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Oct01

Massive 1600 square km iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Reference image, not the actual iceberg. By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net A enormous iceberg bigger than Los Angeles or Greater London has separated from the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica, the largest to do so in more than half a century. The table iceberg, named D-28 by scientists, broke off the shelf in east Antarctica on September 26. It measures 1636 square kilometres (632 square miles) in area, is 210 metres (689 feet) thick and weighs a massive 315 billion tons. The iceberg will now be tracked because it poses a potential hazard for shipping. Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Program, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Scripps Institution of...

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Jul21

Saudis agree to more US troops as Iran tensions rise

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved the hosting of U.S. troops for the first time since Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, as the two allies bolster cooperation amid rising tensions with Iran.“Based on mutual cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, and their desire to enhance everything that could preserve the security of the region and its stability…King Salman gave his approval to host American forces,” a Defense Ministry spokesman was quoted by Saudi state news agency SPA as saying on July 19.Saudi officials provided only limited details about the agreement. But senior U.S. defense officials...

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May16

US pulls some staff from Iraq as Iran tensions rise

By: Michael Bowman Source: VOA News CAPITOL HILL — The United States on Wednesday ordered its non-emergency employees to leave Iraq, as American lawmakers worried openly about a potential march to war with Iran. The drawdown of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and America’s consulate in Irbil came as the Trump administration warned of potential threats against American forces in the Middle East from Iran or Iranian-backed proxies. “This threat stream, let me tell you, is real,” said a senior State Department official on Wednesday. “This is an imminent threat to our personnel.” “I’ve seen all the intelligence because I have people on the ground. I...

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