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US could rethink Iran sanctions in light of coronavirus pandemic: Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held out the possibility on Tuesday that the United States may consider easing sanctions on Iran and other nations to help fight the coronavirus epidemic but gave no concrete sign it plans to do so. The comments reflected a shift in tone by the US State Department,


Trump, Erdogan stress need for Syria, Libya ceasefires says White House

US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined Tuesday the need for ceasefires in Syria and Libya during the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said. The two spoke by phone on efforts to “defeat the virus and bolster the global economy,” the Whi


Trump, Putin agree on stabilizing global energy markets: White House

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone call on Monday that it was important to stabilize the global energy markets, roiled by an economic downturn caused by nations choosing to temporarily shutter businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The tw


Trump mistakenly tags unverified Saudi user instead of FDA in Tweet about coronavirus

US President Donald Trump mistakenly tagged a Saudi Arabian user with the handle “@FdA” in a tweet about coronavirus, instead of the official Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which has the handle of “@US_FDA”. Trump retweeted an article about a research institute which dev


U.S. indicts Venezuela's Maduro, a political foe, for 'narco-terrorism'

The U.S. government on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of “narco-terrorism,” the latest escalation of the Trump administration’s pressure campaign aimed at ousting the socialist leader. The State


Why are these three presidents downplaying coronavirus warnings?

Brazilians have been tricked by the media over a "little flu," according to president Jair Bolsonaro. Families should still go out to eat despite coronavirus fears, says Mexico's president Andres Manuél Lopez Obrador. And Nicaragua's leader Daniel Ortega has all but disappeared, while politic


U.S. and U.A.E. Troops Hold Major Exercise Amid Virus and Iran Tensions

AL-HAMRA MILITARY BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Marines and Emirati forces held a major military exercise Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Mideast city, a drill conducted amid tensions with Iran and despite the new coronavirus pandemic. Troops raced over the dunes of th


France was ready to shut border had Britain not toughened coronavirus measures

French President Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday that he would close the border if the U.K. did not take more restrictive measures to contain the coronavirus. “We had prepared the closure of our border and told Prime Minister Johnson we would implement it t


Campaign follows Trump's lead, hitting China and Biden amid coronavirus crisis

As the number of coronavirus cases in the United States continues to rise and the markets continue to drop, President Donald Trump has increasingly sought to blame China for the spread of the virus, and his re-election campaign is following his lead. "America is under attack -- not just by an invis


Coronavirus could be used by authoritarian leaders as excuse to undermine democracy, experts warn

In the United States, a White House staffed by xenophobes is using the coronavirus to strengthen border controls it has long wanted to embrace. In Israel and Singapore, governments are invoking the crisis over Covid-19 to track movements of people on cell phones. In Iran, a government obsessed with


White House adds U.K., Ireland to travel ban, hints at airline aid

The White House is expanding its travel ban to passengers from the United Kingdom and Ireland in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., a further expansion of restrictions on air travel that haven’t been seen since Sept. 11, 2001. The administration had previously banne


Trump dumps Russia, woos China instead

Once upon a time, Trump mused about how well he and Russian President Vladimir Putin would get along. Then-candidate Trump said Putin had declared him a "genius," criticized the Obama administration's tensions with Moscow and said it would be better "if we got along."China, on the other hand, was a


Democratic presidential hopeful Biden attacks Trump's coronavirus response

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Thursday lambasted Republican President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, accusing him of having an “adversarial relationship with the truth” while ignoring the advice of experts.“Unfortunately, this virus l


Three-way fray spells toil and trouble in South China Sea

A new three-way dispute has broken into the open in the South China Sea, one that brings two Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) members into conflict along with China over coveted energy resources. Malaysia, Vietnam and China have for weeks been locked in a quiet naval standoff in a disp


Pompeo:US Committed to Preventing Iran From Acquiring Weapons

Before landing in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, Feb 19, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo underscored the importance of the US-Saudi partnership, saying it is critical as the two countries work to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region. Pompeo’s visit to Saudi Arabia is tied


Taliban could ‘possibly’ seize power after US leaves: US President Trump

US President Donald Trump on Friday said the Taliban could “possibly” overrun the Afghan government after the United States withdraws from the country, leaving the US-backed authorities to fend for themselves. “Countries have to take care of themselves,” Trump told reporters


Putin, Erdogan meet in Moscow for Syria talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan began talks in Moscow on Thursday aimed at defusing the crisis in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. “The situation... in Idlib has become so aggravated that it requires us to have a direct personal conve


EU offers 170 mln euros Syria aid during Turkey visit

The EU’s top diplomat on Wednesday promised an additional 170 million euros in aid for vulnerable groups in Syria in a visit to Turkey, which has demanded greater assistance over the conflict. “We have announced a 170 million additionally in humanitarian aid to continue assisting the mo





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