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Iran’s Khamenei vows revenge after deadly attack on Shi’ite pilgrims
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Iran’s Khamenei vows revenge after deadly attack on Shi’ite pilgrims

DUBAI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme Leader vowed on Thursday to retaliate against those threatening the country’s security after the massacre of Shi’ite pilgrims, an assault claimed by Islamic State which threatens to inflame tensions amid widespread anti-government protests. In a statement read on state TV, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the assailants “will surely...

Russia notifies U.S. it will carry out expected nuclear drills
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Russia notifies U.S. it will carry out expected nuclear drills

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Russia has notified the United States about its plans to carry out annual exercises of its nuclear forces, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, a move that Washington said lowers the risk of miscalculation at a time of “reckless” Russian nuclear rhetoric. The United States has said it expects Russia...

Islamic State claims Iran shrine attack, Iran vows response
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Islamic State claims Iran shrine attack, Iran vows response

Women and children among casualties – state media President says Iran will respond to attack Protesters mark 40 days since Mahsa Amini’s death in custody DUBAI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The militant group Islamic State said it carried out an attack on a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in Iran on Wednesday which killed 15 people, escalating...

Liberal U.S. lawmakers withdraw Ukraine letter after blowback
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Liberal U.S. lawmakers withdraw Ukraine letter after blowback

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – A group of liberal U.S. Democrats withdrew a letter to the White House urging a negotiated settlement to the war in Ukraine, the group’s chairperson, Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal, said on Tuesday, after blowback from within their own party. “The Congressional Progressive Caucus hereby withdraws its recent letter to the...

Exclusive: U.S. considers HAWK air defense equipment for Ukraine
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Exclusive: U.S. considers HAWK air defense equipment for Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – The United States is considering sending older HAWK air defense equipment from storage to Ukraine to help it defend against Russian drone and cruise missile attacks, two U.S. officials told Reuters. The HAWK interceptor missiles would be an upgrade to the Stinger missile systems – a smaller, shorter range air...

U.S. to announce criminal cases against a ‘nation-state’ -Justice Department
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U.S. to announce criminal cases against a ‘nation-state’ -Justice Department

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The top law enforcement officials in the United States will on Monday announce U.S. action targeting “malign influence schemes and alleged criminal activity” by a “nation-state actor,” the Department of Justice said. The national security cases will be discussed at a news conference at 1:30 p.m. (1730 GMT), the department...

US and UK warn of possible attack in Nigeria’s capital
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US and UK warn of possible attack in Nigeria’s capital

LAGOS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The United States and Britain on Sunday warned of a possible terrorist attack in Nigeria’s federal capital Abuja, especially aimed at government buildings, places of worship and schools, among other targets. Nigeria is fighting an Islamist insurgency mainly in the northeast, but in July the Islamic State claimed responsibility for...

Trump is not ‘man enough’ to testify in Jan. 6 probe, Pelosi says
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Trump is not ‘man enough’ to testify in Jan. 6 probe, Pelosi says

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump is too much of a coward to obey a subpoena from the U.S. Congress compelling him to testify to a special committee investigating his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested on Sunday. “I don’t think...