Trump asks National Security Adviser Bolton to invite the Russian president to the US for a fall follow up to their summit; White House officials says talks would address national security concerns, as well as nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria.
Associated Press 22:24 , 20.07.18
Ramping up tough talk against the Kremlin, US president spends another day trying to repair damage caused by a claimed faux pas in which he appeared to side with Russia's President Putin over his own intelligence agencies; claims he told Putin to stay out of US elections, 'and that's the way it's going to be.'
Associated Press 12:51 , 19.07.18
New factory can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day; while the facility doesn't violate the nuclear accord, it serves as message to world powers Tehran is ready to get its enrichment activities back on track should the deal collapse after US withdrawal.
Reuters 12:33 , 18.07.18
After massive pressure was applied on him by his own party's members, US president Trump admits Russia meddled in 2016 elections; however, according to Trump, Russia's meddling had no effect; former CIA agent says Russia has been and will continue manipulating US elections.
AP 23:05 , 17.07.18
US President Trump says he and Russian President Putin can have an 'extraordinary relationship,' noting they will talk about 'everything from trade to military to missiles to China' in their meeting, but making no mention of accusations of Russian meddling in 2016 US elections.
Reuters, AP 14:27 , 16.07.18
As two sides lower expectations about the meeting, both US politicians and allies are worried Trump might make hasty and sweeping concessions to Putin and won't hold him to account for allegations of Russian meddling in 2016 US elections.
Reuters 09:21 , 16.07.18
Thousands of US president opponents march in London, waving banners saying 'Dump Trump'; the US president told The Sun earlier the planned protests made 'me feel unwelcome'; organizer says blimp of 'Trump baby' is intended to encourage Americans 'resisting his policies', as London mayor defends decision to greenlight the stunt.
Reuters 16:10 , 13.07.18
Following meeting with Putin earlier this week, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, insists his country’s advisors and forces are only in Syria at the regime's behest; says Iran won't leave 'because of Israel and America's pressure.'
Daniel Salami 14:33 , 13.07.18
French foreign minister tells Le Figaro Washington has refused to grant waivers for French firms operating in Iran amid US threats to sanction all European companies that continue to do business there following its pullout from nuclear deal; ‘Europe must … defend itself against extra-territorial sanctions,’ says minister.
Reuters 12:27 , 13.07.18
Amid persistent reports that North Korea does not intend to fully denuclearize, US President Trump tweets a personal letter to him from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; 'I deeply appreciate the energetic efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President,' Kim writes.
Associated Press 22:24 , 12.07.18
Speaking in the NATO summit, US President says Germany is 'captive to Russia,' referring to the deal meant to transfer gas to Germany from Russia bypassing other countries; according to the US and some other EU members, deal could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe; Trump Germany 'why should US protect you against Russia' when both countries are making deals.
Associated Press 12:16 , 11.07.18
Officials close to Hungarian-American billionaire say that his international Open Society Foundations was used to promote his business interests in Ukraine and elsewhere; claims come in the wake of report that Israeli corporate spy agency Black Cube was used against Soros during Hungarian election.
Inbar Tvizer 23:03 , 10.07.18
Richard Grenell, a longtime critic of nuclear accord, tells German media US government extremely concerned about Tehran's plans to transfer hundreds of millions of euros in cash to Iran, while Pompeo warns of ‘a real high cost’ for Iran threatening oil supply disruptions.
Reuters, Associated Press 19:25 , 10.07.18
President Tayyip Erdogan, known for putting Islamic values at the core of public life, takes the oath of office; says 'We are embarking on this road by using this opportunity as best we can for a strong parliament, strong government and strong Turkey'; PM's post has been scrapped and the president is now able to select his own cabinet.
Reuters 22:28 , 09.07.18
Hours after British Brexit Minister David Davis resigns, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson does the same; both resignations leave UK's Prime Minister Theresa May unable to unite the government over Britain's biggest foreign and trading policy shift in almost half a century, the Brexit.
Reuters 21:38 , 09.07.18
'If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster,' top American diplomat says of demands from N. Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal, noting that numerous UN Security Council resolutions have demanded the same.
Associated Press 08:23 , 08.07.18
While Pompeo says 'a great deal of progress' made in talks, Pyongyang says US betraying the spirit of Trump-Kim summit, trying to unilaterally pressure N. Korea into abandoning its nukes and leading to 'dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm.'
Associated Press 17:39 , 07.07.18
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with North Korean party official and former spy agency chief Kim Yong Chol in North Korea to discuss the details of how to dismantle the country's nuclear program; US spokeswoman says the US 'is firm' about complete denuclearization of North Korea, security assurances, and the repatriation of US remains from the 1950-53 Korean War.
Reuters 09:15 , 07.07.18
EU foreign policy chief Mogherini says world powers, Iran agreed to meet again to advance common efforts, but announces no breakthrough; Iranian FM stresses 'commitments made today should be implemented before the August deadline.'
Reuters 19:23 , 06.07.18
Responding to Iranian ultimatums that Tehran will walk away from the deal if economic demands are not met by world powers scrambling to save accord by mitigating looming US sanctions, France urges Iran to moderate its rhetoric ‘so we can find solutions.'
Reuters 11:14 , 06.07.18
In phone call with French and German leaders ahead of Iranian meeting with world powers, President Rouhani says European incentive package designed to salvage crumbling nuclear deal 'does not meet all our demands', according to Iranian news agency; ‘It's unlikely to meet Iranian expectations,’ says EU diplomat.
News agencies 08:02 , 06.07.18
2 people left in critical condition in Amesbury said to have been exposed to same nerve agent used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March in attack generally attributed to Russia; UK counter-terrorism police launches investigation to determine whether poisoning was deliberate.
Reuters 10:23 , 05.07.18
British police say man and woman in their 40s were exposed to unknown substance near Salisbury where former Russian spy and his daughter were recently poisoned with nerve agent; 'It is not yet clear if a crime has been committed,' police say.
Associated Press 18:44 , 04.07.18
Top diplomats of Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will join Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Austrian capital, Iran's official IRNA news agency reports, for their first talks together on the deal since Washington pulled out earlier this year.
AFP 17:31 , 03.07.18
Senior current and former administration officials tell CNN the White House has been debating the issue for months as part of an effort to increase the pressure on Tehran, but has yet to reach a consensus; while Secretary of State Pompeo is in favor of the designation, the debate has senior cabinet officials squaring off on both sides.
Ynet 08:34 , 03.07.18
New satellite imagery published by the Wall Street Journal indicates Pyongyang is completing a major expansion of a facility that makes ballistic missiles capable of striking US military installations in Asia with a nuclear weapon; images show plant’s exterior was completed around the time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with US President Donald Trump in Singapore.
Ynet 08:25 , 02.07.18
US president's personal lawyer Giuliani tells exiled Iranian group: 'We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran,' while US National Security Advisor John Bolton tells them they would be ruling Iran before 2019.
Reuters 21:59 , 30.06.18
US President Trump says Saudi King Salman agreed in phone call to increase oil production 'to make up the difference' as prices are high amid turmoil in Iran and Venezuela; Saudi confirms call, makes no mention of production targets.
Associated Press, Reuters 16:53 , 30.06.18
N. Korea has increased production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons in recent months after talks with the US about its full denuclearization process, as reported by NBC news; US President Donald Trump said after his summit with Kim Jong Un, 'there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea'; US intelligence official says 'Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of (nuclear) facilities.'
Reuters 10:47 , 30.06.18
As leaders meet for a second day in Brussels, claiming to have set aside major differences over how best to handle migrant arrivals, coast guard in Libya—main jumping off point for most migrants trying to reach Europe—says around 100 people feared dead in Mediterranean Sea after their smugglers' boat capsized.
Associated Press 16:50 , 29.06.18
Although she never renounced her father SS commander Heinrich Himmler or Nazism, the BND spy agency employed Gudrun Burwitz as a secretary in the 1960s; agency says 'timing of her departure coincided with change in handling of employees who were involved with the Nazis.'
Reuters 13:44 , 29.06.18
Plan reached after all-night talks proposes screening migrants in North Africa for asylum eligibility and setting up control centers within the EU by nations which would volunteer to have them; deal stops short of actually solving problem, but creates platform to build on.
Associated Press 10:14 , 29.06.18
Jarrod Ramos opened fire inside the newsroom of the Capital Gazette after losing a defamation lawsuit against the paper, published an article about him harassing a woman on Facebook; at least five dead, including the assistant editor, three journalists and a sales assistant.
Reuters 08:24 , 29.06.18
White Houses says leaders will discuss 'relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues' during summit in Finland's capital; Moscow and Washington announce time and place of meeting simultaneously.
Reuters 15:34 , 28.06.18
Questioned about Trump's statement after the Singapore summit that Pyongyang no longer poses a nuclear threat, the secretary of state says the president reduced the threat, by reducing tensions; 'I think his point was a fair one. For the moment, we have reduced risk,' Pompeo tells a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing.
Reuters 08:16 , 28.06.18
In an unexpected move following pressure from Israel and the United States, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki asks lower house of parliament to remove jail sentence for suggesting nation was complicit in the Holocaust; ‘We resign from the criminal provisions,’ head of prime minister's office tells public radio.
Reuters, Itamar Eichner 14:22 , 27.06.18
Two weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledges to work towards ‘complete denuclearization’ of Korean peninsula in his meeting with US President Donald Trump, commercial satellite imagery indicates that Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center has undergone rapid and significant infrastructure upgrades.
Ynet 08:55 , 27.06.18
Adam Armush, an Arab-Israeli, strolled Berlin's streets wearing a kippah to see if it was indeed dangerous for Jews, he was assaulted by a Syrian migrant, who in turn was sentenced to only a month in jail; Jewish community condemns sentence as 'a joke.'
Reuters 20:36 , 26.06.18
The most popular—yet divisive—leader in modern Turkish history pledges there will be no retreat from his drive to transform Turkey; win gives Erdogan the sweeping, executive powers he has long sought over the nation of 81 million until at least 2023.
Reuters 10:53 , 25.06.18
With over 95% of the vote counted, Erdogan set to extend his 15-year rule; his party is also leading the pack in the parliamentary vote; opposition says still too early to concede defeat as the Turkish president could still fall short of 50% of votes needed to avoid second round.
Reuters 22:53 , 24.06.18
After meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, German chancellor voices Amman's concerns about Tehran's actions, says European countries merely discussing them is insufficient, while acknowledging 'Iran's activities with regard to Israel's security.'
Reuters 17:19 , 21.06.18
Disappointment from allies, criticism from Russia after unprecedented US withdrawal from notoriously anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council; Official: US walkout could be 'big bang' to help prod reform at council.
Associated Press 20:22 , 20.06.18
US Ambassador Nikki Haley calls human rights body ‘an organization that is not worthy of its name,’ saying it has been given ‘opportunity after opportunity’ to make changes; lambasting council for ‘its chronic bias against Israel,’ she laments the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and Congo.
Associated Press 09:02 , 20.06.18
Pope Francis compared pre-natal tests that can lead parents to terminate pregnancy if the fetus is malformed or suffering other problems to Nazi-era eugenics program; 'world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,' he says.
Associated Press 19:48 , 16.06.18
One suspect, a 38-year-old ‘radicalized convert’ to Islam, arrested in the Indre region in the center of the country; prevented plots come weeks after knifeman killed a man in Paris and as country remains on high alert following string of jihadist assaults since 2015 that have claimed more than 240 lives.
AFP 18:10 , 15.06.18
The US president tells Fox News following his meeting with the North Korean leader, ‘He can now call me if he has any difficulties, I can call him’; challenging criticism of his vague joint statement with Kim, Trump says he got ‘everything’ in the deal.
News agencies 17:40 , 15.06.18
Washington, which once warned it could leave over 'chronic anti-Israel bias', said dissatisfied with talks over how to reform the international body, with one source saying US withdrawal is 'imminent', while others say it’s a question of when, not if.
Reuters 09:23 , 15.06.18
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Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered that new work begin on the nuclear program in preparation for work outside parameters of nuclear deal if accord collapses.
Reuters 21:08 , 13.06.18
Critics of President Trump scrutinized the Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un, citing Trump's poor negotiating skills and the 'vague language on denuclearization'; administration reiterates the meeting is only the beginning of a long process.
Associated Press 13:15 , 13.06.18
State media in North Korea frames summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as a win, listing concessions the US president apparently made, including lift sanctions as relations improve and halt to US-South Korea joint military exercises.
Reuters 10:03 , 13.06.18
Trump shows Kim and North Korean officials a 4-minute video he had produced, made up of lot of generic stock footage and an orchestral score, with a narrator dramatically making the case for peace; 'I think he loved it,' Trump says of Kim.
Reuters 21:51 , 12.06.18
In first remarks by an Iranian official after US president and North Korean leader conclude their summit in Singapore, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht quoted as saying, ‘We are facing a man who revokes his signature while abroad’; Russia and China, meanwhile, provide positive assessments of summit.
AP, Reuters 13:06 , 12.06.18
In a news conference after his meeting with the North Korean leader, the US president thanks Kim Jong-un ‘for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people,’ says he has ‘an opportunity like no other’ to bring his country back into the community of nations if he agrees to give up his nuclear program.
Associated Press 12:14 , 12.06.18
The US president and North Korean leader sign a ‘comprehensive’ document following a historic summit in Singapore aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula; Kim says two leaders decided to leave the past behind and ‘the world will see a major change.’
Reuters 09:39 , 12.06.18
The US president and North Korean leaders are first expected to meet one-on-one for an hour before being joined by aides for more discussions and a working lunch; Trump plans to leave early, with White House saying negotiations moved 'more quickly than expected.'
Associated Press 23:51 , 11.06.18
As Kim makes rare appearance outside hotel, Trump says he thinks summit is 'going to work out very nicely'; US Secretary of State Pompeo injects note of caution, saying summit should set framework for 'hard work to follow' but if No. Korea is not sincere, sanctions will increase.
Reuters 20:15 , 11.06.18
Spokesman for Tehran's Foreign Ministery says Kim Jong-un should approach summit with President Trump with 'awareness'; Netanyahu wishes Trump and the US 'maximum success in their efforts to prevent nuclear danger.'
AP, Shahar Hay 16:35 , 11.06.18
US president descends Air Force One in Singapore saying he feels 'very good' shortly after North Korean leader arrives, as the two prepare for a historic summit intended to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.
Associated Press 17:11 , 10.06.18
US President to meet with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa, in a historic summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula; unprecedented security measures likely to surround the summit as former basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives to show support to his 'friends.'
Reuters 11:17 , 10.06.18
Jamil Hassan, head of Syrian Air Force Intelligence, accused of overseeing torture, rape and murder of 'at least hundreds of people between 2011 and 2013'; warrant first issued for senior Assad military officer since start of civil war.
Reuters 19:52 , 08.06.18
Americans officials touring the globe to pressure countries to shun trade with Tehran 'are dogmatic,' says senior European diplomat, 'We told them: if you are coming to tell to us how to apply American laws here then you're not welcome.'
Reuters 21:34 , 06.06.18
Iran's supreme leader insists Tehran will continue its support 'for oppressed nations,' saying it will 'attack 10 times more if attacked by enemies' who have 'staged economic and psychological warfare against us.'
Reuters 23:09 , 04.06.18
Foreign Ministry says it has delivered food, blankets and medicine to staunch ally in Central America after the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of fire, propels streams of lava into the air, leaving blanket of ash and molten rock across nearby villages.
Reuters and Associated Press 14:14 , 04.06.18
US and international officials tell CNN what first appeared to be a gesture indicating North Korea might be willing to dismantle its nuclear weapons program appears to have been little more than a propaganda effort for the world's cameras; 'The amount of dust leads us to believe that (the explosions) were quite superficial,' arms official says.
Ynet 10:19 , 03.06.18
'Hitler and the Nazis are just a speck of bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history,' says Alexander Gauland, drawing criticism from secretary general of Merkel's party: '50 million victims of war, the Holocaust and total war are just bird poop' for Gauland and his party.
Associated Press 19:41 , 02.06.18
After receiving letter from Kim Jong Un and meeting with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, US President Trump says canceled meeting with go ahead as planned; 'I think it's probably going to be ultimately a successful process,' Trump says.
Reuters 22:26 , 01.06.18
After meetings with US Secretary of State Pompeo in effort to put canceled summit on denuclearization back on track, former North Korean military intelligence chief heads to Washington to meet with the US president and hand-deliver letter from his leader.
Associated Press 16:33 , 01.06.18
Islamic State claims Benjamin Herman, a convict who murdered four people in the city of Liege while on furlough, was a 'soldier of the caliphate'; officials say death toll from attack would've been higher if it hadn't been for a bar owner and a cleaning lady's courageous efforts to save others
Associated Press 10:44 , 31.05.18
North Korean general travels to US for talks with US Secretary of State Pompeo, in effort to revive nixed summit meeting between North's Kim and President Trump; official Kim Yong Chol will be highest-level North Korean official to travel US since 2000; 'US continues to actively prepare for President Trump's expected summit in Singapore," White House says.
Associated Press 20:03 , 29.05.18
South Asian giant states it only abides by sanctions imposed by UN, not by any other country, including US; country's foreign affairs minister to meet Iranian counterpart, who seeks to build support against US rejection of nuclear accord.
Reuters 19:28 , 28.05.18
In apparent move to calm tensions between Israel and Iranian proxies such as the Hezbollah terror group in the war-torn state, Russia potentially allays Israeli concerns over Iranian-sponsored militias’ close proximity to its northern frontier.
Reuters 16:19 , 28.05.18
Senior officials cross into North Korea as Washington and Pyongyang press ahead with potential summit, which was canceled last week after President Trump pulled out over derisory remarks by Kim Jong Un against VP Pence.
Associated Press 19:49 , 27.05.18
Moscow reportedly covertly launches successful test with missile from new S-500 aerial defense system intercepting target 480 kilometers away—improving on previous record by 80 kilometers; system will be capable of intercepting missiles, drones and even stealth fighters such as the F-35, confirmed to have been used by Israel in one of its strikes.
Ynet 18:34 , 26.05.18
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to the police after being accused of sexual abuse by more than 75 women; Weinstein is expected to be charged with at least sexual criminal act, a crime for which he can be sentenced up to 25 years in prison; Weinstein's lawyer previously said allegations against him are 'entirely without merit.'
Associated Press 19:50 , 25.05.18
Senior Iranian official tells reporters in Vienna ahead of talks with China and European countries that any measure would be expected to include sustained oil exports, but Tehran would decide shortly whether to stay in the deal.
Reuters 11:19 , 25.05.18
Issuing its first report on Iran's compliance with nuclear deal's terms since US withdrawal, atomic watchdog says Iranian compliance continues, but could improve short notice 'complementary access' to sites not included in deal's purview, a move which would 'enhance confidence.'
Reuters 22:35 , 24.05.18
North Korea's recent statements, including calling VP Pence a 'political dummy,' led to meeting's cancelation; 'World, North Korea lost great opportunity for lasting peace,' Trump laments; leaving door open to diplomacy, Trump now insists Kim reach out to him, but warns that US military was 'ready if necessary' to respond to 'foolish or reckless acts' by North Korea.
News agencies 19:42 , 24.05.18
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says conditions include ensuring European banks safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantee Iranian oil sales, securing European pledges not to seek new negotiations on Iran's ballistic missile program and regional Middle East activities.
Reuters 14:29 , 24.05.18
Setting off series of explosions, North Korea says it carried out demolition, in presence of foreign journalists, of nuclear test site located deep in the mountains of sparsely populated northeast ahead of his planned summit with US President Donald Trump next month.
Associated Press 13:59 , 24.05.18
Month before Prince William embarks on historic journey to Israel, Royal Family's heir to the throne to participate in event which will be attended by Israeli representatives and famous music artists.
Yaniv Halily and news agencies 18:18 , 23.05.18
Iranian army chief calls US leaders 'disloyal, cruel, criminal, isolated, angry, corrupt, and on the Zionist regime's payroll' after US secretary of state's threats to impose 'the strongest sanctions in history' on Tehran if it doesn't curb regional influence and limit missile program.
Reuters 10:18 , 23.05.18
Russian nuclear-powerd submarine successfully test-fires Bulava missiles, which can carry multiple nuclear warheads; another five such submarines are under construction to gradually replace some of the older Soviet-built ones.
Associated Press 09:09 , 23.05.18
UN Secretary-General Guterres slams Hezbollah's operation as armed militia in Lebanon; He urges countries in the region maintaining close ties with Hezbollah to encourage its 'transformation from an armed group into a solely civilian political party;' He urges Hezbollah to halt its military involvement in Syria, calling it 'destabilizing.'
AP 23:43 , 22.05.18
The United States imposes sanctions on five Iranians it said had provided Yemen's Houthis with expertise and weaponry that were then used to launch missiles at cities and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
Associated Press, Reuters 19:52 , 22.05.18
Juan Carlos Varela says will ask Panamanian and Israeli authorities to reinvestigate plane explosion in his country that killed 21 people, most of them Jewish, following Israeli intelligence reports 'that clearly show it was a terrorist attack.'
Reuters and Ynet 16:04 , 22.05.18
Mired in a slew of anti-Semitism allegations, the former London mayor, who was suspended in 2016 after claiming that Hitler was once a supporter of Zionism, said his continued membership had become a distraction for the Labour party; despite the pressure however, Livingstone refuses to repudiate claims, only apologizes for causing ‘upset in Jewish community.’
Reuters 21:36 , 21.05.18
As Jerusalem throws weight behind US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s calls for 'the strongest sanctions in history' on Iran, President Rouhani says US cannot decide on Tehran's policy, while Foreign Minister Zarif rails against Washington on Twitter, saying it has reverted back to ‘old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies.’
Ynet writers and news agencies 21:09 , 21.05.18