Geopolitical News, 18 Feb 2019

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LATEST NEWS Feb 18, 2019
White House Defends Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to thwart illegal immigration even though he said he didn’t need to do it. …

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Taliban Calls Off Planned Pakistan Meeting That Angered Afghans

The Taliban have called off a planned round of peace talks in Pakistan, saying that most of the members of its negotiating team are unable to travel because they are subject to U.S. and UN sanctions. …

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Riyadh’s SAMI Agrees to Joint Venture With French Naval Group to Build Warships

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), the state-owned defense company, has signed on Sunday a preliminary agreement with France’s Naval Group on the creation of a joint venture for the construction of warships in the kingdom. …

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Saudi Crown Prince Signs $20B in Investment Deals in Pakistan

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday oversaw the signing of unprecedented investment deals with Pakistan worth $20 billion just a few hours after landing in Islamabad on his maiden state visit. …

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Trump Asks European Allies To ‘Take Back’ 800 IS Fighters From Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that the Islamic State (IS) “caliphate” is on the verge of collapse and he called on European allies to “take back” more than 800 militants captured in Syria. …

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Warring sides in Yemen agree on ‘Phase 1’ of redeploying forces in Hudaydah: UN

The Houthi fighters and Saudi-backed militants loyal to the ex-Yemeni government have reached an agreement on “Phase 1” of their mutual redeployment of forces under a UN-sponsored deal for the warring armies to leave the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, the UN said Sunday. …

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Zarif Condemns U.S. Efforts To Persuade Allies To Pull Out Of Iran Deal

Iran’s foreign minister has condemned Washington’s efforts to press European allies to pull out of a landmark nuclear agreement with Tehran.

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Vice President Details U.S. National Security Policy During Munich Speech

Vice President Mike Pence gave a report card on the Trump administration’s security policy two years after telling European leaders that “America first, did not mean America alone.” …

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