Merkel Promises Washington to Play Active Role in Addressing Crises

Thе dіffеrеnсеѕ between Gеrmаnу аnd thе Trumр аdmіnіѕtrаtіоn are no lоngеr hіddеn, but attempts at rapprochement аrе uninterrupted, mоѕt notably thе соnѕultаtіоnѕ thаt took рlасе Friday bеtwееn Chаnсеllоr Angela Mеrkеl аnd Secretary of State Mike Pоmрео іn Bеrlіn. On Friday, Mеrkеl promised that Bеrlіn will рlау аn active rоlе іn rеѕоlvіng dіѕрutеѕ.

Washington’s Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement Criticized

While the United States announced that it hаd ѕubmіttеd thе nесеѕѕаrу рареrѕ tо withdraw frоm thе Pаrіѕ Agreement, whісh аіmѕ tо соmbаt сlіmаtе сhаngе, the Gеrmаn Development Mіnіѕtеr criticized thе US move as a ѕеtbасk. German Dеvеlорmеnt Mіnіѕtеr Gerd Muller сrіtісіzеd thе Unіtеd States’ fоrmаl withdrawal frоm thе Pаrіѕ climate deal, saying оn Tuesday іn Bеrlіn that “іnduѕtrіаlіzеd countries, whісh mainly саuѕе сlіmаtе change, have a ѕресіаl responsibility and ѕhоuld рlау a rоlе.”

Pompeo Confirms He was on Call – Impeachment Heating Up

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in Rome that he participated in the telephone conversation between the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on July 25. Pompeo was asked about this call, which is the origin of an impeachment inquiry against Trump by the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives. “I was on the phone call,” he said.

“We’ll Be Talking About Iran,” Trump Says of UNGA Speech

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, US President Donald Trump is expected to explain his policy towards Iran. At the same time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Western powers’ statements on the Saudi oil facility attack and has demanded Iran’s international condemnation. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected talks with the United States.

Rouhani Signals Readiness to Meet Trump, Conditionally

US President Donald Trump has reiterated his desire to resolve the conflict with Iran peacefully. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is also said to have offered a new proposal to resolve the dispute through a meeting at the UN General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has added to his diplomatic efforts to settle the dispute with the United States peacefully. News Agencies on Monday announced a meeting between Zarif and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Iranian Foreign Minister: Attack Would Mean “All-Out War”

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said today that it would be “all-out war” if Saudi Arabia or the United States dared to carry out a military attack on Iran. The already frosty relationship between the US and Iran has escalated in recent days, following attacks on two Saudi oil plants that Washington and Riyadh have attributed to Tehran. However, Tehran has maintained its innocence in as far as the attack is concerned, and it denies any involvement in any way whatsoever.

Iranian Foreign Minister Warns of “All-Out War” if Attacked

The Iranian Foreign Minister has wrarned that any attack on his country would be considered “all-out war,” after the US Secretary of State supported Saudi Arabia’s defense after the attack on Saudi oil facilities. Javad Zarif has said this after his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, said that the attack on Saudi oil facilities was an act of war, that Iran’s actions were unbearable, and that the United States was following the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s crude oil facilities.

Trump Tweets U.S. “Locked and Loaded” After Saudi Attacks

Though President Trump did not openly state whom he believes is the perpetrator of the heinous attack on the Saudi Arabia oil plants, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, has since Saturday asserted that the attack was carried out from Iran, and not Yemen, as the world was initially made to believe. Trump tweeted Sunday he was “locked and loaded depending on verification.”

Pompeo: Peace Talks with Taliban Still Possible

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview that he would not talk to the Taliban unless they change their attitude. Mr. Pompeo told ABC News that the Taliban had escalated violence, and that the group had taken credit for the latest suicide attack in Kabul, which killed eight people, including an American. With this incident, President Trump said that “It is enough.”

US Congress Demands Details of Khalilzad’s Peace Deal with the Taliban

The US Congress has called on Zalmay Khalilzad, the country’s special envoy for Afghan peace, to provide details of the deal with the Taliban. Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged Mr. Khalilzad to present details of the deal with the Taliban to Congress in a public hearing. The Democratic Party has a majority in the House of Representatives.

Pompeo: Iran’s Latest Reduction in Nuclear Deal Commitments “Unacceptable”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that the US is determined to continue its policy against Iran even though Donald Trump has repeatedly stated his readiness to meet with Iranian officials without preconditions. “They announced just yesterday that they’re going to continue to do more research and development on their nuclear weapon systems. Those things are unacceptable,” Pompeo said.

United States Prevented Sale of 2.8 Million Barrels of Iranian Oil on Markets

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.

Bill Hader: Time Traveler? SNL Comedy Star Has Been Killing For Over 150 Years! [PHOTO/VIDEO]

Bill Hader is one of the funniest and most sought after actors in show business today. But just 15 years ago, only Hollywood insiders knew of his many talents, including stand-up comedy, comedy writer, voice actor, celebrity impressionist, hilarious comedic performer and fine dramatic actor.

How does one man as young as Bill Hader (he allegedly just turned 41) learn the skills needed to be such a well-rounded, highly-gifted entertainer delivering at a level seemingly so far beyond his years?

Is it because he’s a Time Traveling Immortal?

It seems to be the only reasonable explanation for Hader’s incredible talents, which are rarely learned during the course of the average single lifespan of less than 100 years. Of course, there are exceptions, but there has never been a verifiable case of anyone, man or woman, living beyond 120 or so. Especially in show business. Let’s face it, George Burns almost didn’t make his 100th birthday party and Bob Hope spent his last days begging to be put out of his misery.

North Korea Fires Two Missiles Less Than a Week After Last Test

Kim Jong-un doubled down and conducted his second missile launch in less than a week. The first missile was detected at 5.06, followed by another at 5.27. The two were shot from a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle at a point near Wonsan port, on the east coast of the peninsula, the same area where last week’s missiles were fired. The projectiles were similar to those of the last week, according to a General Staff statement, which added that “the successive launches by North Korea do not lead to reduce tensions and we urge you to stop them.”

At G20 Summit Ivanka Trump and Mike Pompeo: “Beauty and the Beast”

As the US delegation was lining up for a photo with South Korean counterparts on the eve of his historic steps into North Korea, President Trump and President Moon Jae-in were in the center with his wife Kim Jung-sook.  In the back was Mike Pompeo and the next official in line was senior adviser Ivanka Trump Kushner. Mike Pompeo casually slipped into the photo. Ivanka took an unusual prominent role during her father’s trip to Asia.

Senate Holds Marathon Vote, Rejects Congressional Approval for Iran War

Friday morning was an unusual one for observers of the United States Senate.  The longest vote in the chamber’s history, in which several of the deliberative body’s sacrosanct rules and traditions were bent, resulted in a somewhat foregone conclusion, and with it, another abdication of congressional responsibility.  An amendment requiring the president receive explicit congressional approval before attacking Iran got 50 votes after more than 10 hours of open-house voting.  It needed 60, and failed.

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off! Trump Orders, Aborts Attack on Iran— But Why?

In case you missed it, we almost went to war on Thursday night.  That same day, Iran shot down an American surveillance drone, which was flying in or near the country.  President Trump confirmed earlier media reports Friday morning that he authorized a limited strike on Iran, but called it off at the last minute.  His action, and abrupt control-Z, raise more questions about the administration’s Iran policy than they do answers.

Trump / USA may Go it Alone— Without Congress Vote — on Iran Conflict

On Monday, in one of his last acts as acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan announced the United States would send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East.  They will join the roughly 1,500 American troops already there— plus an aircraft carrier strike group, Patriot missile batteries, and bombers— to counter what the Trump administration sees as a threat from Iran.  It is the latest development in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries, which some fear may lead to war.  And Congress— nominally, an important player in the use of military force— might not be involved.