TIPP Takes (Geo Politics)

A lot is going on in the world that influences America and its domestic and international policy decisions. TIPP Takes aims to provide you with relevant, bite-sized news information that you may have missed or that may not have received adequate attention in American National News services.

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Serbia Puts Troops On High Alert Along Border With Kosovo Amid Recognition Standoff

Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo have been blocking the border since Kosovar authorities on September 20 began strictly enforcing a new policy of removing Serbian license plates from incoming vehicles and replacing them with temporary local plates. Serbian authorities for years have insisted on the removal of Kosovar license plates

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US Aerospace Giant Boeing Says It Will Build Drones In Australia

Boeing said on Wednesday that it has selected Toowoomba city in Queensland state as the final assembly point for its unmanned Loyal Wingman planes. Boeing completed its first test flights earlier this year. It's the first military combat aircraft to be designed and manufactured in Australia in half a century.

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German Election: SPD's Front-Runner Olaf Scholz Is Brimming With Confidence

The SPD (Social Democratic Party) has been in the lead in pre-election polls only three times in Germany's history: 1972, 1998, and 2002. Now, in 2021, it has happened again. Klingbeil speaks of a "historic opportunity" for the party. Scholz has spent several years in coalition with Merkel as a

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World Leaders Address United Nations General Assembly

Venezuela: The United States is giving $247m in humanitarian aid and $89m in economic and development aid to Venezuelans. Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz told the assembly that his kingdom supports efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons as world leaders prepare to resume talks with

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Lithuania: Cybersecurity Agency Warns Against Chinese-Made Phones

The Lithuanian National Security Center, a part of the defense ministry, said in a report that it found four "cybersecurity risks" in phones made by Chinese firms Huawei and Xiaomi. The center said Xiaomi phones were able to censor phrases by users, which were against the official stances of the

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Taiwan Applies To Join TPP Free Trade Pact On China's Heels

Taiwan's Central News Agency said the application was submitted to New Zealand, the depository for what is formally known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership aimed at liberalizing trade and investment among Pacific Rim economies. China has taken a dim view of the prospect of Taiwan's membership

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India Seizes $3.7 Billion Afghan Heroin Haul Amid Kabul Takeover Chaos

More than 2,988 kilograms of heroin was recovered in one of India's biggest such hauls to date. The investigation conducted so far has also revealed the involvement of Afghan nationals, who are under investigation. The containers had been declared as containing semi-processed talc stones from Afghanistan and shipped from

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Record Backlog Of Cargo Ships At California Ports

Retailers and manufacturers have rushed to place orders and restock their inventories, but the global shipping system is struggling to keep up. It's contributed to shortages of children's toys, timber, new clothes, and pet food while also pushing up consumer prices. Last week, Gene Seroka, head of the Port of

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U.S. President Joe Biden Meets With 'That Fellow Down Under' Scott Morrison After UN Assembly

While the federal government did not reveal the precise cost for canceling the French contract, it suggested it would be more than 2 billion dollars. Mr. Morrison said the US would not be picking up that tab, as Australia had initiated the nuclear deal. President Biden stressed that the world

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World Leaders Speak At United Nations General Assembly

CHINA: During his UNGA address, President Xi Jinping said his country would stop funding coal projects overseas, reducing a key source of pollution behind climate change. He also reiterated that China aims to provide two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world by the end of the year. TURKEY: Turkeys

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Macron And Modi Vow To 'Act Jointly' In Indo-Pacific As Submarine Row Intensifies

Macron assured Modi of France's continued "commitment to the strengthening of India's strategic autonomy, including its industry and technology base, as part of a close relationship based on trust and mutual respect." The commitment to stability in the Indo-Pacific region would be under "the framework of the Europe-India relationship and

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Poland Slams Belarus, Sends Extra Troops To Border

Polish officials said Sunday the bodies of three men, believed to be Iraqi nationals, were found on the Polish side of the border while Belarusian authorities announced an Iraqi woman was found within a meter of the border. Poland and Lithuania have said the border incidents are part of an