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Taiwan and China to hold historic summit

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday.


China ends decades-long one-child policy

China has decided to scrap its decades-long “one-child” policy -35-year-old to be precise - allowing all couples to have two children, for the first time since draconian family rules were introduced more than three decades ago.


White House and Congress reach tentative budget deal

Republican Congressional leaders and the White House settled on a two-year budget agreement late Monday that would modestly increase spending over the next two years, cut some social programs, and raise the federal debt limit.


UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Jerusalem violence

UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the ongoing struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians.


EU leaders to meet with focus on Turkey

A possible deal between the EU and Turkey on the escalating migrant crisis is high on the agenda as leaders from the 28 member states of the European Union prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday – the fourth one this year to focus on the refugee crisis.


Iran Parliament backs nuclear deal

The Iranian Parliament has passed a bill supporting the landmark nuclear deal struck earlier this year, signaling a victory for the government over conservative opponents of the agreement.  The deal was passed with 161 votes in favor, 59 against and 13 abstentions among the 250 MPs present at the session.


NATO to discuss Russia’s growing military involvement in Syria

NATO’s secretary-general warned of intensified Russian military activities in the Syria conflict on Thursday, ahead of a meeting of the alliance’s defense chiefs in Brussels as Russian warships launched cruise missile strikes against insurgent targets in Syria.


Hungary warns of instability as refugee crisis intensifies

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has warned that the massive influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle East and Afghanistan is risking the stability of the continent as the region stares at the most dire demographic implosion in decades.


Russia joins hands with Iran and Iraq against ISIS, disarrays US plans

For the second time this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin moved forward to expand its political and military influence in the Syrian conflict, this time by reaching a deal to share intelligence with Iran, Iraq and Syria in the fight against the Islamic State.

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