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US General Says President Order for Nuclear Strike Can Be Refused

The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said on Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario and that he would tell Trump he couldn’t carry out an illegal strike.

Zimbabwe’s army seizes power, targets ‘criminals’ around Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s military seized power early on Wednesday targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.

Soldiers and armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby, a Reuters witness said.

Trump declares trade ‘rules have changed’ as Asia trip concludes

President Donald Trump ended his swing through Asia, hailing progress toward his goal of reducing the US trade deficit.

Trump took off from Manila aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, skipping the final session of meetings hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The trip, which included stops in Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam, brought Trump in contact with dozens of leaders, including the heads of Asia’s five biggest economies and a brief encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Embattled UK PM faces crucial Brexit bill battle in Parliament

British MPs returned to the House of Commons today after a brief parliamentary recess to what promises to be a bruising battle over a crucial Brexit legislation transferring existing EU laws to Britain.

The EU Withdrawal Bill, which formally converts all European Union (EU) legislation into UK law to ensure complete clarity on Brexit day 'March 29, 2019', returns for a line by line scrutiny by lawmakers in what is referred to as the committee stage of the bill.

As Venezuela goes belly up, contagion worries abound

Venezuela is on the verge of bankruptcy, teetering on the precipice. Venezuela’s overall debt is estimated at £90 billion ($150 billion) — the legacy of disastrous hard-left economic policies under Hugo Chavez and successor Nicholas Maduro. This could trigger a global contagion and its impact on oil importing India will be severe. As Maduro announced plans to restructure its debt, significantly it has not made any debt payment to many entities, including Indian Oil and gas major ONGC.

Powerful Earthquake on Iran-Iraq Border Kills Over 330

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday.

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The American President offered to help resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea during a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart in Hanoi.

“I am a very good mediator and a very good arbitrator,” Trump said on Sunday ahead of a bilateral meeting with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. “If I can be of help in any way let me know,” he added.

China, US ink $250 bn trade deals to mark Trump's 1st visit

US President Donald Trump pressed China to do more to rein in North Korea on Thursday and said bilateral trade had been unfair to the United States, but praised President Xi Jinping’s pledge that China would be more open to foreign firms.

On North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, Trump said “China can fix this problem quickly and easily”, urging Beijing to cut financial links with North Korea and also calling on Russia to help.