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Tensions over Iran show cracks in a time-tested alliance LONDON (AP) — Gone, at least for now, are the halcyon days when strong military and political ties between Britain and the United States meant that Washington could assume it had a staunch partner... In a newspaper interview to be published Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany, France and Britain are taking a different approach from the U.S. on Iran, adding that in this instance the three countries have common interests with Russia and China
Senators want visas for Afghans now stranded after helping U.S. forces Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday revived an effort to provi... Backers of the plan said Washington needs to protect Afghans who worked for U.S. forces in order to ensure local support Army General Austin Miller, commander of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, sent a letter to Shaheen backing the bill, calling the SIV program critical to success in Afghanistan Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
German biscuit heiress apologizes for Nazi forced labor remarks The heiress of a German biscuit empire has apologized for stirring outrage with ... Nothing could be further from my mind than to downplay national socialism or its consequences I expressly apologize to all whose feelings I have hurt Former forced laborers have failed to obtain compensation from Bahlsen in individual lawsuits, with German courts citing statute of limitations laws Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
US Reviews Plan To Deploy 120,000 Troops To Middle East If Iran Strikes There is growinhg unease the Trump administration might be laying the groundwork for a war against Iran. It wrote that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan presented the plan during a meeting of top national security officials last week However, on Tuesday, Trump denied the multiple news reports A ranking administration official, however, said the U.S. is not expecting an imminent Iranian attack
U.S. believes Iran encouraged tanker attacks: U.S. sources U.S. officials believe Iran encouraged Houthi militants or Iraq-based Shi'i... A fifth of the oil consumed in the world passes through the Strait of Hormuz en route from Gulf crude producers to much of the globe A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis for four years in Yemen to try to restore the internationally recognized government in a conflict widely seen as a Saudi-Iran proxy war Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Missouri senate bill seeks to ban abortion after eight weeks even in cases of rape and incest Legislation latest put forward in Republican-controlled states seeking to effectively outlaw terminations From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras In springtime, Hong Kong is affected by alternate cold and warm air The procedure, which anti-abortion advocates claim amounts to dismemberment, was used in 1,777, or 6.7 per cent, of abortions in Michigan in 2017
Ilhan Omar defends Rashida Tlaib amid 'holocaust' controversy Ms Tlaib has been attacked by Republicans for saying she gets a 'calming feeling' when she thinks about the 'tragedy of the Holocaust' Polls suggest Vox, which campaigns against illegal immigration and radical feminism, will become the first far-right party to win seats in the Spanish parliament since the late 70s and could emerge as a kingmaker in Spain's increasingly fragmented political landscape AFP/Getty 48/50 29 March 2019 Protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika continue in Algeria despite the announcement on 11 March that he will not run for a fifth Presidential term and postponement of presidential elections previously scheduled for 18 April 2019 until further notice EPA 49/50 28 March 2019 Firefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka after a huge fire tore through it, killing at least five people with many others feared trapped in the latest major fire to hit the Bangladesh capital AFP/Getty 50/50 27 March 2019 A Palestinian protester moves a burning tire during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank Reuters 1/50 15 May 2019 Buildings in Hung Hom district are shrouded in coastal fog in Hong Kong, China
Analysis | The United States meant to isolate Iran. It looks increasingly isolated itself. Only a handful of countries are backing the United States’ push against Iran. Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Jason Caldwell, assigned to the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron 103, observes sunrise on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier on the Suez Canal in Egypt on May 9 But even by the standards of the Iraq War, the United States appears to be on its own on Iran this week
Oil rises on Middle East tensions, shrugs off U.S. crude build Oil futures edged up on Wednesday as worries that rising tensions in the Middle ... Given that nearly one-third of global oil production and nearly all of global spare capacity are in the Middle East, the oil market is very sensitive to any attacks on oil infrastructure in this region, Swiss bank UBS said, adding it expected Brent prices to rise toward $75 in coming weeks
Why is the US always 'stumbling' or 'sliding' into war? How the media misleads with language The way the mainstream media tells it, the United States never, ever ends up embroiled in wars and military conflicts on purpose — only ever by mistake, or as a result of things like ‘bad planning’ or ‘strategic missteps’. In April, Foreign Policy magazine even had Venezuela's self-declared interim president Juan Guaido stumbling toward a coup Either way, it’s a psychological trick which frames the most powerful, military-minded and trigger-happy country in the world as some kind of innocent victim of events beyond its control
Pelosi warns Trump against war in Mideast; Dems demand info WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the U.S. must avoid war with Iran, and she declared the White House has "no business" moving toward a Middle East confrontation... Congress has not authorized war with Iran, and the administration, if it were contemplating military action with Iran, must come to Congress to seek approval, said Sen The administration canceled a separate briefing on Iran that had been scheduled for Wednesday with the House Intelligence Committee, according to people familiar with the situation
US orders 'non-emergency government employees' to leave Iraq Directive comes as tensions between the US and neighbouring Iran ratchet up as US military forces head to the Gulf. More tense US concerns about escalating danger posed by Iran did not appear to be shared by all of Washington's allies An official in the country's atomic energy body told ISNA that Iran now would not limit its production of enriched uranium and heavy water Talk to Al Jazeera Iran FM Zarif: US sanctions are 'economic terrorism'
Trump needs to take reins from Bolton & pull world back from precipice of war US National Security Advisor John Bolton is driving a war policy towards Iran based on nothing but his own deranged world view and anti-Iran obsession. The incendiary problem with Bolton’s recent warnings of unrelenting response to Iran or its proxies if they were to attack US interests is that the red line is so expansive, vague and prone to paranoid imagination – of which Bolton has plenty Share it with a friend! The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT
U.S. intel showed Iran-backed militias moving rockets in Iraq: Report The current ramping up of U.S. military posturing against Iran was triggered by U.S. intelligence that showed Tehran-backed militias in Iraq moving rockets to locations that could hit bases where American troops are positioned in the nation, according to sources familiar with the intelligence. Reuters cited a second Iraqi security source as saying communications intercepted by U.S. intelligence had shown that Iran-backed militias had redeployed to take up suspicious positions, which the Americans considered provocations Bill Urban asserting they had run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from U.S. and allies regarding Iranian backed forces in the region
Opinion | Saudi Arabia’s repression shouldn’t be rewarded with a World Cup If Gianni Infantino’s expansion proposal leads to Saudi Arabia co-hosting the World Cup, it deserves a red card. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy as France celebrates its World Cup championship in July 2018 Same-sex relations are criminalized in Saudi Arabia, and punishments include the death penalty and whipping At least 10 are on trial on charges almost entirely related to their peaceful activism
US won’t start war with Iran… at least that’s what prominent coup enthusiast Rubio says The pullout of non-emergency government staff from Iraq is not a “prelude” to an attack but a precaution, Senator Marco Rubio has explained on his Twitter. Many users, however, perceive it to be laying the groundwork for war. Also on Baghdad won’t let Washington use its territory in war against Iran – Iraq’s envoy The Twitter crowd was largely unconvinced by the senator's claims War as a reelection strategy?#NoWarWithIran Jeff RI 🇺🇸 (@JeffFromNH) 15 мая 2019 г
US orders 'non-emergency' government employees to leave Iraq The Trump administration has accused Iran of supporting "imminent attacks" on US personnel in the region, but provided neither details nor evidence. President Donald Trump campaigned on a platform of rolling back that influence, and his national security adviser, John Bolton, is a longtime advocate of boxing Tehran into a corner The Washington Post Iran sanctions Iran USA Trump diplomacy Most Viewed in World Loading
Analysis | Japan ruling party distributes ‘anti-gaffe’ guide after litany of blunders Critics say the problem isn’t the gaffes themselves, but the underlying views that are reflected in politicians’ comments. In a section about strong words that tend to be used in headlines, it listed five types of problematic speech It is difficult to apologize for, the manual warned Comments about illness and old age Aso, again, this time in 2013 They think putting up a decent facade is sufficient Akiko Kashiwagi contributed to this report from Tokyo