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Leader of far-right Proud Boys arrested on charges related to pro-Trump protests

Leader of far-right Proud Boys arrested on charges related to pro-Trump protests

  • On Monday, Washington police arrested the leader of the far-right Proud Boys on the charge of destruction of property related to the pro-Trump protests last month.
  • During his arrest, Tarrio was found to be in possession of two high-capacity firearm magazines, prompting him also to be charged with possessing a high-capacity device, according to the police.
Updated 05 Jan, 2021 12:03pm
Taliban accuse U.S of violating peace agreement, in the aftermath of targeted airstrikes
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Taliban accuse U.S of violating peace agreement, in the aftermath of targeted airstrikes

  • On Monday, the Taliban accused the United States of violating the U.S-Taliban peace agreement signed in February in Doha, claiming that American forces carried out targeted airstrikes in Nangarhar, Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
  • This statement came shortly after the U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the Taliban had not targeted American soldiers in Afghanistan in almost a year; since the signing of the U.S-Taliban deal.
Updated 04 Jan, 2021 12:55pm
China senior diplomat says U.S. relations at 'new crossroads'
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China senior diplomat says U.S. relations at 'new crossroads'

  • China’s relationship with the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and could get back on the right track following a period of “unprecedented difficulty”, senior diplomat Wang Yi said in official comments published on Saturday.
  • Relations between the world’s two biggest economies have come under increasing strain amid a series of disputes over trade, human rights and the origins of COVID-19.
Published 02 Jan, 2021 03:56pm
Senate Investigation reveals Obama Administration knowingly funnelled aid funds to terrorist affiliate
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Senate Investigation reveals Obama Administration knowingly funnelled aid funds to terrorist affiliate

  • The Obama Administration sent public funds to a non-profit humanitarian agency, which improperly transacted with an organization that had previously been sanctioned over its ties to terrorist groups.
  • The probe revealed that World Vision funnelled rough $5 million to Maktab al-Khidamat, the predecessor to Al-Qaeda; adding that insufficient vetting practices led to such dangerous levels of ignorance.
Updated 02 Jan, 2021 03:52pm
Iran's foreign minister says Trump trying to fabricate pretext to attack Iran
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Iran's foreign minister says Trump trying to fabricate pretext to attack Iran

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of attempting to fabricate a pretext to attack Iran, and said Tehran would defend itself forcefully.
  • Separately, a military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader warned Trump “not to turn the New Year into mourning for Americans”.
Published 01 Jan, 2021 05:06pm
Research body files lawsuit against State Department, to block $23 billion weapons deal to UAE
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Research body files lawsuit against State Department, to block $23 billion weapons deal to UAE

  • In an effort to block the sale of $23 billion in advanced military systems to the United Arab Emirates, a foreign policy research body is suing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department.
  • Critics argued that the Trump Administration did not go through the proper congressional review process and left unanswered questions about the purpose of the transfer, which included F-35 advanced fighter jets and MQ-9 reaper drones.
Updated 01 Jan, 2021 03:24pm
Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing Trump for a strike on Iran ahead of Biden inauguration
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Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing Trump for a strike on Iran ahead of Biden inauguration

  • Israel and Saudi Arabia are reportedly pushing the Trump Administration to carry out a surgical strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
  • Riyadh and Jerusalem have "exerted heavy pressure on the president to take out Iran's nuclear installations in a surgical strike", in an effort to "sabotage" President-elect Biden's plan to re-enter negotiations with the Iranian regime.
Updated 01 Jan, 2021 12:49pm
U.S, Israel’s bid to oppose U.N’s annual budget over alleged bias against Jerusalem receives no support at the forum
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U.S, Israel’s bid to oppose U.N’s annual budget over alleged bias against Jerusalem receives no support at the forum

  • On Thursday, the outgoing Trump Administration launched a last ditch appeal supporting Israel in the United Nations, by voting against the organisation's annual budget - which found no international support.
  • As a result, the United Nations General Assembly approving a $3.231 billion budget for 2021, with 167 nations in favour and only the United States and Israel in contention.
Updated 01 Jan, 2021 12:21pm
Fauci sees U.S. gaining control over pandemic by next autumn
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Fauci sees U.S. gaining control over pandemic by next autumn

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Wednesday he foresees America achieving enough collective COVID-19 immunity through vaccinations to regain “some semblance of normality” by autumn 2021.
  • Fauci said he was “not surprised,” adding that additional cases of the variant would likely surface around the country and that the mutating nature of such viruses is normal.
Published 31 Dec, 2020 03:17pm
President Trump briefed on Chinese attempts to fund insurgents in Afghanistan
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President Trump briefed on Chinese attempts to fund insurgents in Afghanistan

  • Earlier this month, President Donald Trump received unconfirmed information that China sought to pay non-state actors to attack American forces in Afghanistan.
  • In a press briefing on Thursday, Wang Wenbin, Spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the accusation as slanderous, stating that it was "completely nonsense and completely fake news".
Updated 31 Dec, 2020 04:13pm
U.S ‘grateful’ to Pakistan for appealing acquittals in Daniel Pearl case
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U.S ‘grateful’ to Pakistan for appealing acquittals in Daniel Pearl case

  • The United States Department of Justice released a statement thanking the Pakistan government for appealing against a court order acquitting Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • This controversial decision is now being appealed separately by the Pakistani government, and by Pearl's family in the Supreme Court; stating that Sheikh's release from prison would endanger the public.
Published 30 Dec, 2020 07:33pm
Convicted U.S spy greeted by Netanyahu as he arrives in Israel
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Convicted U.S spy greeted by Netanyahu as he arrives in Israel

  • On Wednesday, Jonathan Pollard, an American jailed in the United States since 1985 on charges of spying for Israel, landed in Israel where he was received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Israel's raid on the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's Tunis headquarters in October 1985, that killed around 60 people, was planned through information from Pollard.
Updated 30 Dec, 2020 07:05pm
Using drones, tunnels and new routes, Mexico’s drug cartels seek to fend off the COVID’s economic fallout
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Using drones, tunnels and new routes, Mexico’s drug cartels seek to fend off the COVID’s economic fallout

  • The coronavirus pandemic had an unprecedented impact on the global economy, thrusting economies into uncharted territory - and drug cartels were no different.
  • The cartel - being one of the world's most powerful drug trafficking groups - used a mix of ingenuity and business acumen to adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances in a pandemic-stricken world.
Updated 30 Dec, 2020 05:22pm
Defying Trump, McConnell puts off vote on $2,000 checks, urges override of defense bill veto
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Defying Trump, McConnell puts off vote on $2,000 checks, urges override of defense bill veto

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday put off a vote on increasing COVID-19 relief checks from $600 to $2,000 and urged senators to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense bill.
  • McConnell tied the larger checks, which were demanded by Trump and supported by Democrats, to two other measures the president wants but which most Democrats oppose.
Published 30 Dec, 2020 03:39pm
U.S. House approves $2,000 coronavirus aid checks sought by Trump
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U.S. House approves $2,000 coronavirus aid checks sought by Trump

  • The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-134 to meet President Donald Trump’s demand for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks on Monday, sending the measure on to an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate.
  • Trump last week threatened to block a massive pandemic aid and spending package if Congress did not boost stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 and cut other spending.
Published 29 Dec, 2020 03:01pm