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U.S. crude gains, slowing global economy challenge oil market in 2019: IEA

The IEA, which coordinates the energy policies of industrial nations, said it was keeping its estimate of oil demand growth for this year unchanged at 1.4 million barrels per day, close to 2018 levels. "The impact of higher oil prices in 2018 is fading, which will help offset lower economic growth," the Paris-based IEA said in its monthly report. Oil rallied above $85 per barrel in the second half of 2018 on concern about lower supplies from Iran due to new U.S. sanctions.
Tags: Science, Iran, Paris, IEA


Prisoner in Vancouver: Huawei CFO Awaits Fate in Splendor

Then she’s off, largely free to roam the shops and restaurants within 100 square miles of Vancouver until her 11 p.m. curfew. Meng’s arrest at the behest of the U.S. -- which wants to extradite her on grounds she tricked banks into potentially violating Iran sanctions -- has sparked an unprecedented diplomatic row. Nine days after her Dec. 1 arrest during a stop over in Vancouver, China detained two Canadians on national security grounds.
Tags: Science, Iran, Vancouver, Huawei, Meng, Vancouver China


Trump unveils new space missile defence strategy as Pentagon brands North Korea ‘extraordinary threat’

Donald Trump has unveiled a revamped US missile defence strategy involving a new layer of space-based sensors to detect and track enemy missiles. The president announced the results of the review, the first compiled since 2010, during a speech at the Pentagon. In the review, US intelligence agencies also warned Iran and North Korea’s missile capabilities present existing threats to US and global security.
Tags: Science, North Korea, US, Iran, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


Trump unveils new space missile defence strategy as Pentagon brands North Korea 'extraordinary threat'

Donald Trump has unveiled a revamped US missile defence strategy involving a new layer of space-based sensors to detect and track enemy missiles. The president announced the new review during a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday, calling for an investment into new missile defence technologies at a time when Russia and China are developing advanced weapon systems. US intelligence agencies have also warned Iran and North Korea’s missile capabilities present existing threats to US and global secu...
Tags: Science, North Korea, China, Russia, US, Iran, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


Trump to roll out long-awaited missile defense review

President Donald Trump will unveil a review of US missile defense capabilities Thursday that aims to counter threats from North Korea and Iran while adapting to ever more sophisticated weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Top among the concerns highlighted by the Missile Defense Review is the speed at which rivals, particularly Beijing and Moscow, are pushing ahead with new technologies such as hypersonic missiles that can thwart traditional defense systems. As a result, the Pen...
Tags: Science, North Korea, Russia, US, Iran, Beijing, Moscow, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Missile Defense Review, China Top


Donald Trump's new missile defence strategy eyes space-based sensors

The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defence system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Details about the administration's Missile Defence Review - the first compiled since 2010 - are expected to be released during President Donald Trump's visit on Thursday to the Pentagon with top members of his administration. In a throwback to Ro...
Tags: Asia, Science, Vladimir Putin, Congress, North Korea, China, Russia, US, America, Iran, Beijing, Ronald Reagan, Moscow, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


Yemen combatants start talks in Jordan on prisoner swap deal

Delegates from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government met in the Jordanian capital to discuss the swap, which was agreed in U.N-led talks in Sweden in December. "The two parties exchanged the list of prisoners in Sweden and they’re now discussing steps to implement it," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. As part of that effort, the two sides exchanged lists of some 15,000 prisoners for a swap that delegates said would be conducted via ...
Tags: New York, Science, Sweden, Iran, Jordan, Yemen, Houthi, Sanaa, Stephane Dujarric, Sayun


France condemns failed Iran satellite launch, urges halt to ballistics tests

France on Wednesday condemned a failed Iranian satellite launch that it said used technology applicable to long-range missiles and urged Tehran to stop all ballistic tests which are not in line with U.N. resolutions. It was the latest in a string of French comments expressing irritation at Iran's ongoing ballistic missile program despite attempts over the last two years by France and other European powers to open talks on the subject with Iranian authorities. "The Iranian ballistic program is ...
Tags: Science, France, Iran, Tehran, France Foreign Ministry, Agnes von der Muhll


Iran says it will be ready for new satellite launch in a few months

Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months' time after a failed attempt this week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, ignoring U.S. and European warnings to avoid such activity. Iran's bid to send a satellite into orbit failed on Tuesday as the space vehicle, named Payam, did not reach adequate speed in the third stage of the launch. "We have achieved great success in building satellites and launching them.
Tags: Science, Iran, Hassan Rouhani, Payam


Iran satellite launch fails after U.S. warning

Iran's bid to launch a satellite has failed, Telecoms Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said on Tuesday, after it ignored U.S. warnings to avoid such activity. Washington warned Tehran this month against undertaking three planned rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology. The United States is concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warhea...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Tehran, U N Security Council, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi


Is Iran's Space Program Just an Excuse for Missile Research?

Officials in the U.S. government differ on whether or not Iran is using rocket test to advance long range missile technology.
Tags: Science, Iran


Israel’s Nuclear Weapons: The Worst-Kept Military Secret on the Planet

If a hostile power (let’s say Iran, for sake of discussion) appeared to be on the verge of mating nuclear devices with the systems needed to deliver them, Israel might well consider a preventive nuclear attack
Tags: Science, Israel, Iran


Iran satellite fails to reach orbit in US-criticized launch

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian satellite-carrying rocket blasted off into space on Tuesday, but scientists failed to put the device into orbit in a launch previously criticized by the United States as helping the Islamic Republic further develop its ballistic missile program.
Tags: Science, US, Iran, United States, Islamic Republic, TEHRAN Iran


Iran says it's launched a satellite that didn't reach orbit

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday conducted one of at least two satellite launches it plans despite criticism from the United States, but the satellite failed to reach orbit.
Tags: Science, Iran, Ap, United States, TEHRAN Iran


Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit

Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States as a breach of a UN resolution on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, the telecommunications minister said. Iran's arch foe Israel swiftly condemned the launch, which it charged was cover for the testing of the first stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile. "The Payam satellite was successfully launched this morning with the Safir satellite carrier," Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi told state television.
Tags: Science, Israel, US, Iran, United States, Un, Safir, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi


Iran satellite launch, which U.S. warned against, fails

Iran's bid to launch a satellite has failed, Telecoms Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said on Tuesday, after it ignored U.S. warnings to avoid such activity. Washington warned Tehran this month against undertaking three planned rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology. Iran, which considers its space program a matter of national pride, has said its space vehicle launches and missile tests were not violatio...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, Tehran, U N Security Council, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi


Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit: state media

Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, state television quoted the telecommunications minister as saying. "The Payam satellite was successfully launched this morning with the Basir satellite carrier. Payam and its carrier had gone through successful testing of its first and second stages, the minister said.
Tags: Science, US, Iran, United States, Payam


Jordan, France, Iran follow Pompeo to Baghdad, Le Drian announces loan

King Abdullah's visit, his first since 2008, follows a week after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped off in both countries at the start of a Middle East tour meant to mobilize Arab countries against Iran and reassure them over the planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. The Jordanian king was greeted by President Barham Salih on a red carpet at Baghdad airport before heading to meet Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. Salih welcomed the visit as strengthening "joint interests and secur...
Tags: Science, Iran, Syria, Middle East, Baghdad, State, Abdullah, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Barham Salih, Jordan France Iran, Adel Abdul Mahdi Salih


UK summons Iran's ambassador over British-Iranian aid worker

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Monday summoned Iran's ambassador in London over jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the BBC reported. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)
Tags: UK, Science, London, Iran, Bbc, Jeremy Hunt, Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters British Foreign, Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe


Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo lands in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their regional foe Shi'ite Muslim Iran - something Doha denies. The United States, an ally of the six-nation Sunni Muslim GCC, sees the rift as a threat to efforts to contain Iran and has pushed for a united Gulf front. "When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, United States, Egypt, Middle East, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Shi, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Pompeo, Sunni Muslim GCC


Iran says it is taking initial steps to design reactor fuel

Iran is taking preliminary steps to design uranium fuel with a purity of 20 percent for reactors instead of having to copy foreign designs, Iran's nuclear chief said on Sunday. Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers caps the level to which it is able to enrich uranium to 3.67 percent purity, well below the 20 percent it was reaching before the deal, and the roughly 90 percent that is weapons-grade. Iran is, however, allowed to produce nuclear fuel under strict conditions that need to be ...
Tags: Science, Iran


Pompeo says good outcome possible for both Turkey and Syrian Kurds

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a "good outcome" can be achieved that protects both Turkey and the Syrian Kurds, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, Pompeo also said the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria is a "tactical change" and does not alter U.S. military capacity to counter Islamic State and Iran. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
Tags: Science, Islamic State, Turkey, Iran, Syria, State, Lesley Wroughton, Lisa Barrington, Pompeo, ABU DHABI Reuters, Mike Pompeo, Abu Dhabi Pompeo


Iran's Zarif calls Iran-focused summit in Poland a 'desperate circus'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Poland on Friday for jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, calling it a "desperate anti-Iran circus". Earlier on Friday Washington announced that the summit would be held in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the meeting would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including on the "important element of making sure that I...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Warsaw, State, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, Mike Pompeo


Explosion sparks fire at Aden refinery, cause unknown

Civil defense forces in Yemen's port city of Aden fought to extinguish a fire at an oil refinery on Friday, sparked hours earlier by an explosion, the cause of which was still unknown, the refinery company said. Separately, Saudi state television reported that the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-allied Houthi group had destroyed a communication and control center the Houthis used to direct their unmanned aircraft. A day earlier the Houthis launched a drone attack on a military ...
Tags: Science, Iran, Yemen, Aden, Lahaj


U.S. to host Iran-focused global meeting in Poland February 13-14

The United States plans to jointly host a global conference focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Trump last year withdrew the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and moved to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Trump, U S State Department


U.S. to host Iran-focused global summit in Poland Feb. 13-14

The United States plans to jointly host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News in an interview to air on Friday that the meeting would "focus on Middle East stability and peace and freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence." Pompeo said the meeting would "bring t...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Africa, Iran, United States, Middle East, Poland, Fox News, State Department, State, U S State Department, Western Hemisphere, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Iran says will not halt aerospace program despite U.S. warning

Iran will continue with its aerospace program despite U.S. warnings, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, adding there was no international law prohibiting such a program. Zarif, who is in New Delhi on a bilateral visit, also told Reuters that leaving a 2015 nuclear deal agreed with world powers is an option available with Tehran but is not the only option on the table. The United States earlier this month issued a pre-emptive warning to Iran against pursuing three planned ...
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Tehran, New Delhi, Reuters, U N Security Council, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif


Report: Documents Show Extensive Huawei Ties to Suspected Fronts in Iran and Syria

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained in Canada late last year at the behest of U.S. authorities, who allege she oversaw a complex financial scam to violate nuclear sanctions on Iran. The incident has become a major source of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Finance, Banking, Iran, Syria, Canada, Huawei, Iran Sanctions, Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, Wanzhou


Iran minister says EU trade arrangement moving slowly, talking to India, China

Iran's foreign minister said on Tuesday the European Union was moving more slower than expected in facilitating non-dollar trade with Tehran to circumvent U.S. sanctions, forcing it to explore avenues with other nations. "We continue to work with the Europeans for the special purpose vehicle but we are not waiting for them," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New Delhi. "We are working with our traditional partners like India, like China, like Russia so that we continue to work in the inte...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, India, Eu, European Union, Iran, Tehran, New Delhi, India China, Mohammad Javad Zarif


Khamenei aide says U.S. approached him in Kabul seeking talks with Iran

A close aide to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday U.S. officials had approached him during a visit he made last month to Afghanistan to request talks with Tehran, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Tensions between arch foes, Iran and the United States, have increased since last May, when President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers, and then reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic that had been lifted unde...
Tags: Science, Iran, Afghanistan, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Kabul, Tehran, Donald Trump, Islamic Republic, Khamenei, TEHRAN Iran



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