Posts tagged as US

U.S. city prohibits e-cigarette sales

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The city of San Francisco has passed as the first city in the U.S. a ban on e-cigarette sales until their health effects are better studied. British public broadcaster BBC reports that San Francisco city council on Tuesday voted to ban stores selling the vaporisers and made it illegal for online retailers to deliver to addresses in the city. The legislation is still to be signed by Mayor London Breed,…

Iran says ‘idiotic’ new US sanctions have closed path to diplomacy

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Iran says the US decision to impose sanctions on its supreme leader and other top officials is “idiotic” and has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Monday against the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and top military chiefs, in an unprecedented step designed to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone. Khamenei is Iran’s utmost…

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…

Donald Trump ‘cancelled Iran strikes with planes in the air’

Friday, June 21, 2019

Donald Trump reportedly gave initial approval for the US military to launch strikes on Iran in retaliation for Tehran shooting down an American drone, before pulling back at the last minute. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down on Thursday night, the New York Times quoted an unnamed official as saying. US military and diplomatic…

Marijuana use doubles in US pregnant women to 1 in 14

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows. Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used marijuana in the past month. That’s from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and compares with a little over 3% in 2002-03. Some studies have linked marijuana use during pregnancy with increased chances of premature birth and…

Iran will not wage war against any nation, says Hassan Rouhani

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Iran has declared it “will not wage war against any nation” after the US announced that a further 1,000 troops are to be sent to the Middle East amid rising tensions. The US move, announced by the acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, comes after the US blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tanker ships last week, which has raised fears of a confrontation, and Tehran declaring it had increased…

US to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East, citing ‘hostile behavior’ by Iran

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The US is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East in response to “hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups”, Patrick Shanahan, the acting defence secretary, announced on Monday. The move further heightens tensions between the two nations. Last week Washington blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tanker ships, which came more than a year after Donald Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from…

Iran categorically rejects ‘U.S. unfounded claims’ on attacks to oil tankers

Friday, June 14, 2019

Iran has categorically rejected claims that the country was behind the attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday, saying they are responsible for maintaining the security of the Strait of Hormuz where the incidents took place. But the Islamic Republic’s version of events is strongly disputed by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who stated that intelligence pointed towards Iran being behind the attack. The U.S. military released images…

China-US talk trade on sidelines of G-20 finance gathering

Saturday, June 8, 2019

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that he plans to speak privately with China’s central bank governor about trade on the sidelines of annual Group of 20 finance talks in southern Japan, but has no direct message to give him. Mnuchin and Yi Gang, chairman of the People’s Bank of China, are due to hold routine talks on various issues and then break away for their discussion on trade.…

Mike Pompeo: the US “has not been treated fairly” by Europe

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Darren McCaffrey spoke to Mike Pompeo on a number of issues regarding the US and Europe. Trade tensions have risen ever since the Trump administration put tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports. The American president has been a vocal supporter of Brexit – something clearly damaging to the European Union. He’s also directed European countries to reject business from Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. On top of all this…