Iran and the US almost went to war back in January. Since then, the Trump administration has doubled down on its “maximum pressure” campaign by increasing sanctions. Now, some Iranians are keeping their eyes on the US election, hoping it will ease tensions.
Global banks are back in the spotlight for their role in facilitating corruption, fraud and money laundering. The primary opposition leader from Belarus pressed the European Union to enact sanctions on officials in Minsk. And a simulated attack video released on Weibo by the Chinese air force appeared to show nuclear-capable, long-range H-6 bombers launching a missile at a US base.
The European director for the World Health Organization has warned countries not to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for people possibly exposed to the coronavirus, the former head of the world athletics’ governing body was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison, and the US plans to declare on Saturday that all international sanctions on Iran have been restored.
In a meeting in the Russian capital Thursday, the foreign ministers of India and China have agreed their troops should disengage from a precarious standoff. Pompeo says long-awaited negotiations between opposing parties from the war in Afghanistan will undoubtedly be “contentious.” And Germany’s Justice Ministry has approved Russia’s request for German state prosecutors to assist in Russia’s own investigation into the Navalny poisoning.
US Secretary of State Pompeo has been trying in vain to get European support for reinstating multilateral sanctions on Iran. Two years ago, the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, which was negotiated by the Obama administration.
The United States wants to broaden its main nuclear arms control agreement with Russia. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Matthew Bunn, a professor at Havard University, about extending the New START Treaty.
A recent exchange of alleged cyberattacks on critical infrastructure between the two regional rivals is rattling the Middle East and threatens to change the unofficial but implicit agreement on the rules of engagement.