Thursday, 21 January 2021

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United States to slash troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump vowed that he will sharply reduce the number of US forces deployed in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, but did not commit to a full withdrawal from the country’s longest war after facing fierce criticism from at home and abroad. ...

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U.S imposed sanctions on Iran’s banking sector

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s administration imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran’s banking sector, taking a major new step to cripple the arch-rival’s already struggling economy weeks ahead of US elections. The Treasury Department said it was designating 18 major Iranian banks, a move that could largely cut off the nation of 80 ...

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Trump COVID positive test rocks White House, campaign

WASHINGTON: The White House tried to reassure Americans on Friday that President Donald Trump was still working from isolation, after his bombshell announcement that he had caught the coronavirus threw the administration and presidential election campaign into uncertainty. Trump, who has played down the threat of the coronavirus pandemic from ...

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Taiwan military says it has right to counter attack amid China threats

TAIPEI: Taiwan said on Monday its armed forces have the right to self-defence and counter attack amid “harassment and threats”, in an apparent warning to China, which last week sent numerous jets across the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Tensions have sharply spiked in recent months between Taipei and Beijing, which ...

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US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in force

LONDON: The United States unilaterally proclaimed that United Nations sanctions against Iran were back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move other major countries – including its allies – said lacked legal basis. The so-called snapback -announced last month – also drew a sharp ...

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Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

SHANGHAI: Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging it has infringed on its patents. The company is calling for $1.43 billion in damages and demands that Apple cease “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” ...

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Joint US military drills get thumbs down from Thais amid coronavirus

BANGKOK: This month’s joint US-Thai military exercises in Thailand have drawn criticism from Thais on social media after authorities announced that dozens of visiting American troops would be undergoing their mandatory 14-day quarantine in Bangkok hotels. Some 106 American soldiers will join three separate exercises from Aug. 18 to 30 ...

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Pompeo insists China ‘tide is turning’ at contentious US Senate hearing

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted the “tide is turning” in dealings with China, citing international support for Washington s policies even as he expressed “dismay” at the number of countries supporting Beijing s new security law for Hong Kong. Reflecting rising tensions between the world s two largest economies, Pompeo ...

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