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  • *EU lawmaker says list misses Russia, Azerbaijan, London. STRASBOURG, Feb 13- The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama and four U.S. territories to a blacklist of nations it considers a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday. The move is part of a crackdown on money laundering after...

  • A man counts Saudi riyal banknotes at his jewelry shop in Tiba market in the capital Riyadh on October 3, 2016.

    Apart from reputational damage, inclusion on the list complicates financial relations with the European Union.

  • *EU lawmaker says list misses Russia, Azerbaijan, London. STRASBOURG, Feb 13- The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations seen as posing a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday. The move is part of a crackdown on money...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that would impose stiff new sanctions on Russia over its meddling in U.S. elections and aggression against Ukraine, the latest congressional effort to push President Donald Trump to ratchet up Washington's response to Moscow. The new bill, which was first reported by Reuters,...

  • Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday will introduce a bill seeking to punish Russia for meddling in U.S. elections and for its aggression in Ukraine by imposing sanctions on its banking, energy sector and foreign debt. Among other things, it would impose sanctions on Russian banks that support efforts to interfere in foreign elections, sanction...

  • *About 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. SEOUL, Feb 10- Officials signed a short-term agreement on Sunday to boost South Korea's contribution toward the upkeep of U.S. troops on the peninsula, after a previous deal lapsed amid U.S. About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, where the United States has maintained a military presence since the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- President Donald Trump on Tuesday was set to deliver a State of the Union speech challenging Democrats to approve funding for his long-sought border wall but stopping short of declaring a national emergency over it, at least for now. At 9 p.m. EST before a joint session of Congress, Trump likely will stir contention with remarks on immigration...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- President Donald Trump on Tuesday was set to deliver a State of the Union speech challenging Democrats to approve funding for his long-sought border wall, but stopping short of declaring a national emergency over it, at least for now. At 9 p.m. EST before a joint session of Congress, Trump likely will stir contention with remarks on immigration...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- President Donald Trump on Tuesday was set to deliver a State of the Union speech challenging Democrats to approve funding for his long-sought border wall, but stopping short of declaring a national emergency over it, at least for now. At 9 p.m. EST before a joint session of Congress, Trump likely will stir contention with remarks on immigration...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- President Donald Trump on Tuesday was set to deliver a State of the Union speech challenging Democrats to approve funding for his long-sought border wall, but stopping short of declaring a national emergency over it, at least for now. At 9 p.m. before a joint session of Congress, Trump will likely stir contention with remarks on immigration...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- China and Russia pose the biggest risks to the United States, and are more aligned than they have been in decades as they target the 2020 presidential election and American institutions to expand their global reach, U.S. intelligence officials told senators on Tuesday. While China and Russia strengthen their alliance, Director of National...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 25- Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them. A third source close to the Russian contractors also told Reuters there was a contingent of them in...

  • The newly appointed Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz meets with member of Union leaders in Amman, on June 7, 2018.

    With the second-highest share of refugees compared to its population in the world, Jordan needs sustained support in order to keep up what it sees as a vital humanitarian mission.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 22- Two ships ablaze in the Black Sea region, leaving at least 10 crew dead, caught fire while transferring fuel mid-sea after one vessel was barred from using its usual port in southern Russia due to U.S. sanctions risk, two sources told Reuters. The vessels, which caught fire on Monday, have the same names as two gas-transporting tankers, the Maestro and...

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey on October 21, 2018.

    Turkey is ready to take over security in Syria's Manbij, where four U.S. citizens died in an Islamic State-claimed bombing last week, the Turkish presidency said.

  • *EU moving closer to aggressive U.S. policy to isolate Iran. The French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message that Europe could no longer tolerate ballistic missile tests in Iran and assassination plots on European soil, according to four EU diplomats.

  • BEIRUT, Jan 19- Qatar's emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes even before it began. Rifts among Arab states over Syria and its ally Iran, on top of divisions inside Lebanon, have overshadowed the summit, with several leaders pulling out. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab...

  • *EU moving closer to aggressive U.S. policy to isolate Iran. The French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message that Europe could no longer tolerate ballistic missile tests in Iran and assassination plots on European soil, according to four EU diplomats.

  • This frame grab from video provided by Hawar News, ANHA, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows a damaged restaurant where an explosion occurred, in Manbij, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

    Wednesday's attack on U.S. forces in Syria has stoked fresh criticism over President Donald Trump's claim that the Islamic State has been defeated and has renewed debate over his decision to withdraw all troops from the war-torn country.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 16- In a victory for President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including aluminum firm Rusal. That result fell short of the 60 votes necessary to advance to a final passage vote in the 100- member Senate, where Republicans have a 53-47 seat...