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Pompeo ‘is still a CIA director who takes over State Department’ – China’s Global Times editor

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Published time: 25 Jun, 2019 04:12 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “can no longer play the role of a top US diplomat,” Global Times editor Hu Xijin tweeted, declaring the former spook “has become the most troublesome US official for China.” “To China, he is still a CIA director who takes over the State Department,” Read More

Russia, US & Israel hold security talks as Middle East turns into ‘battlefield’ against Iran

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Blaming Iran for all the problems of the Middle East is just bad policy, Moscow has said as the national security advisers from Russia, Israel and the US meet in Jerusalem to discuss escalating tensions in the region. “Just like us, Iran is legitimately present on Syrian territory to help fight terrorists, invited by the Read More

Russian frigate arrives in Cuba under watchful eye of US Navy (PHOTOS)

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A Russian Navy frigate armed with cruise missiles has arrived in Havana Harbor for an official visit. As Russian seamen stretch their legs on shore, US warships idle nearby and quietly observe their counterparts. The frigate Admiral Gorshkov, armed with Kalibr missiles, left the Russian port of Severomorsk in late February for its months-long voyage, Read More

Russian ‘military plane’ lands in Venezuela (PHOTOS)

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A Russian ‘Air Force plane’ has reportedly landed in Venezuela, according to photos and flight tracker reports. In March, a similar event sparked a heated war of words between Moscow and Washington. The plane arrived at Venezuela’s “main airport” on Monday, Reuters reported, referring to the Simon Bolivar International Airport outside of the Venezuelan capital Read More

Trump threatens to lessen US security role in Strait of Hormuz, unveils sanctions

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Highlights In tweet, Trump signals change to 40-year-old maritime security doctrine Analyst sees move as a negotiating tactic amid heightened US-Iran tensions US unveils new sanctions on Iranian leaders following attacks on drone, tankers Washington — Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now President Donald Trump signaled Monday Read More

WTI structure strengthens as Middle East tensions simmer

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New York — The NYMEX WTI forward structure continued to strengthen Monday after the front-month contract settled at a three-week high in a turbulent session. Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now NYMEX August WTI settled up 47 cents at $57.90/b, while ICE August Brent was still down Read More

Refinery Margin Tracker: Atlantic Coast margin rally aided by Philadelphia refinery fire

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New York — US Atlantic Coast refinery margins moved up sharply on Friday after an early morning fire cut rates at the region’s largest refinery, with expectations higher margins will continue into the current week, an analysis from S&P Global Platts showed on Monday. Not registered? Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your Read More

Soon-to-be sanctioned Iran FM says Trump is ‘100% RIGHT’ on less US presence in Persian Gulf

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said Donald Trump is “100% right” in that the US military has no business in the Perisan Gulf, after Trump questioned whether they needed to maintain such a strong presence in the region. Tweeting in rare agreement after Trump announced a new round of sanctions against Tehran, Zarif said Read More

Oil mixed on crude demand fears and U.S.-Iran tensions

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices were mixed on Monday as market concerns about the possibility of a conflict between the United States and Iran eased, while worries about declining crude demand resurfaced. FILE PHOTO: Flames emerge from the flare stacks at the West Qurna-1 oilfield, which is operated by ExxonMobil, near Basra, Iraq June Read More

US-Iran tensions raise threat of an even graver conflict

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor President Donald Trump calls it his policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran. He believes a mixture of increasingly tough sanctions coupled with diplomatic isolation will force the Islamic Republic back to the negotiating table. But we have been here before. Tehran has already been subjected to intense international sanctions Read More