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Why repressive Saudi Arabia remains a US ally

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2018. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman “approved an operation … to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” according to a scathing … Read more

Trump Ally Erik Prince Supplied Arms, Mercenaries For Planned Libya Coup: Report

Staunch Donald Trump supporter and ally Erik Prince allegedly supplied weapons, mercenaries and aircraft to a Libyan militia commander for a plot to overthrow the internationally backed Libyan government, according to a United Nations investigation, The New York Times reported Friday. The confidential report obtained by the Times accused Prince, founder of the private military … Read more

Ukraine sanctions politician and Putin ally Medvedchuk

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s national security council on Friday placed sanctions on Viktor Medvedchuk, a politician and tycoon who is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, freezing his assets for three years and preventing him from doing business in the country. The security council accused him of “financial terrorism,” but details were … Read more

Late call suggests Joe Biden intends to reset relations with close ally Israel

The two leaders, pictured in 2016, have known each other for decades – GETTY IMAGES After weeks of speculation from Israeli diplomats and reporters about why Joe Biden was delaying his first call to one of America’s closest allies, the US president has finally spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But the hour-long call has … Read more

Russia wants Navalny ally arrested abroad; Lithuania refuses

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of an exiled ally of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but Lithuania, where the associate lives, bluntly rejected the demand to take him into custody. The action against Leonid Volkov by the Basmanny District Court was seen as part of an effort by authorities … Read more