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Pompeo Meets India PM Modi for Talks on Trade, Defense

Pompeo

NEW DELHI – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday for talks on trade and defense issues that have strained ties between the countries, Reuters reported Wednesday. Just days before Pompeo’s visit, India slapped higher retaliatory tariffs on 28 U.S. products following Washington’s …

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US Sends More Forces to Middle East Despite Tensions with Iran

US

WASHINGTON – Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced Monday that the United States would send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East, Kurdistan 24 reported Tuesday. The new deployment comes as tensions with Iran remain high. As Shanahan has stated, “recent Iranian attacks confirm reliable and credible …

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Pompeo Blames Iran for Recent Assault in Kabul

Pompeo

WASHINGTON – As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo complained against Iran in the wake of the attack Thursday on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, he also blamed the nation for a recent assault in Kabul claimed by the Taliban. AP reported that Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid …

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Reports on an Oil Tanker Explosion in the Gulf of Oman

Oman

DUBAI, UAE – Two oilmen in the Gulf of Oman, near the strategic strait of Ormuz, were reportedly attacked on Thursday, the US Navy said, leaving behind a fire and flames in the midst of heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran and a visit to stakes Japanese prime minister’s highs …

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Houthi Rebels are Now Striking Saudi Arabia with Cruise Missiles

Houthi

RIYADH – Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for an apparent cruise missile strike on an airport in neighboring Saudi Arabia. The group has released video showing its fighters launching a missile, Arab media reported Thursday. The footage offers additional evidence that the Yemeni militants’ arsenal, which already contains …

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UNRWA Inhibited By ‘Turmoil, Conflict, Resource Constraints’: New Report

UNRWA

NEW YORK – A new assessment of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East was published Tuesday by the Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN), finding that “overall, political turmoil, conflict, travel and trade restrictions, and resource constraints, have significantly inhibited UNRWA’s …

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Europeans are Not in A Position to Criticize Iran: Zarif

Zarif

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that European countries are “in no position” to criticize Iran while his German counterpart Heiko Maas has landed in Tehran, Asharq Al Awsat said Monday. Maas’ visit is part of a concerted European effort to preserve the 2015 nuclear …

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Pakistan will Continue to Establish Peace in the Region: FO

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Sunday told the United States that it would continue to play its role as a mediator for the establishment of peace in the region. A high-level consultative meeting between Pakistan and the United States was held at the Foreign Relations Office (FO), with the United States …

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