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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire Tests Positive for Coronavirus

  • Sep 19, 2020

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. The Minister had no symptoms and remains in good health and would resume his normal duties. “I will remain in isolation for seven days,” Le Maire said on Friday and remain self-isolation at home.

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Assistant Secretary of State Christopher A. Ford Travels to Vienna for the IAEA General Conference

  • Sep 18, 2020

Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher A. Ford will travel to Vienna, Austria from September 21-24 to attend the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference.   The General Conference is a policy-making body of the IAEA composed of representativ

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The United States Sanctions Cyber Actors Backed by Iranian Intelligence Ministry

  • Sep 17, 2020

The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the world’s leading threats to cybersecurity and human rights online.  Today, the United States is sanctioning the Iranian cyber threat group Advanced Persistent Threat 39 (APT39), 45 associated individuals, and a front company, Rana Intelligence Company (Ran

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Worldwide coronavirus cases soon to surpass 30 million

  • Sep 17, 2020

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 29 million people and the numbers are expected to pass 30 million, with 9.39 lakh people succumbing to the virus that was first reported in late December 2019. According to Johns Hopkins Un

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Former First Lady of The Gambia Sanctioned for Supporting the Former President’s Corruption

  • Sep 15, 2020

Today, the United States imposed economic sanctions on Zineb Souma Yahya Jammeh, the former first lady of The Gambia. Zineb Jammeh is believed to control many of the overseas assets of her husband, Yahya Jammeh, the notoriously corrupt former leader of The Gambia, who was sanctioned by the Department of the

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Coronavirus cases surpass 29.2 million worldwide as per John Hopkins University

  • Sep 15, 2020

The worldwide coronavirus toll has surpassed the milestone of 29 million cases, while the deaths have increased to over 928,000, US-based Johns Hopkins University said on Tuesday. As of Tuesday morning, the total number of coronavirus cases stood at 2

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U.S. Welcomes Serbia’s Intention to Designate Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization

  • Sep 14, 2020

Serbia’s announcement that it will designate Hizballah as a terrorist organization in its entirety is another significant step limiting this Iranian backed terrorist group’s ability to operate in Europe. This important action was announced as part of the historic commitments President Trump secur

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At least 50 killed in Congo gold mine

  • Sep 14, 2020

At least 50 people have been killed in a landslide at a gold mine in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The landslide occurred at an artisanal gold mine in the town of Kamituga in South Kivu Province after heavy rains for several days. The mine collapsed at around 3 p.m local time. &nb

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Taliban in Qatar

  • Sep 13, 2020

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Baradar and members of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar, on the historic occasion of the start of peace negotiations. Secretary Pompeo urged the Taliban to seize this opportunity to

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