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Trump says no decision yet on Turkey sanctions over its Russian purchase

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration has not ruled out imposing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian air defense system.


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Trump says US Navy 'destroyed' Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that a US Navy ship had “destroyed” an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the ship, in the latest incident in the Gulf.


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US demands Iran free seized ship, vows to protect Gulf oil lifeline

The United States on Thursday demanded Iran immediately release a vessel it seized in the Gulf and a US military commander in the region said the United States would work “aggressively” to ensure free


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Pence calls on Saudi Arabia to release critic of Islam

US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday (July 18) called out ally Saudi Arabia for the suppression of religious liberties and urged it to release Raif Badawi, a blogger imprisoned for insulting Islam


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Indian warships to stay longer in Persian Gulf, but won't join US coalition

Indian warships escorting merchant vessels in the Persian Gulf will remain deployed for the longer term, officials with direct knowledge of the matter said, as tensions between Iran and Western powers


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Russia denies its troops are fighting in northwest Syria: RIA

Russia on Thursday (July 18) denied allegations by Syrian rebels that Russian special forces or ground troops were fighting in the campaign for the rebel-held region of Idlib, the RIA news agency repo


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Turkey says defense firms face temporary losses after F-35 removal

Turkish defense companies may face temporary losses after a US decision to remove Ankara from the F-35 fighter jet program but the industry will emerge stronger as a result, the head of Turkey’s Defen


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Revolutionary Guards impound foreign oil tanker in the Gulf: state TV

Iran has seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, state television quoted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as saying on Thursday (July 18).


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US officials: Did Turkish leader's coup memories drive Russia arms deal?

For some US officials, the Trump administration’s failure to persuade Turkey not to buy a Russian air defense system may have its roots in a coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan three years a


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US officials to brief diplomats on maritime security initiative for Gulf

US officials will speak to members of the Washington diplomatic corps on Friday about a new initiative to promote freedom of navigation and maritime security around the Strait of Hormuz, the State Dep


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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes southwest Iran

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near the city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran, the Mehr news agency reported on Thursday (July 18).


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House rejects Saudi weapons sales; Trump to veto

The US House of Representatives backed resolutions on Wednesday (July 17) to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending them to the White House,


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Syrian rebels say Moscow deploys ground forces in Idlib campaign

Russia has sent special forces in recent days to fight alongside Syrian army troops struggling to make gains in a more than two month assault in northwestern Syria to seize the last opposition bastion


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Iran's Zarif says US travel curbs on Iranian diplomats 'inhuman'

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that tight US travel restrictions on Iranian diplomats and their families living in New York are “basically inhuman.”


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US removing Turkey from F-35 after its Russian S-400 missile system purchase

The United States said on Wednesday (July 17) that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Ru


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Turkish court acquits RSF representative, two others

An Istanbul court on Wednesday (July 17) acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) as well as two other campaigners for press freedom on trial for terrorism charges, thei


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From Iraq to Yemen, drones raise US alarm over Iranian plans

The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington.


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Manchester bomber's brother being extradited from Libya to UK

The brother of a suicide bomber suspected of helping plan a 2017 attack on a concert in the British city of Manchester was being extradited from Libya on Wednesday (July 17), according to the force th


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UK PM May to discuss Grace 1 oil tanker with Gibraltar chief minister

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo later on Wednesday (July 17) to discuss the detained Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, a spokesman for May said.


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Yemen's Houthis say they launched drone attack on Saudi's Jizan airport

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it launched a drone attack on Jizan airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia early on Wednesday (July 17), part of an escalation of cross-border assaults in the 4-ye


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