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Trump to sanction allies over Iran oil, causing new friction

Trump to sanction allies over Iran oil, causing new frictionThe United States said Monday it would start imposing sanctions on friends such as India that buy Iranian oil, in its latest aggressive step to counter Tehran that could jeopardize US relationships. One targeted country, Turkey, vowed to defy the US demands that sent global crude prices spiraling higher, although President Donald Trump tweeted that his close ally Saudi Arabia would “more than make up” for cuts in Iranian oil. In seeking to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero, the Trump administration is targeting the country’s top revenue maker in its latest no-holds-barred move to crush the economy and scale back the clerical regime’s influence.



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Hezbollah warns U.S. over sanctions against Iran and allies

Hezbollah warns U.S. over sanctions against Iran and alliesLebanon’s Hezbollah raised the prospect of retaliation by Iran and its allies over U.S. sanctions, saying on Wednesday that all options were on the table were Washington to take steps that “threaten our nation”. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the heavily armed Iranian-backed Shi’ite group, said the United States’ move this week to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization reflected a failure of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Iran and its allies, which include Hezbollah, had so far made do with condemnation in response to the U.S. sanctions, said Nasrallah, before adding that this was “not a permanent and fixed policy”.



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Trump and GOP Allies Want Investigation of Mueller Probe's Roots

Trump and GOP Allies Want Investigation of Mueller Probe's RootsGraham said at a news conference that Attorney General William Barr should appoint a new special counsel to examine why the U.S. government, under President Barack Obama, decided to open an investigation into Russian election interference in 2016, and whether it was an excuse to spy on Trump’s campaign. “Was it a ruse to get into the Trump campaign?” Graham said at the news conference.



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Thaksin Says Thai Election ‘Rigged’ as Allies Challenge Army

Thaksin Says Thai Election ‘Rigged’ as Allies Challenge ArmyReeling off a litany of election irregularities, Thaksin said the military regime “clearly is afraid” and its proxy party Palang Pracharath would lead a “very unstable government” if it doesn’t have a majority in the lower house of parliament. Earlier, allies in Thaksin’s Pheu Thai party claimed victory and said it would seek to form a government. “Whether or not the junta’s leaders now allow the pro-democracy parties to form a government, they will find a way to stay in charge,” Thaksin wrote in an op-ed published in the New York Times.



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House passes broad anti-hate resolution after pressure from Omar allies

House passes broad anti-hate resolution after pressure from Omar alliesThe House passed a broad resolution condemning hate after backlash from a number of factions across the Democratic Party forced changes to a bill that originally focused on anti-Semitism.



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Turkey's foreign minister says allies should not intervene in its purchase of weapons: Hurriyet

Turkey's foreign minister says allies should not intervene in its purchase of weapons: HurriyetTurkey’s allies should not intervene with Ankara’s purchase of defense systems from non-NATO countries because they have rejected proposals to purchase it from them, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Wednesday. “These allies who sometimes create obstacles for us to purchase even simple weapons have started feeling uneasy after we bought S-400s,” he was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper. The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that Washington has made clear to Turkey that if it proceeds with the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense system the United States will have to reassess Ankara’s participation in the F-35 fighter program.



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Cohen gives who's who of Trump allies, potential witnesses

Cohen gives who's who of Trump allies, potential witnessesNEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen gave Congress a who's who of President Donald Trump's allies and business associates during his testimony Wednesday. Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer rattled off more than a dozen names, giving House committees a potential roadmap for future hearings.



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House Democrats seek interviews with Trump's children and close allies

House Democrats seek interviews with Trump's children and close alliesThe House oversight committee chairman, Elijah Cummings, has said he will seek interviews with Donald Trump’s children and some of his closest allies after public testimony by the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Among those the committee will call in for testimony are Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump, as well as the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.



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U.S. envoy on Syria tells allies troop withdrawal won't be abrupt

U.S. envoy on Syria tells allies troop withdrawal won't be abruptThe United States will not make an abrupt and rapid withdrawal of its troops from Syria and will consult closely with its allies on the issue, its special envoy on Syria said on Sunday. “We’ve been telling them (allies) continuously this is not going to be an abrupt, rapid withdrawal but a step-by-step withdrawal,” James Franklin Jeffrey told the Munich Security Conference, addressing concerns from allies over the U.S. decision to pullout 2,000 troops.



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Merkel's Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new era

Merkel's Bavarian allies elect new head, ushering in new eraBERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies elected a new leader Saturday, a change that offers Germany's center-right a chance to move past their persistent bickering over recent years.



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