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Trump signs bill creating Space Force

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed legislation Friday to create a full-fledged Pentagon force for combat in outer space — the first new military service in seven decades.Capping an ambitious order Trump issued in June 2018, the US Space Force officially came into being when Trump signed the annual military budget, …

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US denies public was lied to about Afghan war progress

WASHINGTON: Top US defence officials denied on Friday that the military had for years hidden from the public its lack of progress in the Afghan war. Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley rejected allegations that the Pentagon and other government agencies had falsely reported progress …

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Muslim nations consider gold dinar to beat sanctions

  KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Iran, Malaysia, Turkey and Qatar are considering using the gold dinar and barter trade as a way of protecting themselves against any future economic sanctions. At the end of the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 in the Malaysian capital on Saturday, Mahathir …

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Malaysian PM Mahathir criticises India’s citizenship law

KUALA LUPMUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday criticised a new citizenship law in India that excludes Muslim immigrants. At a news conference following the conclusion of an Islamic summit in Kuala Lumpur, Mahathir said India is a secular state and the religions of people should not prevent them …

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Muslim nations consider gold, barter trade to beat sanctions

KUALA LUMPUR: Iran, Malaysia, Turkey and Qatar are considering trading among themselves in gold and through a barter system as a hedge against any future economic sanctions on them, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday. At the end of an Islamic summit in Malaysia, Mahathir praised Iran and …

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President Xi warns Trump against interfering in Taiwan, Hong Kong

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping told his US counterpart Donald Trump on Friday that US comments and actions regarding Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet are harming ties between the two economic giants, state media reported. In a phone conversation with Trump, Xi “noted that the US behaviors have interfered …

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Turkey threatens US with counter-sanctions

Turkey has vowed to retaliate in kind if the United States brings it under sanctions over its purchasing Russia’s S-400 air defense systems and signing a natural gas deal with Moscow. Russia and Turkey finalized an agreement on the delivery of the S-400 in December 2017. In July, Turkey’s Defense …

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