Qatar, UAE pay heavily on lobbyists

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Qatar, UAE pay heavily on lobbyists

A diplomatic crisis in the Middle East has sparked a multimillion-dollar battle for influence in Washington between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. According to disclosure records filed with the Justice Department, both countries spent heavily over the last year on lawyers, lobbyists, public relations and advertising to seek better relationships with the US.

Russia tests new ballistic missile

Russia conducted on Friday its second test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, saying it could reach any target in the world.  Russian President Vladimir Putin had already said earlier the new Sarmat missile system would render any US missile system "useless."  Expected to go operational in 2021, the missile, according to Russian officials, is capable of wiping out parts of the planet the size of France or Texas. It can travel at 20 times the speed of sound and carry 12 nuclear warheads up to 6,000 miles.


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