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  • Iran nuclear deal members urge Tehran return to compliance

    12/16/2020 7:41:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 16, 2020 | By DAVID RISING
    BERLIN - World powers that are part of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran urged Tehran on Wednesday to roll back violations of the accord and return to full compliance during a virtual meeting in Vienna, a German official said. The meeting comes as the signatories to the agreement — Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia — continue to try and keep it from collapsing after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States in 2018. The three European powers have expressed hope that with the change of administrations in Washington, the U.S. could be brought back into the deal,...
  • US B-52H bombers fly to Middle East in mission to deter Iran

    12/10/2020 7:19:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2020 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON - In a new show of military might, two American bomber aircraft took off from the United States and flew over a swath of the Middle East on Thursday, sending what U.S. officials said was a direct message of deterrence to Iran. The flight of the two massive B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the region, the second such mission in less than a month, was designed to underscore America’s continuing commitment to the Middle East even as President Donald Trump’s administration withdraws thousands of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. The long-range heavy bombers, which are capable of carrying both conventional...
  • U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians pays salaries, but crisis persists

    12/02/2020 7:13:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 2, 2020 | By Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA - The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees paid the salaries of 30,000 Palestinian staff across the Middle East for last month, but a funding shortfall may still hinder payment in December, officials said on Wednesday. UNRWA finds itself in limbo after the U.S. election - President Donald Trump ended all U.S. payments, but while Palestinians hope President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will at least partially resume payments, that could take months. The agency said last month it had run out of money to pay salaries after two years of funding cuts by the United States and other donors, including...
  • Iran FM: Indications of Israeli role in scientist’s killing

    11/27/2020 7:54:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 27, 2020 | By JON GAMBRELL
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Iran’s foreign minister is alleging the killing of a scientist linked to the country’s disbanded military nuclear program has “serious indications” of an Israeli role. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the statement Friday on Twitter. Israel has declined to comment, though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself has named the scientist slain outside of Tehran. “Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice - with serious indications of Israeli role - shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” Zarif wrote. An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program until its disbanding in the...
  • Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Fakhrizadeh injured in attack -Fars news agency

    11/27/2020 6:40:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 27, 2020 | by Dubai newsroom
    DUBAI - Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was injured in an attack outside the capital Tehran on Friday and was being treated in a hospital, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Shortly before, several Iranian news outlets including state broadcaster IRIB said a nuclear and missile scientist had been assassinated in an attack. But there was no official confirmation of a death, and Tehran’s nuclear energy body said there had been no incident.
  • Analysis: Covert Israeli-Saudi meeting sends Biden a strong message on Iran

    11/27/2020 3:41:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 27, 2020 | by Marwa Rashad
    RIYADH/JERUSALEM - A historic meeting between Israel’s prime minister and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has sent a strong signal to allies and enemies alike that the two countries remain deeply committed to containing their common foe Iran. Last Sunday’s covert meeting in the Saudi city of Neom, confirmed by Israeli officials but publicly denied by Riyadh, conveyed a coordinated message to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden that Washington’s main allies in the region are closing ranks. It was the first publicly confirmed visit to Saudi Arabia by an Israeli leader and a meeting that was unthinkable until recently as the two...
  • Israeli settlers pray for Trump re-election at biblical tomb

    11/02/2020 4:36:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 2, 2020 | by Dan Williams
    HEBRON, West Bank - Jewish settler leaders prayed on Monday for U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election, citing his support for Israel, during a ceremony at a biblical tomb in the occupied West Bank that has been a flashpoint of conflict with the Palestinians. “We have come to bless President Trump, both for the past, to thank him, but also for the future, that he succeeds in the coming election,” Yishai Fleisher, spokesman for the Hebron settlers, said at the Cave of the Patriarchs burial site. One of those interred there, according to tradition, is Abraham, who is revered by Jews,...
  • Israel expects Oman to normalize next, Mossad chief says Saudi deal soon

    10/24/2020 8:10:08 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 37 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 24 October 2020 | TOI STAFF
    Israeli officials believe Oman is next in line to normalize relations with Israel in the near future, following the Jewish state’s blitz of deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and most recently Sudan, according to a report Saturday. Channel 12 said sources in the government claimed an announcement was even potentially possible before the US presidential election on November 3rd, though they stressed it could take more time, as Muscat would likely wait to see where political winds are blowing in Washington before making any major decisions... Meanwhile, Channel 12 also reported that Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen has stated...
  • Israeli minister: Normalized relations with another Arab or Muslim nation likely before US elections

    10/21/2020 10:45:11 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 20, 2020 | John Bowden
    Israel's minister of regional cooperation said Wednesday that he expects normalize relations with another Arab state before the U.S. elections. Reuters reported that Ofir Akunis, who is also a member of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, told Army Radio that the announcement would come before Nov. 3. "I have a reasonable basis to believe that the announcement will come before November 3 - that, if you'll permit me, is what I understand from my sources," he said, according to the news service. "I will be very happy if the announcement will happen - and before the elections in the United States,"...
  • Lebanon and Israel, long-time foes, to start talks on disputed waters

    10/13/2020 3:43:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 13, 2020 | by Ellen Francis and Dominic Evans
    Lebanon and Israel, formally still at war after decades of conflict, launch talks on Wednesday to address a long-running dispute over their maritime border running through potentially gas-rich Mediterranean waters. The U.S.-mediated talks follow three years of intense diplomacy by Washington and were announced less than a month after the United States stepped up pressure on political allies of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah. They also come after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed to establish full relations with Israel, under U.S.-brokered deals which realign some of Washington’s closest Middle East allies against Iran. Hezbollah, which fought a five-week...
  • Men Like Trump Do Not Act To Win Prizes

    10/12/2020 1:43:20 AM PDT · by mmanager · 8 replies
    Tsionzm ^ | October 11, 2020 | Brent Beecham
    The Noble Committee gave the 2020 Peace Prize to a yet another nameless, faceless organization that most likely misuses funds intended to feed the needy, rather than President Donald J Trump for his Middle East peace. Men like Trump do not act to win prizes. They see problems and solve them.
  • Trump Expects ‘8 Or 9’ More Arab Countries To Join Israel Peace Agreement, Including Saudi Arabia

    09/15/2020 6:33:35 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 92 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 15, 2020 | ANDERS HAGSTROM
    President Donald Trump expects “seven or eight or nine” additional Arab states to sign peace agreements with Israel in the near future, including Saudi Arabia, he announced Tuesday during a White House ceremony. Trump made the comments after formally signing peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Known as the Abraham Accords, Trump and its other signatories hope it heralds “a new dawn for peace in the Middle East.” Trump also said that he spoke with the King of Saudi Arabia and expects the country to join the agreement “at the right time,” according Agence France...
  • Trump rips WSJ editorial warning him not to be 'impulsive' on Afghanistan

    05/18/2020 9:29:33 AM PDT · by RandFan · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/18/20 11:48 AM EDT | BY JOE CONCHA
    President Trump slammed the Wall Street Journal's editorial board on Monday, a day after it warned him against being "impulsive" when making decisions on Afghanistan. "The Wall Street Journal Editorial states that it doesn’t want me to act in an 'impulsive' manner in Afghanistan. Could somebody please explain to them that we have been there for 19 years, and while soldier counts are way down now, hardly impulsive," the president tweeted to his 80 million followers. "Besides, the Taliban is mixed about even wanting us to get out," Trump added. "They make a fortune $$$ by having us stay, and...
  • Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging

    04/25/2020 6:23:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    France24 ^ | April 25, 2020
    Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the supreme court announced, hailing the latest in a series of "human rights advances" made by the king and his powerful son. Court-ordered floggings in Saudi Arabia -- sometimes extending to hundreds of lashes -- have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. But they say the headline legal reforms overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have brought no let-up in the conservative Islamic kingdom's crushing of dissent, including through the use of the death penalty. The Saudi supreme court said the latest reform was intended to "bring...
  • Coronavirus: Review to be launched into why ethnic minorities worst-hit by COVID-19

    04/16/2020 5:31:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    SKY News ^ | April 16, 2020 | by Inzamam Rashid
    A formal review is to be launched into why people from a black and minority ethnic background appear to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The move follows calls for the government to investigate the number of deaths of people from the BAME community and those working for the NHS, during the coronavirus pandemic. Sky News analysis found out of the 54 frontline health and social care workers in England and Wales that have died because of COVID-19, 70% of them were black or from an ethnic minority. Our analysis also found that four of the five health trusts in England...
  • HE DID IT AGAIN! Trump Takes Out Top Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander in Iraq – General Siamand Mashhadani Killed in US Strike

    03/14/2020 12:15:31 PM PDT · by bitt · 76 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 3/14/2020 | Jim Hoft
    Earlier this week Iranian backed militia killed two US soldiers and a female UK soldier at Taji military base in Iraq. Last night the US responded killing at least 18 militia members in Iraq including Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander General Siamand Mashhadani. The US launched strikes in Iraq against Iranian-backed militias after the militia’s attack earlier in the week killed two US and one UK soldier in Iraq.
  • Saudi Arabia extends travel ban to EU amid COVID-19 fears

    03/12/2020 6:26:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | March 12, 2020 | By Darryl Coote
    Saudi Arabia expanded its flight and travel bans to 12 countries and the European Union on Thursday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump issued a similar measure for most of Europe. In a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency, the country said it was temporarily suspending "the travel of citizens and expatriates and suspended flights" to European Union member states, Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti and Somalia. Saudi Arabia said it was extending its ban to countries "where the threat of the spread of the novel coronavirus appeared" as part...
  • Turkey's Erdogan accuses Greece of Nazi tactics against migrants at border

    03/11/2020 7:00:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 11, 2020 | by Daren Butler, George Georgiopoulos
    ISTANBUL/ATHENS - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Greek security forces on Wednesday of behaving like Nazis for using force against migrants trying to cross the border from Turkey into the European Union. Tens of thousands of migrants have been attempting to get into EU member Greece since Turkey said on Feb. 28 it would no longer keep them on its territory as part of a 2016 deal with Brussels in return for European aid for the refugees. Greek security forces have used tear gas and water cannon to stop the migrants. Athens has suspended asylum applications for a month and...
  • Declaring it cannot pay debts, Lebanon sets stage for default

    03/07/2020 12:15:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 7, 2020 | by Tom Perry, Ellen Francis
    BEIRUT - Lebanon announced it cannot meet its debt payments and halted a March 9 bond payment of $1.2 billion on Saturday, setting the heavily indebted state on course for a sovereign default as it grapples with a major financial crisis. In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said foreign currency reserves had hit a “critical and dangerous” level and were needed to meet basic needs. He called for “fair” negotiations with lenders to restructure the debt. The default will mark a new phase in a crisis that has hammered the economy since October, slicing around...
  • Camels evacuated from Libya's capital after port comes under fire

    03/05/2020 6:36:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2020 | by Ahmed Elumami
    TRIPOLI - Three thousand camels have been walked out of Libya’s capital Tripoli in an overnight evacuation after the port where they arrived came under artillery fire. The camels left Tripoli’s port shortly after midnight on Wednesday, and were herded along a highway leading west to the city of Zawiya, some 45 km (30 miles) away, where they arrived on Thursday morning, according to a local merchant. A Reuters reporter saw about 20 camel herders whipping the camels into line as they left central Tripoli, with some camels trying to search for food along the side of the road. Security...