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NATO Fighter Jets Meet More and More Russians Over the Baltic States


AMARI AIR BASE, Estonia – The British Royal Air Force sees an increase in Russia’s air activity as the service conducts NATO air policing mission in the Baltic this summer, Business Insider reported Saturday. However, pilots on the ground in Estonia stated that the intercepted conversations remained safe and professional. …

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Local Elections Held in Pakistan’s Tribal Region


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas held their first-ever provincial elections on Saturday, in a region along the Afghan border that was once controlled by militant groups. Nearly 3 million people were eligible to vote in the provincial assembly elections on July 20, which opened at 8 a.m. local time …

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Iran seizes British Oil Tanker in Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that it has confiscated a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, Yenisafak announced on Saturday. “The British tanker Stena Impero has been arrested by the IRGC’s first Marine Division for failing to comply with the maritime rules,” the Iranian forces …

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US Shoot Down Iranian Drone in Hormuz Strait: Trump

We have no information on the loss of a drone today: Zarif WASHINGTON – A US Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after its operators ignored the warnings, US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. This is Washington’s first military action …

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Turkey Launches Air Attack on Iraqi Kurdistan


ANKARA – Turkey on Thursday launched an airstrike against Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the assassination of a Turkish diplomat in the region, AFP quoted the Minister of National Defense on Friday. The Turkish Vice-Consul in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq was shot dead Wednesday in Irbil, the local …

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China Set to Beat North America in 5G Investments in 4 Years


BEIJING – China’s ambitions to become the world leader in emerging technology is no longer a secret, and the country has since been positioning itself to achieve that goal, with sizable and strategic investments, Techwire Asia reported Friday. According to one recent forecast, China’s 5G network investments in the next …

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ADB Urged to Increase Lending in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Federal Economic Affairs Minister Hammad Azhar on Thursday urged the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to increase lending to Pakistan, including program loans and project financing, APP reported Friday. In a meeting with ADB Country Director Xiaohong Yang, the Minister acknowledged ADB support to Pakistan and discussed key …

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Russia, France Ready to Resolve Crisis in Ukraine


MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held a phone conversation on Thursday, saying they are ready to intensify efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, Xinhua news reported Friday. Both leaders expressed their readiness to intensify joint work in this area, including in the …

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