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Trump provokes global anger by recognising Israel's claim to Golan Heights

Russia, Iran and Turkey condemn US president while Syria vows to recapture territory lost in 1967 warSyria has vowed to retake the Golan Heights as Donald Trump’s call for the US to recognise the occupied territory as part of Israel elicited strong responses from Russia, Turkey and Iran. The president ended half a century of US foreign policy and broke from post-second world war international consensus that forbids territorial conquest during war with a tweet on Thursday that said it was time “t...
Tags: Israel, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Donald Trump, US news, US foreign policy, Syria, Russia, Europe, Turkey, Iran


Nokia says it is not taking on new business in Iran

Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia does not plan to take on any new business in Iran in 2019, it said in its annual report on Thursday, citing difficulties in dealing with conflicting U.S. and European trade policies.
Tags: Money, Nokia, Iran, businessNews


In policy shift, Trump says U.S. recognizes Israel sovereignty of Golan Heights

By MATTHEW LEE and DEB RIECHMANN JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump said Thursday that it’s time for the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an announcement that signals a shift in U.S. policy and comes ahead of the Israeli prime minister’s planned visit next week to the White House. The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Last week, in its annual human rights r...
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Trump: U.S. Should ‘Fully Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty’ Over Golan Heights

President Trump declared that the United States should recognize Israel’s sovereignty of the disputed territory in the Golan Heights, breaking with a half-century of U.S. policy over the region. Israel took the territory from Syria in a 1967 Six Day War. Ever since then, the international community — including the U.S. — has held that the territory is Syrian by right and under Israeli occupation. Trump made the momentous announcement via Twitter, his latest huge move towards backing Israeli’s ri...
Tags: News, Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, America, Iran, Syria, United States, Middle East, State Department, Dc, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Netanyahu


Iran will boost defense capabilities despite U.S. pressure: Khamenei

"We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran ... America's sanctions will make Iran self-sufficient," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States last May from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers, saying it gave too much away to Iran, and reimposed far-reaching U.S. sanctions.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Donald Trump, Khamenei, Iran America


Pop Culture Imports: ‘Shoplifters,’ ‘A Separation,’ ‘Kung Fu Hustle,’ and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) One of the best movies of 2018 is streaming now, and it’s got good company in this week’s jam-packed Pop Culture Imports. I’ll admit that I occasionally struggle to populate this column, but not so this week. First, do yourself a favor and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s masterful Palme D’Or winner Shoplifters, then check out the other best foreign movies and TV streaming now, which include the Osca...
Tags: Japan, Florida, Movies, Mexico, Germany, Iran, Features, Stasi, Kung Fu Hustle, Stephen Chow, Hulu, Kramer, Nader, Hirokazu Kore, Looney Tunes, Chow


Revolutionary Guards drill into Iran’s gas potential | Financial Times

Revolutionary Guards drill into Iran’s gas potential | Financial Times:Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are looking to fill a vacuum in the energy sector created by western companies that pulled out of the Islamic republic following the reimposition of US sanctions.Saeed Mohammad, head of Khatam-ul-Anbia, the construction arm of the elite force, said his organisation was ready to replace Total, the French company, in the development of phase 11 of the South Pars gasfield, the republic’s flagship hydr...
Tags: Travel, US, Iran, Financial Times, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, South Pars, Saeed Mohammad, Khatam ul Anbia


U.S. envoy blames Houthis for Yemen peace deal delays

The U.S. ambassador to Yemen blamed the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Thursday for the stalling of a U.N.-led peace deal in the main port of Hodeidah and said the group's weapons pose a threat to other countries in the region. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis reached a ceasefire and troop withdrawal deal for Hodeidah, which is under Houthi control, at talks in Sweden in December. "We are greatly frustrated by what we see as delays and stalling on the part of the Houthis in ...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Iran, Un, Yemen, Aden, Houthis, Matthew Tueller


Pompeo, in Israel, says Hezbollah putting Lebanon at risk

Pompeo, who has been on a regional tour to promote the Trump administration's hard tack against Iran, received a warning from Israel, which worries it may again be in the sights of Hezbollah fighters winding down their intervention in Syria's civil war. Washington also has been increasingly voicing concern at Hezbollah power, echoing Israel, whose forces were fought to a standstill by the militia in a 2006 Lebanon war. Hosting Pompeo at his office, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Lebanese...
Tags: News, Washington, Israel, Iran, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Trump, Reuven Rivlin, Pompeo, Saad al Hariri


Iran will boost defence capabilities despite U.S. pressure - Khamenei

Iran is determined to boost its defence capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday. "We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran ... America's sanctions will make Iran self-sufficient," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Khamenei, Iran America


Oil slips but holds near 2019 peak as supplies tighten

Oil edged lower on Thursday but held near 2019 highs, supported by a sharp tightening of global stocks, OPEC production cuts and U.S. sanctions on key producers Iran and Venezuela.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews


Oil holds near 2019 peak as global supplies tighten

Oil held near 2019 highs on Thursday, supported by tightening U.S. stocks and declining output from key producers due to OPEC production cuts and U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews


Oil Stays Above $60 on U.S. Stockpile Draw and Saudi Supply Drop - Bloomberg

Oil Stays Above $60 on U.S. Stockpile Draw and Saudi Supply Drop - Bloomberg:Oil held above $60 a barrel after the biggest withdrawal of crude in American storage tanks since July raised speculation that global supplies are tightening. Futures for May in New York were little changed after the April contract reached the highest level this year before expiring on Wednesday. U.S. government data showed a 9.59 million-barrel decline in nationwide stockpiles, exceeding analysts’ expectations. Crude e...
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Oil slips from 4-month peak, but OPEC cuts, sanctions support

Oil eased from 2019 highs reached earlier in Thursday's session, but markets remain relatively tight amid supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and U.S. government sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews


Oil dips from four-month highs, but OPEC cuts, sanctions support

Oil eased away from 2019 highs reached earlier in the session on Thursday, but markets remain relatively tight amid supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and U.S. government sanctions against Iran and Venezuela.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews


Pompeo heads to Lebanon, where Hezbollah is at peak strength

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to use his first visit to Lebanon this week to step up pressure on Iran and its local ally, Hezbollah. But he could face resistance even from America’s local allies, who fear that pushing too hard could spark a backlash and endanger the tiny country’s […]
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Oil hits 2019 highs amid OPEC-led supply cuts, U.S. sanctions on Iran, Venezuela

Oil prices reached their highest so far for 2019 on Thursday as global markets tightened amid supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and U.S. government sanctions against Iran and Venezuela.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews, Iran Venezuela


Khamenei says Iran has successfully resisted U.S. sanctions

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday in a new year speech broadcast on state TV that the Islamic Republic successfully resisted "unprecedented, strong" U.S. sanctions. Iran has faced economic hardship since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions. Khamenei also said that economic hardship and the fall of the currency remain top problems and that the government should confront these iss...
Tags: Science, Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Geneva, Donald Trump, Islamic Republic, Reuters Iran, Khamenei, Babak Dehghanpisheh


US' Pompeo boosts Israel prime minister ahead of election

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the White House's warm ties with Israel during a visit to the country and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel's prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign.
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This Iranian Lawyer Saved My Life. Now We Must Save Hers

The lawyer who saved my life was just sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes in Iran. I first met Nasrin Sotoudeh — an internationally renowned human rights lawyer, and our country’s foremost campaigner for women’s rights and against child executions — when I was being harassed and violently intimidated by Iran’s intelligence…
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Iran, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Lawyer Saved My Life Now We Must Save Hers


Study links drinking hot tea with elevated esophageal cancer risk

The research hails from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran and is published in The International Journal of Cancer. Scientists followed 50,045 individuals between the ages of 40 and 75 from 2004 to 2017. During this period, 317 new cases of esophageal cancer were identified. Drinking 700ml of tea per day at a temperature greater than or equal to 60°C was associated with a 90% higher risk of esophageal cancer.
Tags: Science, Iran, Tehran University of Medical Sciences


Oil's Rally Stalls Near $59 as U.S.-China Trade Jitters Return - Bloomberg

Oil's Rally Stalls Near $59 as U.S.-China Trade Jitters Return - Bloomberg:Oil’s rally stuttered as uncertainty over the status of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China stoked concerns over global economic growth.Futures for May were little changed in New York after dropping as much as 0.4 percent. China was said to be pushing back against American demands, raising speculation that trade tensions between the world’s biggest economies will persist. Still, the price drop was cushioned by a...
Tags: Travel, New York, China, Russia, Opec, Iran, Venezuela, American Petroleum Institute, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, U S China Trade Jitters Return Bloomberg


Oil edges up on ongoing supply cuts, but slowing economy drags

Oil prices edged up on Wednesday, supported by ongoing supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, although gains were limited by concerns over economic growth.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews, Venezuela


Exclusive: How Iran fuel oil exports beat U.S. sanctions in tanker odyssey to Asia

At least two tankers have ferried Iranian fuel oil to Asia in recent months despite U.S. sanctions against such shipments, according to a Reuters analysis of ship-tracking data and port information, as well as interviews with brokers and traders.
Tags: Asia, Money, Iran, businessNews, Reuters


Oil prices pressured by economic slowdown, but OPEC cuts support

Oil prices were on Wednesday weighed down by economic growth concerns that dampened the outlook for fuel consumption, but supported by voluntary supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and by U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews


Celebrating the Persian New Year in Mumbai

Every year in the third week of March, Manijeh Irani, 64, makes a tour of the markets of her adopted city, Mumbai—grocery stores, stalls of fresh and dried fruit, sweet shops, even an aquarium—for goods to adorn her festive table for Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Article by Chandrahas Choudhury | Wall Street Journal Nowruz (”new day”) is pegged to the Northern Hemisphere’s vernal equinox and symbolizes the upswing of the forces of light and life after the dark cold days of winter; it is one of h...
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Assad praises Russia's role in Syria conflict

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Russia's defence minister Tuesday, stressing the importance of coordination between the two countries in the fight against "terrorism", state media said. The meeting came one day after the military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iraq and Iran met in Damascus to discuss coordination between their forces. It also came as US-backed forces in eastern Syria cornered holdout Islamic State group fighters in a tiny patch of land near the Euphrates River in the vill...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Russia, US, Iran, Syria, Assad, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Syria Iraq, Euphrates River


Iran's Furtive Occupation of Iraq's Assyrian Communities

Will the Middle East's shattered Christian villages, towns and cities somehow retain their religious and cultural heritage -- which dates back to the first century? No one knows for sure, but due to Iranian aspirations, the answer is far from encouraging.
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, Middle East


Oil prices hit 2019 highs on OPEC cuts and U.S. sanctions

Oil prices rose to new 2019 highs on Tuesday, supported by OPEC supply cuts and falling output from Iran and Venezuela because of U.S. sanctions.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews, Venezuela


Oil prices rise to 2019 highs on OPEC cuts, U.S. sanctions

Oil prices rose to new 2019 highs on Tuesday, supported by supply cuts from OPEC and falling output from Iran and Venezuela due to U.S. sanctions.
Tags: Money, Opec, Iran, businessNews, Venezuela