U.S. says to send more troops to the Middle East, cites Iran threats

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes, citing concerns about a threat from Iran. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked, which Washington […]

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China: U.S. resembles "Don Quixote" in seeing other powers as threats

GENEVA (Reuters) – China told the world’s main disarmament forum on Wednesday that U.S. foreign policy was destabilizing, baffling and redolent of Don Quixote, the Spanish fictional hero whose misplaced determination leads him on a series of doomed endeavors. “The Cold War mentality has come back to drive the security strategy and policy of a major power,” China’s disarmament ambassador […]

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Georgia detains two for trying to sell radioactive uranium: statement

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia said on Wednesday it had detained two people for handling and trying to sell $2.8 million worth of radioactive uranium-238, which can be developed into nuclear bomb material. Western leaders have been concerned about the security of Soviet nuclear weapon materials since the 1991 break-up of the Communist colossus. Ex-Soviet Georgia has since foiled several attempts […]

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Key North Korean nuclear reactor has been shut down for months: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) – The nuclear reactor that is believed to have supplied much of the plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear weapons appears to have been shut down for the past three months, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday, without suggesting why. The 5-megawatt reactor is part of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex, the possible dismantling of which was a […]

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Iran's top judge: EU preconditions for non-dollar trade channel 'unacceptable'

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s top judge said on Monday that Tehran would never accept the “humiliating conditions” set by the European Union for non-dollar trade intended to evade U.S. sanctions, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. France, Germany and Britain have opened a new channel for non-dollar trade with Iran to get around the sanctions, reimposed on Iran after President […]

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U.S. to stop complying with nuclear pact with Russia after talks flop

BEIJING/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States will stop complying with a landmark nuclear pact with Russia as soon as this weekend after last-ditch talks with Moscow to save it fell flat, a senior U.S. arms control official said on Thursday. Washington has long accused Russia of flouting the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), alleging that a new Russian missile, […]

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Norwegian hero who blew up Nazi plant during World War II dies at 99

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norway on Monday mourned World War II saboteur Joachim Roenneberg, who headed a five-man team that daringly blew up a plant producing heavy water, depriving Nazi Germany of a key ingredient it could have used to make nuclear weapons. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Roenneberg, who died Sunday at 99, was “one of our finest resistance fighters” […]

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Inside the US government's 'doomsday bunkers' designed to withstand a nuclear apocalypse and rebuild the country afterwards

They include a shelter built 2,000ft beneath a mountain, a fearsome nuke-launching facility and an underground House of Representatives in case the real one was destroyed. Several such bunkers were built in the 1950s and 60s when tensions between the US and the Soviet Union were at their worst. Now it appears America wasn't just preparing to survive nuclear fallout, but […]

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