Battle for the Arctic: U.S. Warns Russia ‘Is Way Ahead of Us’ in Race to Control New Frontier

The U.S. Coast Guard has warned that American is falling behind Russia in the race to dominate the Arctic, as warming global temperatures open up areas previously inaccessible due to ice.

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Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil with a crew of 12, Iran’s state TV reported Thursday, just days after an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters.

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Turkey officially kicked out of F-35 program, costing US half a billion dollars

The U.S. has removed Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program, and Turkey will lose its production work on the jet by March 2020, following its acceptance of the S-400 Russian-made air defense system last Friday.

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Top U.S. military commander travels to Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions

The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, Gen. Frank McKenzie, boarded his plane for a trip to the Persian Gulf just as news was breaking that Iran seized an oil tanker. The ship, called The Riah, is reportedly owned by the United Arab Emirates.

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Iran ready to talk if U.S. lifts sanctions, Pompeo skeptical

Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it quit last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday.

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Iran warns Europe it ‘will take next step’ to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level if new deal isn’t reached

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned Europeans nations Wednesday that Tehran will “take the next step” in increasing its uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels this coming Sunday if they do not offer a new deal by then.

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