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Iraqi Prime Minister wants Exxon out

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said on Monday he wants another American company to replace Exxon Mobil Corp when it exits Iraq. Exxon, which in 2019 had looked poised to move ahead with a $53 billion project to boost Iraq’s oil output, has been seeking to sell its 32.7% stake in one …

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Americans admit to losing long war in Afghanistan

Jason Lilley was a special operations forces Marine Raider who fought in multiple battles in Iraq and Afghanistan during America’s longest war. As Lilley, 41, reflects on President Joe Biden’s decision to end America’s military mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 31, he expresses love for his country, but disgust at …

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COVID misinformers identified on social media

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) released a report on Monday citing that the vast majority of anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) originated from just 12 people. The CCDH report found that 12 online personalities, dubbed the “disinformation dozen,” have a combined 59 million followers …

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Iran adamant that prisoner swap agreed with US

Iran insisted on Sunday that a prisoner swap deal has been agreed with the United States, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said, a day after Washington denied such an agreement had been reached.FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, amid the …

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US public outraged at so-called lego gun

A US gun company is facing a backlash after it produced a real pistol designed to resemble a gun made of Lego bricks, with many describing the action as dangerous and irresponsible.  Culper Precision, a company that manufactures Glock19 pistols, has used plastic toy bricks similar to those produced by the …

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Iraqi PM headed to White House

U.S. President Joe Biden will host Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House on July 26, the White House said on Friday. The visit will highlight the strategic partnership between the two countries and advance bilateral cooperation under a 2008 agreement that governed the withdrawal of U.S. troops …

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US disenchanted with Hariri situation

The United States said Thursday’s resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister-designate was disappointing.“It is critical that a government committed and able to implement priority reforms be formed now,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after Hariri abandoned his efforts to form a government nine months after accepting the …

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US interferes in Egyptian civil society

The United States on Wednesday warned Egypt not to target rights campaigners after a prominent activist was indicted, saying the issue would be a factor in arms sales to the ally. Hossam Bahgat, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, said this week that prosecutors indicted him and …

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Biden chooses Flake for Turkey ambassador slot

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated Republican former U.S. Senator Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey, tapping a political appointee for a critical post as ties between the two NATO allies remains strained. “Given the strategic importance of the United States’ relationship with our long-time NATO Ally, the Republic …

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US prosecutors charge Iranians with kidnap attempt

U.S. prosecutors have accused four Iranians alleged to be intelligence operatives of Tehran of plotting to kidnap a New York journalist and human rights activist who was critical of Iran, according to a Justice Department indictment. unsealed Tuesday. In recent years, Iranian intelligence officers have tricked a number of overseas …

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