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European police crack encrypted phones, arrest hundreds

European police delivered a major blow to organized crime after cracking an encrypted communications network, allowing them to covertly watch "over the shoulder” of criminals in real time as they planned drug trafficking, arms sales, assassinations and torture, officers announced Thursday.

Senators launch bipartisan bid to block Saudi arms sales

Directly challenging President Donald Trump’s use of executive power, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are banding together to introduce more than a dozen resolutions aimed at blocking the Trump administration’s sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing writer

President Donald Trump defended continuing huge sales of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia on Thursday despite rising pressure from lawmakers to punish the kingdom over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and is now feared dead.

Senator vows to block U.S. arms sales until Qatar crisis eased

The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he’ll block U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and their neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council to prod them toward ending a standoff among critical American allies in the region.