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Strengthen Your Retirement Security in 7 Steps

Strengthen Your Retirement Security in 7 StepsRetirement security is the ability to live a comfortable retirement without the burden of financial stress. Early planning is the best way to ensure a financially secure retirement, but not everyone has the luxury of time to prepare. The financial decisions you make in the years approaching retirement will have a significant impact on your retirement security.



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Trump, top national security officials discuss Afghanistan

Trump, top national security officials discuss AfghanistanWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his national security team had an hourlong, classified meeting on Afghanistan on Friday, a day after a top Afghan official openly complained that the Trump administration was keeping his government in the dark about its negotiations with the Taliban.



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U.S. mosques increase security after New Zealand attack

U.S. mosques increase security after New Zealand attackMosques around the United States increased security measures for Friday prayers after a gunman shot dead 49 people and wounded more than 40 at two New Zealand mosques. Police in New York and other cities said they were stepping up patrols at mosques and other places of worship as a precaution, although there was no sign of any specific threat. Nihad Awad, head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said at a Washington news conference that he urged Muslims who would be praying at the more than 3,000 mosques in the United States to “not abandon your mosques.” For years, American Muslims have become used to police patrols, active shooter drills and private security officers guarding mosques for Friday prayers.



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France steps up security near religious sites after New Zealand attacks

France steps up security near religious sites after New Zealand attacksFrench authorities have stepped up security measures near religious sites after deadly attacks against two mosques in New Zealand left 49 people dead, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Friday. “Patrols will be held around religious sites,” Castaner said on his official Twitter account. At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during the Friday prayer at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in an act that was qualified as terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.



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Elon Musk's US security clearance under review after smoking cannabis

Elon Musk's US security clearance under review after smoking cannabisElon Musk's security clearance is under review by the US Department of Defence after he smoked marijuana on a podcast last year.  The Tesla and SpaceX founder is resubmitting a form which requires government employees or contractors with security clearance to disclose illegal drug use in recent years, Bloomberg reported. His security clearance is linked to his aerospace company SpaceX, which is launching intelligence satellites for the US government and is planning manned spaceflights for Nasa later this year. Last month SpaceX won a $ 297m (£226m) contract to launch satellites for the Air Force. A capsule launched last week with a dummy nicknamed "Ripley" aboard, a reference to the horror film Alien, successfully reached the International Space Station and is due to return to earth this weekend.  Mr Musk smoked the drug during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience show in September last year, telling the host that he wasn't a regular user. It is legal in California, where the show was recorded, but still illegal under federal law, and government employees aren't allowed to use it. A memo circulated in 2014 by former director of national intelligence James Clapper, which is still in force, states that marijuana use "raises questions" about an individual's reliability and suitability for sensitive national security positions.  A spokesman for the US Department of Defence said: "For privacy and security reasons, we do not publicly discuss individual clearance status." The incident also prompted Nasa to undertake a safety culture review of SpaceX and Boeing, another company with which it has a commercial contract.



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'Unprecedented and Extraordinarily Intrusive.' White House Refuses to Hand Over Documents on Security Clearance Process

'Unprecedented and Extraordinarily Intrusive.' White House Refuses to Hand Over Documents on Security Clearance ProcessCongress may subpoena them next



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White House security chief defends Trump-Kim summit

White House security chief defends Trump-Kim summitUS national security advisor John Bolton denied Sunday that last week’s nuclear summit with North Korea was a failure, despite President Donald Trump coming home empty-handed. A high-stakes second meeting to strike a nuclear disarmament deal between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and Trump broke up in disarray Thursday, without even a joint statement.



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US sanctions six Venezuelan security officials over blocking aid

US sanctions six Venezuelan security officials over blocking aidThe United States imposed sanctions Friday on six Venezuelan security officials for obstructing aid that Washington had tried to force in as part of its effort to support the country’s opposition leader against President Nicolas Maduro. “We are sanctioning members of Maduro’s security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The six include Major General Richard Jesus Lopez Vargas, the commander of the Venezuelan National Guard, and Jesus Maria Mantilla Oliveros, commander of a unit tasked by Maduro with reinforcing security on the Brazilian border, the Treasury Department said.



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U.S. Seeks UN Security Council Vote on New Venezuela Resolution

U.S. Seeks UN Security Council Vote on New Venezuela ResolutionThe resolution, which would likely face a Russian veto, stresses “the need to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and to facilitate unhindered access and delivery of assistance to all in need,” according to a draft of the text obtained by Bloomberg. Violence has raged along Venezuela’s borders as National Assembly leader Juan Guaido and his supporters — which include the U.S. and 50 other nations — amassed supplies at entry points in Colombia and Brazil.



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U.S. Seeks UN Security Council Vote on New Venezuela Resolution

U.S. Seeks UN Security Council Vote on New Venezuela ResolutionThe resolution, which would likely face a Russian veto, stresses “the need to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and to facilitate unhindered access and delivery of assistance to all in need,” according to a draft of the text obtained by Bloomberg. Violence has raged along Venezuela’s borders as National Assembly leader Juan Guaido and his supporters — which include the U.S. and 50 other nations — amassed supplies at entry points in Colombia and Brazil.



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