The Greek government has said it will not provide any facilities to the Adrian Darya (formerly Grace 1) oil tanker. “We have sent a very clear message, saying that we do not wish to provide any facilities for the smuggling of oil to Syria,” the Greek deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday, August 21.
US President Donald Trump canceled his trip to Denmark because of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s refusal to sell Greenland to the United States. Speaking in a tweet Tuesday, August 20, the president praised Denmark, and commented about the prime minister’s remarks that she had no interest in discussing the sale of Greenland to the United States.
Australia has said it is ready to join the US-led coalition to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. On Wednesday, August 21, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country plans to join the US-led international coalition in the Persian Gulf and protect oil tankers and merchant ships “against threats posed by Iran.”
Reports indicate a major explosion occurred in an ammunition depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia in northern Baghdad on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had earlier tacitly confirmed that Israel was involved in an attack on Iraqi government-affiliated militia centers.
Mike Pompeo has claimed that the White House sanctions on Iran’s oil exports have prevented the sale of 2.8 million barrels of oil. Iran claims to be able to sell its oil. The US secretary of state, speaking in an interview with MSNBC, said he was confident that the White House could continue its strategy. Pompeo made reference to the “Iran zero oil export” strategy that Donald Trump’s government has adopted since May. Mr. Pompeo has called on the United Nations Security Council to extend Iran’s arms embargo, which expires next year.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tacitly endorsed his involvement in the attack on Islamic Republic-backed Hezbollah centers in Iraq, saying “Iran has no immunity, anywhere.” Netanyahu stressed that Israel would take military action whenever needed. Israel is believed to have conducted recent attacks on Iranian-backed predominantly Shiite militia bases and warehouses in Iraq known as Hashdal-Shaabi.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah made a visit to the Ukraine. The purpose of the trip was to discuss the expansion of economic cooperation between the two nations. He met with President Volodymyr Zelensky and together they signed three bi-lateral financial agreements. In a joint statement Zelensky said that the two had discussed the establishment of joint trade and technology offices in Jerusalem and Kiev to jump start both economies. He also thanked Israel for backing Ukraine’s territorial integrity after Russia’s annexation in 2014 of Crimea. It is well known that the father of Zelensky is Jewish.
In a deadly attack that shook the West African nation yesterday, 24 of its troops were killed, seven seriously wounded and five are still missing. The attack that was carried out on a military base in northern Burkina Faso on Monday is the deadliest ever suffered by the Burkinabe army in its confrontation with jihadist groups since 2015. The opposition has since called on the resignation of the country’s current government citing incompetence and failure to safeguard the nation from external attacks.
Following a demonstration in Hong Kong, government head Carrie Lam spoke of her readiness to talk to the protesters. The protests in Hong Kong prompted the local government to withdraw. Lam says she is ready to negotiate with the protesters to get out of the political crisis and find a comprehensive solution. She believes her offer is a turning point in the crisis and expressed hope that dialogue with the protesters could provide grounds for restoring peace to Hong Kong.
Thousands of unregistered Syrian migrants and refugees will have to leave the Turkish city of Istanbul before the end of Tuesday, August 20, or face the prospect of expulsion. The city authorities have informed the undocumented immigrants about the need to return to the states where they registered, in an attempt to ease the pressures suffered by the largest cities in Turkey.
Social media Twitter and Facebook announced on Monday that they blocked a large number of accounts on their platforms. The two social media giants said that these accounts spread false information about Hong Kong demonstrations and they were dominated by Chinese officials.
The United States has warned the Greek government and Mediterranean ports authorities against cooperating with the Iranian oil tanker which was released Sunday from Gibraltar after more than a month in detention. “It is unfortunate that this has happened,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is driving the Kashmir train on the wrong track of ultranationalism that cost India 25 percent of its land and 20 percent of its people in 1947. But it’s not yet too late to change the course to find a lasting peace and prosperity for all of its people. The nirvana lies in a blueprint that was secretly drafted a decade ago by two former leaders of India and Pakistan but failed to execute because of their sudden departure from office.
“I’m ready to sign this damn thing.” That’s what California Governor Gavin Newsom told a crowd gathered at a ceremony Monday in Sacramento. In so doing, California adopted one of the toughest laws in the country governing the use of force by police officers. The change, from “objectively reasonable” to “necessary,” amends a standard in California policing dating to 1872, which has often been used to justify officer-involved shootings, and frustrated community activists. Newsom also said he hopes the law, which will take effect in January, becomes a model for other states. “As California goes, so goes the rest of the United States of America.”
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The Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, recently renamed ‘Adrian Darya 1,’ finally departed from Gibraltar on Sunday night. The tanker is heading to a destination that is yet to be revealed, the information has been confirmed by shipping data and the local media. This is comes several hours after the British territory rejected a request from the United States to stop the ship from leaving.
On Thursday Israel announced that it would not allow entry to US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) because of their vocabulary and their vocal BDS advocacy. The House Democrats were considering issuing a no confidence statement regarding Israel Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.
Former Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who had been in power for nearly thirty years, appeared in court in Khartoum, the capital, on charges of corruption and killing. A Sudanese prosecutor said in June that millions of dollars of foreign currency were found in sandbags at Mr. Bashir’s home. He faces other charges. Mr. Bashir’s lawyers dismiss the charges against him as unfounded.
Syrian opposition forces have announced that two people were killed and two others wounded in attacks on a convoy that contained some Turkish Army elements. The attack did not harm Turkish troops and its armor. Turkish news sources also confirmed the attack by Syrian regime fighters on Turkish troops.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday implored Germany and France to pave the way for a Brexit compromise, while again reassuring that the UK was ready to leave the European Union without an agreement on 31st October. Johnson’s government said Monday that it would “immediately” end the free movement of people in case of a Brexit without agreement on 31st October, a rather hard position compared to the one from the previous regime.
US President Trump’s Chief Economic Adviser, Larry Kudlow said on August 18th that the Washington and Beijing authorities are actively working to resume trade negotiations to end the US-China trade war that disrupts the global market. Kudlow also said that despite the turmoil in the global financial market, there will be no economic recession, and the trade war against China has not harmed the US economy.
Reuters quoted two sources saying that the US Department of Commerce will extend the time for Chinese technology giant Huawei to purchase US corporate products. It is expected to be extended for another 90 days. If the ban is strictly enforced, it will seriously affect Huawei’s supply chain. However, it may also strike against US customers that Huawei is serving and suppliers that supply Huawei. In view of this, the United States proposed a delay in implementation shortly after the ban was issued.
Tensions in Hong Kong are still rising, but the Hong Kong police said that although they are in a state of anxiety, they do not need assistance from the Chinese authorities and Chinese troops will never take action in Hong Kong. Over the past few months, Hong Kong has held a call for democratic reforms. The protesters have changed their strategies. At the same time, they have responded to multiple targets and the Hong Kong police have been struggling.
An Iranian oil tanker, seized by Gibraltar authorities last month, left the port where it was detained. Traffic data in the region show that the tanker moved east in the Mediterranean, heading to Kalamata, a Greek city. Tehran expressed readiness to send Iranian naval forces to accompany the tanker, if necessary. The name of the tanker was changed from “Grace 1″ to “Adrian Darya 1” and is now carrying the Iranian flag.
A suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan left at least 63 people dead and 182 wounded on Saturday night at a wedding party. The Islamic State terror group has since claimed credit for the brutal attack. It is the worst attack in months in the Afghan capital, at a time when the population awaits an agreement between the Taliban and the United States.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran says freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed. In his second report in six months, he expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on Iran’s “food and drug safety.” Javid Rahman submitted his second report to the UN General Assembly on Friday and it emphasized that in the past year freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed and human rights abuses have continued.
Leaked British government documents say the UK could encounter a shortage of fuel, food, and medicine if they leave the European Union without an agreement in October. The documents, published in the Sunday Times, reveal predictions of chaos in the UK, and the return of roadblocks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which could fuel protests.
Protests continue in Hong Kong after ten weeks and could swell to a “million march” on Sunday. The EU has warned the Hong Kong government not to undermine the legal rights of protesting citizens. While China has not ruled out military intervention in Hong Kong, protests continue in the former British colony against local government and Beijing’s interference in domestic affairs.
According to reports from the Indian-administered Kashmir office, the process of removing barriers has been started. After a 13-day blockade of curfew and media communications imposed in Indian-administered Kashmir in early August, a government spokesman said on Saturday that various sanctions were gradually being lifted in the valley.
A meeting of Iran, representatives of Yemen’s Ansarollah and ambassadors of four European countries were held in Tehran to find solutions to the Yemen crisis in Tehran. The meeting discussed the political developments and the situation in the war-torn country.
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Thirteen people were arrested and six people were injured, with one requiring hospitalization, after a day of protests in Portland Saturday. The Portland Police Bureau, several other local and national law enforcement agencies, and civic organizations and leaders throughout the city had spent weeks preparing for much worse. It was their stated mission to protect members of the right-wing group, Proud Boys, and left-wing Antifa protesters, from each other by keeping them separate. For the most part, they succeeded. However, the Proud Boys have already warned they’ll be back.
Leaders of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, and their civilian opposition counterparts, have today officially signed a historic agreement widely viewed as an eventual possible solution to the major political crisis that has rocked the oil-rich African state for the past eight months.
Greenland’s government says it welcomes foreign investment but is not for sale. This came in response to comments by US President Donald Trump, which hinted at the possibility of Washington’s purchase of the island under the administration of Denmark.
It’s now crystal clear that American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself. An autopsy performed on his body by the city’s forensic office eventually concluded so. America and the world at large was shocked by reports that the tycoon had been found dead last Saturday in a New York prison from where he was awaiting his trial for child sex trafficking charges.
An Egyptian, whose sister was detained on arrival at Cairo International Airport from Washington last month, said that family problems might be behind his sister’s arrest. Mustafa Desouki told news reporters that he was looking after his 13-year-old nephew, Mustafa Hamed, after his mother and other uncles were arrested.
North Korea on Friday fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the sea, South Korea joint chiefs revealed. Today’s projectiles are the sixth, in less than a month. According to South Korea, the projectiles were fired from near Tongchon, a town in southwestern Kangwon Province, and fell into the sea of Japan.
China has announced that it has no plans to forcefully end the protests in Hong Kong, but it will not be ruled out if necessary. China has said that if the Hong Kong executive government fails to bring peace, then China will intervene. Satellite imagery, which has been widely shared on social networks, indicates an increase in China’s military presence in the border town of Shenzhen. The pictures show dozens of Chinese police and military vehicles in the grounds of a sports stadium.
Poland has announced that it will participate in the US-led International Maritime Mission in the Strait of Hormuz. The United States invited nine countries to participate in the mission of securing commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf. Germany and France are considering their own European force plan to secure shipping in the Gulf.
The Israeli government has decided not to allow two Muslim female congressmen to enter the country. Israel earlier accepted the two women’s request for the trip, but in a re-examination decided not to allow it. Blocking the two congresswomen has sparked a backlash and even outraged some conservatives.
North Korea has rejected any peace talks with South Korea. They seems to be angered by the leader of the South. The North Korean Alliance Committee has issued a statement that appears to be a rebuke to South Korean President Moon Jae-In. In a statement, North Korea said it had nothing to say.
The Wall Street Journal quoted sources within the White House saying that the US president was interested in buying Greenland. It is the largest island in the world, the autonomous territory of Denmark. Mr. Trump, who was in the construction business before the presidency, is looking very seriously at the purchase.
The Golani Brigade, the pride of Israeli Defense Forces, foiled an attack at the Gaza border fence early this week. Four Palestinians armed with RPGs, assault rifles, and grenades attempted to breach the wall and infiltrate Israel. They were shot dead and only one of the men was able to climb the fence and throw a grenade at the soldiers. Two Israeli soldiers were slightly injured from shrapnel. The body of the terrorist Abu Salah was taken by Israel. Abu Salah is a member of Hamas border patrol.