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Kellyanne Conway's husband and other Republicans launch a project dedicated to defeating Trump in 2020

Kellyanne Conway's husband and other Republicans launch a project dedicated to defeating Trump in 2020The new anti-Trump organization, dubbed "the Lincoln Project," has reportedly already raised over $ 1 million.



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Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichment

Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichmentA Russian state company suspended a research project with Iran because of its decision to resume enriching uranium, a move a senior official said Thursday was necessary after the U.S. canceled a waiver to allow the joint venture. The TVEL company said in a statement that Iran’s decision to resume uranium enrichment at the Fordo facility makes it impossible to convert the facility to produce radioactive isotopes for medical purposes. Iran agreed to stop uranium enrichment under a 2015 deal with world powers to prevent it from building a bomb, but it has resumed such activities after the U.S. pulled out of the pact last year and imposed new sanctions.



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Mexico breaks ground on new airport project outside capital

Mexico breaks ground on new airport project outside capitalMexico broke ground Thursday on a project to supplement the capital’s overtaxed international airport, finally making headway on a controversial alternative to another, equally controversial one that was scrapped last year after being about a third built. Bulldozers cleared earth at the site of the Santa Lucia air base north of Mexico City, and a backhoe scooped the soil into the backs of military-green trucks as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, top government officials and armed forces brass looked on. A video showed a rendering of the envisioned facility, which involves converting Santa Lucia for civilian use and building two additional landing strips and which the president vowed to inaugurate in spring 2022.



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Iraq Set to Join China’s Belt and Road Project amid Violent Anti-Government Unrest

Iraq Set to Join China’s Belt and Road Project amid Violent Anti-Government UnrestIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi announced during a state visit to Beijing on Sept. 23 that Iraq will sign on to China’s “Belt and Road” international infrastructure project, according to the Asia Times.“Iraq has gone through war and civil strife and is grateful to China for its valuable support,” Mahdi said during a visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, trade between the two countries recently exceeded $ 30 billion.“China would like, from a new starting point together with Iraq, to push forward the China-Iraq strategic partnership,” Xi stated. He said the two countries would collaborate on oil and infrastructure projects. Iraq is China’s second biggest oil supplier, while Beijing has become Baghdad’s biggest trade partner over the last few years.The news comes in the midst of a turbulent time for Iraq, where violent anti-government protests have resulted in over 40 deaths and internet access being cut throughout much of the country.The protests organically emerged after thousands, mostly young men, took to the streets to demand jobs, improved utilities such as electricity and water, and an uprooting of corruption in the oil-rich countryIn a televised address to the nation Friday, Mahdi urged the nation to “return life to normal” and “respect the law,” and told the people their demands would be recognized.“We will not make empty promises . . . or promise what we cannot achieve,” Mahdi said.



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Saudis project resolve, flash military might after Aramco attack

Saudis project resolve, flash military might after Aramco attackThousands of Saudis flocked to public celebrations across the country on Monday to mark national day, which featured a rare military parade and an air of heightened patriotism following last week’s attack on the kingdom’s energy industry. Nationalism, already on the rise under the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, appeared amplified in the wake of Sept. 14 strikes on Saudi Aramco plants that knocked out more than half the oil production of the world’s top exporter. Riyadh and Washington have rejected a claim of responsibility by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis and instead blamed Tehran, which denies any involvement.



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U.S. to return about $100 million to the Treasury for an Afghanistan project due to a lack of transparency

U.S. to return about $  100 million to the Treasury for an Afghanistan project due to a lack of transparencySecretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the United States would return about $ 100 million to the Treasury for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and would withhold a further $ 60 million in planned assistance to the country due to a lack of transparency.



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Newt Gingrich says slavery needs to be put 'in context,' calls 1619 project a 'lie'

Newt Gingrich says slavery needs to be put 'in context,' calls 1619 project a 'lie'"There were several hundred thousand white Americans who died in the Civil War in order to free the slaves," Gingrich argued.



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Secret Russia weapon project: gamechanger or PR stunt?

Secret Russia weapon project: gamechanger or PR stunt?A deadly explosion at a Russian testing site has focused attention on President Vladimir Putin’s bid to build a nuclear-powered missile that the Kremlin hopes would give Moscow the edge in a new arms race. Western experts have linked the blast at the Nyonoksa test site on August 8, which caused a sharp spike in local radiation levels, to the 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile first revealed by Putin in 2018. The Kremlin has, however, not confirmed that the accident was linked to the Burevestnik project and the identity of the missile that exploded remains uncertain.



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Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied for Russian-backed Ky. project

Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied for Russian-backed Ky. projectTwo former top staffers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department for the development of a new Kentucky aluminum mill backed by the Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to a new lobbying disclosure.



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Kenyan finance minister arrested on corruption charges over mega dam project

Kenyan finance minister arrested on corruption charges over mega dam projectKenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich and other treasury officials were arrested on Monday on corruption and fraud charges over a multi-million dollar project to build two mega dams, police said. Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji had ordered the arrest and prosecution of Rotich and 27 other top officials on charges of fraud, abuse of office and financial misconduct in the latest scandal to rock graft-wracked Kenya. Mr Rotich, his principal secretary and the chief executive of Kenya's environmental authority then presented themselves to the police. Mr Haji claimed the conception, procurement and payment processes for the dam project – part of a bid to improve water supply in the drought-prone country – was "riddled with irregularities". The arrests are part of a drive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to combat corruption in the poverty-plagued country, which has seen hundreds of millions of dollars disappear due to fraud.  A string of top officials have been charged since last year, when a damning report from the auditor general showed that the government could not account for $ 400 million (£321m) in public funds.  But it is unprecedented for a sitting minister to be arrested for corruption.  Detailing the charges, the chief prosecutor pointed to the awarding of the contract to Italian firm CMC di Ravenna in a manner that he said flouted proper procurement procedures, and despite financial woes that forced the company into liquidation and had led to it failing complete three other mega-dam projects. According to the contract, the project was to cost a total of $ 450 million (£361m), but the treasury had increased this amount by $ 164 million "without regard to performance or works," said Mr Haji. Some $ 180 million has already been paid out, with little construction to show for it, while a further $ 6 million was supposedly spent on resettlement but without the acquisition of any land. "Under the guise of carrying out legitimate commercial transactions, colossal amounts were unjustifiably and illegally paid out through a well-choreographed scheme by government officers in collusion with private individuals and institutions, Mr Haji said.  Mr Rotich has previously denied any wrongdoing, as has CMC di Ravenna.



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