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Abandoned by Trump and Cornered by Iran, Kurds Sign Oil Deal with Russia

DOHUK, IRAQ, MAY 31: An Iraqi Kurdish soldier stands guard at the Tawke oil field near the town of Zacho on May 31, 2009 in Dohuk province about 250 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Iraqi autonomous region of Kurdistan began crude oil exports on June 1, 2009 for the first time from two major oil fields, piping around 90,000 barrels per day (bpd). (Photo by Muhannad Fala'ah/Getty Images)
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq announced it had signed a deal with the Russian state-owned oil corporation Rosneft that would allow the company to begin developing oil blocks worth a potential $400 million to the Kurds.

China: Communists, Not Western ‘Crusaders,’ Value Human Rights

In this Oct. 16, 2017 photo, residents pass by a board with the words "Welcome the 19th Congress" on the streets of Beijing, China. Extraordinary security measures are being imposed ahead of the party congress, in addition to the typical security forces, thousands of deputized citizens patrol the streets, and knife, fireworks and chemical sales have been suspended. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
The Chinese state media outlet Xinhua published a blistering condemnation of Western "crusader" human rights ideals on Thursday, arguing for the superiority of Chinese "human rights," defined as "roof over the head" and "food in the belly."

Man Who Waved U.S. Flag in Cuban Parade Trapped in Mental Ward Despite No Diagnosis

Cuban dissident Daniel Llorente Miranda, an anti-communist, pro-American protester, has been placed in one of the nation’s most notorious mental institutions following his interruption of the annual May Day parade, where he ran down the parade route waving an American flag.
Daniel Llorente, a Cuban dissident who made news in May by running into the island nation's communist May Day parade waving an American flag, remains trapped in Havana's notorious mental institution. Family say doctors have not diagnosed Llorente with any illness or charged him with any crime.

Report: Shiite Militias Hang Photo of Ayatollah Khamenei in Kirkuk Following Invasion

A handout picture from February 7, 2017 shows Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on stage during a meeting with air force commanders
The Kurdish outlet Rudaw has published a video allegedly showing a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a coalition of mostly Shiite Iran-backed militias, hanging a photo of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in the Kirkuk, Iraq, governorate's building.

Report: Shiite Militias Hang Photo of Ayatollah Khamenei in Kirkuk Following Invasion

A handout picture from February 7, 2017 shows Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on stage during a meeting with air force commanders
The Kurdish outlet Rudaw has published a video allegedly showing a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a coalition of mostly Shiite Iran-backed militias, hanging a photo of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in the Kirkuk, Iraq, governorate's building.

Xi Jinping Rallies Communists in Three-Hour Speech: ‘Time for Us to Take Center Stage’

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Having bested his rivals, Xi is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
China's Communist Party opened its once-every-five-years Congress on Wednesday with an extensive speech from President Xi Jinping, who debuted plans for the nation extending into 2050 that include extensive military buildup, economic hegemony, and "sweeping victory" against "corruption," often interpreted as any dissenting thought within the party.

Reports: Five Dead as Car Plows into Crowd in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Multiple regional news outlets are reporting that an SUV has crashed into a crowd in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city. Police have reportedly confirmed five deaths and at least 11 injuries.

Trump on Diplomat Attacks: ‘I Do Believe Cuba Is Responsible’

"Obamacare is finished. It's dead. It's gone," US President Donald Trump told reporters
President Donald Trump asserted on Monday that the communist Castro regime in Cuba was responsible for a series of unexplained attacks on American diplomats, the first issuance of blame in the matter by an American official.

Pentagon ‘Looking at All Options’ in Iraq, Including Cutting Aid if Attack on Kurds Persists

An Iraqi boy drags a Kurdish flag as Iraqi forces advance towards the centre of Kirkuk during an operation against Kurdish fighters on October 16, 2017.
Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters on Monday that the U.S. military could potentially reconsider supporting the Iraqi military if attacks on Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory continued, emphasizing that he would not "speculate" on any future actions at the moment.

One Day After Shiite Militias Attack Kurds, Islamic State Resurfaces Near Kirkuk

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a photo holding an Islamic State (IS) group flag in the village of Sultan Mari west of the city of Kirkuk on March 9, 2015 after they reportedly re-took the area from IS jihadists. IS spearheaded a sweeping offensive in June 2014 that overran large parts of the country north and west of Baghdad, including in Kirkuk province. AFP PHOTO / MARWAN IBRAHIM (Photo credit should read MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)
Terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State have resurfaced in the Kirkuk region of Iraq, reportedly attacking two villages north of Kirkuk city mere hours after the Iraqi military and its Iran-backed militia allies began an invasion against the Kurdish government controlling the city.

Venezuela: Four Unfree, Unfair Elections in Just Five Years

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Immigration authorities in Colombia announced that Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz is on her way to Brazil. Ortega said that Maduro removed her in order to stop a probe linking him and his inner circle to nearly $100 million in bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Hot off the heels of the "largest electoral fraud in the history of Latin America," Venezuela's socialist dictatorship has done it again. Defying every major exit poll prior to Sunday, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) secured 17 of the nation's 23 governorships, with its losses in states like Táchira, governed by socialists who dared to criticize the regime.

Trump MIA as U.S. Coalition Brands Iran-Backed Militia Assault on Kurds ‘Misunderstanding’

President Donald Trump stands behind and in front of members of a Marine honor guard as he greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau as they arrive at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump has yet to personally weigh in – either through official White House outlets or on Twitter – on the burgeoning civil war in Kirkuk, Iraq following the invasion of the Kurdish-held province by Iraqi soldiers and Iran-backed Shiite militias.

Former Political Prisoner: Sound Reported in Cuba Sonic Attacks Similar to Prison Torture

Muslim Prisoner
Following the publication of a sound the Associated Press (AP) asserts was potentially used to torture and maim American diplomats in Cuba, a former political prisoner tells Breitbart News that sound resembled what was used to torture him in a Cuban prison decades ago.

LISTEN: High-Pitched Noise Heard in Cuba Attacks Released

The Associated Press has published what it claims to be the sound that American diplomats and their families heard in Cuba before suffering a variety of health symptoms reportedly including nausea, hearing loss, and brain damage.

Vladimir Putin Announces Trip to Iran amid Nuclear Deal Speculation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not officially announced his intention to run in next year's presidential election, but he is widely expected to seek a fourth six-year term
The Russian government confirmed Thursday that President Vladimir Putin will visit Iran "before the end of this year" for a "trilateral Iran-Russia-Azerbaijan meeting."

Erdogan on U.S. Visa Freeze: ‘We Do Not Need You’

In a speech in New York after attending the UN General Assembly, Erdogan said Washington was mistaken in using the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG as an ally in the fight against IS
American and Turkish diplomats scramble to restore non-immigrant visa services in both nations, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken an aggressive approach. He asserted Thursday that Turkey is "not a tribal state" and told the United States, "We do not need you."

Ill U.S. Embassy Staffer: State Department ‘Trying to Hide’ Cuba Attacks, Victims ‘Ignored’

U.S., Cuba probing possible sonic device in embassy attacks
An individual who CBS News identified this week as a victim of a series of mysterious attacks on U.S. embassy workers in Cuba told the news outlet that the State Department was "trying to hide" the incidents and "ignored" those who raised concerns.

Duterte Sees 18-Point Popularity Plunge as Islamic State War Rages

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, listens to Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go, during the change of command ceremony for the new army chief Maj. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista in Fort Bonifacio in, Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Duterte's satisfaction rating has been hit by its steepest drop since he came to power last year amid an outcry over unabated drug killings and unresolved allegations that he has unexplained wealth, an independent poll showed Sunday, Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has experienced a dizzying plunge in popularity, with the polling company Social Weather Stations (SWS) issuing him a +48 approval rating in September, down 18 points from his rating in June.

Putin Once Again Tricks World into Thinking Russia Matters with Iran Deal Warning

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to a question during a meeting with the students while visiting the Sirius Educational Centre for Gifted Children in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, July 21, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again duped American media into thinking his opinion matters.

Venezuela’s Maduro: Trump Criticism ‘Means I’m Doing Something Right’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro compared events in Catalonia to the dictatorship of General Franco
During the latest episode of his television series Sundays with Maduro, Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro accused U.S. President Donald Trump of having a "fatal obsession with me" and bragged that growing American sanctions on his country "mean I'm doing something right."

Venezuela’s Maduro: Trump Criticism ‘Means I’m Doing Something Right’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro compared events in Catalonia to the dictatorship of General Franco
During the latest episode of his television series Sundays with Maduro, Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro accused U.S. President Donald Trump of having a "fatal obsession with me" and bragged that growing American sanctions on his country "mean I'm doing something right."

Turkey, U.S. Freeze Visa Services After Arrest of ‘Gulenist’ U.S. Consulate Worker

U.S. President Donald Trump and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliver joint statements in Washington, DC on May 16. Relations between the two countries have soured in recent days following the arrest of a U.S. consulate worker by Turkish officials. On Sunday, the U.S. suspended non-immigrant visa applications from the country. File Photo by Michael Reynolds
Turkey has frozen non-immigrant visa services for U.S. citizens, mirroring a U.S. announcement of the same policy Sunday in response to the arrest this week of a U.S. consulate worker in Istanbul for alleged ties to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Rejected by Cuba, Turkey Clinches Deal to Open ‘Cultural Center’ in Venezuela

The government of Turkey announced Friday that it will open its first cultural center in Latin America in Caracas, Venezuela, following a visit by that nation's dictator, Nicolás Maduro, to Ankara for talks on economic and national security issues.

China Unveils over 100 Smartphone Apps to Track ‘Loyalty’ to Communism

AP Photo
The Communist Party of China is boasting of over 100 smartphone applications designed to allow senior party members to more accurately track their underlings' loyalty, based in part on how much communist propaganda the individual consumes on the app.

‘Science Fiction’: Cuba Denies Evidence Exists for Sonic Attacks on U.S. Diplomats

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez declared there is "no evidence" that American diplomats have suffered acoustic attacks, leaving them with hearing loss and brain damage, at a press conference Tuesday responding to the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats from U.S. soil.

State Department Expels 15 Cuban Diplomats from D.C. Embassy

In a statement Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that the United States has expelled 15 Cuban officials from the communist nation's embassy in Washington, D.C., in response to attacks on nearly two dozen Americans working in Havana.

North Korea White Paper: Trump Is ‘Old Rabid Dog’ to Be Eliminated

North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun has published the results of an alleged white paper by a government agency that found that President Donald Trump was "hell-bent on inflicting a nuclear holocaust" and claiming that he is referred to in America as "Hitler in the 21st century."

China Puts on Its Happy Face: Xi Expects ‘Wonderful’ Trump Visit in November

Rex Tillerson visits China as North Koreans 'tire' of anti-U.S. rallies
Chinese President Xi Jinping told reporters while meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Beijing last week that he expects President Donald Trump's visit to the country to be "special" and "wonderful," an outpouring of positive sentiment at odds with the consistent criticism of the United States in communist state media.

‘Around 150’ Cuban Slave Doctors Have Filed Suits in Brazil Seeking Freedom

Brazil's Health Minister told reporters last week that his nation's judiciary has seen "around 150" lawsuits by Cuban doctors forced to work for negligible salaries in Brazil, the pawn's in an elaborate for-profit enterprise that nets the communist Castro regime millions of dollars a year.

Cuba: U.S. ‘Hasty,’ ‘Irresponsible’ for Withdrawing Diplomats Over Sonic Attacks

AP Photo
Communist Cuban diplomats and state media outlets condemned the United States this week for withdrawing a significant percentage of its embassy staff from the island after a series of unexplained sonic attacks injured at least 21 diplomats and family members since November 2016.

Report: China Orders Muslim Families in Xinjiang to Hand Over Qurans, Prayer Mats

KASHGAR, CHINA - JULY 31: Chinese soldiers march in front of the Id Kah Mosque, China's largest, on July 31, 2014 in Kashgar, China. China has increased security in many parts of the restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region following some of the worst violence in months in the Uyghur dominated area. (Photo by Getty Images)
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported this week that some Uighur Muslims in China's westernmost province of Xinjiang have accused the police of confiscating their Qurans, claiming the seminal Islamic text contains "extremist content."

Tillerson Orders Withdrawal of U.S. Personnel from Cuba Following Sonic Attacks

A vintage car drives by the US Embassy in Havana, which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said could be closed over mysterious attacks on American diplomats
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Friday that America would withdraw all "non-emergency personnel" from the U.S. embassy in Cuba and all family members following months of unexplained attacks on American diplomats that have left some with hearing loss and, reportedly, brain damage.

North Korea: ‘Old Lunatic’ Trump Lying About Torture of ‘Criminal’ Otto Warmbier

North Korea, through its media outlet the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), denied on Thursday that it tortured late American Otto Warmbier during his time in prison, dismissing Warmbier as a "criminal" and American President Donald Trump as an "old lunatic" for accusing Pyongyang of torturing and killing him.

Iraq Demands Control of Kurdish Airports, Oil Revenues Following Independence Vote

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Twitter this week that Baghdad would seek full control of all airports, land crossings, and oil revenues under the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) by Friday, threatening to seize them if Erbil does not comply with the order.

U.S. Ambassador to Colombia: FARC ‘Has Not Complied’ with Peace Deal

The FARC and ELN formed in 1964 to fight for land rights and protection of poor rural communities in Colombia
The Marxist terrorist organization FARC–recently relaunched as a political party–has failed to meet the requirements of a peace deal signed in Cuba with the government of Colombia, the U.S. ambassador to that country asserted this week.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister at UN: Trump ‘Defiled’ UN Acting ‘Like World’s Emperor’

Jorge Arreaza, Rafael Ramirez
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza addressed the United Nations General Assembly Monday after dictator Nicolás Maduro claimed to be "too busy" for the event, delivering a tirade against U.S. President Donald Trump and accusing America of being "the worst violator of human rights" worldwide.

1,600 Boko Haram Terrorists to Go on Trial as Nigeria Claims Jihadis ‘Completely Degraded’

The government of Nigeria has once again made the claim that the Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram no longer has the ability to freely operate in the nation's northeast, as its courts prepare to be overwhelmed with over 1,600 cases against individual members of the jihadist group.

Former UN Security Council Chief: Venezuela Using ‘Torture, Sex Crimes, Murder’ to Silence Dissidents

Diego Arria
Diego Arria, once Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations and a former UN Security Council president, returned to the global organization Monday to condemn the "unprecedented" situation his nation is experiencing, under a tyranny he defined as run by "drug traffickers and criminals."

North Korea Threatens to Use ‘Ultimate Means’ Against Latest UN Sanctions

North Korea condemns U.N. sanctions, may be preparing 'response' cyberattack
North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations railed against the latest sanctions passed by the Security Council on Monday, which cut off part of the nation's oil industry and bans North Korean citizens who have not defected from working abroad.

North Korea Observes 9/11 with Threat of ‘Greatest Pain and Suffering in History’ to America

North Korea's foreign ministry threatened the United States with "the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history" on Monday, the 16th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001.
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