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Yahoo! BooksJun 24, 2019
Mike Pompeo embarks on last-minute Middle East trip to build anti-Iran alliance
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he wants to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in the Middle East, following a week of crisis that saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran. Mr Pompeo spoke Sunday as he left Washington for Saudi Arabia, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Sunni Arab allies that are alarmed by Shia Iran's increasing assertiveness and are working to limit its influence in the region. His stops in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi were hastily arranged late last week as additions to a trip to India from where he will join Donald Trump, the US president, in Japan for the G20 summit and South Korea. But they were not announced until immediately before his departure in a sign of fast-moving and unpredictable developments. "We'll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned, and how we can build out a global coalition, a coalition not only throughout the Gulf states, but in Asia and in Europe, that understands this challenge as it is prepared to push back against the world's largest state sponsor of terror," Mr Pompeo said about Iran. But even as Mr Pompeo delivered his tough talk, he echoed Mr Trump and Mike Pence, the vice president, in saying the US is prepared to negotiate with Iran, without preconditions, in a bid to ease tensions. At a glance | Key players in Tehran Those tensions have been mounting since Mr Trump last year withdrew the US from a global nuclear deal wit

Yahoo! ArtsJun 24, 2019
Is Israel Thinking About a Military Strike on Iran? History Tells Us It's Possible.
Iran shot down a U.S. drone on June 19, further escalating tensions between Iran and its adversaries.Relations with Iran have been worsening for months. In early May, one year after the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal negotiated in 2015 between Iran, the U.S., the European Union and five other countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country may also withdraw from the agreement, which limits its ability to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting sanctions.In June, Rouhani announced that Iran will restart uranium enrichment, which could put the country on track to develop a nuclear weapon within a year. Rouhani's government insists its uranium will go to civilian nuclear power, not weapons.As a "deterrent" to Iran, the United States is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East.The U.S. is not the only country considering a military response in Iran."Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on June 17. Netanyahu also said Iran must be punished for violating the nuclear agreement.Israel, which has faced threats to its national security since its founding as a Jewish homeland in the Middle East in 1948, is known to take aggressive, preventive action to protect itself - including by launching preemptive strikes on neighboring nations it perceives as threatening.If international relations with Iran grow more volatile, Israel could take dramatic, unilateral

Yahoo! BooksJun 24, 2019
Trump news - live: President blasted for vetoing general's appointment because he opposes torture, as Kellyanne Conway faces subpoena
Donald Trump is facing criticism on multiple fronts as the week begins, juggling conflict with Iran with outcry over the treatment of children in "filthy" border detention centres and the leaking of documents revealing he vetoed the appointed of a senior general over his opposition to the use of torture.After postponing the mass deportation of immigrants at the request of Democrats over the weekend, the president gave an interview to NBC's Meet the Press in which he struggled with questions about possible Russian election hacking in 2020, the state of the US economy and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is meanwhile in Saudi Arabia to address tensions in the Middle East, threatening "significant" new sanctions against Tehran while expressing an interest in opening talks with the regime.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load


Yahoo! ArtsJun 24, 2019
Three months on, landless IS still a threat in Syria
The Islamic State group may have lost its "caliphate", but three months later, experts have warned the jihadists are still attacking fighters and fields in Syria to show they remain relevant. The Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had expelled the extremists from their last patch of land in eastern Syria on March 23, after a months-long campaign backed by air strikes of a US-led coalition. The Kurdish-Arab alliance taking control of the riverside village of Baghouz spelt the end of the jihadist proto-state declared in 2014 in large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.


Yahoo! ArtsJun 24, 2019
Iran denies US cyber attack ahead of new sanctions
Iran denied Monday it was hit by a US cyber attack as Washington was due to tighten sanctions on Tehran in a standoff sparked by the US withdrawal from a nuclear deal. Both nations say they want to avoid going to war, but tensions have spiralled as a series of incidents, including tanker attacks and the shooting down of a US drone by Iran in the Gulf, raised fears of an unintended slide towards conflict. The denial came as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks on the tensions with Iran and was also due to visit the United Arab Emirates for similar discussions.


Reuters EntertainmentJun 10, 2019
U.S. Woodstock 50 music festival loses site in New York
Watkins Glen International, the owners of the planned site in upstate New York for the Woodstock 50 festival, said on Monday they would no longer be hosting it, the latest setback for the troubled three-day event.
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