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Saudi minister rejects Iranian accusation on scientist's killing
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Mourners sit next to the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, during the burial ceremony at the shrine of Imamzadeh Saleh, in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. Hamed Malekpour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs on Tuesday criticised Iran’s foreign minister for implicating Riyadh in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. “Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is desperate to blame the Kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have recently ramped up rhetoric against Iran, which is locked in several proxy wars with Riyadh in the region. Saudi Arabia has not formally condemned the assassination, unlike the other five Gulf Cooperation Council member countries.
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Pompeo voices 'grave concern' about ongoing Tigray hostilities
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.84   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced grave concern about ongoing hostilities in the northerly Tigray region of Ethiopia during a telephone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Monday. “Secretary Pompeo took note of the Government of Ethiopia’s Nov. 28 announcement of the end of major military operations, but reiterated the United States’ grave concern regarding ongoing hostilities and the risks the conflict poses,” State Department spokesman Cale Brown said, saying that Pompeo called for a “complete end” to the fighting and constructive dialogue.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Saul Loeb, Abiy Ahmed, Pompeo, Cale Brown Organizations: Kuwait's, Washington , D.C, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Ethiopian, U.S . State Department, Ethiopia’s, United Locations: Washington ,, Tigray, Ethiopia, United States,
The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The United States expressed concern about continued fighting and called for a complete end to hostilities and for dialogue. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
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‘Trump Is Better’: In Asia, Pro-Democracy Forces Worry About Biden
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Hannah Beech | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
But others within the community, particularly in Hong Kong and China, said that backing Mr. Trump is hypocritical at best and dangerous at worst. Mr. Badiucao, who is known by a pseudonym to protect his family in China, has skirmished online with Mr. Wang and other well-known dissidents and has made the scuffle a topic for his art. “These guys are utilitarian, and they believe that if Trump is waging war against the C.C.P. then he’s right for them,” Mr. Badiucao said. Financial sanctions were also placed on individuals in Pakistan and Cambodia, among other countries, where civil liberties are under threat.
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Saudi and Israeli sources say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met covertly on November 22, the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders. Full normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel remains unlikely in the near term, but defense and intelligence cooperation will continue to advance in the coming months. Saudi Arabia, and in particular its high-profile development projects like Neom, are reliant on advanced technologies such as biotech, agricultural tech and cyber technologies to succeed. However, Saudi Arabia has not yet shown that it's prepared to make the jump to normalization with Israel without the formation of a Palestinian state. Domestic backlash in Saudi Arabia could also cause notable security concerns.
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The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist was designed to derail President-elect Joe Biden's plans to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, according to experts and former US diplomats. One top expert on the Middle East told Insider that the assassination "fits with Israeli long-standing policy of targeting Iranian nuclear scientists." A former US diplomat told Insider there are "are ample reasons to suspect US involvement" in last Friday's attack, citing President Donald Trump's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. The Trump administration aimed to cripple Iran's economy and squeeze it into negotiating a more stringent version of the 2015 nuclear deal. But the Soleimani strike essentially led Iran to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal altogether.
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Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Steve Holland | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman escorts White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. U.S. officials believe enticing Saudi Arabia into a deal with Israel would prompt other Arab nations to follow suit. The official said Kushner met at the White House last week with the Kuwaiti foreign minister, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which comprise the GCC, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a boycott over allegations that Qatar supported terrorism, a charge it denies.
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that the United States “unequivocally condemns” a Venezuelan court’s conviction of six former executives of U.S. refiner Citgo of corruption charges and called for them to be sent home. “Having already spent over three years wrongfully detained in Venezuela on these specious charges, the majority of the time in horrific prison conditions, these six individuals should be immediately returned to the United States,” Pompeo said of the six, who were sentenced on Thursday to more than five years of prison.
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A view shows the scene of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. Iran pointed the finger at Israel, while implying the killing had the blessing of the departing Trump. He was the only Iranian scientist named in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 2015 “final assessment” of open questions about Iran’s nuclear programme. The IAEA’s report said he oversaw activities “in support of a possible military dimension to (Iran’s) nuclear programme”. Michael Mulroy, a senior Pentagon official earlier during Trump’s administration, said Fakhrizadeh was Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist and his killing would set back its nuclear programme.
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“It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,” Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. SAUDI KING NOT INFORMEDSunday’s meeting was held in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israel’s spy chief, Israeli media said. There was limited talk of the meeting on Saudi social media, but some opposition figures denounced the visit. Despite this, normalisation is not expected to happen while King Salman is alive, said a well-connected Saudi source and a foreign diplomat in Riyadh. The Saudi source and the diplomat said the Saudi king was kept in the dark about Netanyahu’s visit.
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew into Saudi Arabia last weekend for a secret nighttime rendezvous with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he and his allies in Washington hoped to win assurances that a normalization deal between the two longtime Middle East rivals was in reach, Saudi advisers and U.S. officials said. But Prince Mohammed pulled back from a deal, according to the Saudi advisors and U.S. officials, largely because of the U.S. election result. Mr. Biden has said he also favors normalization deals between Arab states and Israel. He has taken a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia’s human-rights record, in particular the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And a deal struck under the aegis of the new president could put relations between the Biden administration and Riyadh on a surer footing, Saudi aides said.
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SINGAPORE – Beijing is concerned that there's a higher chance of countries in Asia partnering with the U.S. to counter China under President-elect Joe Biden – and wants to prevent that from happening, according to a political consultancy. Tensions between the U.S. and China have risen under President Donald Trump as the administration pushed an "America first" agenda, often taking a unilateral approach instead of coordinating with allies. Reuters reported that the foreign ministers of Japan, India and Australia kept their statements vague at last month's Quadrilateral Security Dialogue in Tokyo, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticized the Chinese Communist Party. That looks set to change under Biden's leadership. He has emphasized the need for the U.S. to work with other countries, and his pick for head of foreign policy, Antony Blinken, supports that strategy.
Persons: Joe Biden –, Andrew Gilholm, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Antony Blinken Organizations: U.S, Reuters, Communist Party Locations: SINGAPORE, Beijing, Asia, China, North Asia, Japan, India, Australia, Tokyo
That’s the message President-elect Joe Biden sent the world as he unveiled key Cabinet and national security picks earlier this week. Foreign governments will know Biden’s team from their time in office under President Barack Obama and other previous administrations. We are on the same page on climate, on Iran, on NATO,” one European official said about the picks. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida dismissed Biden’s new team members over their track record with China during Obama’s presidency. “Biden’s Cabinet picks went to Ivy League schools, have strong resumes, attend all the right conferences and will be polite and orderly caretakers of America’s decline,” Rubio tweeted.
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A pair of pranksters have taken over the website domain 'DonaldJTrump2024.com' and given it subheadings which include 'Trump Lost' and 'Trump is a loser.' The stunt was carried out by Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler, who call themselves 'The Good Liars,' on Twitter. Pranksters have claimed a website domain that could have been used by President Trump for a potential presidential run in 2024, plastering it with messages including one which reads "Trump lost the election." Comedy duo Jason Selvig and Davram Steifler, also known as "The Good Liars," wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that they had claimed the domain name DonaldJTrump2024.com. One reads "Trump Lost," another reads "Trump is a Loser," and a third reads "Trump lost the election."
Persons: Trump, Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler, Joe Biden, Biden, Pranksters, President Trump, Davram Steifler, ", Robert O'Brien, Michael Pompeo, Mike Pence, O'Brien, Pence, Pompeo, Donald Trump Organizations: Trump, Twitter, Bloomberg, National Security, General Services Administration
State Department tells staff: transition to Biden administration has begun
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Humeyra Pamuk | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives to announce his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has informed staff that the transition process has begun and a team had been assigned inside the agency to support a handover to the incoming Biden administration, according to an internal email seen by Reuters on Wednesday. “Following the November 3 election, representatives of President-elect Biden’s Transition Team have arrived at the Department of State to support preparations for the transition,” the email said. A “dedicated” team would support Biden’s transition team to ensure they receive the necessary information and logistical support, the email said. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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President-elect Joe Biden's pick for national security adviser warned Wednesday about the risk of war crimes in Ethiopia, where government forces are surrounding a city governed by rebellious regional leaders in what's threatening to spiral into civil war. In one of his first tweets after being named, Jake Sullivan warned about "the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes" in the East African country. I'm deeply concerned about the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes, in the fighting around Mekelle in Ethiopia. Marwan Ali / APThe TPLF regional leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters his fighters were "ready to die in defense of our right to administer our region." Sullivan isn't the first to warn about possible war crimes.
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On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden told NBC News' Lester Holt that his presidency won't be a "third Obama term." "We face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration," Biden said. "This lineup, those you've selected so far — a lot of familiar faces among them," NBC News anchor Lester Holt told Biden on Tuesday evening. "We face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration," Biden added. He told Holt that he's considered selecting a Republican for a top post as well as progressive politicians such as Sens.
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In a Tuesday interview with Stephen Colbert, former President Barack Obama praised President-elect Joe Biden's foreign policy picks for the incoming administration. Obama said that he was looking forward to seeing an administration where people "know where countries are," an apparent dig at President Donald Trump and his administration. In June 2017, Trump reportedly mispronounced Nepal and Bhutan, and when looking at a map, had to be told where the countries were located. Former President Barack Obama is thrilled to see his No. Obama added: "And have experience and written about stuff and know where countries are.
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Pompeo says U.S. State Department transition process begun
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday indicated that the State Department has begun the transition process after the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal agency that must sign off on presidential transitions, on Monday told President-elect Joe Biden he could formally begin the hand-over. “Today we began the process to see what the GSA’s decision was, and will do everything that’s required by law. We’ll make this work,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Saul Loeb, Joe Biden, We’ll, ” Pompeo Organizations: Kuwait's, Washington , D.C, REUTERS WASHINGTON, State Department, General Services Administration, GSA, Monday, Fox News Locations: Washington ,
(Reuters) - President-Elect Joe Biden faces a challenging task fulfilling his foreign policy vision of the United States reclaiming its global leadership role after years in which the country stepped back and rival powers like China stepped in. “It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” he told a news briefing in Wilmington, Delaware. “Biden, to the extent he reinforces those norms and institutions, will help shore up America’s position,” St. Lawrence University history professor Howard Eissenstat said. China has assumed a larger global role, ranging from multilateral institutions to assisting development in Africa and Latin America. Over the past four years, the United States has taken steps to withdraw from the World Health Organization and pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
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Pope Francis says for first time that China's Uighurs are 'persecuted'
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.93   time to read: +2 min
In a new book, Pope Francis for the first time callsChina's Uighurs a "persecuted" people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years. In the wide-ranging "Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future," Francis also says the COVID-19 pandemic should spur governments to consider permanently establishing a universal basic income. "I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi," he said in a section where he also talks about persecuted Christians in Islamic countries. While the pope has spoken out before about the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, and the killing of Yazidi by Islamic State in Iraq, it was the first time he mentioned the Uighurs. During a conference at the Vatican last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China over its treatment of Uighurs.
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Israel's Netanyahu says will visit Bahrain soon
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.94   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint statement with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERSJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he will visit Bahrain “soon” at the invitation of the Gulf state’s Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo, Maya Alleruzzo, Bahrain “, , Prince Salman al, Khalifa Organizations: REUTERS, Gulf state’s Locations: Jerusalem, REUTERS JERUSALEM, Bahrain
Israel's Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.80   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would visit Bahrain “soon” at the invitation of the Gulf state’s Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa. Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates in normalising ties with Israel in a deal brokered by the United States that marked a strategic Middle East alignment against Iran. “We are both excited to bring the fruits of peace to our people and countries in such a short time. That’s why he (al-Khalifa) invited me to come soon for a formal visit in Bahrain and I will do this happily,” Netanyahu said in a statement about a phone call he held with the crown prince. Since September, the Trump administration has brokered agreements with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan toward normalising their relations with Israel.
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The US helped broker a meeting between the leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to two officials briefed on the matter. The two sources — one Israeli and one European — said the meeting was a reward for the audacious assassination in August of an Al Qaeda target in Iran. The secret meeting, they said, was meant to pave the way for Saudi Arabia to formally recognize Israel. However, it fell short of its aims and Saudi Arabia publicly denied that a meeting took place. US officials organized a meeting between Israeli prime minister and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia as payback for assassinating a leading member of Al Qaeda, intelligence sources told Insider.
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President-elect Joe Biden's approach to foreign policy will be a clear break from President Donald Trump's "America First" approach that's isolated the US globally. You're not going to have daily, sometimes hourly tweets on sensitive foreign policy matters," a veteran diplomat told Insider. To that end, Biden is filling out his national security and foreign policy teams with officials who have decades of experience and bipartisan appeal. President-elect Joe Biden's approach to foreign policy will be a clear break from Trump's belligerent, erratic leadership style, former US diplomats and foreign affairs experts told Insider, but that hardly guarantees he'll be successful. Biden taps his foreign policy A-TeamTo address the mountain of convoluted foreign policy issues he'll be up against, Biden has enlisted a diverse team of veteran diplomats and officials whom he worked with in the Obama administration.
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