• Zaev urges citizens to end Macedonia's isolation

      Zaev urges citizens to end Macedonia's isolation

      Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev, expressed hope the country's citizens will vote in favour of the name deal achieved with Greece in the upcoming referendum on 30 September in order to effectively end the country's isolation. “It is high time to integrate and become citizens of the European Union,” Zaev said in a speech on Monday evening.

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    • 29 killed in attack on Iranian military parade

      29 killed in attack on Iranian military parade

      Gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, shooting dead at least 29 people, including women, children and journalists, in the bloodiest assault to strike the country in recent years. According recent media reports Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the shooting rampage in Ahvaz dubbed a "terrorist" attack by the authorities, in which at least 57 people were also wounded.

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    • North, South Korea vow to end war

      North, South Korea vow to end war

      South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula during their third summit, signing a comprehensive set of agreements. The two leaders stood side by side after their second day of talks in Pyongyang as they announced the concrete moves they have made to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula once and for all - something they first committed to at their April summit.

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    • Poroshenko signs decree to halt friendship treaty with Russia

      Poroshenko signs decree to halt friendship treaty with Russia

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has moved to halt a major a friendship treaty Ukraine has had with Russia for more than 20 years. On 17 September, Poroshenko signed a decree of the country’s National Security and Defense Council to halt the effect of the Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation for 10 years, according to statement on the Presidential Administration’s website.

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    • Syrian rebels see Putin-Erdogan deal on Idlib as victory

      Syrian rebels see Putin-Erdogan deal on Idlib as victory

      Syrian opposition officials praised a deal between Russia and Turkey over Idlib province on Tuesday, saying it had spared the rebel-held region a bloody government offensive and would thwart President Bashar al-Assad’s aim of recovering all Syria, news wires reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Assad’s most powerful ally, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan agreed at a summit on Monday to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib from which “radical” rebels must withdraw by the middle of next month.

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    • Inter-Korean summit starts today

      Inter-Korean summit starts today

      North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in on his arrival in Pyongyang Tuesday for their third summit this year, as the two countries look to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders smiled and hugged at the foot of Moon's plane at Sunan International Airport, amid crowds of cheering North Koreans waving flowers and national flags, including those symbolizing a unified Korean Peninsula. The highly choreographed arrival was the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since the young North Korean leader took power in 2011.

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    • Putin turns towards Asia to counter US policy

      Putin turns towards Asia to counter US policy

      The Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, represented a clear attempt by Moscow to assert itself more in the Asia-Pacific region, taking another thinly veiled swipe at Trump's economic policies. During the conference, not only did the Russian president meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, but he also engaged with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, giving them promises and asking for backup in return.

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    • Vucic insists on EU membership guarantee

      Vucic insists on EU membership guarantee

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday he would seek a guarantee that his country would join the European Union in 2025 as part of any deal with neighbouring Kosovo, which would pave the way for both states to enter the bloc and settle their long-standing disputes.

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    • Turkey boosts arms to Syrian rebels as Idlib attack looms

      Turkey boosts arms to Syrian rebels as Idlib attack looms

      Turkey has stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help them stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies in the northwest near the Turkish frontier, rebel sources told Reuters. Senior rebel officials said Turkey had sent more military aid to rebels in and around the Idlib region since a summit meeting with Iran and Russia last week failed to agree a deal to avert a government offensive into the area.

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