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Trump plays his cards close to his chest in 'poker game' over North Korea's nuclear programme

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North Korea is one of the issues that has defined the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, combining a number of elements the global community has come to expect from the White House incumbent: vague statements, bravado and a flurry of Twitter messages. In an interview this week Mr Trump said that the US was playing “a very, very hard game of poker and you don’t want to reveal your hand” but what is certain is that the stakes over the North’s nuclear weapons programme certainly increased throughout last year thanks to a mixture of the increase in missile …read more

Turkey says it will press ahead with all out attack on Kurdish held city of Afrin in Syria

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Turkey said Friday that it would press ahead with a full scale assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria despite pleas from the US to hold back. Ankara has been threatening for days to send its forces into Afrin, a Syrian district near the Turkish border controlled by Kurdish forces who are allied with the US but mortal enemies of Turkey. Turkish troops shelled the area on Friday and said it was moving units of commandos near the border as well as mobilising pro-Turkish Syrian rebel groups for the attack. “This operation will take place; the terror …read more

Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priority

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Countering China and Russia is a bigger focus for US national security than defeating terrorism, the American administration announced yesterday. Donald Trump’s new national defence strategy named “inter-state strategic competition” as its primary concern rather than jihadist attacks. It marks a tipping point after almost two decades when the US has focussed on countering terrorism following the September 11 attacks. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran were all mentioned as powers that were threatening the international order. The strategy signals a return of a Cold War-style mentality in American foreign policy that will focus on countering …read more

US plans to keep troops in Syria indefinitely to counter Isil and Iran, Tillerson says

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The US plans to keep troops in northern Syria indefinitely to prevent the resurgence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and counter the influence of Iran, Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, has said. Laying out the Trump administration’s broad strategy for Syria, Mr Tillerson said a quick withdrawal from Syria would give the jihadist group space to regroup after years of defeat on the battlefield. “The United States will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring Isil cannot re-emerge,” he said. “We cannot make the same mistakes that were made in …read more

Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families 

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Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood. The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth. But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed. They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through …read more

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