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Rep. Gabbard defends controversial foreign policy positions

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has received a lot of attention and criticism for her foreign policy views and actions, including her 2017 meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad. She tells Ali Velshi that she’s “interested in the truth and the facts.”

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Saudi Crown Prince arrives in China, kingdom's biggest trading partner

Hong Kong (CNN)Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman touched down in Beijing Thursday to begin the last leg of his Asia tour, designed to build relations and clinch deals as the kingdom faces a diplomatic chill in the West.

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Exclusive: China's Dalian port bans Australian coal imports, sets 2019 quota - source

BEIJING (Reuters) - Customs at China’s northern Dalian port has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports for 2019 through its harbors at 12 million tonnes, an official at Dalian Port Group told Reuters on Thursday.

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White House talks U.N. post with John James

The White House is in discussions with former Michigan Senate candidate John James about the vacant United Nations ambassador post, with President Donald Trump leaning toward nominating the former businessman and Iraq war veteran, according to three people close to the process.

POLITICO

Trump dangles auto tariffs in Europe trade talks, but carmakers aren't happy

New York (CNN)President Donald Trump is considering new tariffs on foreign cars and auto parts, but some of the strongest opposition is coming from the industry they are meant to protect: American automakers.

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Trump says he directed Pompeo not to let ISIS bride back in U.S.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he had directed the State Department not to allow the return of an Alabama woman who in 2014 joined the Islamic State terrorist group, days after the woman made public pleas to be let back into the U.S.

POLITICO

Julie Bishop: Ex-contender for Australian PM to leave politics

Former Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop, the highest-ranking woman to serve in the two-term government, has announced she is leaving politics. Ms Bishop had faced months of speculation about her future after losing an internal party ballot to become prime minister last August. The vote hande

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Exclusive: U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and China have started to outline commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking the most significant progress yet toward ending a seven-month trade war, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

REUTERS

Trump poised to challenge idea that climate crisis is a security threat

In recent weeks, Donald Trump’s national security team has contradicted the president on a wide variety of fronts, including Iran, North Korea, Russia, border security, and the nature of the ISIS threat. It comes against a backdrop in which U.S. intelligence officials have alerted the public to the

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Meghan McCain calls Tulsi Gabbard an 'Assad apologist' in heated exchange on Syria

Meghan McCain called Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard an "Assad apologist" during a Wednesday appearance on "The View." Gabbard has long faced criticism over her stance toward Assad.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Three Asian-American lawmakers introduce a bill to prohibit internment like that of Japanese Americans during World War II

(CNN)On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an order that sent 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps for the remainder of World War II. Now three Asian-American members of Congress are trying to ensure that something like that never happens again.

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Australia's former foreign minister Julie Bishop will not fight next election

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s former foreign minister, Julie Bishop, will retire from politics at the next election due by May, following signs that the ruling government will retain power, she said on Thursday.

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Lindsey Graham reportedly ripped into the acting defense secretary over Trump's Syria withdrawal

A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the US military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.

BUSINESS INSIDER

ISIS bride to be stripped of British nationality will not be allowed into Bangladesh, government says

London (CNN) — British teenager Shamima Begum, who moved from London to Syria four years ago to join ISIS, has said she was "a bit shocked" to learn that the UK plans to strip her of her British citizenship to prevent her from returning home.

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Trump says he hasn't considered replacing Coats as his top intel official

President Trump said Wednesday that he hadn’t considered replacing Dan Coats as his top intelligence chief after a longtime confidant raised the prospect Coats could be fired.

THE HILL

Up to 15 British ministers may vote to stop UK from leaving EU on March 29 - Bloomberg

(Reuters) - As many as 15 British government ministers may vote to stop the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on March 29 in the event that no Brexit deal has been agreed, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

REUTERS

China's desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s desire to develop close ties with Iran will remain unchanged, regardless of the international situation, President Xi Jinping told the speaker of Iran’s parliament, ahead of Thursday’s visit to Beijing by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.

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Pentagon chief briefing irks lawmakers, draws expletives from Sen. Lindsey Graham

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan clashed with Sen. Lindsey Graham over the administration’s Syria policy during a briefing last weekend, prompting the South Carolina Republican to unleash a string of expletives and declare himself Shanahan's "adversary," according to two officials in the

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Putin says he's open to arms control talks, warns U.S. against hostility

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he wants his nation to mend its fractured relationship with the U.S. but also warned that Moscow is prepared to respond to what he described as hostile military moves from Washington.

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Trump admin’s policy toward Saudi Arabia takes a controversial turn

WH plan to give nuclear tech to Saudi Arabia under investigation. The connections between Trump World and Saudi Arabia have long been a source of controversy, but as Rachel noted on the show last night, there’s a new report that takes the broader story in an even more serious direction.

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