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ZHANJIANG, CHINA - JANUARY 03: The marines of China navy participate in the annual military training on January 3, 2018 in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by Pu Haiyang/VCG via Getty Images)

Report: Beijing Runs Unannounced South China Sea Military Drills

The Chinese military this week concluded a month of unannounced exercises in the South China Sea and the Pacific aimed at testing its “wartime command system” and enhancing its missile defenses, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) revealed on Thursday.

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Report: Largest Islamic State Mass Grave Yet Found in Syria with at Least 3,500 Bodies

Syrian first responders discovered the largest Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) mass grave so far, holding at least 3,500 bodies and located outside Syria’s city of Raqqa, once the de facto capital of the terrorist group’s nearly completely fallen self-declared caliphate, a local forensic assistant revealed on Thursday.

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China’s Anti-Corruption Agency to Crack Down on ‘Political Deviation’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has long been accused of using his seven-year “anti-corruption” crusade as an excuse to purge officials who are rivals to his power or critics of his ideology. This critique will find new energy thanks to Tuesday’s announcement that China’s chief corruption-fighting agency will also begin targeting “political deviation” as well as graft.

BAE Systems jet fighter with armaments

Weapons Manufacturer BAE Systems Condemns Violence, Embraces ‘Diversity’

BAE Systems, the military weapons manufacturer which sells weapons to Saudi Arabia, virtue-signaled its “ethical principles” and support for “cultural diversity” this week, declaring that diversity is the company’s “strength” and that it condemns “racism” and “violence.”

Diaz-Canel is to address the UN General Asembly on Wednesday

Number of Cubans on Hunger Strike to End Communist Regime Up to over 120

The pro-democracy dissident organization Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) announced Wednesday that over 120 people across the island had joined their collective hunger strike protesting the abuses of the Castro regime against opponents of a “new” Communist Party constitution set to pass this weekend.

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Iran’s Zarif: Cannot Rule Out Possibility of War with Israel

Iran’s foreign minister accused Israel of “adventurism” with its campaign of airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, and said he could not rule out the possibility that they could lead to a war between the Mideast arch-foes.

Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a meeting with the heads of local regional councils, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. General elections in Israel are scheduled for Feb. 10 and pre-election polls show Netanyahu with a lead over Foreign Minister and Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni.(AP …

Gantz, Lapid Merge Parties In Significant Challenge to Netanyahu

After marathon, all-night talks, the leaders of the two top-polling centrist parties, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, announced Thursday that they had agreed to merge their party lists to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s frontrunning Likud in the upcoming elections.

Yang Jiechi, member of China's political bureau, speaks at the 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 16, 2019. - The 2019 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from February 15 to 17, 2019. THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

China Makes Bid for Influence at Munich Security Conference

There was much anticipation over the expected rivalry between the United States and China at a global security conference in Munich over the weekend, given a sense among global elites that the U.S. is withdrawing from the world, and China is growing in stature.

Thee new cases of polio have been recorded in Syria, the WHO says, blaming under-immunisation in the war-wracked country. Vaccination -- like this in Afghanistan -- is simple and relatively cheap

U.N. Program: Polio Thriving on ‘Unchecked’ Afghanistan-Pakistan Border

The United Nations-backed Global Polio Eradication Initiative attributed a recent resurgence of the potentially deadly disease in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, home to the one the debilitating virus’ last remaining bastions in the world, to the “unchecked” flow of people across their mutual border, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after a joint press conference in Beijing, on December 5, 2016

China Teams Up with Iran to Preserve Nuclear Deal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi welcomed his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to Beijing on Tuesday, stressing the importance of China’s relationship with Iran and telling Zarif he became a “famous person” in China with his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

Haiti prime minister promises jobs in answer to unrest

Haiti: U.S. Vets Arrested Stockpiling Weapons amid Protest Chaos

Police in Haiti arrested a group of foreign nationals, including five Americans, for possession of illegal firearms on Sunday as protests against corruption rocked the nation and President Jovenel Moise was pressured to resign.