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US F-35 Decision to do ‘Irreparable Damage’ to Ties: Turkey


ANKARA – Turkey has criticized the United States for its decision to exclude Ankara from the F-35 fighter aircraft program because it bought Russia’s missile defense systems. According to reports by Press-Tv, the Turkish FM said that, “This partial step does not comply with the spirit of partnership or is …

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US Gives $29M for Afghanistan Presidential Election

US Gives $29M for Afghanistan Presidential Elections

KABUL – The United States and Afghanistan have finalized the budget for the Afghan election on Sept. 28, which includes a sizable US contribution. US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass said Washington has given $29 million. “We are pleased the election budget has finally been finalized,” he said in a …

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S-400 is “the Best Missile System in the World”: US Company


WASHINGTON – The Russian S-400 is the “best missile defense system,” US intelligence firm Stratfor said in a new report, but it is severely limited if it operates alone, the Moscow Times reported on Wednesday. Russia started delivering the S-400 ground-to-air system to Turkey last week. Turkish President Recep Tayyip …

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Talks on Ballistic Missiles Possible: Zarif


DUBAI, UAE – Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for the first time suggested his country’s ballistic missile program could be on the table for negotiations with the U.S. — if America stops selling arms to its Gulf allies in the Mideast, Miami Herald reported Tuesday. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments …

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US Eyes Military Coalition in Gulf, Strait of Hormuz

Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON – The US wants to create an international military coalition to secure passage around the Persian Gulf and Yemen due to attacks on two tankers in June it blames on Iran, according to the head of the U.S. military, Yenisafak said Wednesday. We are engaging now with a number …

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US, Chinese Trade Envoys in 1st Contact After Trump-Xi Truce


BEIJING – The top U.S. and Chinese trade envoys have spoken by phone in their first known contact since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume stalled talks on ending a tariff war, the Associated Press said Wednesday. Beijing’s envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, talked Tuesday with Trade …

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US’ Pence Vows to Not Let Iran Get Nuclear Weapon


WASHINGTON – Washington will never let Iran get a nuclear weapon, said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, as Tehran has reportedly breached the level of uranium enrichment set by the international agreement. Speaking to hundreds of supporters at a Christians United for Israel (CUFI) conference, Pence said that the U.S. …

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