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US, Qatari Defense Chiefs Discuss Security Issues


DOHA – The top US and Qatari defense chiefs discussed a “broad range” of mutual security issues, including Doha’s commitment to upgrade the country’s key air base, the Pentagon said Wednesday. During their conversation, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Qatari State Minister of Defense Khalid al-Attiyah reaffirmed “the …

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North Korea Slams Inclusion on US Terror Report

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SEOUL – North Korea on Tuesday lashed out at the United States for mentioning Pyongyang in its annual report on state sponsors of terrorism, saying the report is an example of Washington’s “hostile policy” that is limiting chances for dialogue. The US State Department on Friday published its 2018 Country …

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US Sanctions Khamenei’s Inner Circle


WASHINGTON – The United States announced on Monday a new set of economic sanctions targeting key aid to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Speaking to journalists on Monday, a senior U.S. official described Iran’s “so-called democracy” as a “sham.” “The power in Iran is not held by elected officials …

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Trump Invites ASEAN Leaders to ‘Special Summit’ in US


BANGKOK – US President Donald Trump has invited the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to a “special summit” in the US early next year after skipping their ongoing Thailand annual conference. Robert O’Brien, National Security Advisor Trump sent in his absence, received Trump’s invitation to read …

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US Imposes New Iran Sanctions, But Waives Others


WASHINGTON – The US said it imposed sanctions on the Iranian construction sector and trade in four materials used in its military and nuclear programs on Thursday, even as it suspended sanctions to allow foreign companies to pursue non-proliferation work in Iran, reports Reuters. The decisions announced by the US …

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