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An internet split between China and USA

“It’s (China) arguably ahead of U.S. in some areas behind in others, maybe neck and neck. But at the current trajectory, China will probably be ahead of U.S. in five years,” Lee said. “China has more data, more users, more usage per data. And there’s very pro-AI government policies. So …

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Under duress, Israel’s Netanyahu still election front-runner

A day after snap elections were called in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged as the overwhelming early front-runner Tuesday, with rivals and commentators alike pinning their primary hopes of unseating him on a potential corruption indictment. With Netanyahu holding a commanding lead in the polls, all eyes are on …

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Turkey says the US just agreed to more of its demands regarding Syria

Kerem Kocalar | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Turkish and US flags are seen during a ceremony as their duty period finished on September 15, 2015 at the Patriot missiles deployment in Gaziantep, Turkey. President Donald Trump’s administration may have just handed Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan another win. Less than …

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Saudi Arabia’s 2019 budget announces higher spending

Saudi Arabia’s economy shrank for the first time in nearly a decade last year as headwinds batter its private sector. Businesses have struggled to deal with higher electricity and fuel prices and a 5 percent value-added tax (VAT) introduced at the start of the year. Unemployment, hovering just over 12 …

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Blame Saudi Arabia and the U.S. for regional instability, Iran’s foreign minister says

Iran called out its regional rival Saudi Arabia in response to accusations that Tehran is a leading state sponsor of terror, accusing Riyadh and the United States of fomenting ‘dangerous escalations’ in the Middle East. Speaking to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Iranian foreign Minister Javad …

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Adam Smith: Doubts $750B Budget, Praises Army, Downplays Yemen War Powers Bill « Breaking Defense

Rep. Adam Smith WASHINGTON: The presumptive House Armed Services chairman, Adam Smith outlined his agenda for reporters this morning in a wide-ranging discussion laced with his trademark tactical snark. While many of his stances were unsurprising — he wants equal treatment for transgender troops, less spending on new nuclear ICBMs, …

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Four years of coalition strikes on Syria kill 3,300 civilians: monitorDefenceTalk.com

France used Rafale fighter jets to carry out its the strikes against ISIS More than 3,000 civilians have been killed in US-led coalition air strikes against the Daesh group in Syria since they began four years ago, a monitor said on Sunday. The Washington-led alliance puts the toll at just …

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Aid To Israel Isn’t Foreign Aid; It’s An Investment « Breaking Defense

First of two Israeli F-35s arrive at Nevatim Air Base Israel faces increasingly tight restrictions on its Foreign Military Financing from the U.S., as Breaking D readers know. In the past, when the US provided Israeli with grants under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program, Israel could convert 25 percent of …

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UN’s Yemen envoy in Sanaa, as 32 rebels killedDefenceTalk.com

Fresh clashes and air strikes around the Yemeni city of Hodeida have killed 32 rebels, hospital and medical sources said on Sunday, as the UN envoy kept up peace efforts in Sanaa. A military source told AFP the Saudi-led coalition fighting alongside the Yemeni government against Huthi rebels carried out …

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Help Egypt Help Israel On Middle East Peace « Breaking Defense

Hamas protests in Gaza 2018 As the Trump Administration tries to force Palestinians to the bargaining table by cutting funding to the UN relief agency that serves them, closes the PLO’s offices here and continues to tout its forthcoming “deal of the century” few in national security circles are discussing …

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