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China opens second land port in Nepal to boost trade with South Asia

China opens second land port in Nepal to boost trade with South Asia

In a major boost for bilateral trade between China and Nepal, a second cross-border trading route has come into operation in Tibet, allowing the communist trading giant to expand its trade with South Asia. China yesterday officially opened the Gyirong Port on the Rasuwagadhi border in Nepal, the second land route for bilateral trade, state-run media reported. Operation of the port means a solid foundation for China to build the South Asia trading area and it will help to promote trade between China and South Asian countries in the near future.

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Egypt and Kuwait set up military alliance to counter Libya and Yemen rebels

Egypt and Kuwait set up military alliance for Libya and Yemen

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are in the midst of preparing alliance to counter groups in Libya and Yemen who are arming themselves. In a statement to the AP agency, Egyptian senior officials have said that the four countries are considering an alliance in order to monitor and respond to any developments in the region. The Egyptian officials said that this new coalition will be separate from the alliance that was created by USA against ISID.

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Ten dead in Kashmir’s worst militant attack in more than a year

10 dead in Kashmir gunbattle between rebels, army

Heavily armed suspected militants fought a fierce gunbattle with soldiers in the Indian portion of Kashmir, and three civilians were among the 10 dead, authorities said. Some of the militants were still holed up in an abandoned bunker in Jammu region and were firing at the Indian soldiers in Arnia sector. The army rushed reinforcements and cordoned off the area amid a heavy exchange of gunfire nearly 330 kilometers (205 miles) south of Srinagar.

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Special Report: How China’s shadowy agency is working to absorb Taiwan

Pro-China activist Chang An-le answers a question during an interview with Reuters in Taipei

United Front is engaged in a concerted campaign to thwart any move toward greater independence by Taiwan and ultimately swallow up the self-ruled island of 23 million. The United Front hasn’t confined itself to the mainland. It is targeting academics, students, war veterans, doctors and local leaders in Taiwan in an attempt to soften opposition to the Communist Party and ultimately build support for unification. The 2013 work report, reviewed by Reuters, includes details of a program to bring Taiwanese students and military veterans on visits to the mainland.

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Kosovo will soon have its army

Kosovo will soon have its army

The transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces into the Army of Kosovo has no other alternative now. The new parliament of Kosovo will vote the formation of Armed Forces immediately after it’s constituted. “The creation of Armed Forces of Kosovo has no other alternative. It’s a priority for the parliament of Kosovo to form the Armed Forces as soon as possible in order to complete the full constitution of our state”, said the president. We all believe in you to defend Kosovo and to cooperate with strategic partners.

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Qatar runs covert desert training camp for ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels

Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels

At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with U.S. help to fight both President Bashar Assad and ISIS and may include more overtly Islamist insurgent groups. The camp, south of the capital between Saudi Arabia’s border and Al Udeid, the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East, is being used to train the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other moderate rebels. Small groups of 12 to 20 fighters are identified in Syria and screened by the Central Intelligence Agency, the sources said.

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Sri Lanka Becoming China’s New Best Friend?

Sri Lanka Becoming China's New Best Friend

A sea change is occurring in Sri Lanka’s strategic orientation. Recent developments suggest that Sri Lanka is becoming China’s new best friend and security partner in the eastern Indian Ocean. This would represent a major change in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and could have significant consequences for regional security. Sri Lanka, with a stable and cooperative authoritarian regime strategically located in the central Indian Ocean, ticks many of China’s strategic boxes.

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Egypt plans blanket anti-terrorism law against ‘disrupting order’

Egypt plans blanket anti-terrorism law against 'disrupting order'

Egypt’s cabinet approved on Wednesday a draft anti-terrorism law that would give the government blanket power to ban groups on charges ranging from harming national unity to disrupting public order. Authorities have cracked down hard on Islamist, secular and liberal opposition alike since the army toppled elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last year after mass unrest against his rule, dashing hopes for a more robust democracy stirred by the fall of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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U.S. army may station tanks in Eastern Europe

U.S. army may station tanks in Eastern Europe

The U.S. Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries next year and some of the heavy armor may be stationed in Eastern Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, Commander of U.S. Army Europe, said on Tuesday. The move is part of a U.S. effort dubbed “Operation Atlantic Resolve” in the Baltic states and Poland to reassure allies anxious about a resurgent Russia, with American troops deploying for several months at a time to conduct joint exercises.

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Is an Algerian ‘spring’ around the corner?

Is an Algerian ‘spring’ around the corner

The political situation in Algeria has taken a dangerous turn. In conjunction with a visit by an EU delegation to the country, opposition parties have called for early presidential elections that would put an end to incumbent President’s term. The visit by the EU delegation to Algeria and the meetings it held with a number of political figures has stirred a number of reactions that reveal some of the mysteries of the power struggle between opposition and pro-government forces.

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine military buildup stokes fears of clashes

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The Syria-backed Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, led by Ahmed Jibril, has recently buttressed bases situated in the Zahle border villages of Kfar Zabad and Qousaya, in coordination with Hezbollah and Syria, stoking fears that another confrontation with Islamist militants is imminent. Sources also said that Hezbollah had erected new positions near PFLP-GC bases.

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South Korea in military drill to prevent invasion of disputed islands

South Korea in military drill on islands disputed with Japan

South Korean armed forces on Monday conducted a drill to prevent a hypothetical invasion of the Dokdo islets whose sovereignty is claimed by Japan and which could further strain the diplomatic relations between the countries. South Koreian army, navy, air force and coast guard units participated in the drill. The maneuvers involved six destroyers and convoys, fighters and patrol planes which simulated a defense against non-military forces invading the islets by sea and by air.

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Russia step closer to ‘annexing’ Abkhazia

Russia step closer to 'annexing' Abkhazia

The Georgian foreign ministry has said Russia took a “step toward the de-facto annexation” of Georgia’s breakaway territory after Moscow has signed a deal with Abkhazia, giving greater military control over Black Sea region. Under the treaty signed on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abkhazia’s leader Raul Khadzhimba, Russian and Abkhazian forces in the territory will turn into a joint force led by a Russian commander.

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Pakistan has fastest growing nuclear weapons programme in the world: report

Pakistan has fastest growing nuclear weapons programme in the world: report

Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear weapons programme in the world and could have enough fissile material to produce more than 200 nuclear devices by 2020, an influential American think tank said in a report. The report, authored by George Mason University’s Gregory Koblentz, notes that India and Pakistan face more severe security challenges than those of the other nuclear weapon states due to their history of high-intensity and low-intensity conflicts, higher levels of domestic instability, and geographic proximity,

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Lithuania to supply Ukraine with military aid: Poroshenko

Lithuania to supply Ukraine with military aid: Poroshenko

Lithuania will provide Ukraine with military aid to help in its fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says. It was not clear, however, if Lithuania was following fellow NATO member the United States in providing non-lethal military equipment, or supplying weaponry. NATO countries are reluctant to risk being drawn into conflict with Russia by arming a non-member. We have agreed on supplies of concrete elements of concrete armaments for the Ukrainian armed forces.

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Journey to Transnistria, a country that doesn’t officially exist

Journey to Transnistria, a country that doesn’t officially exist

Those living in the self-declared Federal State of Novorossiya in eastern Ukraine might find it rewarding to visit Transnistria. Both are Russian-speaking enclaves that aligned themselves with Moscow when their central governments began looking west. In both cases, the Russian military played a part when the secessionist movement turned violent. And both countries do not officially exist. Despite being capitalist, the parliament is called the Supreme Soviet, the flag, emblem and currency all bear the hammer and sickle.

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U.S. plans to arm Iraq’s Sunni tribesmen

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen

The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against ISIL militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

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Mutiny Inside Yemen’s Special Forces

Mutiny Inside Yemen's Special Forces

Officers suspected to be loyalists of ousted President Saleh are leading a mutiny inside the headquarters of an elite paramilitary unit, seeking to oust their commander. The officials say gunfire was heard Thursday afternoon inside the Special Forces headquarters, located in the heart of the capital near the presidential palace. The mutineers chanted “leave leave” and tried to storm the office of Mohammed Mansour al-Ghadraa, their new commander.

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IARPA to find and track foreign ships at sea

IARPA to find and track foreign ships at sea

U.S. intelligence experts are trying come to grips with thorny issues like international arms smuggling, nuclear materials exchanges, and inter-continental illegal drug trafficking with one of today’s most difficult surveillance challenges: finding and tracking foreign ships at sea. It’s the age-old problem of finding a needle in a haystack, writ large over the world’s oceans that cover roughly three-quarters of the planet’s surface.

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Crete will be the energy hub for EastMed Pipeline

Crete will be the energy hub for EastMed Pipeline

Crete is considered to play a key role on energy scene, as East Med Pipeline will be extended to Cyprus, Crete, then in western Greece, the Peloponnese and Epirus and would come eventually the Greek-Italian pipeline IGI (Interconnector Greece-Italy). The Eastmed pipeline is a reliable alternative solution for the extraction of natural gas from SE Mediterranean to European countries. This is proven by the strong European interest in creating a new energy corridor.

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Chinese naval base to be established on Nambia’s Walvis Bay

Chinese naval base for Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay will be one of 18 naval bases that will be established in various regions: Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Mynanmar in the northern Indian Ocean; Djibouti, Yemen, Oman, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique in the western Indian Ocean; and Seychelles and Madagascar in the central South Indian Ocean. “These three strategic lines will further enhance China’s effectiveness in taking responsibility for maintaining the safety of international maritime routes thereby maintaining regional and world stability,” the media reports said.

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Musharraf warns of proxy war with India over Afghanistan

Amid Afghanistan draw down: Musharraf warns of proxy war with India

“The danger for Pakistan is… the Indian influence in Afghanistan,” he said. “That is another danger for the whole region and for Pakistan because Indian involvement there has an anti-Pakistan connotation. They (India) want to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan.” India and Pakistan both have long accused each other of using proxy forces to try to gain influence in Afghanistan. “If Indians are using some elements of the ethnic entities in Afghanistan, then Pakistan will use its own support for ethnic elements.”

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Asian demand for crude to drive switch to renminbi

Asian demand for crude to drive switch to renminbi

The increasing demand for crude in Asian countries such as China was enough reason for the region to prepare to pay for trade in the Chinese currency renminbi, an HSBC official said. Georges Elhedery, HSBC head, Global Banking and Markets, noted that the region was slow to adopt RMB since trade between the Middle East and China was still highly dependent on the greenback. The Middle East has been slow in adopting RMB but we’re starting to see a shift in the region towards the Chinese currency.

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Saudi Arabia: Why succession could become a princely tussle

Saudi Arabia: Why succession could become a princely tussle

With the Middle East in an unprecedented state of turmoil, the need for smooth and orderly transfers of power in Saudi Arabia – ruled by a 90-year-old infirm monarch – has become more crucial than ever – but who will inherit the kingdom in the coming years is a thorny issue yet to be resolved. Saudi Arabia is a large and influential country. Guardian of the two most holy sites in Islam, it regards itself as leader of the Sunni community worldwide.

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