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US to Eliminate Iran Oil Waivers for Some Countries

US to eliminate Iran oil waivers for countries including Japan after May 2 expiration

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration will not renew the waivers that allow countries to buy crude oil from Iran without incurring US sanctions, according to four people familiar with the issue, a decision that could upset energy markets and risk disrupt large importers like India and China, “Japan Times” said …

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US Says DPRK’s Tested Weapon Not a Ballistic Missile

The US Declares DPRK's Tested Weapon Not a Ballistic Missile

WASHINGTON – The US Department of Defence said Thursday that the weapon system tested by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday was not a ballistic missile, “Xinhua” reported Friday. “The test or launch, according to your definition, was not a ballistic missile,” US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan …

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Advisers to Putin, Trump Discuss Russia-US Ties in Moscow, Summit Issue Not Raised


MOSCOW – Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov had a meeting with special assistant to the US President, Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the US National Security Council staff Fiona Hill, Russia Today reported Thursday. According to the news agency, the US adviser arrived in Moscow for consultations on …

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North Korea Demands Pompeo’s Removal from US Nuclear Talks

North Korea

PYONGYANG – North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from talks over its banned nuclear program, hours after the isolated state claimed to have tested a new kind of weapon, Times Malta reported on Thursday. Describing Pompeo as “reckless” and immature, the foreign …

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Iran Officially Adds US Forces to Terrorist List


TEHRAN – Iran has officially added the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East to their terrorist list, IRNA reported Wednesday. Iran’s Minister of Defense General Amir Hatami first introduced the bill declaring the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East as terrorists, shortly after Trump’s designation, but it was …

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US Trying to Save Afghans and American Soldiers Alike: Pompeo

US Trying to Save Lives of Afghans and American Soldiers Alike Pompeo

TEXAS – The United States is trying to end its longest war in Afghanistan and save the lives of Afghans and American soldiers alike, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. Speaking at an event at Texas A&M University, Pompeo said he spoke in the morning with Ambassador …

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Airstrike Kills IS Senior Leader in Somalia


XIRIIRO, Somalia – A United States airstrike killed a senior leader of the extremist rebels of the Islamic State (IS) in Somalia, involved in attacks in northern Somalia, U.S. military and a Somali official said Monday. The U.S. Africa Command said in statement that it carried out an airstrike near …

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US, Britain, Norway Urge Sudan Military to Relinquish Power to Civilians


LONDON – The United States, Britain and Norway urged the transitional military council in Sudan to hand over the power of the country to civil rule while warning it against committing violence against peaceful protesters, World News reported Monday. The statement comes almost a week since the Sudanese military deposed …

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Kim Jong Un Re-Elected As North Korean Leader

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PYONGYANG – Kim Jong Un has been re-elected as North Korean leader in a shakeup of the country’s ruling personnel, Sky news reported Friday. Mr Kim was again named chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the nation’s most important decision-making body. The election came at the first session of the …

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US Wants UN to Revoke the Powers of the Maduro Government


WASHINGTON – US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday called on the United Nations to revoke the powers of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government and to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate leader, CGTN reported Thursday. He added that the United States had drafted a UN resolution …

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