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President Reagan spoke of its significance by saying: "One thing is certain. If we're to continue
to advance world peace and human freedom, America must remain strong. If we have learned
anything these last eight years, it's that peace through strength works." Read more »

White House makes broad deregulatory push

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U.S. to deploy officials in Qatar in counter-terrorism accord: sources

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Iran's president threatens response to new U.S. sanctions

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Top US general warns against rogue killer robots

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U.S., Russia, Iran Battle ISIS to Build Bases in Syria

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U.S. House moves on measure to ensure energy dominance

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The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives said two bills passed through their chambers that would ensure the country remains "an energy powerhouse."

House bills passed that would avoid a presidential permit process for cross-border pipelines. U.S. President Donald Trump during his first weeks in office stepped in to get the Keystone XL oil pipeline approved after years of lengthy review of its fit with national security interests and the environment.

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U.S. jobless claims hit lowest mark in five months

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The U.S. Department of Labor released its most recent jobless report Thursday, which indicated that the number of unemployed filing for benefits last week hit its lowest level in five months.

The total of seasonally adjusted initial claims for last week was 233,000, the labor report said. That figure is down from 245,000 in the prior week.

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Pentagon voices ‘concerns’ after Turkish news agency posts map of U.S. bases in Syria

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A Turkish news agency provided a map and details of U.S.-run military outposts in northern Syria, prompting the Pentagon to say Wednesday it had relayed “concerns” about the article to Ankara.

“The release of sensitive military information exposes coalition forces to unnecessary risk and has the potential to disrupt ongoing operations to defeat ISIS, said Army Maj. Josh Jacques, a U.S. military spokesman, using an acronym for the terrorist group called the Islamic State.

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Treasury Department Fines Exxon Mobil for Russia Sanctions Violations

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The U.S. Treasury Department has fined Exxon Mobil Corporation $2 million for violating Russia sanctions related to Ukraine, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of the global oil and gas conglomerate.

The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed the civil penalty after concluding Exxon Mobil did not voluntarily disclose the violations, which "constitute an egregious case," it said in a statement.

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US Report: Islamic State, Iran Still Top Terror Concerns

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WASHINGTON — Terror attacks and terror-related deaths trended downward last year although efforts to degrade the Islamic State terror group as well as Iran's network of state-sponsored terror groups did little to diminish their capabilities.

In its annual report on global terrorism released Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said worldwide terror attacks fell by nine percent from 2015 to 2016, while the number of deaths dipped 13 percent.

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