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    • US formally withdraws from the INF pact with Russia today

      US formally withdraws from the INF pact with Russia today

      Today the United States is to formally withdraw from the 1987 landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia after determining that Moscow was in violation of the treaty and had no plans to come into compliance with it. Some experts believe the deal’s collapse could undermine other arms control agreements and speed an erosion of the global system designed to block the spread of nuclear arms. 

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    • US to mediate in Japan, South Korea row

      US to mediate in Japan, South Korea row

      National Security Adviser John Bolton departed on Saturday for a trip to Japan and South Korea as a trade dispute between the two countries shows no signs of easing. During his visit he will have "conversations with critical allies and friends," a White House National Security Council spokesman said on Twitter.

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    • Kushner unveils economic plan for Mideast peace

      Kushner unveils economic plan for Mideast peace

      The White House presented on Saturday a $50bn Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies, and fund a $5bn transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza. The “peace to prosperity” plan, set to be fully unveiled by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner at an international conference in Bahrain next week, includes in particular 179 infrastructure and business projects, Reuters reports.

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    • Trump blacklists more China tech companies

      Trump blacklists more China tech companies

      The US Commerce Department has banned five more Chinese entities from buying US components just a week ahead of a high-stakes meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit this month, where lingering trade differences are to be discussed.

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    • More than 1,000 US troops sent to Middle East

      More than 1,000 US troops sent to Middle East

      United States' Defence Department announced it is deploying 1,000 more US troops to the Middle East "for defensive purposes" amid growing tensions with Iran. Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday in a statement that the action, meant to address air, naval, and ground-based threats, comes after "a request from the US Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces."

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    • Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House

      Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House

      President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will be leaving her position at the end of the month. In his tweet he praised her work and encouraged her to follow in her father's footsteps and run for governor of her home state of Arkansas.

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    • US, Mexico struck immigration deal, Trump calls off tariffs

      US, Mexico struck immigration deal, Trump calls off tariffs

      The United States and Mexico struck a deal on Friday to avert a tariff war, after Mexico agreed to rapidly expand a controversial asylum programme and to deploy security forces to stem the flow of illegal Central American migrants, news wires reported. The US President Donald Trump had threatened to impose 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting on Monday if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders.

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