Iraqi Constitution was never fully implemented.– Tillerson

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Although both Erbil and Baghdad believe their differences can be resolved through dialogue, the negotiations have yet to begin.   Rex Tillerson

Erbil, Dec.13.– The US will support the de-escalation of tensions between Erbil-Baghdad and help with the full implementation of the Iraqi Constitution, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

“The policy has always been a unified Iraq. And as you know, the independence referendum which was undertaken by the Kurdish Regional Authorities a few months back was disruptive to that unity,” he said on Tuesday at the Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum.

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President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

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  • US President says Final Borders Up to Israel and Palestinians.
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 Jerusalem, Dec.6 (Reuters).– U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a landmark speech delivered at the White House on Wednesday.

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Inside the Trump administration debate over declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital

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Trump must decide if U.S. embassy should move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv   US Embassy in Tel Aviv

Washington DC, Dec.1.– Some of President Trump’s senior national security aides convened at the White House on Monday for what was expected to be an uncomfortable but straightforward discussion.

On the table was how the administration would handle an upcoming deadline to say whether it would again defer its promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The expectation of many participants going into the session, according to officials and others familiar with the discussion, was that the White House would once again put off the move but issue a statement that Trump is keeping his campaign promise because the embassy move was a question of when, not if — a familiar talking point from the administration.

Then Trump showed up.

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UN Security Council to hold ministerial meeting on North Korea

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UN Security Council votes on more sanctions against North Korea United Nations, Dec.1 (AP).– Japan announced Friday it will host a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Dec. 15 focused on finding peaceful ways to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests and denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho told a news conference that more must be done beyond the "very robust" sanctions that the council has already imposed targeting the financing and materials for Kim Jong Un's nuclear and missile programs.

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Why Uzbek migrants are being radicalised

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Sayfullo Saipov, who killed eight people in a truck attack in New York, did it "in the name of" so-called Islamic State, a police spokesman has said.  

Nov.27.– Saipov is from Uzbekistan, a Central Asian state whose citizens have been involved in several major terror attacks lately. What is behind this?

Uzbeks were involved in the following major attacks:

    1 January: A shooting at a nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39 people
    3 April: A bomb at a metro station in St Petersburg that killed 14 people - carried out by an ethnic Uzbek from Kyrgyzstan
    7 April: A truck attack on a street in Stockholm that killed four people

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