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North Korea conducts hydrogen bomb test; U.S. pledges 'massive' response if threatened

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea on Sunday conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, prompting the threat of a "massive" military response from the United States if it or its allies were threatened.
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Sweden got a strange warning from the Trump administration

...Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense warns about severe consequences if Sweden signs the treaty......
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Russia, digesting U.S. diplomatic retaliation, pledges 'harsh' response

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday it would respond harshly to any U.S. measures designed to hurt it, a day after the United States told Moscow to close its San Francisco consulate and buildings in Washington and New York....
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France sees talks on post-Iran nuclear deal, ballistic missile use

PARIS (Reuters) - France suggested on Wednesday that the nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers in 2015 could be supplemented through “future consultations” to include the post-2025 period and tackle Iran’s development of ballistic missiles. ...
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How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?

...Between them, the world's nuclear-armed states have around 15,000 warheads - the majority of which belong to the US and Russia.......
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Russia Fears New U.S. Nuclear Arms Make Bombing More Likely

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs fears updated, high-precision U.S. models of nuclear bombs will lower inhibitions to use nuclear weapons in combat, Russian state news agency Itar-Tass reported on Tuesday....
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Netanyahu to Putin: Iran's growing Syria role threatens Israel

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Iran's growing role in Syria poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday....
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US to pause issuing non-immigrant visas in Russia: embassy

Moscow (AFP) - Washington will halt the issuing of all non-immigrant visas in Russia for nine days from Wednesday and will thereafter reduce visa operations, the US embassy in Moscow said Monday, citing the "Russian government-imposed cap" on its staff levels....
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Navy chief orders probe into Pacific fleet after collisions

SINGAPORE (AP) -- The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured....
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North Korea delays Guam missile firing, U.S. says dialogue up to Kim

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does, the North's state media reported on Tuesday as the United States said any dialogue was up to Kim....
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Haley Demands IAEA Launch New Inspections of Iran Military Sites

Accuses Iran of Having Something to Hide...
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Donald Trump threatens Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro with military action

Donald Trump said last night he was considering possible military action against Venezuela in response to Nicolas Maduro's power grab....
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Venezuela's Maduro urges direct talks with Trump

Venezuelan leader expresses willingness to hold talks with the US president on the heels of a new wave of sanctions. ...
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Iranian drone comes close to U.S. fighter jet: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unarmed Iranian drone came within 100 feet (31 meters) of a U.S. Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. ...
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In Saudi Arabia’s quest to debilitate the Iranian economy, they destroyed Venezuela

Venezuela is the most disastrously oil-dependent state in the world. Oil accounts for 96 per cent of exports and more than 40 per cent of government revenues...
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U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Attacked With Sonic Weapon That Caused Hearing Loss

(WASHINGTON) — The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials believe was a string of bizarre attacks on a group of American diplomats in Havana with a covert sonic weapon that left the victims with severe hearing loss....
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Russian surveillance plane soars over the Pentagon, Capitol and other Washington sights

A Russian surveillance plane soared through secure airspace over Washington on Wednesday, presumably collecting intelligence as it traveled near the Pentagon, the Capitol and other government buildings, two U.S. officials said....
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China urges calm over North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged calm on Wednesday after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury". ...
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US to Deploy A-10 Thunderbolts, Airmen to Estonia

Officials Say Deployment Meant to 'Assure' Allies...
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US Troops Are on the Ground in Yemen for al-Qaeda Offensive

Pentagon Won't Rule Out More Troops Being Sent in Coming Weeks...
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