At Least 19 Killed as Mexican Cartel Battles Polcie and Army South of U.S. border

Dozens of cartel gunmen attacked a town hall in northern Mexico, triggering a running battle with security forces that left 19 dead by Sunday in a fresh sign of the deteriorating security around the country.

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U.S. Warships Sail in Disputed South China Sea, Angering China

The busy waterway is one of a number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Russia Seeks to Gain on New Middle East Power with Military Sales

Russia has sought to expand its defense industry ties in the Middle East, capitalizing on its rising regional influence to strike new arms sales and explore new joint ventures.

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Iran Faces its Own Problems in the Middle East

The signing of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran Nuclear Deal as its commonly referred to, the Iranian people thought the unfreezing of billions of Iranian assets held in foreign banks, the lifting of crippling economic sanctions imposed on the country would revive the struggling Iranian economy but this was only a mirage as the mullahs in Tehran spent it on proxy wars throughout the Middle East.

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Iran Intel Leak: Main Takeaways From Secret Cables

Information from a trove of secret Iranian intelligence cables was published simultaneously by The Intercept and The New York Times on Monday. The leak exposed Iran’s vast influence in Iraq, detailing the painstaking efforts of Iranian spies to co-opt Iraqi leaders and infiltrate every aspect of political life.

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US Presses European Countires to Take Islamic State Fighters

European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.

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