US President Barack Obama has declared the continuation of his country’s national emergency against Iran, claiming that despite full commitment to its nuclear deal with the six world powers, the Islamic Republic still poses “an unusual and extraordinary threat” to America.
Obama extends national emergency on Iran
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has described North Korea’s ballistic missiles program as a “serious threat” to the United States, threatening to shoot down any such missiles aimed at targets in the country.
US will 'shoot down' North Korean missiles: Pentagon chief
The Pentagon will deploy a new task force of approximately 300 US Marines to Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province, marking the return to a region where hundreds of troops were killed in fierce combat.
Pentagon deploys 300 Marines to Afghanistan's Helmand
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the United States might decide not to shoot down a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile, as long as the launch did not pose a threat.
US might not shoot down North Korean ballistic missile: Carter
President Barack Obama’s response to alleged Russia hacking attacks was “disproportionate,” says a top aide to Donald Trump, noting that the Republican president-elect is likely to roll back some of his predecessor’s actions against Moscow once he gets into office.
Trump might roll back Russia sanctions: Conway
US President-elect Donald Trump has expressed willingness to remove harsh economic sanctions against Russia if it cooperates with the United States in efforts such as counterterrorism, according to a report.
Trump open to lifting Russia sanctions if Moscow cooperates with US
The US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has designated US election systems as "critical infrastructure," a move that provides more federal help for state and local governments to keep their election systems safe from cyber attacks.
US designates election infrastructure as 'critical'
Hundreds of US tanks, self-propelled howitzers and other military vehicles have arrived in the German port city of Bremerhaven to be moved to Eastern Europe in an attempt to reinforce NATO’s military presence in the region amid Russia’s protests.
US tanks in Germany on way to join Europe’s NATO mission
Federal investigators have not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive in a shooting rampage that killed five people and wounded eight others at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
FBI not ruling out terrorism as motive in Florida airport shooting
US President Barack Obama’s decision to extend the national emergency against Iran is part of broader efforts to keep his successor Donald Trump from changing the geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East, says an American political analyst.
Obama making sure Trump cannot change Mideast status quo: Analyst

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