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WRAPUP 10-Saudi oil attacks came from southwest Iran, U.S. official says, raising tensions

WRAPUP 10-Saudi oil attacks came from southwest Iran, U.S. official says, raising tensionsWASHINGTON/DUBAI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The United States believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran, a U.S. official told Reuters, an assessment that further increases tension in the Middle East. Three officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the attacks involved cruise missiles and drones, indicating that they involved a higher degree of complexity and sophistication than initially thought.



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Attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iran: US official

Attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iran: US officialThe United States has concluded that the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities was launched from Iranian soil and cruise missiles were involved, a US official told AFP on Tuesday. The official, who declined to be identified, said the United States was gathering evidence about the attack to present to the international community, notably European allies, at the UN General Assembly next week. The weekend strikes on Abqaiq –- the world’s largest oil processing facility –- and the Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia have roiled global energy markets.



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WRAPUP 2-Evidence from Saudi oil attack points to Iran, not Yemen -U.S. official

WRAPUP 2-Evidence from Saudi oil attack points to Iran, not Yemen -U.S. officialWASHINGTON/DUBAI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities on Saturday that has threatened global oil supplies came from a direction indicating that Iran was behind it, and cruise missiles may have been the weapon of choice, according to a senior U.S. official. The comments added heft to Washington’s accusation that Iran launched the attacks that knocked out more than 5% of global oil supply, instead of the Yemeni Houthi group that claimed it.



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The Trump administration is going to reveal the identity of a Saudi official who allegedly helped the 9/11 terrorists

The Trump administration is going to reveal the identity of a Saudi official who allegedly helped the 9/11 terroristsThe Saudi official's name is being released to family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks, but will not be publicly disclosed for now.



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Justice Department nears prosecution of ex-FBI official McCabe: sources

Justice Department nears prosecution of ex-FBI official McCabe: sourcesThe U.S. Justice Department moved closer to a politically sensitive prosecution of former top FBI official Andrew McCabe on Thursday by rejecting a request from his legal team to drop the case, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. The notice indicates that the department could soon bring criminal charges against the FBI’s former No. 2 official, who has endured years of criticism by President Donald Trump after playing a key role in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the 2016 election. McCabe has said those attacks are part of an effort to undermine law enforcement and intelligence professionals.



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Former FEMA Official Arrested on Bribery, Fraud Charges Relating to Puerto Rico Power Restoration

Former FEMA Official Arrested on Bribery, Fraud Charges Relating to Puerto Rico Power RestorationA former Federal Emergency Management Agency official has been arrested on charges that she took bribes from the president of a company that received $ 1.8 billion from the federal government to repair Puerto Rico's power grid after it was decimated by Hurricane Maria.Federal authorities said they arrested former FEMA deputy administrator Ahsha Tribble and the former president of Cobra Acquisitions, Donald K. Ellison, on Tuesday, accusing them of conspiring to defraud the federal government. Also arrested was Jovanda Patterson, who worked under Tribble at FEMA and was later hired by Cobra.“They took advantage of one of the most vulnerable moments in the history of Puerto Rico to enrich themselves,” said the U.S. attorney for Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.A federal investigation found that Tribble and Ellison had cultivated a “close personal relationship” and that Ellison had multiplied Tribble's slew of perks in exchange for her influence in securing Cobra's government contracts. The gifts included a helicopter tour over Puerto Rico, a New York apartment, plane tickets, and hotel stays.In one instance, Tribble threatened in February of last year to withhold FEMA aid from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority if it did not hire Cobra to repair damage from an explosion, despite officials' at the public utility saying they could get the work done for a lower price.



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U.S. charges FEMA official in Puerto Rico for taking bribes after Hurricane Maria

U.S. charges FEMA official in Puerto Rico for taking bribes after Hurricane MariaThe U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced corruption charges against a senior government official and a contractor who oversaw the rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017. In a 15-count indictment, U.S. prosecutors allege that Ahsha Tribble, who oversaw the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s efforts to restore electrical power after the hurricane, accepted helicopter rides, hotel rooms and other bribes from Donald Ellison, who was then president of Cobra Acquisitions LLC, which was contracted to do the work. In return, Tribble pressured FEMA and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to steer work to Ellison’s firm, prosecutors said.



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Trump news: President says Bahamas full of 'bad gang members', as official threatens to fire NOAA employees over Hurricane Dorian claims

Trump news: President says Bahamas full of 'bad gang members', as official threatens to fire NOAA employees over Hurricane Dorian claimsDonald Trump is campaigning in North Carolina on Monday in support of Republican Mark Harris, who faces a strong challenge in a special election in a district that the president carried overwhelmingly in 2016.During an impromptu press conference before boarding his plane to that state, Mr Trump shocked reports by telling them that he is hesitant to allow Bahamians to enter the US after Hurricane Dorian because the island is full of "bad gang members". Also during that press conference, the president repeatedly said that Barack Obama had given him a present by leaving judicial vacancies, and repeatedly insisted that pundits had misanalysed the 2018 election results — in which Republicans lost control of the House — because his party had retained control of the Senate in an election year that favoured the GOP.



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Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat -Lebanese state news agency

Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat -Lebanese state news agencyA former official in the powerful Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah was found dead in his flat in a Beirut neighborhood, the state-run Lebanese news agency said on Sunday. Security forces immediately opened an investigation and were awaiting the arrival of a forensic doctor to determine the cause of death, National News Agency said, giving only the initials of the man. Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged cross-border fire last Sunday after a drone attack in a Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb in the fiercest shelling exchange between the two adversaries since the 2006 Lebanon war.



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UPDATE 1-Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat

UPDATE 1-Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flatA former official in the powerful Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah was found dead in his flat in a Beirut neighborhood, the state-run Lebanese news agency said on Sunday. Security forces immediately opened an investigation and were awaiting the arrival of a forensic doctor to determine the cause of death, National News Agency said, giving only the initials of the man. A Hezbollah official who requested anonymity confirmed the death of Ali Hatoum and told Reuters an investigation was under way but that it did not appear to be security related.



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