Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has signed an order commuting the “unjust” sentencing of former campaign adviser Roger Stone, according to the White House. “Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.,” noted a July 10 statement on the matter from the…

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Monitoring Desk CAIRO: A major Egyptian army exercise near the border with Libya is being viewed by military and strategic experts as a message of deterrence to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his backing for the Government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj and supported by militia groups. The combat exercise,…

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Monitoring Desk TOKYO: A US envoy reassured top Japanese officials Friday of the importance of their alliance in dealing with regional security threats, just as the North Korean leader’s sister expressed low expectations of a summit between her brother and President Donald Trump this year. US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun is in Tokyo…

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MOSCOW (TASS): Russia insists that reports about possible use of NATO aircraft to traffic drugs in Afghanistan be probed into, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. “We keep on receiving reports, including via mass media, that contraband of opiates has been organized from Afghanistan to other countries, including to Europe, with the use…

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik): Almost two decades of war in Afghanistan have taken their toll on US servicemen, not only via battles with terrorists, but also due to the military’s apparent negligence of adverse environmental conditions at one or more bases and a general lack of information regarding related hazards. The House Subcommittee on National Security has…

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THE HAGUE (APP): The Netherlands said on Friday it would take Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its role in bringing down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people. The Dutch government’s move is designed to support cases brought by the relatives of dozens of victims to the Strasbourg-based…

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BERLIN (Sputnik): The German Foreign Office summoned the Chinese ambassador earlier on Friday to discuss the situation around Hong Kong. “The Chinese ambassador was invited today to the Federal Foreign Office for a conversation. State Secretary [Miguel] Berger presented the stand of the federal government again. The federal government has expressed concerns, jointly with its…

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TEHRAN (IRNA): Referring to railway connection of Chabahar and Zahedan in southeastern Iran, Managing-General of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR) Saeed Rasouli said on Friday that this route can be used for transfer of cargos from CIS countries and provide railway transit between India and Russia. Following an order by the minister of…

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Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on Chinese officials on Thursday, including a member of the country’s powerful Politburo, accusing them of serious human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority, a move likely to further ratchet up tensions between Washington and Beijing. The sanctions that include the Xinjiang region’s Communist Party…

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