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The huge port under construction in Colombo straddles the world's busiest east-west shipping route and also gives a strategic foothold to China in a region long dominated by India

China Insists Aid to Pacific Nations Is Not a Political Power Play

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday denying allegations that its financial assistance programs for Pacific nations are an effort to buy political influence and muscle out regional competitors, especially Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry insisted China’s $5.9 billion in pledged foreign aid comes with no strings attached.

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Australia’s FM Rules Out Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Australia will not follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s lead and move its embassy to Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said, defying her own governing Liberal Party’s request to do so.

In this Sunday, March 18, 2018 photo, members of a Tunisian police commando unit listen to instructions during a drill at the Jordan Gendarmerie Training Academy, in al-Swaqa, about 44 miles (70 km) south of Amman, Jordan. The U.S.-funded center, which formally opens Thursday, will conduct counter-terrorism training for law …

U.S.-Funded Counterterrorism Training Center Opens in Jordan

L-SWAQA, Jordan — A U.S.-funded counterterrorism center has opened in Jordan where law enforcement officers from partner countries in the Middle East and beyond can practice shooting, storming hideouts and responding to bomb threats.

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UN Gets $100m in New Funds for Palestinian Aid After U.S. Cuts

The United Nations received pledges Thursday of nearly $100 million in new funding for the UN relief agency for Palestinians after the US slashed its aid, but it is still facing a nearly $350 million shortfall this year.

A Palestinian refugee knocks on the closed gate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters with his walking stick. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Report: U.S. Mulls Scrapping UN Definition Of Palestinian ‘Refugee’

TEL AVIV – Amid worsening relations with the Palestinians, the Trump administration is now considering rejecting the UN’s definition of Palestinian “refugees” and cutting off all financial aid to the agency that caters to them, an Israeli TV report said Tuesday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Abbas’ Fatah Movement: Pence ‘Defiled’ Western Wall

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement on Tuesday accused Vice President Mike Pence of “defiling” the Western Wall by his visit to the holy site earlier that day.

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Report: Trump Administration Reexamining Entire Palestinian Aid Budget

TEL AVIV – Amid fraying relations, the Trump administration is investigating an overhaul of the entire Palestinian aid budget, and not just settling itself with cuts to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, an Israeli news broadcaster reported Wednesday.

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Trump Threatens Palestinian Authority Funding

President Donald Trump threatened to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday with two tweets that criticized Palestinian leaders for showing “no appreciation or respect” to the U.S. and being “no longer willing to talk peace.”