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CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was “possibly worth a

US military edge has eroded to ‘a dangerous degree,’ study for Congress finds

•As China’s military grows, Pentagon says U.S. forces ‘atrophied’ •China is rapidly modernizing its forces in an attempt to match the US might in Asia Paul Sonne and Shane Harris The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according

Europe’s calculations shift on Trump second term

 Jamie Dettmer  Calculations are shifting in European capitals on whether Donald Trump is likely to serve a second term as U.S. president. The consensus in Europe ahead of last week’s midterm elections was that he would most likely serve only one term in the White House, but the expanded Republican majority in

Russia: Taliban, US officials held ’10 secret’ meetings in Doha

Ayaz Gul Russia said Monday the Taliban has secretly held 10 rounds of talks with the United States, other than the officially announced recent contact between the two sides in Qatar on how to end the war in Afghanistan. There have been only two publicly known meetings U.S. officials have held with

With over 31 killed, neighbourhood wiped out, California fire disaster may worsen

•As strong winds howl for multiple days •More than 200 people still unaccounted for in deadliest wildfire in history  Renee Duff,  AccuWeather meteorologist Kevin Byrne,  AccuWeather staff writer Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer "Everything is on fire around me!" Woman exclaims as she flees for her life   A dangerous situation is unfolding across Southern

Again, US risks abandoning lessons of Counter-insurgency

Steven Metz After 9/11, the United States was thrown into a type of conflict that the U.S. military, intelligence community and Department of State all did not expect: large-scale counterinsurgency. The United States, particularly the military, had always been reluctant to take this on. Counterinsurgency is a politically and psychologically complex

U.S arms transfer rises by 13 percent in 2018

The United STate's (U.S) Arms Transfer Rises 13 Percent in 2018, Highlighting Administration's Success Strengthening Security Partners While Growing American Jobs Over the last fiscalyear, authorized arms exports rose by a total of 13 percent to $192.3 billion, adding thousands of jobs to the U.S. economy and sustaining many thousands more. These increases in both government-to-government and

Important races to watch in this week’s US midterm elections

A number of notable races are taking place Tuesday in the U.S. midterm elections, when Americans go to the polls to elect governors and members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests: Beto-mania One of the most expensive and closely watched

Iran sanctions: US grants waivers to eight countries, including China, India

Deirdre Shesgreen The Trump administration will allow Japan, China, India and five other countries to escape U.S. sanctions against Iran, even as those nations continue to buy oil from Iran in defiance of the White House’s push to block all such sales. The decision to grant eight exemptions – including to six of Iran's biggest

Pentagon grounds global fleet of F-35s after fighter jet crash

•US, the UK and Israel to carry out a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine of the F-35 aircraft.   The US Department of Defence grounded its global fleet of F-35 stealth fighters on Thursday as a result of the first-ever crash of the costliest plane in history. Israeli soldiers