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US May Be Ready for Global Force Re-Positioning in 2020, Says Esper

US May Be Ready for Global Force Re-Positioning in 2020, Says Esper

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force re-positioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges from China and Russia. Esper said he did not want to put a firm timeline on the completion of his

Stoltenberg: Turkey, NATO Still at Odds over Russia Arms Deal

Stoltenberg: Turkey, NATO Still at Odds over Russia Arms Deal

NATO and key member Turkey have failed to find common ground over Russia's controversial delivery of a S-400 air defense system to Ankara, the military alliance's chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday. The delivery of the system by Russia to Turkey, in a deal strongly backed by President Vladimir

Kuwait Summons Iran Ambassador over Soleimani Killing Claim

Kuwait summoned on Friday the Iranian ambassador to Kuwait over claims from Tehran that Kuwaiti territory was used in the American strike that killed Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3. Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned the Iranian ambassador to Kuwait, Mohammad Iran

Saudi Arabia Asks US to Remove Sudan from Terror List

Saudi Arabia Asks US to Remove Sudan from Terror List

Saudi Arabia has asked the United States to remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, Saudi state TV said on Wednesday, citing Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Kattan. The US government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations of

EU Extends Timeline for Dispute Mechanism on Iran Nuclear Deal

EU Extends Timeline for Dispute Mechanism on Iran Nuclear Deal

The EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday he had extended the time available to discuss ways to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran under a dispute mechanism triggered by France, Germany and Britain. "There is agreement that more time is needed due to the complexity of the issue

Iran’s Reformists Criticize Guardian Council for Disqualifying Election Candidates

Iran’s Reformists Criticize Guardian Council for Disqualifying Election Candidates

Leaders of Iran's reformist parties criticized the country’s hardliner Guardian Council for disqualifying many well-known reformist candidates from the upcoming February 21 parliamentary elections. Guardian Council Spokesperson Abbas Ali Kadkhodai insisted that some 90 out of the 290 MPs cannot r

US Bars Iranians from Certain Types of Visas

The United States has barred Iranians from entering the country on trade and investment visas from Thursday. US Citizenship and Immigration Services attributed the change to the termination in October 2018 of a treaty of amity with Iran, which is the target of US sanctions over its nuclear and mi