Navy ships sail in formation with Japanese, Australian and Canadian ships in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 11, 2019, during an annual exercise that develops coordination and interoperability. Photo By: Courtesy photo

A top Defense Department official said the U.S. and its allies are facing a number of global threats — from Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria and various terrorist groups.

John C. Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a growing concern, however, is the military, economic and political high-end threats to Indo-Pacific region allies and partners emanating from China.

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Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

Lisbon, Portugal

InterContinental Lisbon

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, will the U.S. oppose Israel annexing the Jordan Valley?

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Yes. So I’m delighted again to see Secretary Pompeo. The first subject that I will raise is Iran, the second subject is Iran, and so is the third, and many more. But I think that we have been fortunate that President Trump has led a consistent policy of pressure against Iran. Iran is increasing its aggression as we speak even today in the region. They’re trying to have staging grounds against us and the region from Iran itself, from Iraq, from Syria, from Lebanon, Gaza, and Yemen, and we are actively engaged in countering that aggression. And I think that the Israeli-American cooperation is key to that effort that I think serves the purposes of the many, many countries in the region. That will be the first subject that I will raise, including the ability to strengthen even further our mutual defenses.

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Portugal December 4-5 to meet with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva. The Secretary will discuss the importance of Transatlantic unity and our strong bilateral relationship and the economic and security ties that form the basis of our enduring partnership with Portugal.

THE UNITED STATES AND PORTUGAL ARE LONG-STANDING ALLIES AND FRIENDS

The shared history, ideals, and democratic values between the United States and Portugal provide the foundation for our friendship and Transatlantic NATO Alliance. We enjoy remarkably close historical and cultural ties; more than 1.4 million Americans trace their roots back to Portugal. Consulate Ponta Delgada in the Azores is the oldest continuously operating U.S. Consulate in the world.

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Individuals and Companies Disguised Destination of Mining Equipment

A newly unsealed superseding indictment has charged Russian and Italian nationals, a U.S. citizen and various companies in a conspiracy to evade international trade sanctions.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia unsealed the superseding indictment on Dec. 2, 2019, charging two Russian nationals, two Italian nationals, a U.S. citizen, and various companies with violating and conspiring the violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA), conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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Bagram Airfield-BAF
Bagram, Afghanistan

10:45 P.M. AFT

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. (Applause.) That was great. And we just had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. I thought I was going to be having it someplace else, and Senator Barrasso is a great friend of mine, and he said, “That’ll be great if we did it.” I said, “You come with me, John.” And he came with me. John, thank you very much. Great friend of ours. He’s a great senator and a great man. (Applause.)

And I want to thank General Milley. Special warrior. He’s a special warrior. And I want to congratulate you also because I just saw some numbers that are incredible. ISIS — you’re wiping them out left and right. There’s almost nothing left in this area. (Applause.) You’re not going to be lonely. And al-Qaeda, the same thing. And tremendous progress.

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The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan at the conclusion of the 10th U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy:

The United States and Japan emphasized their continued commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet during the tenth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy in Tokyo, Japan, on October 10 and 11, 2019.

The dialogue included discussions with private sector representatives from both countries on promotion of open, interoperable, reliable, and secure fifth generation mobile technologies (5G) networks and services; public-private cooperation on the deployment in third countries of digital infrastructure and services; international   more...