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Iran sanctions to be tightened, Bolton

The United States will step up enforcement of sanctions on Iran, national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday, as Tehran tries to find ways to evade the restrictions in oil trade and in banking. “The objective has been from the beginning to get oil exports from Iran down to zero,” Bolton said. “It is our …

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Lavrov condemns sanctions on Iran as illegal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions on Iran were not legitimate, in Moscow’s first official comment since Washington restored sanctions on Tehran. Lavrov said Moscow, itself a target of separate U.S. sanctions, expected there would be ways to pursue economic cooperation with Iran despite the …

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Iran defiant of Trump sanctions, and Trump tweets

Iran’s top leader said on Saturday U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies face opposition across the world as Washington prepared to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s vital oil-exporting and financial sectors, state television reported. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said Iran’s arch-adversary the United States had failed to reassert its domination …

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A Hardest Slap ever to the American Administration and the Israeli Government as the Jerusalemites Boycott the Municipal Elections in Jerusalem

Member of the PLO Executive Committee, and the DFLP’s Political Bureau, Tayseer Khaled saluted the Palestinian Jerusalemites, as they have boycotted the municipal elections in the occupied East Jerusalem, which emphasizes their solid position on the city despite all the maneuvers exerted by the Israel Government and the occupation Municipality …

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Pittsburgh synagogue massacre shocks world

The 11 victims murdered at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack ever on the Jewish community in the United States were mostly older worshipers, ranging in age from 54 to 97, officials said on Sunday. The suspected gunman, 46-year-old Robert Bowers of Pittsburgh, stormed the building during a Saturday …

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Donald Trump: US will build up nuclear arsenal

President Donald Trump has warned that the US will bolster its nuclear arsenal to put pressure on Russia and China. Speaking to reporters, he repeated his belief that Russia has violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which he has threatened to leave. Russia denies this. The Cold War-era …

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Saudi crown prince is ‘gonna have to be replaced’ amid ‘insulting’ explanation for Khashoggi’s death, Rand Paul says

The Saudi government’s overnight announcement that Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi died in a fistfight at its consulate in Turkey was “insulting,” and provided another reason Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is “gonna have to be replaced,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told “Fox News Sunday.” Authorities in Saudi Arabia said 18 suspects were in …

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Several hurt in chopper crash on US carrier in Pacific

A US Navy helicopter crashed on board a US aircraft carrier patrolling the Pacific on Friday, causing several injuries, the military said in a statement. “All injured personnel are in stable condition under evaluation by Ronald Reagan medical staff. While some personnel will be medically evacuated ashore, none of the …

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China lacks currency transparency: US

Beijing is not a currency manipulator but China’s exchange rate practices and the yuan’s recent decline are of “particular concern,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. In putting Beijing and five other US trading partners on notice, the Treasury again refrained from escalating a fight over China’s currency as …

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