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New Zealand prime minister says to stand up for international rules-based order

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said on Thursday that his country needed to stand up for the international rules-based order as potential military flashpoints loom in the Indo-Pacific region. "We need to stand up for this international rules based system that has actually served New Zealand incredibly well... When… Read

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China tells NATO not to create chaos in Asia and rejects label of 'enabler' of Russia's Ukraine war

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China accused NATO on Thursday of seeking security at the expense of others and told the alliance not to bring the same “chaos” to Asia, a reflection of its determination to oppose strengthening ties between NATO members and Asian nations such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. The statement… Read

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Zelenskyy says to win the war, US needs to lift limits on striking military targets inside Russia

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy embraced the support Thursday of allies who in the past two days have provided substantial new aid and a path to joining NATO, even as he emphatically pushed for the help to arrive faster and for restrictions to be lifted on the use of U.S. weapons… Read

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G7 denounces Israel's settlement expansion in West Bank

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Foreign Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major democracies on Thursday denounced Israel's move to expand its settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying it was "counterproductive to the cause of peace". Israel announced last month that it was going to legalise five outposts in the West Bank, establish… Read

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66 Chinese aircraft surround Taiwan in biggest sortie of year

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Taiwan's defence ministry said Thursday it had detected 66 Chinese military aircraft around the island in a 24-hour window, a record-high this year, a day after it said Beijing was conducting exercises in nearby waters. China -- which maintains a near-daily military presence around Taiwan -- claims the self-ruled island… Read

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Hero of Oct. 7 aims to revive Israel's moribund left

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It was around two hours after Gazan militants launched an onslaught on Israel’s southern border communities that major general in the Israeli reserves Yair Golan began to understand the gravity of the attack on Israeli soil. He got in his car and sped down south, stopping only to get an… Read

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Gazan paramedic recounts alleged mistreatment in Israeli detention

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His right leg heavily bandaged because of a gunshot wound, Palestinian Tamer Ossama Salem al-Hafy lies in an Egyptian hospital recalling his ordeal in Gaza, where Israel accused him of being a terrorist. A paramedic at the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza, 40-year-old al-Hafy said he was shot below the… Read

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South Sudan's president sacks finance minister, sixth since 2020

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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has sacked the country's finance minister who was just four months into the job, state-owned television reported, the sixth replacement in the post since 2020. Kiir gave no reason for firing Awow Daniel Chuong, who was appointed in mid March this year, the report said… Read

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Kurdish oil smuggling to Iran flourishes

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Heading for Turkey to the north and Iran to the east, hundreds of oil tankers snake each day from near Kurdistan's capital Erbil, clogging the Iraqi region's often winding and mountainous highways. The tankers are the most visible aspect of a massive operation to truck oil from the semi-autonomous region… Read

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Bank of France head hopes political gridlock clears by September for budget vote

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arliament of the euro zone's second-largest economy must vote on the country's budget. Last Sunday's parliamentary election plunged France into uncharted waters, with three politically divergent blocs emerging and no obvious path to forming a government. The New Popular Front (NFP), a hastily assembled alliance of the hard-left France Unbowed… Read

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