China to implement UN sanctions on North Korea

 

China’s Commerce Ministry on Monday issued an order banning imports of coal, iron-ore, lead-concentrates and ore, lead and sea-food from North Korea, effective from Tuesday, as Beijing moved to implement United Nations sanctions announced earlier this month.

The UN sanctions must be implemented 30 days after the resolution was approved in a vote on Aug. 6.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea’s president said resolving Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and key U.S. officials played down the risk of an imminent war with North Korea.

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Trump vows ‘fire and fury’ Amid North Korea missile strike threaths on Guam

North Korea has threatened a ballistic missile strike on the U.S. territory of Guam, the latest war mongering exchange between the rogue nation and President Trump, has vowed “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Trump on Tuesday lashed out at North Korea in response to reports of a new milestone in its nuclear quest. North Korea’s military said it is considering a missile launch aimed near the U.S. strategic military installations in Guam, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

Trump’s harsh comments to reporters came hours after The Washington Post, citing a confidential Defense Intelligence Agency report, said North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

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Russia, Syria opposition agree on 3rd Syria Safe Zone

 

The Russian Defence Ministry and Syrian opposition have agreed to create a new “de-escalation” zone north of the city of Homs.

The Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson, Igor Konashenkov, said that the ceasefire in the area is set to take affect at 1200 (0900 GMT) on Thursday.

He said: “on July 31, Cairo hosted regular negotiations between representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry and moderate Syrian opposition. Agreements on the functioning of the third de-escalation zone in Syria, north of Homs, were reached at the meeting.”

The spokesman added that 84 settlements with a population of more than 147,000 people were in the zone.

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U.S. Admiral says ready for nuclear strike on China if Trump so ordered

 

The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, Scott Swift, said he would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump so ordered.

Mr. Swift, a naval admiral, who made this while answering a question in Australia, later said the question was asked as an “outrageous hypothetical”.

Mr. Swift was speaking at the Australian National University in Canberra when he was asked whether he would be prepared to launch a nuclear attack on China if ordered to do so by President Trump.

“The answer would be yes,” he said.

Mr. Swift said all members of the U.S. military had sworn an oath to obey officers and the U.S. president as commander in chief to defend the constitution.

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Gulf media predict more sanctions on Qatar

Qatar faces further isolation and possible expulsion from the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, if its response to a list of demands made nearly two weeks ago is not satisfactory.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab emirates, Egypt and Bahrain foreign ministers are due to meet in Cairo to discuss Qatar’s reply to 13 demands they sent to Qatar in return for the lifting of sanctions imposed in June.

The dispute revolves around allegations that Qatar supports Islamist militants, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been designated a terrorist organisation by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt.

Qatar denies it supports terrorism and says Arab countries want to control its foreign policy.

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University disowns Trump on climate research cited by U.S. president

U.S. President, Donald Trump

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) officials said U.S. President Donald Trump badly misunderstood their research when he cited it on Thursday to justify withdrawing the U. S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

President Trump announced during a speech at the White House Rose Garden that he had decided to pull out of the landmark climate deal, in part because it would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

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U.S. drops largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan

U.S. drops largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan [Photo: Telegraph.co.uk]

The United States military has dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on an area in eastern Afghanistan controlled by Isis-affiliated militants.

This is the first time the over 10,000 kilogramme bomb which was designed by the US Air Force in 2002 will be used in combat, the Pentagon stated.

The bomb also commonly known as the “Mother of All Bombs (MOAB)” was dropped on a network of tunnels used by the militants in Achin district, Nangarhar Province close to the border with Pakistan.

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U.S. launches missile attack on Syrian air field

U.S. plane [Photo: The Aviationist]

The United States has carried out a missile strike on a Syrian air force base in response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical attack that killed at least 80 civilians this week.

The Syrian govt has denied responsibility for the use of the chemical weapons.

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UN chief,Guterres , counters Trump on 2-state Israel-Palestine solution

UN chief, Guterres [Photo credit: Reuters]

UN Secretary-General António Guterres countered U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, insisting there was no alternative to the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.

Mr. Guterres made the remarks in Cairo at a meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, according to his Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq.

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Turkey, Russia, Iran agree on mechanism to monitor Syria ceasefire violations

Syria (Photo credit: Farsnews.com)

Turkey, Russia, and Iran have reached agreement on forming a three-party mechanism to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.

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