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  • A source familiar with the draft proposal said the tentative list of nations included Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. Officials from the White House, Department of Homeland Security and the State Department have declined to comment on the planned expansion of the travel ban. Under the current version of the ban, citizens of...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- The world needs to prepare for millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday. Speaking to Reuters at the World Economic Forum, Filippo Grandi said a U.N. ruling this week meant those fleeing as a result of climate change deserved...

  • Latakia, Syria December 11, 2017: Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the Russian Hmeimim air base. Putin has ordered Russian troops to start pulling out of Syria.

    "He stepped into Libya, into Syria, he's stepping into Iran and Iraq — he wants to be able to be a kingmaker," Browder told CNBC at Davos.

  • Speaking to Reuters at the World Economic Forum, Filippo Grandi said a U.N. ruling this week meant those fleeing as a result of climate change had to be treated by recipient countries as refugees, with broad implications for governments. Human Rights Committee made the landmark ruling on Monday in relation to Ioane Teitiota, from the Pacific nation of Kiribati,...

  • OSLO, Jan 20- Norwegian Finance Minister Siv Jensen and her right-wing Progress Party will resign from the government over a cabinet decision to help bring a woman suspected of Islamic State affiliation back home to Norway, Jensen said on Monday. The resignation robs Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg of her parliamentary majority and could make the...

  • TORONTO/ LONDON, Jan 20- Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, will appear in a Vancouver, Canada, courtroom on Monday for the first day of her extradition trial, a process expected to take months- possibly years- to decide whether she can be extradited from Canada to the United States. Aug. 22, 2018: A New York court issues an arrest warrant...

  • BERLIN/ ZUEITINA, Libya, Jan 18- The United Nations envoy to Libya said on Saturday he hoped but "could not predict" whether eastern oil ports shut ahead of a Berlin summit aimed at reaching a truce in Libya would be reopened soon. Oil export terminals across eastern and central Libya were shut on Friday by tribesmen allied to commander Khalifa Haftar, whose Libya...

  • BERLIN, Jan 18- The United Nations envoy to Libya said on Saturday he hoped but "could not predict" whether eastern oil ports shut ahead of a pending Berlin summit aimed at reaching a truce in Libya would be reopened soon. Oil export terminals across eastern and central Libya were shut on Friday by tribesmen allied to commander Khalifa Haftar, whose Libya National...

  • BERLIN/ CAIRO, Jan 17- Eastern Libya ports controlled by commander Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to seize the capital Tripoli, are shutting down oil exports, slashing national crude output by more than half and ramping up tensions ahead of a summit in Germany to discuss the country's conflict. The dramatic move came as Germany and the United Nations try to persuade...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- Iran is relying on its neighbouring countries to sell a surplus of gasoil it has created at home due to U.S. sanctions, trade documents and industry data showed. The data is based on FGE estimates of Iranian gasoil exported by ship or trucked overland to neighbours such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and further to Syria. Iran's crude oil exports...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- Iran is relying on its neighboring countries to sell a surplus of gasoil it has created at home due to U.S. sanctions, trade documents and industry data showed. The data is based on FGE estimates of Iranian gasoil exported by ship or trucked overland to neighbors such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and further to Syria. Iran's crude oil exports were...

  • *Sentiment hurt by fears Iran can longer help ally. AMMAN, Jan 13- The battered Syrian currency hit a new record low on Monday over fears that heightened Middle East tensions could hamper the ability of its main regional ally Iran to continue to shore up its war-ravaged economy, businessmen and bankers said. The fallout from the killing raised fears of wider...

  • LONDON, Jan 13- Iran is unlikely to block the Strait of Hormuz, the world's busiest oil-shipping channel, in reprisal for the killing of Qassem Soleimani for fear of aggravating its Gulf allies and China, regional analysts said on Monday. Tehran has long threatened to block the waterway between Iran and Oman- 33 km wide at its narrowest point and the conduit for some...

  • Jan 9- Iranian General Qassem Soleimani arrived at the Damascus airport in a vehicle with dark-tinted glass. They parked near a staircase leading to a Cham Wings Airbus A320, destined for Baghdad. Rockets fired from a U.S. drone killed him as he left the Baghdad airport in a convoy of two armored vehicles.

  • *Iran has built up' asymmetric' capabilities for years. DUBAI, Jan 8- Iran's launching of more than a dozen missiles at American-led forces in Iraq on Wednesday came after years of preparing for a confrontation with its superpower foe, whose forces are vastly larger and more advanced. To compensate for the imbalance, Iran has developed "asymmetrical" responses-...

  • Iranian mourners gather during the final stage of funeral processions for slain top general Qasem Soleimani, in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020.

    It's been four days since the U.S. precision drone strike that killed Iran's Quds army commander Qasem Soleimani. Thankfully, we have not seen the outbreak of World War III as of yet. But we have learned three valuable lessons.

  • Thousands of mourners pay homage to assassinated Iranian Major General Soleimani in US Airstrike. The Pentagon announced that Iran's Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed on 03 January 2020 following a US airstrike at Baghdad's international airport.

    Qasem Soleimani's killing could trigger Iranian proxy attacks and cyber sabotage against the U.S. and its allies.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Jan 7- A St. Petersburg clinic that is run and partly owned by people with ties to President Vladimir Putin has provided medical treatment to Russian mercenaries injured abroad, according to three people with knowledge of military contractors being treated, a clinic employee, a reporters witness account and company records.

  • Iranians march on January 5, 2020 in the streets of the northwestern city of Ahvaz to pay homage to top general Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad.

    A U.S.-led coalition, which has been operating in Iraq to fight ISIS, announced it would be suspending most operations against the group.

  • Iranian protesters burn an Israel and the U.S. flags while attending a mass funeral for the commander of the IRGS Qods Force Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi-Iranian deputy chief of the Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd Shaabi) commander Jamal Ja'far Muhammad Ali Al Ibrahim, known by the kunya Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and four other members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps who were killed in Baghdad airport during an American airstrike, in central Tehran, January 6, 2020.

    Former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, pointed out that the American airstrike last week also took out a powerful Iraqi militia leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.