23 Apr 2019

US offers $10 million for information on Hezbollah financing

The US State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for anyone who can provide it with information that will enable the US to seriously disrupt the finances of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Islamist militant group that the US and various other Western and Middle-Eastern countries consider to

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23 Apr 2019

US could regard cyberattack on Japan as ‘armed attack,’ Pompeo says

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US and Japan agree that Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty, which obliges the countries to come to each other’s defense in case of an armed attack, could also be activated by a cyberattack because “international law applies in cyberspace

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23 Apr 2019

Iran says ready for U.S. waivers end, as Guards threaten to shut Hormuz

Iran on Monday said that it is prepared for the effects of US President Trump’s recent decision to stop issuing waivers for the largest importers of Iranian oil. Due to the US move, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India will be in violation of US sanctions if they continue

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22 Apr 2019

Trump Endorses an Aspiring Libyan Strongman, Reversing Policy

US President Trump on Friday endorsed Khalifa Haftar, a renegade Libyan military leader who is challenging the legitimacy of the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli. One day after the US opposed a draft United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, Trump called Haftar to

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19 Apr 2019

U.S., Russia say cannot support a U.N. call for Libya truce: diplomats

On Thursday, renewed fighting in Libya further increased the death toll related to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s campaign to overthrow the internationally recognized Libyan government. Despite this, both the United States and Russia refused to support a draft United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. While

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18 Apr 2019

North Korea calls for Pompeo to be dropped from talks; tests tactical weapon

In possible future negotiations between North Korea and the US, the North Korean delegation would like to deal with someone “who is more careful and mature in communicating with us” than US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, senior foreign affairs official Kwon Jong Gun said on Thursday, adding that he

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18 Apr 2019

Army Secretary Reveals Weapons Wishlist for War with China & Russia

The US is building new weapons designed for “high-intensity conflict” with China and Russia, US Army officials revealed earlier this week. US Secretary of the Army Mark Esper stated that he intends to invest more in advanced weapons and technologies that would be needed “to penetrate Russian or Chinese air

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18 Apr 2019

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani urges regional powers to ‘unite against US’

In a Thursday speech, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed all regional problems on Zionism and “America’s arrogance,” and called upon regional powers to “stand together, be together and rid the region of the aggressor’s presence.” Rouhani also stressed that Iran’s military forces are not a threat to the national interests

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18 Apr 2019

Peace talks postponed as Taliban objects to size of Afghan delegation

The Taliban has postponed a meeting with politicians and civil society representatives from Afghanistan over issues with the size and composition of the delegation that counted 250 members. The delegation included people working for the Afghan government, which the Taliban said was not in accordance with a list of members

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17 Apr 2019

How China weaponizes overseas arms sales

Although China still lags behind the US in terms of arms exports, the country is exporting more weapons to an increasing number of countries as part of its strategy to increase its influence across the globe while challenging that of the United States. China’s arms exports have increased dramatically over

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