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    Trump doubts need to bolster US troops in Middle East

    President Donald Trump does not think additional US troops are needed in the Middle East to counter Iran, casting doubt on a Pentagon plan to bolster forces in the region. "I don't think we're going to need them. I really don't," Trump told reporters on Thursday. "I would certainly send troops if we need them." If needed, "we'll be there in whatever number we need", he added.  Trump, who has been focused on trying to reduce the number of US troops deployed around the world, spoke shortly before he was to be briefed at the White House on a new deployment plan by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Shanahan said the Pentagon was considering sending additional US troops to the Middle East

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    IRGC commander warns US battleships in Strait of Hormuz under 'complete Iranian control'

    ANKARA: Turkey has until next month to cancel a multibillion dollar S-400 missile system deal with Russia, or face harsh US penalties, CNBC reported on Tuesday.  If Ankara does not cancel in favor of buying the US-made Patriot missile defense system instead, it may also be removed from Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet program, costing thousands of jobs. Turkey is currently producing about 800 parts for the world's most advanced fighter. The delivery of 100 F-35s to Ankara may also be halted, and other defense and industrial cooperation projects with the US may be put at risk.    In his latest visit to Turkey in early May, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said its procurement of the S-400

  • CNN

    First look at the world's first guitar-shaped hotel

    This fall, the world's first guitar-shaped hotel will open in South Florida. The $1.5 billion Hard Rock property in Hollywood, Florida, is part of a larger project -- a $2.2 billion project expanding two Florida Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos (the other is located in Tampa). Both the Hollywood and Tampa locations of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are successful Seminole-run resort casinos and contain all the glitzy, overstated fixings of a traditional Hard Rock property. With the expansion, there's about to be a whole lot more where that came from. Rock on A free show encompassing sound, light, water and choreography, "The Oculus" will be on view inside the guitar hotel. The guitar-shaped

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    Supreme leader criticises Iran's politicians amid US tensions

    Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's president and foreign minister on Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's criticised both politicians by name, came amid tensions with the United States a year after Washington's withdrawal from the accord. Khamenei has the final say on all matters of state, and his blaming the deal's unravelling limits the influence of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - relative moderates within Iran's theocracy who had struck the deal. It also shows the growing power of Iran's hardliners.

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    India claims new first for world's fastest cruise missile

    India said the world's fastest cruise missile passed another key test Wednesday when it successfully hit a land target after being fired from a fighter jet. India is developing the supersonic BrahMos missile - which has a top speed of 3,450 kilometers per hour - with Russia, and according to media reports wants to soon start selling it abroad. The missile is one-and-a-half times faster than the old Concorde supersonic jet.

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    Official says Pakistan to get Saudi oil on credit as of July

    A Pakistani official says the much-anticipated Saudi oil will start flowing to Islamabad as of July, with payments deferred for three years. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh says the buy-now-pay-later deal with the kingdom, reached last October, will enable Pakistan to overcome a balance of payment crisis. Shaikh is Prime Minister Imran Khan's adviser on finance and economic affairs. Shaikh took to Twitter on Wednesday night, thanking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for “activating the deferred payment for petroleum products” of $275 million per month.

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    What you need to know about India's BJP

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his way to a second term in office after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took an unassailable lead in the South Asian country's general elections, according to preliminary results. The Hindu nationalist party is leading in 294 seats out of 542 seats, with its main rival, the Indian National Congress (INC), ahead in 50 seats, according to the latest data from the Election Commission of India. However, it was not clear what percentage of the estimated 600 million votes had been counted. Here is what you need to know about the BJP. Origins of the BJP The Hindu nationalist BJP (Indian People's Party) was founded in 1980, but it actually emerged from