political inaptitude" for going ahead with vote

North Korea fires ICBM over northern Hokkaido – missile traveled 3,700 km in 19 minutes, enough to reach Guam according to South Korea’s military

US Department of Homeland Security issues directive to all federal departments to identify, plan for and remove all products from Kaspersky Lab within 90 days, expected to be a national security risk as company is russian and might have similar connections to russian state as it's american dito

Netanyahu says Israel supports Kurdish secession efforts as Iraqi Kurds gear up for independence referendum opposed by Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria

Heckler & Koch stops selling arms to war zones, corrupt countries and non-democracies, promises to keep delivering to NATO-equivalent countries

Syria says Israeli jets hit military base with rockets fired from Lebanese airspace, two soldiers killed, chemical weapons production facility also hit in attack according to unconfirmed Arab media reports, no comment from Israel

UN report concludes that Syrian government was behind Sarin attack in Khan Sheikhoun in April, conclusion is based on 43 witness interviews, satellite imagery and assumption that other explanations are improbable

USA orders Russia to close its San Francisco consulate together with offices in Washington and New York, next step in escalation of the diplomatic conflict between the countries

Pentagon admits that US has close to 11,000 soldiers in Afghanistan and not 8,400 which has been official number, similar review pending for Syria and Iraq as Obama administration's troop cap kept public count artificially low

Sea Shepherds announces that they will give up their attempts to thwart Japanese whale research in the south Pacific Ocean, claims the Japanese Navy is conspiring against the organisation, promises to instead develop alternative strategies to stop future research expeditions

Muslim persecution of Christians a global problem, compilation from April shows violence, hatred and vandalization of Christian symbols worldwide

Lithuania buys natural gas from the US, pays higher price but assumes political gains weigh up economic loss when Vilnius wishes to cement relationship with the superpower

US increases military presence in Afghanistan with several thousand paratroopers according to Fox News source, Trump says strategy should not be limited by arbitrary timetables

Five injured and ten missing after US destroyer USS John S McCain collides with oil tanker outside Singapore

Sri Lanka tops global torture referrals list for sixth year running with 230 cases in 2016, runner-up Iran with 140 cases, according to Freedom from Torture summary report

German NGO Sea-Eye follows Doctors Without Borders in suspending working off Libyan coast after country starts barring foreign vessels from entering stretch of water, organization claims to have handled 12,000 persons in area since April 2016

Phillip Orchard: Japan slowly but surely remilitarizing motivated by China’s ability to threaten it from further afield, supported by U.S. but might be hindered by Abe's lack of capital due to dwindling support

Trump says military option one of many available for dealing with Venezuela, Venezuelan defense minister Padrino calls threat act of "craziness"

North Korea says carefully examining using ballistic missile Hwasong-12 to strike American military bases on Guam

Russian FM Lavrov says Russia and U.S. ready to continue complex issues dialogue despite bilateral tensions, statement following meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson in Manila

China's foreign minister Wang Yi urges North Korea to stop nuclear and missile tests, and US and South Korea not to increase tensions

U.S. formally leaves Paris climate agreement, will continue to participate in UN climate meetings during expected three year withdrawal process, opens up to staying in agreement if terms renegotiated to better suit country

London’s High Court dismisses Iraqi general's bid to prosecute Tony Blair for invading Iraq in 2003, claims there is "no prospect" of the case succeeding as "crime of aggression" not recognised in English law

Russia orders U.S. to slash staff at its diplomatic missions in Russia by 755 in retaliation for new sanctions approved by Congress, Putin says he hopes no further steps necessary

North Korea successfully test-fires second intercontinental ballistic missile, analyst says that if reported flight data is correct the ICBM could reach Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago

Nicaragua sues U.S. for USD 17 billion for damages and interference in 1980s Nicaraguan civil war, measure comes in response to new Nica Act sanctions unanimously approved by US Foreign Relations Committee

Russia and China will have joint military drill in the Baltic Sea at the end of July, want to strengthen the cooperation between the states

More than 2,300 civilians killed by Coalition strikes overseen by Trump in Iraq and Syria, averaging to over four times more per month than under Obama, shows in part brutal final stages of Raqqa and Mosul battles but also indications that civilian protections have lessened under Trump, according to Airwars research

EU allows member countries to ban export of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya when thinking they will be used by human traffickers, measure not to be applied to fishermen and others with legitimate needs

Sweden ranked first in Oxfam's equality index that measures politicians trying to reduce the gap in wealth between rich and poor, social spending, progressive taxation and workers' rights three key areas, Sweden didn't come first in any of the key areas

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says Catholic church "on the verge of capsizing" in speech at conservative Cardinal Joachim Meisner's funeral, is interpreted as heavy criticism of Pope Francis

Identitarian "Defend Europe" charters 130-foot ship with crowdfunded USD 100,000 to obstruct Mediterranean migrant flow and return migrants to Africa, plans to work together with Libyan coastguard but unclear how country views project

China sends troops and warships to the country's first foreign military base in Djibouti, claiming the base will be used for logistic purposes

Trump nominates notorious China critic Dennis Shea as government's deputy US trade envoy, is likely to result in trade barriers against China

Macron says monetary contributions to African countries ineffective, corruption and high birth rates problems that cannot be solved with money

Israel concurs with Hungarian criticism of George Soros, says billionaire finances organizations which slander Israel and its government

Egypt deports Uyghur students to China, more than 200 have been sent back during July