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US senators move to block major arms sale to Saudi Arabia

A group of American senators are trying to block Joe Biden administration's arms sale to Riyadh over the kingdom’s involvement in the bloody war in Yemen, three senators announced on Thursday.

Iran hits back at Mike Pence over anti-Tehran remarks

An Iranian official has slammed Mike Pence former US vice president for his anti-Tehran rhetoric saying those claims are merely wishful thinking.

PA says Bennet’s comment on US consulate test for Biden

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has announced recent remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett regarding settlements and the US Consulate in Jerusalem is a critical test for the Biden administration.

US approves $650m sale of missiles to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has approved its first major arms sale to Riyadh under President Joe Biden with the sale of air-to-air missiles valued at $650 million, according to the Pentagon.

US says to maintain military presence in ME

A US official has confirmed that the administration of President Joe Biden does not intend to end the US military presence in the Middle East.

Erdogan: US should not support terror groups

Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the United States not ‘to support terrorist organizations’.

IRGC chief: US escaped from Afghanistan with humiliation

The commander in chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States pulled its troops back from Afghanistan with humiliation and now Washington has been marginalized more than ever before.

IAEA chief hopes to meet Iran’s president “soon”

The head of the United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog says he wishes to meet with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi soon to build a relation of "mutual trust and confidence".

China urges US to correct wrong policy on Iran

Beijing has called on Washington to “thoroughly correct its wrong policy of maximum pressure” against Tehran in order to bring the 2015 landmark agreement back on the right track. China has also welcomed Iran’s announcement of its return to the nuclear negotiations before the end of November.

Turkey to US: Deliver F-35s or give money back

The United States should either deliver the F-35s or return the money Turkey has paid for the military aircraft, Ankara says. Turkey has also announced it could purchase Russian-made SUs instead.

US says ready for talks with N Korea without preconditions

US Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim has held a meeting with South Korean Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk in Seoul.

Hungarian PM: US, EU meddling in upcoming vote

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused the US and the EU of trying to meddle in the country’s politics by backing the opposition seeking to replace him. Budapest preparing for a parliamentary election in April next year.

North Korea accuses US of “double standards” over military activities

North Korea says the United States exercises "double standards" in its approach to Pyongyang's weapons program. The announcement was made in a reply to the United Nations Security Council meeting over the recent ballistic missile test by Pyongyang.

Biden says concerned about China hypersonic missile test

US President Joe Biden has expressed concern about a possible Chinese hypersonic missile test. China has refuted a recent report over a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile test. Beijing announced it was a “routine test” for reusable space rocket technology.

US-Mexico border detentions at highest level in decades

The number of arrests made by American Border Patrol at US-Mexico border has climbed to the highest level since 1986, according to US Customs and Border Patrol data. The report has highlighted the deepening political and humanitarian challenges the White House is facing on immigration.

Majority of Americans blame Biden for rising inflation

More than 60 percent of Americans are pointing a finger at US President Joe Biden's policies over the rising inflation, a survey shows.

US calls for ‘sustained and substantive’ talks with North Korea

The United State has called for a “sustained and substantive dialogue” with North Korea over the country’s nuclear programme. This was announced by the US ambassador to the United Nations (UN) after the Security Council meeting over North Korea's latest missile launch. In September and October, Pyongyang conducted a series of new missile tests.

Poll: Almost 80% of republicans want Trump to run for president

Over three-fourths of republicans want the former president, Donald Trump to seek another term in the White House, according to a survey. Previous polls show Americans’ confidence in US President Joe Biden’s capability to handle several important issues is falling.

Syria base housing US forces hit by drone attacks

An American outpost in southeastern Syria was hit by drone attacks on Wednesday. No US troops stationed in the base was killed or injured.

Trump sues panel probing capitol riot

Former US President Donald Trump has filed a federal lawsuit against the committee investigating the Capitol Hill riots last January. The ex-leader is seeking to block the panel from obtaining his administration's records from the National Archives. Five people were killed during riots in the US Capitol complex.

“War Criminal” trends after death of Colin Powell

The death of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has drawn outrage from social media users who call the late general a “war criminal”. The former Top diplomat had pushed faulty intelligence before the United Nations (UN) to advocate for the Washington-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Turkey says in talks with US on purchase of F-16s

The United States has offered selling F-16 aircraft to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. Ankara was kicked out of the program after acquiring Russian S-400 missile defence systems.

Russia says allies against US military presence in Central Asia

All Moscow's Central Asian allies and neighbors are opposed to the deployment of American or NATO forces on their soil, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Survey shows Americans concerned about cyber-attacks

The vast majority of Americans are concerned about cyber-attacks on financial and national security sectors, a new poll has found. According to the poll, over 90 percent of the respondents are also very concerned about their data being hacked.

U.S. Capitol Police accused of ‘failures’ during riot

A whistleblower has accused US capitol police of failing to take appropriate measures to prevent the civilian deaths during last January riots in the Capitol complex. Five people were killed in the incidents.

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