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U.S. sees European maritime security effort in Gulf as 'complementary'

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes a proposed European initiative to bolster maritime security in the Gulf would complement ongoing U.S. efforts there instead of being a "stand-alone" operation, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil shipping lanes

DUBAI/PARIS (Reuters) - The United States is struggling to win its allies' support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said.

Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraft

US drones have been a key tool in conflicts against insurgent organisations but Iran's downing of one of the aircraft highlights their limitations against more sophisticated adversaries.

Mnuchin says Trump order will lock up billions more in Iranian assets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Monday the new executive order signed by President Donald Trump will lock up billions of additional dollars in Iranian assets, squeezing the country further amid escalating tensions with Washington.

Saudi crown prince linked to Khashoggi murder in U.N. report

GENEVA/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior officials should be investigated over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi given credible evidence against them, a U.N. rights investigator said on Wednesday.

US giving M’sia UAV drones

PETALING JAYA: The 12 surveillance drones worth nearly RM80mil to be used by the country’s navy and army were funded by the United States under the Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme.

Defence Ministry: US govt paid for drones

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian government is not incurring any cost in the acquisition of 12 surveillance drones worth almost RM80mil from the United States, says the Defence Ministry.

Thirty years after Tiananmen, protesters' goals further away than ever

BEIJING (Reuters) - Three decades after China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square, increased government suppression of rights activism has pushed the demonstrators' original goals further away than ever.