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Trump to hold news conference on census citizenship question

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Donald Trump said he’ll hold a news conference Thursday to talk about the 2020 census and his push to include a question on citizenship. A Supreme Court ruling has temporarily barred the question , but Trump has said he may issue an executive order or memorandum to try to force the issue. The government has already begun the process of printing the census survey without that question . The…

NATO releases report on defence spending 2012-2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

NATO has released its defence spending figures for the period between 2012 and 2019 and it will make unhappy reading for some, including the Trump Administration. In 2019 only seven members of the alliance are estimated to have met the NATO objective of spending two percent of GDP on defence. These include the US, Greece, Estonia, the UK, Romania, Poland and Latvia. Although there has been an effort by other…

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia, Iran threatens more US drone attacks

Monday, June 24, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia on Monday in a hastily arranged visit amid mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran as Iran’s navy chief warned Iranian forces wouldn’t hesitate to shoot down more U.S. surveillance drones from their skies. The downing of the drone, valued at more than $100 million, saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran after…

China blames US for trade dispute, but doesn’t escalate

Monday, June 3, 2019

China fired back at the U.S. Sunday over the two nations’ trade dispute, issuing a report that blamed the conflict on the Trump administration but refrained from escalating the trade war. The report from the Cabinet spokesman’s office said China won’t back down on “major issues of principle,” but offered no sense of whether or how the world’s second largest economy might retaliate against U.S. tariffs on goods manufactured in…

Iranian naval mines likely used in UAE tankers attacks

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates this month were the work of “naval mines almost certainly from Iran”. The UAE has not yet blamed anyone for the sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, which was followed two days later by drone strikes on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh accused Tehran…

Latvian prosecutors informed about possible ministry violations in subsidised energy procurement

Friday, August 24, 2018

Latvian Minister of Economics Arvils Ašeradens has turned to the Latvian Office of the Prosecutor General over possible violations at the Ministry of Economics when issuing state permits for subsidised energy procurement. The ministry is performing a series of changes as to how the mandatory subsidised energy procurement is supervised by amending the corresponding regulations and ordering control visits at the power stations that have been granted the profitable permits…

State Department: US Keeps ‘Door Open’ to Dialogue With Russia

Friday, August 17, 2018

The United States is maintaining contacts with Russia on a range of issues, from Syria to arms control, a State Department official told. “This administration has been clear that the door to dialogue is open. We maintain channels of communications with Russia on Ukraine, Syria, arms control, strategic stability, and many other bilateral matter,” the official said. Bloomberg reported on Thursday citing a US administration official that US National Security…

Russia Sanctions Won’t Work If Trump Doesn’t Back Them Up

By Editorial Board on Monday, August 13, 2018

The Trump administration’s new sanctions against Russia, imposed last week in response to the poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter, are welcome. They are also confusing, contrasting as they do the words and behavior of President Donald Trump himself, who has repeatedly and publicly lavished praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin. One hopes the real U.S. strategy is to stand strong against Russia’s transgressions.…

Ex-city police chief claims role in Venezuela drone attack

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A former Venezuelan municipal police chief and anti-government activist says he helped organize an operation to launch armed drones over a military rally on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro has called an assassination attempt. In an interview, Salvatore Lucchese, a Venezuelan activist who was previously imprisoned for his role in past protests, told Reuters he orchestrated the attack with a loose association of anti-Maduro militants known generally in Venezuela as…