Posts tagged as U.S.

Trump’s war powers on Iran limited by U.S. Congress

Monday, July 15, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s powers to potentially take his country to war with Iran have been blocked by American legislators setting forth congressional authorization to such a move. In the U.S. Congress on Friday, July 12, members of the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the fiscal 2020 National Defence Authorization Act that would bar funding to use military force against Iran unless Congress authorizes it. Representative Ro Khanna…

Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries regarding armored vehicles procurement

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries as potential suppliers of armored vehicles to the Latvian military as part of a major procurement, LETA was told at the ministry. The Defense Ministry has conducted research to determine which partner countries would be ready to supply the vehicle platforms for the National Armed Forces’ operational needs. In all, 12 countries have been offered to submit their bids in the tender, the…

Unity and prosperity of the EU is in the United States’ interest – Karins

Monday, July 15, 2019

The European Union is not a competitor to the United States, and the prosperity and unity of the EU helps the United States, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, according to the Atlantic Council’s website. Karins said he was in Washington specifically to attract interest in the Latvian economy. “I want stronger Latvian-U.S. relationships through increased trade,” he said. “I am looking…

Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey

Friday, July 12, 2019

 The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said “the first group of equipment” of the S-400 air defense systems has reached the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. The delivery of parts of the system will continue in the…

Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

By Jill Colvin on Friday, July 12, 2019

Just a week after insisting that he was “absolutely moving forward,” President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s census. He directed federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases instead. “It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the U.S. populations,” Trump declared in a Rose Garden announcement, insisting…

Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The British navy said it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran’s president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have done so immediately. The incident came at a time of…

US says Iran’s moves are ‘nuclear extortion’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Latest on the tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The United States is urging world powers party to the nuclear deal with Iran not to give in to Iran’s demands by providing new economic incentives to get it to backstep its recent escalation of its atomic program. Jackie Wolcott, the U.S. ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, told a gathering of the International Atomic…

Iran says it has broken stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

Monday, July 1, 2019

Iran acknowledged Monday it had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord. Iran had been expected for days to acknowledge it broke the limit after earlier warning it would do so. It held off on publicly making an announcement as European leaders met…

Trump and Kim’s DMZ meeting mixes show and substance

By Zeke Miller on Monday, July 1, 2019

With those words, a deliberate step and a pat on the arm of Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea on Sunday as the two made history at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone. The made-for-television moment was unthinkable just two years ago, when the men were trading base insults and grim threats. Trump’s three-hour stop at the DMZ — of…

Lead designer of iPhone to leave Apple to start own firm

Friday, June 28, 2019

The leading designer of U.S. technology company Apple, credited with the design of the iPhone, has decided to leave the firm to establish his own company. German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive whose designs of the iPhone, iMac and iPad helped Apple become a leading computer technology mammoth is leaving the company later in 2019. The U.S. company stated he would launch form an…