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Tehran rejected 8 requests for Trump-Rouhani meeting – Iranian chief-of-staff

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The Trump administration had requested a meeting with Iran’s Hassan Rouhani eight times, but was turned down by the Iranian side, Rouhani’s chief-of-staff has said. Experts say a meeting would be a loss of face for the Iranians. A Trump-Rouhani meeting might have happened on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September Read More

Russia 'open' to Putin White House visit

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Moscow is open to a possible visit by Vladimir Putin to Washington after a surprise invitation from Donald Trump, Russia’s US envoy has said. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said the Kremlin was ready to discuss the offer made by the US president, amid continuing domestic criticism of his first meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki. Read More

Saudis pump more oil for Trump, then doubt if it's needed

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By Grant Smith and Javier Blas on 7/20/2018 LONDON (Bloomberg) — Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia has rushed to boost oil production — only to discover that global markets might not yet need it. The kingdom’s crude output surged the most in three years last month, as Trump demanded his ally’s Read More

Kuwait's Super Light crude oil finds home in Japan and South Korea as Iran alternative

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Singapore — Kuwait’s newly launched Super Light crude oil is increasingly finding a home in Japan and South Korea as the grade has emerged as a possible alternative grade to Iranian condensate, market sources said Friday. Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now “With ample availability it is Read More

Time magazine’s ‘creepy’ Putin-Trump cover is what media subversion really looks like

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Staring out from the front cover of this week’s ‘Time’ magazine is a striking, unsettling picture of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump morphed into one. The hidden, yet unsubtle messaging behind the image is equally unsettling. Time describes the image as “meaning to represent this particular moment in US foreign policy, following the pair’s recent Read More

Japan refiners keen to maintain usual Iran oil imports, urge Tokyo to seek waiver

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Tokyo — Japanese refiners have urged the government to seek a US waiver on Iran sanctions as they are keen to continue importing the usual volumes instead of reducing inflows, as the deadline on sanctions nears, Petroleum Association of Japan President Takashi Tsukioka said Thursday. Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize Read More

Fresh footage of futuristic weapon tests & development released by Russian military (VIDEOS)

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Russian Defense Ministry has released a new batch of videos of cutting-edge weapons, first unveiled by President Vladimir Putin back in March. The footage shows new tests, as well as gives a grasp of the development process. The impressive set of new weapons was unveiled by Putin during his annual speech before the Federation Council Read More

Exclusive: General Electric's power unit faces threat in Saudi Arabia

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NEW YORK and ABU DHABI (Reuters) – One of General Electric Co’s (GE.N) largest and most valuable customers, Saudi Arabia, is lining up competitors to bid against GE for lucrative power plant work, according to five people familiar with the situation. FILE PHOTO: The General Electric logo is pictured on working helmets during a visit Read More

Who actually benefits from sanctions on Iran?

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Since President Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, Washington has been pressing allies to end all imports of Iranian oil by a November 4. deadline. Moreover, in a briefing on June 26, a senior State Department official was quite firm that the US doesn’t anticipate offering any extensions or waivers to that timeline. This Read More

Iran sets up factory to build uranium enrichment centrifuge components

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Iran has completed a new factory to produce components for uranium enrichment centrifuges, however it is not yet in operation as Tehran hopes the landmark 2015 nuclear deal will stand, even as it prepares for its fall. The factory is capable of producing some 60 rotors for the IR-6 enrichment centrifuges on a daily basis, Read More