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ISTANBUL, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Turkey will re-inforce its military presence in northern Cyprus after the United States lifted defence trade restrictions on Cyprus, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. Speaking in a televised interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Erdogan said the lifting of the restrictions was "inexplicable in terms of content and timing." We cannot," he said, adding that Turkey already has 40,000 troops on the island and will reinforce them with land, naval and aerial weapons, ammunition and vehicles, Erdogan said. Since then, Cyprus has been run by a Greek Cypriot administration in the south that Ankara does not recognise. The breakaway Turkish state on the northern side of the divided island is only recognised by Ankara.
U.S. condemns North Korea ballistic missiles launch
  + stars: | 2022-09-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches, which came just a day before Vice President Kamala Harris was set to arrive in neighboring South Korea. read more"We remain committed to a diplomatic approach to the DPRK and call on the DPRK to engage in dialogue," a U.S. State Department spokesperson said in a statement, referring to North Korea's formal name -- the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina ChiacuOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
SEOUL, Sept 28 (Reuters) - North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, a day before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to arrive in Seoul. The launch came two days after South Korea and U.S. forces conducted a military drill in waters off the South's east coast involving an aircraft carrier. On Sunday, North Korea fired another ballistic missile towards the sea off its east coast. "North Korea's provocations will further strengthen the South Korean-U.S. deterrence and response capability, and only deepen North Korea's isolation from the international community," the Joint Chiefs said in a statement. Following a stop in Japan, Harris will land in the South Korean capital and visit the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the neighbours on Thursday.
The letter, which was signed by Warren, Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, was sent to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterIn 2020, President Donald Trump's administration eased firearms exports when it moved export license oversight from the U.S. State Department to the Commerce Department. However, in the first 16 months since the Commerce Department took over firearm export licensing, it approved nearly $16 billion worth of licenses. The lawmakers, citing U.S government data, said that was a 30% increase from when the State Department controlled firearms licensing. Warren and the other Democrats also expressed concern that since taking over oversight, the Commerce Department had denied 0.4% of license applications and approved 95%.
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterWhite House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said the measures would include penalties on individuals and entities both inside and outside of Russia that support the annexation. Jean-Pierre said the United States will not recognize Russian-annexed areas across Ukraine. But senators pressed O'Brien and Elizabeth Rosenberg, Treasury assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes, on U.S. sanctions on Russia's energy sector. Washington and its G7 partners have said they will put a price cap on Russian oil in place, but have held back from directly targeting major Russian energy companies over concerns about energy prices and supply. O'Brien also said Washington will continue working with China to ensure it understands U.S. sanctions and the effect they have on China's engagement with Russia.
The bill took cues from Washington state, where lawmakers in 2019 became the first in the U.S. to legalize human composting and where a nascent industry is growing. Four Washington state funeral facilities are now licensed to perform natural organic reduction, according to Rob Goff, the executive director of the Washington State Funeral Directors Association. California’s law will give regulators with the state’s Cemetery and Funeral Bureau until 2027 to create regulations for a human composting program. The know-how behind human composting began in ranchers’ fields. Human composting could instead help soils sequester carbon and provide nutrients for plant life.
In an emailed statement, Monica Medina, the U.S. official leading its treaty negotiations, said the country was committed to ending plastic pollution by 2040. Japan's vice minister for global environmental affairs, Hiroshi Ono, said he knew of a proposed coalition on plastic involving the United States but declined further comment. "We don't need a treaty for countries to decide themselves what their national actions should be. We need a treaty that can actually add on top of that," said Eirik Lindebjerg, global plastics policy manager at WWF, calling such an approach a "light touch." Calls for tougher global measures such as those focused on plastic production have also met resistance from the powerful oil and petrochemical firms that make plastic.
U.S. pushes for 'constructive' India-Pakistan relations
  + stars: | 2022-09-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after his meeting with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari at the State Department in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2022. "In our discussions today, we talked about the importance of managing a responsible relationship with India," Blinken said after meeting Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, without elaborating. "The relationship we have with India stands on its own; the relationship we have with Pakistan stands on its own," Price told a news conference. "We also want to do everything we can to see to it that these neighbours have relations with one another that are as constructive as can be possible." Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought three wars, mainly over the Muslim-majority Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Robert Baer told CNN the Russian leader was unlikely to deescalate, given all his setbacks. Baer also said the chances that Putin might turn to tactical nuclear weapons were increasing. "The chances of his using nuclear weapons — at least tactical nuclear weapons — is going up by the day," Baer added, referring to smaller nuclear weapons meant for use on the battlefield. Russia has the world's largest nuclear arsenal, equipped with both tactical nuclear weapons as well as strategic nuclear weapons, which would be used against cities. "Russians that I keep in touch within Russia are convinced he's going to go nuclear," Baer told CNN.
Baer also said the chances that Putin turns to tactical nuclear weapons are increasing. "The chances of his using nuclear weapons — at least tactical nuclear weapons — is going up by the day," Baer added. He is completely cornered, and like a shark, he's got to move forward," Baer told CNN "He continues to bomb Ukrainian cities. Russia has the world's largest nuclear arsenal, equipped with strategic nuclear weapons — which can be used on cities — and tactical nuclear weapons — which can be used on the battlefield. "Russians that I keep in touch with in Russia are convinced he's going to go nuclear," Baer told CNN.
The CIA on Saturday unveiled the model of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s safe house in Kabul used to plan the U.S. drone strike that killed the Al-Qaeda leader last month. The scale model of Zawahiri’s house was shown to reporters as part of a tour of a newly refurbished museum at the agency's headquarters. “This was the model that was used to brief President Biden on the Zawahiri mission,” said Janelle Neises, deputy director of the CIA museum. Zawahiri was struck by a Hellfire missile as he stood on the balcony of the house, U.S. officials say. “He carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens, American service members, American diplomats and American interests,” Biden said.
Greg Abbott pledged to "eliminate all rapists" as a result of the state's strict abortion law. Greg Abbott's assurance that the state's strict abortion law would "eliminate all rapists," according to The Associated Press. 1 in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person, will be a victim of it." As The Texas Tribune reported last month the state's abortion trigger law was set in motion after SCOTUS overturned Roe. Democrats recently slammed Abbott for his comments that insinuated rape victims should take a Plan B to avoid getting pregnant.
The Women Who Helped to Build the CIA
  + stars: | 2022-09-24 | by ( Nathalia Holt | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +1 min
Elizabeth Sudmeier loitered outside a cafe in Baghdad one day in early 1954, taking care not to draw attention to herself. Sudmeier, one of the female intelligence officers who helped start the CIA, had just stolen Soviet secrets. In her hands were the blueprints for the MiG-19 jet fighter, just gifted by Moscow to the Iraqis to gain favor in the region. After the war, the mission of Donovan’s Office of Strategic Services was broadened and handed to the new Central Intelligence Agency, which was created 75 years ago this month. Many operatives, including women first hired by Donovan, continued in their roles.
Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, seen in 2021, denies he acted improperly in a matter involving the funding for a new volleyball facility at a college in the state. Lawyers for former Mississippi Gov. The suit names Mr. Favre and others, but doesn’t name Mr. Bryant. His motion filed Friday is in response to a subpoena that Mr. Bryant is seeking to quash.
The US has been privately warning Russia against using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, per The Washington Post. Putin recently threatened to use nuclear weapons in an escalation of rhetoric over his war in Ukraine. Experts and the international community are divided about how seriously to take Putin's nuclear threats. Biden administration officials have noted that Russia has made threats about nuclear weapons since it began its invasion of Ukraine in February and that there are no indications Russia is moving nuclear weapons in preparation for a strike, per The Washington Post. "The consequences of even a so-called 'limited nuclear war' would be absolutely catastrophic."
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Chinese State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the 77th United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., September 23, 2022. REUTERS/David 'Dee' Delgado/PoolWASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday discussed the need to maintain open lines of communication between the two countries, the State Department said on Friday. Blinken told Wang the United States is committed to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and highlighted the implications if Beijing was to support Russia's Ukraine invasion, it said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Doina Chiacu and Rami Ayyub; Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
A woman walks on the street in Tehran, Iran on Sept. 22, 2022. The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iran's morality police over allegations of abuse of Iranian women, saying it held the unit responsible for the death of a 22-year-old in custody that has sparked protests around Iran. Amini, a Kurdish woman, was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for wearing "unsuitable attire" and fell into a coma while in detention. "The Iranian government needs to end its systemic persecution of women and allow peaceful protest," U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a separate statement. Iran's Mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the sanctions.
Oil prices rose in early Asian trade on the prospect that a stalled Iran nuclear deal and Moscow's new mobilization campaign would restrict global supplies. Oil prices rose in early Asian trade on Friday on the prospect that a stalled Iran nuclear agreement and Moscow's new mobilization campaign in its invasion of Ukraine would further restrict global supplies. Oil edged up after a senior U.S. State Department official said that efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have stalled due to Tehran's insistence on the closure of the U.N. nuclear watchdog's investigations. The remarks eased expectations of a resurgence of Iranian crude oil. Rebounding crude oil demand in China, which is the world's largest oil importer, lent support to crude prices.
Musk says he will activate Starlink amid Iran protests
  + stars: | 2022-09-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Starlink logo is seen on a smartphone in front of displayed Ukrainian flag in this illustration taken February 27, 2022. The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday issued guidance expanding internet services available to Iranians despite U.S. sanctions on the country, amid protests around Iran following the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody. Musk could not be reached for comments or clarification regarding Starlink's clearance to operate in Iran. The U.S. State Department spokesperson added that if SpaceX were to determine that some activity aimed at Iranians requires a specific license, "OFAC would welcome it and prioritize it". "By the same token, if SpaceX determines that its activity is already authorized and has any questions, OFAC also welcomes that engagement," the State Department spokesperson said.
More than a million drawings are etched onto rocks on Murujuga peninsula on the Western Australia coast. Resources extracted from the region have powered Australia’s economy and helped create some of the world’s largest mining and energy multinationals. Today, the fight for Murujuga’s rock art reflects long-standing and unresolved issues of race and power. Woodside Petroleum's Pluto development on Murujuga, Western Australia, June 2008. Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Peter Jeffries.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New York on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting comes days after Biden said U.S forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, drawing an angry response from China that said it sent the wrong signal to those seeking an independent Taiwan. In a phone call with Biden in July, China's leader Xi Jinping warned about Taiwan, saying "those who play with fire will perish by it." Beijing has long-vowed to bring Taiwan under its control and has not ruled out the use of force to do so. "This is the Chinese people's will and determination," he said according to China's Foreign Ministry.
A man runs past banners with photos of presidential candidates, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, Ciro Gomes and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 1, 2022. With just days to go until the first-round vote on Oct. 2, Lula is ahead in the polls against President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right populist who has sought to discredit Brazil's electronic voting system. Critics fear Bolsonaro may follow the example of former U.S. President Donald Trump and refuse to accept an electoral defeat. A third source said many European countries are also planning for swift recognition of Brazil's election results. One of the sources said that in the meeting with Koneff, Lula thanked the United States for having expressed faith in Brazil's voting system.
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterA general view shows the oil refinery of the Lukoil company in Volgograd, Russia April 22, 2022. Oil edged up after a senior U.S. State Department official said that efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have stalled due to Tehran's insistence on the closure of the U.N. nuclear watchdog's investigations. The remarks eased expectations of a resurgence of Iranian crude oil. read moreRebounding crude oil demand in China, which is the world's largest oil importer, lent support to crude prices. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Laila Kearney in New York; Editing by Leslie AdlerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Officials said the move would help Iranians access tools that can be used to circumvent state surveillance and censorship, but would not entirely prevent Tehran from using communications tools to stifle dissent, as it did by cutting off internet access for most citizens on Wednesday. Asked how the expanded license would help Iranians if their government again shuts down internet access, a State Department official also briefing reporters said Iran's government would still have "repressive tools for communication." The new license makes it "easier for the Iranian people to confront some of those oppressive tools," the official said. read moreMusk said on Monday his company would provide Starlink to Iranians, and would ask for a sanctions exception to do so. read moreThe Treasury official briefing reporters said Starlink's commercial-grade system, which would involve sending hardware into Iran, would not be covered by the general license.
The CIA launched its own podcast Thursday, saying it wanted to step out from the shadows to “demystify” its spy work and to help Americans understand the intelligence agency’s role. During Burns’ tenure, the CIA and other intelligence agencies have broken with past practice and declassified intelligence about Russia’s war effort in Ukraine as part of an information war with the Kremlin. Burns also said the agency had placed a priority on China and set up a new center focused on the country. The CIA was trying to devote more resources to that effort and was recruiting more Mandarin speakers, he said. “It’s a tally of the lives of stranded American citizens and Afghan partners, partners who had fought and bled with us over two decades in Afghanistan.
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