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Mattis, Tillerson make US stance on North Korea more confusing

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The heads of US State and Defense Departments, Rex Tillerson and James Mattis, say they are pushing for a “peaceful pressure campaign” on North Korea, breaking with President Donald Trump who has warned Pyongyang of “fire and fury” amid an ongoing standoff. “The US is willing to …

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US spends over $76bn on arming Afghan forces

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The United States has spent more than $76 billions in the last 16 years on arming the Afghan security forces, says a new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).The report, however, noted that despite spending so much money, the United States has not yet achieved …

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Venezuela: US-Backed Rightists Versus Ruling Leftists

WASINGTON (Web Desk) While the US has shown a strong support for the right-wing minority in Venezuela, leftist ruling party is resisting the US and its regional, international and domestic allies.Venezuela has been a pioneer of fighting colonial powers historically and it was the base of leftist movements in the …

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New Afghan strategy threatens graduated sanctions on Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US Senator John McCain has unveiled his long-promised strategy for Afghanistan, which threatens “imposing graduated diplomatic, military, and economic costs on Pakistan” if it continues to provide the alleged support and sanctuary to terrorist and insurgent groups, including the Taliban and the Haqqani Network.The strategy, issued on …

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Military option with North Korea ‘locked and loaded’: Trump

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump has said a military option against North Korea is “locked and loaded,” ratcheting up his war of words against the Asian nation. “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find …

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Trump says maybe his warning to North Korea ‘wasn’t tough enough’

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump doubled down on his warnings to North Korea Thursday, saying his threat to rain “fire and fury” on it maybe “wasn’t tough enough.” Speaking alongside Vice President Mike Pence, Trump also said China could do “a lot more” to pressure Pyongyang to end …

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Defeating ISIS could lead to Iranian empire: Henry Kissinger

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger has warned that destroying ISIS could lead to an “Iranian radical empire”. The former diplomat has suggested that once ISIS is defeated, if Iran occupies the free territory, the result could lead to the emergence of a new empire. The …

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FBI raids home of former Trump campaign chief

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided the home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, as part of an ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged intervention in the 2016 US presidential vote. “FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort’s residences. …

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Trump needs approval for preemptive strike on N Korea: GOP Sen

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan has said Congress needs to approve any preemptive strike against North Korea following President Trump’s threat to hit the country “with fire and fury.” On Tuesday, Trump said, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” after North Korea …

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