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American woman charged with hiding money transfers to Syria-based militants
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Mark Hosenball | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. federal prosecutors have charged a New Jersey woman with concealing multiple efforts to transfer money to Islamist militants in Syria connected to the Nusra Front, a onetime al Qaeda affiliate based in Syria’s Idlib province. Bell was scheduled to appear by video conference on Wednesday afternoon before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Newark. When offering the militant group assistance, Hohmann alleged, Bell cited her own professional experience, including specialized firearms training she underwent while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. The FBI affidavit alleged that Bell regularly used encrypted apps to communicate with a Nusra member with whom she had an online relationship. It said she allegedly exchanged “thousands of encrypted communications” with the alleged Nusra member.
Persons: Maria Bell, Bell, Rahul Sharma, Matthew Hohmann, Hohmann Organizations: WASHINGTON, FBI, U.S . Army, Army National Guard Locations: New Jersey, Syria, al, Syria’s Idlib, Hopatcong , New Jersey, Newark, U.S, Turkey
Erdogan to Putin: Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire efforts could include others
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during a video conference call, dedicated to the conflict in Syria, in Moscow, Russia July 1, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERSANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he discussed in a phone call with Russia’s Vladimir Putin the possibility of expanding efforts to maintain the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire to include other regional countries. The ceasefire signed on Nov. 10 halted military action in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated by ethnic Armenians, after the worst fighting in the region since the 1990s. Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a joint centre in the region to monitor the ceasefire and Turkish parliament passed a troop deployment bill to send military observers.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Tayyip Erdogan, Hassan Rouhani, Alexei Druzhinin, Russia’s Vladimir Putin Organizations: Sputnik, REUTERS ANKARA Locations: Syria, Moscow, Russia, Kremlin, Karabakh, Nagorno, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkish
Assailant in Swiss knife attack was jihadist: police
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Federal prosecutors have called the incident in the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino a suspected terrorist attack and taken charge of the investigation. “Police investigations in 2017 revealed that the woman had formed a relationship via social media with a jihadist fighter from Syria,” the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) tweeted. The suspect, a 28-year-old who lives in the area, was in custody after passersby subdued her until police could arrive. But it has identified hundreds of residents deemed a threat and militants who have travelled to war zones. Two men arrested in the town of Winterthur this month over possible links to a jihadist shooting attack in Vienna that killed four people on Nov. 2 visited the attacker in July.
Organizations: Federal, “ Police, Federal Office of Police, Winterthur ”, Islamic, Turkish Locations: ZURICH, Swiss, Lugano, Syria, Ticino, Switzerland, France, Germany, Paris, Nice, Vienna, Winterthur, Islamic State, Portuguese, Morges
UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states - document
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Alexander Cornwell | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. FILE PHOTO: The skyline including the Burj Khalifa tower is seen as ships dock at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 26, 2013. The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 countries that also included Somalia, Libya and Yemen until further notice. A diplomat commented that the UAE had strained relations with some of the states listed, such as Turkey. Last week, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its citizens and those of some other countries, but that those already holding valid visas were not affected and could still enter the UAE.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah Organizations: Reuters, United Arab, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Federal Authority, Identity, Embassy, Islamic State Locations: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burj Khalifa, Port Rashid, Dubai, United Arab, UAE, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Israel
Syrian army says Israel hits southern Damascus in second strike in week
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Suleiman Al-Khalidi | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army said early Wednesday that Israel launched air strikes on an area in the southern outskirts of Damascus, where military defectors believe has a strong Iranian military presence in the second such attack within a week. The Israeli aerial strike on a strategic area that Israel had hit in the past came from the occupied Golan Heights and caused only material damages, the army statement said. The area has anti-aircraft missiles that are stationed to defend the Syrian Golan Heights along the border with Israel, the military sources said. The aerial strikes hit a territory, which is situated in a zone that extends from the southern countryside of Damascus to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights where the growing Iranian presence is viewed as a strategic threat by Israel. The Syrian army statement said the Israeli aerial strike came from the occupied Golan Heights and caused only material damages.
Persons: , Donald Trump’s, Bashar al, Israel’s Organizations: Israel, Military, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Iranian, Reuters, U.S Locations: AMMAN, Damascus, Israel, Golan, Jabal Mane, Kiswa, Tehran, Syria, Washington, Iran
(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.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, “ It’s, , Trump, “ Biden, Howard Eissenstat, WORLD Biden, Obama’s, it’s, Randall Schriver, Vladimir Putin, Mike Pompeo, that’s, Pompeo Organizations: America, Republican, Washington, Trump, Lawrence University, WORLD, World Health Organization, , Islamic, Fox News, State Department Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, United States, China, America, Wilmington , Delaware, Paris, ” St, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Iran, Hong Kong, South China, Tehran, United States of America, Syria
Two blasts kill seven in Syrian rebel-held northwest near Turkish border
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
AMMAN (Reuters) - Two bomb blasts killed at least seven people and wounded scores on Tuesday in areas of northwest Syria near the Turkish border and under heavy Turkish influence, witnesses and police sources said. Videos posted on social media showed footage of mangled cars and extensive damage to an industrial area with fires burning. It says it only targets Turkish soldiers and their allies in a guerrilla campaign to drive out “occupiers”. Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group tied to the PKK inside its own borders, and has staged incursions into Syria in support of Syrian rebels to push it from the Turkish frontier. Ankara now retains a large military presence in the area deploying thousands of troops in the last rebel enclave.
Persons: al Bab, Organizations: Turkish, Syrian, Kurdish Locations: AMMAN, Syria, Turkish, al, Aleppo province, Afrin, Turkey, Ankara
The United States and Russia have long disagreed about Moscow's claim over the area. The McCain then changed course and left the area after the Vinogradov turned toward the U.S. destroyer, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsThe 7th Fleet said that McCain’s operation was intended to demonstrate that these waters are not Russia’s territory. In August, the U.S. said that several American troops were injured when U.S. and Russian vehicles collided in Syria. Videos published on Russian social media accounts appeared to show Russian vehicles attempting to drive the U.S. vehicles off the road.
Persons: John S, McCain, Peter the, Admiral Vinogradov, , Vinogradov Organizations: MOSCOW, U.S . Navy, American, U.S, Russian Defense Ministry, U.S . 7th Fleet, Soviet Union, NBC, 7th Fleet, Russian Defense, U.S ., , Reuters Locations: Russian, U.S, Japan, South Korea, United States, Russia, Soviet, Peter the Great, Syria
FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in Moscow, Russia November 19, 2020. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situations in Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The two men also discussed Moscow and Tehran’s commitment to ensuring the prompt return of all participants to fully observing obligations laid out in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has said he will take the United States back into the 2015 deal.
Persons: Sergei Lavrov, U.N ., Syria Geir Pedersen, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Joe Biden Organizations: Russian, Russian Foreign Ministry, REUTERS Locations: Syria, Moscow, Russia, REUTERS MOSCOW, Nagorno, Karabakh, Iran, United States
Vaccines have been delivered around the world before, but never has the demand for one set of drugs been so immediate or universal. But many experts are warning that even supplying people around the world deemed a priority — health workers, the elderly and the infirm — will be a challenge. "Our track record gives us confidence in our ability to quickly scale and manufacture and distribute large quantities of a high-quality Covid-19 vaccine, leveraging multiple sites in the U.S. and Europe," spokesman Dervila Keane said in an email. Kai Pfaffenbach / ReutersIn a world where every Covid-19 shot will count, whole batches going bad in transit would be seen as a major problem. Nurses working with the World Health Organization prepare to administer Ebola vaccines at the town all of Mbandaka, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2018.
Persons: David Salisbury, Natalie Roberts, Roberts, Dervila Keane, Kai Pfaffenbach, you've, Thomas Peter, BioNTech, Morgan Stanley, , Frank Lichtenberg, Junior Kannah, they'd, Michel Zaffran Organizations: NBC, Vaccines, U.S . pharma, Pfizer, Moderna, Democratic, Central African, Reuters, DHL, McKinsey, Co, World Health Organization, U.S, Sinovac Biotech, White House, AstraZeneca, Oxford University, Columbia Business School, Gavi, Vaccine Alliance, Getty, BioNTech Locations: British, Massachusetts, Yemen, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Paris, U.S, Europe, Wuerzburg, Germany, Salisbury, London, AFP, Russia, Poland, Hungary, France
France to probe clashes after police cleared out new Paris migrant camp
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
PARIS (Reuters) - French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he was launching a probe into clashes that broke out late on Monday after police cleared out a new migrant camp in Paris’ Place de la Republique, adding that images of the scuffles were “shocking”. People posted photos and videos on social media of police hitting demonstrators as they moved in to clear the square of migrants’ tents, which the police said had been set up without official permission. “Some of the images of the dispersion of the illegal migrant camp at Place de la Republique are shocking,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday, adding that he was seeking a full report into the incident. The migrant camp at Place de la Republique emerged just a week after police had cleared out a bigger, illegal migrant campsite near the French national sports stadium. France has joined other European states, such as Italy and Britain, in taking a tougher stance on migrants since the outbreak of the Syria conflict in 2011 triggered a migrant crisis across Europe.
Persons: Gerald Darmanin, ” Darmanin, Marine Le, Emmanuel Macron’s Organizations: PARIS, Republique, Twitter, French Locations: Paris, France, Italy, Britain, Syria, Europe
Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy prepares to testify during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "NATO at 70: An Indispensable Alliance" on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, Joe Biden's probable pick to run the Pentagon, would be the first female secretary of defense if confirmed and could appoint an unprecedented number of women to senior roles at the Defense Department. Biden is poised to announce Flournoy as his nominee as early as Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the decision. Brooks points out that as Pentagon policy chief Flournoy pioneered the creation of more flexible, family-friendly work policies, including four-day work weeks and job sharing. Brooks co-founded The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), which was created by a group of women, many of whom were alumni of Flournoy's team at the Pentagon.
Persons: Michele Flournoy, WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, Joe Biden's, Biden, Harris, Deborah Lee James, Rosa Brooks, Flournoy, mentees, Said Brooks, Kathleen Hicks, Alice Hunt Friend, Michelle Howard, She's, Sharon Burke, Susanna Blume, Celeste Wallander, Mara Karlin, Janine Davidson, I'm, Joe Biden, Madame, , Hillary, Donald Trump, James Mattis, Defense Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, Antony Blinken, Booz Allen, Barbara Lee, Mark Pocan, Mark Esper, Patrick Shanahan, Ro Khanna, Obama, Brooks, James, Michele Organizations: House Foreign, NATO, Pentagon, Defense Department, Biden, Harris Pentagon, Air Force, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Navy, Republican, Democratic, U.S, International Security Affairs, New American Security, Defense, WestExec, Booz, Reps, Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics, White, Aspen Security Forum, Leadership Council, Women, National Security, LCWINS, Hill Locations: Africa, America, Russia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, U.S, China
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.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Donald Trump's, Biden, McMaster, Aaron David Miller, Miller, Mike Pompeo's, — Biden, Heather Heldman, Trump, He's, Heldman, Orville Schell, Schell, " Schell, Xi Jinping, Joe Biden, Peng Liyuan, Jill Biden, Carolyn Kaster Biden, Henry Rome, Obama, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas, Avril Haines, John Kerry, Sullivan, Wendy Sherman, Thomas, Greenfield, Nicholas Burns, Kerry, He'll, Sen, Angus King, Haines, King, Andrea J, Prasow, Tony, Matt Duss, Vermont Sen, Bernie Sanders, Colin Powell, Powell, Barack Obama Organizations: H.R, McMaster, Tuesday, CNN, Trump, Carnegie Endowment, International Peace, Luminae Group, State Department, Asia Society's Center, China Relations, Andrews Air Force Base, AP, World Health Organization, Eurasia Group, Washington Post, Republicans, Republican, UN, NATO, Foreign Service, Kerry, Senate Intelligence, Human Rights, New York Times, Senate Foreign Relations Locations: China, Russia, Washington, Beijing, COVID, Maryland, Iran, Paris, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Greenfield, Thomas, Maine, Vermont, United States
President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly giving serious consideration to selecting Michèle Flournoy, a former Obama administration official, as secretary of defense. According to numerous media reports, President-elect Joe Biden is giving serious consideration to selecting Michèle Flournoy, a former Obama administration official, as Secretary of Defense. Based on her track record, Flournoy would neither serve Biden nor the country well. But throughout her tenure in the Obama administration, Flournoy was often wrong on key matters of war and peace. Biden should nominate a secretary of defense that recognizes this reality and will break from the fundamental failures of the past by adopting a strategy that can succeed.
Persons: Joe Biden, Michèle, Obama, Daniel L, Davis, Flournoy, Biden, Barack Obama's, Michele Flournoy, Yuri Gripas, Trump, hasn't Organizations: US Army, Defense, Pentagon, Department of Defense, New, New American Security, Armed Services Committee, NATO, Center for Strategic, International Studies, REUTERS, Trump, America, AP, US Locations: New American, Afghanistan, Washington, America, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Africa, East, North Africa
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A team of rivals it is not. The following are some of the policy issues that Blinken and Sullivan, who served at the State Department and then as Biden’s chief foreign policy adviser in the Obama administration, will face as they seek to turn the page on President Donald Trump’s sometimes chaotic foreign policy:CHINAChina is expected to be the main challenge for Biden’s foreign policy team at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing have sunk to the lowest point in decades. Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the Biden team should beware of getting bogged down in formal dialogues with Beijing. In withdrawing from the deal, Trump restored U.S. sanctions and has imposed many more in a failed effort so far to force Iran into negotiations. What is less clear, however, is how Blinken and the rest of Biden’s team will deal with North Korea.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Blinken, Sullivan, Obama, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Biden, ” Blinken, Xi Jinping, , Bonnie Glaser, , RUSSIA Blinken, Vladimir Putin, ” Biden, IRAN Sullivan, NORTH KOREA Blinken, Kim Jong Un, denuclearization, Kim, al Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S Conference, Mayors, REUTERS, White House, Senate Foreign Relations, State Department, Beijing, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Obama, CBS, NORTH KOREA, North, CBS News, Trump, Taliban Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, CHINA China, Washington, Beijing, China, America, Hong Kong, South China, RUSSIA, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Moscow, IRAN, Iran, Tehran, North Korea, United States, Pyongyang, AFGHANISTAN, Afghanistan, Kabul, al Qaeda, Syria
New Trump rule may require some African tourists to pay up to $15,000 in bonds
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Ted Hesson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Carlos BarriaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued a new temporary rule that could require tourist and business travelers from two dozen countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States. Trump, who lost a re-election bid earlier this month, made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term in office. The visa bond rule will allow U.S. consular officers to require tourist and business travelers from countries whose nationals had an “overstay rate” of 10% or higher in 2019 to pay a refundable bond of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000. Historically, U.S. consular officers have been discouraged from requiring travelers to the United States to post a bond, with State Department guidance saying processing of the bonds would be “cumbersome,” the temporary rule said. Countries whose tourist and business travelers could be subject to the bond requirement include those from Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Chad, Angola, Burundi, Djibouti and Eritrea.
Persons: Donald Trump, Alex Azar, Carlos Barria WASHINGTON, Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: HHS, White, REUTERS, U.S, U.S . State Department, Democrat, Republican, State Department, Democratic Locations: Brady, Washington , U.S, Africa, United States, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Chad, Angola, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iran, Syria, Laos, Yemen
Teen who left UK to join IS should not be allowed back, Supreme Court told
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
LONDON (Reuters) - A British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State should not be allowed to return to Britain to challenge the government taking away her citizenship because she poses a security risk, the UK’s top court heard on Monday. Shamima Begum, who was born to Bangladeshi parents, left London in 2015 when she was 15 and went to Syria via Turkey with two schoolfriends. In Syria, she married an Islamic State fighter and lived in Raqqa, the capital of the self-declared caliphate, where she remained for four years until she was discovered in a detention camp. Challenging that verdict, James Eadie, the lawyer for the British government, told the Supreme Court that intelligence agencies concluded those who aligned with Islamic State posed a serious risk to national security. The Supreme Court hearing is due to last two days with a decision expected to be handed down at a later date.
Persons: Shamima Begum, Begum, James Eadie, ” Eadie Organizations: Islamic, Court Locations: British, Syria, Islamic State, Britain, London, Turkey, Raqqa, United Kingdom
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Donald Trump’s, Henry Romero, Barack Obama’s, Biden, Blinken, Blinken’s, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Trump’s, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Barack Obama, , ’ Blinken, , Mike Pompeo, Zhao Lijian, Hillary Clinton, Trump, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton’s, Obama Organizations: REUTERS, State Department, Bloomberg News, World Health Organization, United Nations, Thomas, Reuters, Foreign Ministry, Democratic, WestExec Advisors, Islamic, Senate Foreign Relations, Yale, Oxford, Biden Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Mexico City, Iran, Paris, U.S, Greenfield, Black, Africa, United States, China, Washington, Syria, Kurdish U.S, Islamic State
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Donald Trump’s, Henry Romero Blinken, Barack Obama’s, Biden, Blinken, Blinken’s, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Trump’s, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Barack Obama, , ’ Blinken, , Hillary Clinton, Trump, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton’s, Obama Organizations: REUTERS, State Department, Bloomberg News, World Health Organization, United Nations, Thomas, Reuters, Democratic, WestExec Advisors, Islamic, Senate Foreign Relations, Yale, Oxford, Biden Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Mexico City, Iran, Paris, U.S, Greenfield, Black, Africa, United States, China, Washington, Syria, Kurdish U.S, Islamic State
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect’s transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. Blinken’s appointment makes another longtime Biden aide with a foreign policy background, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate to be U.S. national security adviser, the first source said. On the campaign trail, Blinken was one of Biden’s closest advisers, even on issues that went beyond foreign policy. He served as the former vice president’s national security adviser during the Obama administration.
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Blinken served under former President Barack Obama as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. Prior to that, he served as national security adviser to former Vice President Biden. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Antony Blinken as his pick for secretary of state, Bloomberg News reported Sunday. Blinken served in the State Department's number two role under former President Barack Obama as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. He previously served as Obama's deputy national security advisor and as national security adviser to former Vice President Biden.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Barack Obama, Biden, Trump, Donald Trump's, Ron Klain, Bill Clinton, Obama, Michèle Flournoy, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Hillary Clinton Organizations: Bloomberg, New York Times, State, The New York Times, National Security Council, Senate Foreign Relations, Obama, CBS, WestExec Advisors, Paris Climate Accord, World Health Organization, United Nations, The Washington Post, African Affairs Locations: Syria, Paris
Russian President Vladimir Putin has wasted no time in seizing on US President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about the 2020 election to boost Russia's strategic goals. Russian President Vladimir Putin has wasted no time in seizing on the discord that US President Donald Trump and his allies have sowed about the 2020 election. On Monday, Putin said he will not congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, claiming the election results are not clear. More importantly, Putin weaponized Trump's conspiracy theories about the election to denigrate the US's support of free and fair elections around the globe. "It is clear to Putin and the Russian foreign policy establishment that the Biden administration represents a return" to that approach.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Putin, Trump's, John McLaughlin, Donald Trump, Biden, Putin weaponized, Trump, they've, haven't, hasn't, it's, Vadim Nikitin, McLaughlin, Obama, Michael David, Fox, Glenn Carle, , David Organizations: CIA, Democratic Party, Republicans, Wall Street Journal, US, Georgetown University, Trump, Russia, NATO, Biden, Republican Party Locations: Soviet, Russian, Russia, United States, USSR, Ukraine, Crimea, Syria, Libya
Netanyahu urges no return to Iran nuclear deal
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens during a joint statement with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an apparent message to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, said on Sunday there should be no return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal abandoned by President Donald Trump. The agreement, which world powers reached with Iran, sought to limit Tehran’s nuclear programme to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in return for the easing of economic sanctions. “There must be no return to the previous nuclear agreement. We must stick to an uncompromising policy to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said in a speech in southern Israel.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo, Maya Alleruzzo, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden, , ” Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Barack Obama Organizations: Trump, Washington, U.S . Congress, Democratic Locations: Jerusalem, JERUSALEM, Iran, Tehran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Israel, United States, Russia, China, pullout
FILE PHOTO: Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad, attends the funeral of Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem, at Saad bin Muath Mosque in Damascus, Syria, November 16, 2020. REUTERS/Omar SanadikiAMMAN (Reuters) - Syria’s President Bashar al Assad named veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as foreign minister on Sunday to replace Walid Moalem, who died last week, state media reported. Mekdad, 66, had been deputy foreign minister since 2006. Assad also appointed Bashar al-Jaafari, currently ambassador to the U.N., as deputy foreign minister. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif phoned Mekdad and congratulated him on his new position, stressing Tehran’s “continued strategic cooperation” with Syria, official Iranian media outlets said.
Persons: Faisal al Mekdad, Walid al, Saad bin Muath, Omar Sanadiki AMMAN, Bashar al Assad, Faisal Mekdad, Walid Moalem, Assad, Bashar al, Moalem, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mekdad, Tehran’s “ Organizations: Syria's, REUTERS, United Nations, Iran’s Locations: Damascus, Syria, Iran, Russia
FILE PHOTO: Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad, attends the funeral of Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem, at Saad bin Muath Mosque in Damascus, Syria, November 16, 2020. REUTERS/Omar SanadikiAMMAN (Reuters) - Syria named veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as foreign minister on Sunday, replacing Walid Moalem who died last week, state media reported. Mekdad had been deputy foreign minister since 2006.
Persons: Faisal al Mekdad, Walid al, Saad bin Muath, Omar Sanadiki AMMAN, Faisal Mekdad, Walid Moalem, Mekdad Organizations: Syria's, REUTERS Locations: Damascus, Syria
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