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January 23, 2020

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'LOL!': China's informal, confrontational Twitter diplomacy

'LOL!': China's informal, confrontational Twitter diplomacy

Chinese diplomacy has found a new voice on Twitter -- and it's not entirely diplomatic.The communist government has recently embraced the social media platform -- despite blocking it within China -- deploying its foreign ministry and a growing army of diploma

Fragile truce agreed in Libya after nine months of fighting

Fragile truce agreed in Libya after nine months of fighting

Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey.The oil-rich North African country has been wracked by bloody

Months after abrupt halt, Trump gives blessing for Taliban deal

Months after abrupt halt, Trump gives blessing for Taliban deal

Nearly three months after he abruptly ended talks with the Taliban, President Donald Trump has given his blessing to fresh diplomacy, but major obstacles stand in the way of a deal to end the Afghanistan war.Chief among the questions is how to address the soar

Abe: political heir with skill for surviving scandal

Abe: political heir with skill for surviving scandal

Shinzo Abe, who became Japan's longest-serving premier on Wednesday, was groomed for politics from birth and has cemented his power with shrewd diplomacy, unwavering nationalism, and a knack for surviving scandal.At home, he has championed an economic drive t

US, S. Korea postpone joint drills in 'act of goodwill'

US, S. Korea postpone joint drills in 'act of goodwill'

The US and South Korea will postpone joint air drills in an "act of goodwill" towards the nuclear-armed North, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday, after months of deadlocked diplomacy with Pyongyang.North Korea has long protested joint military dril

Football diplomacy with Qatar hints at Saudi 'peace' effort

Football diplomacy with Qatar hints at Saudi 'peace' effort

A Saudi-led bloc's decision to play a football tournament in rival Qatar could herald a rapprochement after a two-year stand-off, and signal Riyadh is tempering its muscular approach that stoked regional crises.Gulf powerhouse Saudi Arabia has adopted an aggr