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Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamping down talk of war, top Trump administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remained deeply skeptical of the White House approach in the Middle East.
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Lawmakers split along partisan lines after Iran threat briefing

Debate over the threat posed by Iran took on a partisan hue after Trump administration officials briefed lawmakers Tuesday, with Democrats charging that the White House is blowing normal threat levels out of proportion and Republicans insisting that deterrence, not war, is the goal.
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Lawmakers emerge from Iran threat briefing split along partisan lines

Debate over the threat posed by Iran took on a partisan hue after Trump administration officials briefed lawmakers Tuesday, with Democrats charging that the White House is blowing normal threat levels out of proportion and Republicans insisting that deterrence, not war, is the goal.
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Iran 'threat' has diminished, says US defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan credits US show of forceRemarks appear to be a sign tension is easing This handout picture released by the US navy shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the flight deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf. Photograph: MC3 Jeff Sherman/AFP/Getty Images The acting US defence secretary has claimed that the alleged threat from Iran has receded as the result of an American show of force in the Middle East. “We’ve put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” P...
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AP Top Stories May 21 A

Here's the latest for Tuesday May 21st: Iran's president says he is seeking wartime executive powers; Congress may hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt; Trump campaigns in Pennsylvania; Severe weather in Southern Plains            [Author: AP]
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News Brief: Migrant Death, Huawei Ban, Iran Sanctions

A fifth migrant minor dies in U.S. custody. The White House eases a ban on Chinese company Huawei. And the U.S. tracks deals with Iran after it reimposed secondary sanctions against the country.
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Morning News Brief

A fifth migrant minor dies in U.S. custody. The White House eases a ban on Chinese company Huawei. And the U.S. tracks deals with Iran after it reimposed secondary sanctions against the country.
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Dual hearings on Capitol Hill focus on Trump’s Iran policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — As questions mount over President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, top national security officials are heading to Capitol Hill to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats have asked for a second opinion. The competing closed-door sessions Tuesday, unusual and potentially polarizing, come after weeks of escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf that […]
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Trump: U.S. will respond with 'great force' if Iran attacks interests

"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening for an event in Pennsylvania. "If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will." His comments came as two U.S. government sources said the United States strongly suspects Shi'ite militias with ties to, and possibly encouragement from, Iran fired a rocket on Sunday into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone. Th...
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Old grudges, new weapons… is the US on the brink of war with Iran?

While American hawks talk up an ‘imminent’ threat from Tehran with no hard evidence, echoing the start of the Iraq conflict, hardliners are in the ascendant in IranFor better or worse, America remains the world’s leading military superpower. In Washington last week, a familiar row erupted over how best that power should be used. Past targets have included Soviet Russia, al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Today the international bogeyman topping the White House’s to-do list is Ir...
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Week In Politics: Iran, Tariffs

From Iran to immigration, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Anita Kumar, who is a White House correspondent for Politico, about the week in politics.
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Political pitfalls: Iran tests 'America First' pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won the White House pledging to wind down the nation's many foreign entanglements and put "America First." But as his administration in recent days has sent mixed signals on the prospects of a military conflict with Iran, Trump's campaign trail promise is being put to the test.
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Iran tests President Trump’s ‘America First’ pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won the White House pledging to wind down the nation’s many foreign entanglements and put “America First.” But as his administration in recent days has sent mixed signals on the prospects of a military conflict with Iran, Trump’s campaign trail promise is being put to the test. With the […]
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UK raises travel warning for dual British-Iranian nationals amid heightened tensions

Britain has upgraded its travel warning for dual UK-Iranian nationals after a British council worker was jailed on allegations of espionage.  The Foreign Office on Friday warned dual nationals against all travel to the Islamic Republic, saying they face an "unacceptably higher" risk of detention and mistreatment. Its previous advice had warned against all but essential travel. In a statement, Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, also urged Iranian nationals living in the UK to exercise "caution" ...
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Exclusive: U.S. Military Officials Say There Is No Actual Plan to Confront Iran

But that doesn't mean there won’t be a conflict
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John Bolton: the man driving the US towards war … any war

Donald Trump’s national security adviser is stoking tensions with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, in line with decades of taking the most hawkish position on any given issueThe US is now engaged in three major confrontations around the world that have the potential to degrade into war. And in the driving seat on all three fronts is John Bolton, one of the most fervent believers in American military might ever to work in the White House. Related: Elizabeth Warren announces plan to protect abor...
Tags: North Korea, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Venezuela, Donald Trump, John Bolton, North Korea Iran, Trump Administration


Trump says 'good thing' that Iran confused by US stance

President Donald Trump on Friday said it is a "good thing" if Iran is confused by US policy. "At least Iran doesn't know what to think, which at this point may very well be a good thing!" he tweeted. The White House has sent mixed signals in recent days, amid multiple US media reports of infighting in Trump's cabinet over how hard to push Washington's arch foe Iran.
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UK advises dual nationals against all travel to Iran

Foreign Office tightens advice after jailing of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Aras AmiriThe UK has upgraded its travel advice to British-Iranian dual nationals, for the first time advising against all travel to Iran.The advice also urges Iranian nationals living in the UK to exercise caution if they decide to travel to Iran. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Foreign Office, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe


Trump playing down threat of war with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. Asked Thursday if the U.S. was going to war with Iran, the president replied, “I hope […]
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Trump Admin Moves Fueled Iran’s Aggression, U.S. Intel Says

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyTrump administration hawks have spent the last two weeks decrying an increased threat from Iran. But U.S. intelligence officials assess that Iran’s aggressive moves came in response to the administration’s own actions. Three U.S. government officials familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that officials in multiple U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that Iran’s new, threatening activity–which the administration points to in justifying it...
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Trump proposes new US immigration plan favoring 'merit' over family ties – live

Plan is intended to suppress immigration from low-wage and ‘unskilled’ workers, who Trump says are taking jobs from low-income AmericansSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 8.16pm BST On the morning that Donald Trump met Swiss president, whose embassy in Tehran represents US interests, reporters shouted a question to him at the White House, asking if the US was going to war with Iran.“Hope not,” was his reply. Related: Iran tells Middle East militias: prepare for proxy war ...
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Iran tells Middle East militias: prepare for proxy war

Exclusive: Top military leader delivers message at Baghdad meeting as tensions riseIran’s most prominent military leader has recently met Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war”, the Guardian has learned.Two senior intelligence sources said that Qassem Suleimani, leader of Iran’s powerful Quds force, summoned the militias under Tehran’s influence three weeks ago, amid a heightened state of tension in the region. The move to mobilise Iran’s regional allies is understood...
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Congressional leaders set for classified briefing on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are receiving a classified briefing on Iran as members of both parties demand more information on the White House’s claims of rising threats in the Middle East. The briefing Thursday with the so-called Gang of Eight comes after Democratic lawmakers warned President Donald Trump against war with Iran and criticized […]
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Everything you need to know about Huawei, the Chinese tech giant accused of spying that the US just banned from doing business in America

Huawei, a Chinese tech giant, was recently put on a US blacklist that prevents it from doing business with US companies without first getting US government approval. The US has long voiced concerns that Huawei technology has been used for Chinese government-sponsored spying, a claim the company has continually denied. Here's everything you need to know about Huawei and how it became viewed as a threat to US national security. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In a huge b...
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Aras Amiri is Iran’s latest state-sponsored hostage. Britain must act | Richard Ratcliffe

The British Council employee’s arrest mirrors my wife’s ordeal. Iran must be stopped from holding innocent people as leverageThis week Aras Amiri from north London was convicted and sentenced in Iran to 10 years in prison for organising Iranian cultural events in the UK for the British Council.It brought back memories of the sentencing of my wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on similar charges in 2016 – and the tearful weeks failing to make sense of it all. Aras’s case has many similarities to Naza...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, UK News, World news, Iran, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Jeremy Hunt, Aras, British Council, Nazanin, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe, Aras Amiri


Iran has jailed another woman, like my wife. We need coordinated action | Richard Ratcliffe

The arrest of Aras Amiri mirrors my wife’s ordeal. Iran can no longer be allowed to hold innocent people as leverageThis week Aras Amiri from north London was convicted and sentenced in Iran to 10 years in prison for organising Iranian cultural events in the UK for the British Council.It brought back memories of the sentencing of my wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on similar charges in 2016 – and the tearful weeks failing to make sense of it all. Aras’s case has many similarities to Nazanin’s: bo...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Jeremy Hunt, Aras, Nazanin, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe, Aras Amiri


Iran has jailed another British Iranian, like my wife. We need coordinated action | Richard Ratcliffe

The arrest of Aras Amiri mirrors my wife’s ordeal. Iran can no longer be allowed to hold innocent people as leverageThis week Aras Amiri from north London was convicted and sentenced in Iran to 10 years in prison for organising Iranian cultural events in the UK for the British Council.It brought back memories of the sentencing of my wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on similar charges in 2016 – and the tearful weeks failing to make sense of it all. Aras’s case has many similarities to Nazanin’s: bo...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Jeremy Hunt, Aras, Nazanin, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe, Aras Amiri


Iran blames ‘unacceptable’ US sanctions for spike in tensions as White House advisors push for forceful response

Iran’s foreign minister has hit out at “unacceptable” sanctions imposed by the US as an international deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions continues to unravel amid a spike in tensions.Mohammad Zarif defended Iran’s right to respond to the US pullout from the nuclear deal last year.“We believe that escalation by the United States is unacceptable and uncalled for. We have exercised maximum restraints,” he said during a visit to Tokyo. In other comments carried on the semi-official Mehr news ag...
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Britain 'shares US belief of heightened threat of attacks by Iran'

The UK shares America’s assessment of a “heightened threat” of attacks by Iran, Jeremy Hunt said Thursday, as he tried to bring an end to days of transatlantic division over the issue. The government has raised the threat level for British troops and diplomats in Iraq and reviewed security arrangements at UK embassies in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The US had already pulled many diplomats out of its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan out of fear of attacks by Iranian-backed Shia mil...
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UK raises threat level for troops in Iraq amid fears of Iranian attack

The UK has raised the the threat level for its troops and diplomats in Iraq amid heightened concern over potential attacks by Iran or its proxy forces.  Alertness levels were also raised at UK embassies in Saudi Arabia and Qatar as tensions remained high in the Persian Gulf.  The US has been building up its forces in the region for two weeks after intelligence reportedly showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards loading missiles onto small boats, potentially to be fired at American warships.  The UK in...
Tags: UK, Isis, News, Saudi Arabia, White House, Isil, Iraq, US, Jerusalem, Qatar, Iran, Syria, Britain, Ministry Of Defence, New York Times, Middle East



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