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US and Qatar coordinate new sanctions wave against Hezbollah finances

The US Treasury Department Wednesday announced sanctions on a Hezbollah financial network based in the Arabian Peninsula, with support from Qatar. In the release, the US government noted that it designated these individuals and entities in “coordinated actions” with Qatar. Among the designations were Ali Reda Hassan al-Banai (Ali al-Banai), Ali Reda …

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US may have been hoodwinked by 4000 Iraqi refugees

U.S. authorities pursuing a sweeping fraud investigation suspect some 4,000 Iraqis of filing fraudulent applications for resettlement in the United States as refugees, and they are re-examining cases involving more than 104,000 others, according to State Department reports reviewed by Reuters.   More than 500 Iraqis already admitted as refugees …

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Houthis vow wider attacks on enemy states as Saudis thwart exploding boat

The Houthis on Sunday threatened to mount more drone and missile strikes on “unexpected” locations in the Arab coalition countries in response to the latest US sanctions on the militia’s leaders. Mohammed Ali Al-Houthis, the president of the Houthi supreme revolutionary committee, said his movement would escalate attacks on “aggressor …

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US finally resumes aid to Palestinians to the tune of $235 million

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday it would provide $235 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, The package, including humanitarian, economic and development assistance, was …

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In wake of Khashoggi report, US sanctions certain Saudi officials and contemplates halting arms sales

The Biden administration announced sanctions and visa bans on Friday targeting Saudi Arabian citizens over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of imposing sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself. U.S. President Joe Biden’s actions in the first weeks of his administration appear aimed at …

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Congress goes after Pompeo for misusing state resources

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, citing his refusal to comply with a subpoena for records into his “transparently political misuse” of department resources. The Democratic chairman of the committee, Eliot Engel, also cited a speech Pompeo recorded in …

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Pentagon deploying missile defence systems in Kuwait

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $1.425 billion sale of Patriot air and missile defense system components and upgrades to Kuwait, the Pentagon said on Thursday after notifying Congress of the certification. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the State Department had approved the sale of 84 …

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US offers $5m reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

The US State Department placed a $5 million (Dh18.4 million) reward for help locating the leader of the Pakistani Taliban on Thursday, linked to bloody attacks in Pakistan and the 2010 attempted Times Square car bombing in New York. The State Department posted the reward for information leading to the …

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