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United Nations Passes New Sanctions Against North Korea

The United Nations Security Council passed new sanctions against North Korea but refrained from imposing the harshest options the White House proposed following a month of antagonistic military action by the regime of Kim Jong Un. The unanimous decision to impose the new penalties follows North Korea’s recent nuclear test …

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BRICS Voices Concern Over Violence Caused by Terror Groups in Afghanistan

BRICS nations have expressed concern over the security situation in the region including Afghanistan and violence caused by terror groups like Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh and Pakistan-based LeT and JeM. In a declaration, BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) called upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism, including countering …

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Russia: U.S. closure of diplomatic sites a ‘blatantly hostile act’

Moscow denounced the American decision to close three Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States as a “blatantly hostile act” that violated international law and demanded Washington reverse the order. The United States has ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco and two buildings housing trade missions …

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Australia May Send More Troops to Afghanistan Under Trump Surge

Australian Prime minister emphasizes ‘very, very strong’ relationship with US after Trump announces plan to reorient military mission towards ‘killing terrorists’. Malcolm Turnbull has refused to rule out sending more troops to Afghanistan and emphasized the “very, very strong” relationship with the United States in a sign Australia could contribute …

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Saudi Arabia: Iran Refused To Fully Investigate 2016 Embassy Attack

Saudi Arabia has condemned Iran for delaying and refusing to complete investigations into the attack on Riyadh’s embassy in Tehran last year. A statement released by Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Iranian authorities refused to accommodate and allow entry of a team from Saudi Arabia to investigate what …

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Trump Rejects Adviser’s Plan for Afghanistan

For months, President Donald Trump’s national security advisers have been working on a new strategy to end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. But the president shut down that plan, sending them back to the drawing board. That plan was from national security adviser H. R. McMaster who, sources tell Politico, has …

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U.S. Policy Toward Afghanistan ‘Is Hard, Takes Time’: Mattis

U.S. Defense Secretary, James Mattis says the Trump administration is “close” to finalizing a plan going forward in Afghanistan. Mattis emphasized that putting together an overall strategy “takes time” and added, “this is hard work so you’ve got to get it right, that’s all there is to it and we …

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Robotics Team Disappears After U.S. Competition

The U.S. police were searching on Thursday for six African teenagers who were reported missing from a global robotics competition in Washington, the New York Times reported. U.S. Police officials confirmed that two members of the robotics team from Burundi, Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were seen entering …

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Pakistan Launches Military Operation Against Islamic State in Tribal Areas  

Pakistan’s military has launched a large scale operation against the Islamic States in its volatile tribal areas, bordering Afghanistan, Reuters reported. Pakistani Military Spokesman, Lieutenant General Asif Ghafoor claimed that Islamic State (Daesh) was growing in strength inside Afghanistan, prompting Pakistan to launch an operation in Federally Administered Tribal Areas …

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