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Pompeo cites 'increasing and specific threats' for closing US consulate in Iraq

Pompeo cites 'increasing and specific threats' for closing US consulate in Iraq

World
The U.S. is temporarily closing its consulate in Basra, Iraq, citing "increasing and specific threats and incitement to attack our personnel and facilities" by Iran, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He warned the U.S. would "respond promptly and appropriately" to any such attack. The move comes amid a rise in sharp rhetoric between the U.S. and Iran in recent days, with National Security Advisor John Bolton warning this week, "We are watching, and we will come after you. ... There will indeed be hell to pay." While the State Department has warned of "life-threatening rocket attacks" on U.S. facilities in Iraq in the last few weeks, it has promised to act "swiftly and decisively" against Iran for any damage to U.S. personnel or facilities by local militias backed by Iran &mda...
Set Specific Goals to Manage Your Wealth Better

Set Specific Goals to Manage Your Wealth Better

Finance
Shutterstock photoBy Kevin SimpsonWhen you make specific goals, you’ll find saving for them comes more naturally and you’ll be more likely to achieve them. While saving money and being financially self sufficient are goals that many people have, not everyone achieves them. This is partially due to lack of clear focus. Defining specific goals for financial savings helps you achieve them more quickly and also manage your wealth better.Where to StartThe first place to start is to look at what you wish to achieve and why you are saving and investing. Do you want to put a down payment on a house? Do you intend to pay for your kids’ college education or your own? Are you aiming to create a nest egg for emergencies and any possible scenarios you may need to weather down the road such as