Pentagon says the intended sale will further US national security and foreign policy interests in the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other threats.
Over 100 players across the US have taken the knee in solidarity with fellow sportspersons attacked by President Donald Trump for kneeling in protest against racial injustice in the country.
Hurricane Irma's ferocity prompted one of the largest evacuations in US history as it bore down on Florida.
Trump's warning came as the opposition coalition in Venezuela called a nationwide strike for Thursday to kick off a "final offensive" aimed at forcing Maduro from office through early elections.
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