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US and allies sink USS Racine as China watches Pacific exercise (VIDEO)

Australian, Japanese and US troops have banded together to sink the decommissioned USS Racine during the Rim Of The Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 naval exercise. The USS Racine was a Newport-class of Landing Ship, Tank (LST) and served for 22 years before being sent to rest in Pearl Harbor in 1993. However in January the US Navy announced that it would ...

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‘Toxic unilateralism’: Iran says impulsive Trump increasingly isolates US, even from allies

The US is becoming increasingly isolated, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on the anniversary of the country’s nuclear deal and even allies have learned that Washington can’t be trusted to honor any agreement, its FM has said. “Today, the United States is isolated in the public opinion of the world and is even more secluded among the Iranian people because ...

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Trump warns NATO allies US can ‘do our own thing’ if 2% spending goal not met – reports

US President Donald Trump has reportedly told NATO allies that the US would do their “own thing” if members didn’t up defense spending to 2% of GDP despite reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the bloc. The not-so-veiled threat was reported by NATO officials and diplomats inside an unscheduled crisis meeting of the alliance on Thursday morning, according to Politico.  Further sources ...

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Russia extends counter-sanctions against US, EU & allies through 2019

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law extending the embargo against countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia. Restrictions will be in force until the end of next year. Read more The government is instructed to take all measures necessary to implement the decree. The document came into force on the day of signing, on July 12. In August 2014, ...

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From 2 to 4%: Trump turns the screws on NATO allies to up defense spending

Donald Trump is now demanding that NATO nations spend 4% of their GDP on defense, doubling the current spending commitment that many member states are already struggling to meet. Tweeting from Brussels – where the US president is currently locking horns with his NATO allies during their annual summit – Trump said that Berlin’s reliance on NATO protection while also ...

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Trump tells NATO allies to spend more… like thrifty Pentagon buying $1.2k mugs & $10k toilet seats?

Toilet seat covers that cost $ 10,000? Coffee mugs for $ 1,200 apiece? No wonder NATO countries aren’t too keen to follow US military spending benchmarks. Even the Pentagon is looking for better deals and 3D printing for savings. While President Donald Trump browbeats NATO allies into increasing their military spending, the US Department of Defense is spending untold amounts ...

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EU’s Tusk to Trump: Respect your allies, you don’t have many

European Council President Donald Tusk called on Donald Trump to be more respectful towards America’s allies ahead of a NATO summit, arguing that they are now in short supply, Reuters reports. “Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many,” Tusk said after signing a statement on cooperation between the EU and NATO. The declaration was signed ...

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Chinese officials court EU nations to get allies in trade row with Trump – report

Chinese officials have reportedly been cozying up to their EU counterparts, promising members of the 28-strong bloc to open the Chinese market in return for putting up a united front against the US in the World Trade Organization. China has been actively seeking an ally in the EU in a potential trade war with Washington, with senior Chinese officials offering ...

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UK & allies used ‘bribery & blackmail’ to force other states to back OPCW proposal – Moscow

The UK and its western allies have resorted to downright intimidation and bribery to make other OPCW member states support the idea of giving the chemical watchdog the right to assign guilt, the Russian Foreign Ministry charged. “London together with other countries … managed to push their scandalous project … by political manipulations as well as by downright bribery and ...

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Oil jumps as Trump asks allies to cut off Iranian oil

The Trump administration is going to extreme lengths to disrupt as much oil from Iran as possible, and the implications for the oil market could be severe. When the Obama administration sought to isolate Iran, it built an international coalition, put in place tight sanctions, and tried to curtail Iran’s oil exports. It worked, knocking around 1 million barrels per ...

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