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Pompeo Reportedly Looking to Leave Trump Administration

Pompeo

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly looking to resign and run for a Senate seat in Kansas in the 2020 elections, according to GOP sources. The report in Time said the secretary of state, who previously served in the US House of Representatives from Kansas, had …

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NATO Ministers Gather Amid Tensions with France

Brussels

BRUSSELS – NATO foreign ministers are gathering in Brussels to prepare a leaders’ summit in two weeks amid tensions over French President Emmanuel Macron’s complaints about the “brain death” of the alliance. France said it’s concerned about a lack of US leadership at NATO, the unpredictability of Turkey after its …

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Germany wants Ukraine’s Gas Transit Role to Continue

Germany

BERLIN – Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas has said that Germany wants Russian gas to continue to flow through Ukrainian pipelines. Speaking at a press conference in Kyiv, Maas stressed that Germany supported the ongoing negotiations between Russia and Ukraine in the search for a deal on future gas transit …

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Rouhani Claims Victory over Unrest He Blames on Foreigners

Rouhani

TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday claimed government victory over unrest he blamed on Iran’s foreign enemies, according to state media, after protests since a hike in gasoline prices last week that have shaken the country. “The Iranian people have again succeeded at an historic test and shown …

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Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Seize Saudi Arabian Ship in Red Sea

Saudi

RIYADH – Yemeni Houthi rebels captured a Saudi Arabia tugboat on Sunday, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency SPA. Saudi military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki told a news conference that the ship was towing a South Korean drilling rig in the south of the Red Sea when it “went …

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Hong Kong Leader Calls for Peaceful End to University Standoff

Hong Kong

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam called for a peaceful resolution Tuesday to a standoff between police and pro-democracy protesters still trapped within a university. Lam said during a news conference that roughly 100 protesters were still holed up in Hong Kong Polytechnic University after 600 had …

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Ex-Pakistani PM Leaves for Medical Treatment

Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has left the country to receive medical treatment in London, serving a prison sentence for corruption. Sharif, a three-time prime minister, has a disease of the immune system and other health issues. On Saturday, the Lahore High Court lifted a travel ban …

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Russia Begins Military Exercises in Black Sea

Black Sea

MOSCOW – Russia has begun military exercises in the Black Sea, which involves more than 10 ships and aircraft, the press service of the Black Sea Fleet reported Tuesday. The message states that ships’ companies will conduct training “on trawling, naval combat, search and destruction of the submarine, detecting and …

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