Trump says North Korean missile sites are ‘nothing new’

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized what he called “inaccurate” media reports that North Korea had not declared an estimated 20 missile bases. “We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new – and nothing happening out of the normal,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I will be the …

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U.S. lays barbed wire at border as migrant caravan draws closer

Hundreds of Central American migrants planning to seek asylum in the United States moved toward the country’s border with Mexico on Tuesday as U.S. military reinforced security measures, laying barbed wire and erecting barricades. Some 400 migrants who broke away from the main caravan in Mexico City arrived in the …

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Ethiopia arrests former deputy intelligence chief

Ethiopia’s former deputy intelligence chief has been arrested, Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said on Thursday, in the latest move targeting security officials for human rights abuses and corruption. “Former deputy of NISS and Federal Police Commission Commissioner General Yared Zerihun has been apprehended by police,” Berhanu Tsegaye said on Twitter …

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Ethiopia arrests ex-head of army firm in crackdown on security services

Ethiopia arrested the former head of a military-run industrial conglomerate on Tuesday and flew him in handcuffs to the capital, state media reported, a day after authorities announced investigations targeting senior members of the security forces. Kinfe Dagnew, a Brigadier General in Ethiopia’s army and former chief executive of METEC, …

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U.S. designates son of Hezbollah leader a terrorist

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday designated Jawad Nasrallah, son of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a terrorist and accused him of carrying out attacks against Israel in the West Bank. The department also blacklisted Al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB), which it said had links to Hezbollah and had plotted …

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Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as sectarian threat grows

Fifteen Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shi’ite militia forces fighting Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday, officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones continued. The fighting in Jaghori district, an area inhabited mainly by Shi’ite ethnic Hazaras, has been …

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Suicide bomber kills six near police checkpoint in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, killing at least six people near a police checkpoint, including policemen, officials said, but no militant group has yet claimed responsibility. Six people were killed in the explosion, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior …

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U.S. envoy aims to end Iran oil exports without price spike

The United States is determined to push Iranian oil exports to zero, U.S. Special Representative Brian Hook said on Wednesday, through a ‘calibrated’ approach using maximum economic pressure without lifting oil prices. The United States resumed sanctions on Iran’s oil, shipping and banking industries on Monday after President Donald Trump …

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At least 13 killed in Tajik prison riot: sources

Tajik security forces have killed at least 13 inmates at a prison in the city of Khujand where a riot broke out late on Wednesday, three security sources told Reuters on Thursday. The city government, contacted by Reuters, confirmed there had been a riot, but provided no other information.

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