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Russian cargo in Syria: from grains to weapons

Reuters/Correspondent 10/22/2015 LONDON/MOSCOW– In the past few weeks Russia has increased its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad by sending more than 100 cargo vessels to the main Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartous, which has become the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year. According to maritime intelligence and international trade sources’ shipping

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What You Need to Know About President Xi’s Visit to The U.K.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain—the first to the U.K. by a Chinese leader in a decade—is set to be marred by controversy, as human rights groups prepare to protest China’s crackdown on human rights. President Xi arrives on Monday morning, although his official tour will begin the next day. The stakes are

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Toyota to Recall 6.5 Million Cars to Fix Power Window Switch

Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it would recall 6.5 million vehicles globally to fix a defect in the power window switch in models including the Yaris/Vitz subcompact, Corolla and Camry. About 2.7 million of the recalled cars are in North America, 1.2 million in Europe, and 600,000 in Japan, the company said. It said

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In For a Yuan, In For a Pound: Is The U.K. Making a Bad Bet On China?

This piece was originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations. What exactly is the objection to UK Chancellor George Osborne’s desire for the United Kingdom to be Beijing’s “best partner in the West” and to have a “relationship that is second to none”? After all, there is not a country on earth that does

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China’s Xi Seals Landmark Multi-Billion-Dollar Nuclear Deal in Britain

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sealed a multi-billion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will unleash a wave of investment from the world’s second largest economy. What you need to know about the President’s visit After a day of pomp, Communist Party General

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Britain Is Betting On The Power of The Renminbi

This article originally appeared on the Chatham House website. A key goal of Britain’s assiduous courtship of Beijing is to establish London as the main offshore centre outside Asia for the trading of the renminbi as China’s currency internationalizes. All the signs are that Prime Minister David Cameron is achieving his aim. President Xi Jiping’s

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U.S. Condemns ‘Red Carpet Welcome’ for Assad in Moscow

The White House condemned Russia’s “red carpet welcome” for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Moscow on Wednesday, saying that the visit was counter-productive to a political transition in the country. Assad arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to meet with his most powerful foreign ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in what was his first foreign visit

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Sweden Doubles Refugee Forecast For 2015 to 190,000

Up to 190,000 asylum seekers are expected to arrive in Sweden this year, more than twice as many as previously predicted by the Sweden’s Migration Agency. The new figures, released today, also reveal that the agency expects 40,000 of this number to be unaccompanied children traveling alone. The agency predicts that another wave of asylum

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Robert Mugabe Awarded China’s ‘Nobel Peace Prize’

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, has been named this year’s winner of China’s Confucius Peace Prize. The chairman of the award, dubbed China’s version of the Nobel Peace Prize, said Mugabe was chosen for “injecting fresh energy” into the efforts for world peace and African unity, theGuardian reports. Ninety-one-year-old Mugabe has been president for 28

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John Kerry Calls For End to ‘Incitement’ in Meeting With Netanyahu

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday, where he called for an end to “all incitement” and “all violence” as the security situation continues to deteriorate in Jerusalem and the West Bank. “It is absolutely critical to end all incitement, to end all violence and

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