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Nerves are being frazzled by a rising arc of sabre rattling in northeast Asia. After the US decided to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the region to counter North Korea’s nuclear buildup, US President Donald Trump has asserted that a major conflict with Pyongyang was indeed possible.

 

That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.

 

The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.

 

 

The first round of voting for France’s presidential election concluded earlier today. As results have shown, the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face off in the second and final round of the election on May 7.

 
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Given that she had ruled out a snap election on several occasions, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement on Tuesday caught most people by surprise.
 
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US Vice President Mike Pence recently sent North Korea a clear warning not to test the resolve of the Trump administration, nor the strength of the US armed forces with regard to its pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. Pence also said, "The era of strategic patience is over." Without question, those are the toughest remarks any top US official has ever said to North Korea in well over a few decades.
 
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The path is now clear for Turkey to be transformed from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential republic, after a referendum on constitutional reforms proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKP) gave the nod for handing sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 
 
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The “yes” vote won by a sliver in Turkey’s referendum on constitutional amendments that give sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. If this referendum is acted upon it will be bigger than Brexit, as it will amount to a dramatic reboot of the Turkish republic itself. Erdogan, who used to head the centre-right AKP, has been in power since 2002, and was elected president in 2014. He now wants to cement his position further.
 
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North Korea fired an unknown type of missile on Sunday morning, which according to US and South Korean media, exploded within seconds of launch.   
 
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As Sri Lankan’s enjoyed the festive season last week, from policy makers to media personalities voicing thoughts of optimism, about reconciling, peace, communal harmony the week saw a major shakeup in the global security situation. The aftermath of Trump’s tomahawk strikes on Syria shook the already fragile global security kaleidoscope, leaving pieces in a flux.
 


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