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Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Twitter says it’s adding special labels to tweets from some US political candidates ahead of this year’s midterm elections. Twitter says the move is to provide users with “authentic information” and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling users. The labels will include what office a person is running for and where. Both the candidate’s account and the tweets from it will get labels. The labels will appear on retweets as well as tweets off of Twitter, such as ...

Trump says ‘we’ll know next week’ about summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the fate of a landmark summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will be decided “next week,” as aides traveled to Singapore on a preparatory mission.“On Singapore we’ll see. It could very well happen,” Trump said of the on-again-off-again June 12 meeting that has been as keenly teased as any of his “The Apprentice” season finales.“Whatever it is, we’ll know next week about Singapore. If we go, I ...

Pompeo: US goal with allies to stop Iran’s threats

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Washington is seeking to work with as many allies as possible to reach a new deal to stop Iran's nuclear and non-nuclear threats, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. The United States’ top diplomat’s statement comes just days after he had threatened to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if the country’s leadership did not change the course of its foreign and domestic policy and laid out a 12-point list of demands for Tehran to ...

Comcast prepares to top Disney’s $50 bln offer for Fox

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Comcast Corp confirmed on Wednesday it was preparing a higher, all-cash offer for most of the media assets of Twenty-First Century Fox, setting up a bidding war with rival Walt Disney Co, which already has agreed to a $52-billion deal with Fox. The largest US cable operator said it was in advanced stages of readying a bid that would be superior to Disney’s all-stock offer. “While no final decision has been made, at this point the work to finance the all-cash offer and make the key ...

CBS board challenges Redstone control in amended lawsuit

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

CBS filed a new complaint Wednesday seeking to wrest control of the media group from controlling shareholder Shari Redstone, accusing her of trying “reap private benefits” at the expense of other stockholders. The revised complaint from the CBS board of directors comes days after a judge backed Redstone and rejected an effort by the board to block her from interfering with an evaluation of a potential merger with media rival Viacom. The lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court claims that ...

Saudi ambassador to US hails steps to curb Iranian support for Houthis in Yemen

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, has thanked the United States for taking steps to target Iranian individuals providing ballistic missile support to Houthis in Yemen. In a tweet on Wednesday, Prince Khaled bin Salman said he is grateful to US for taking this step. “To date, over 140 ballistic missiles were fired at civilian targets in KSA. Iran claims its missile program is defensive. I ask @JZarif how is supplying missiles to a Yemeni militia ...

Syrian official rejects US demand for Iranian, Hezbollah troop withdrawal

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Syria has dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from the war-torn country. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad told Russia's Sputnik news agency "this topic is not even on the agenda of discussion, since it concerns the sovereignty of Syria." U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a list of demands this week for a new nuclear deal with Iran, including the pullout of its forces from Syria, where they have ...

Anwar Gargash: UAE made no effort to influence 2016 US election

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has called out against speculation regarding his country’s foreign policy and said that Abu Dhabi “made no effort to influence” the outcome of the US elections.“Attention needs to be paid to facts over innuendo & speculation; the UAE made no effort to influence the 2016 US election,” Gargash tweeted on Tuesday.“Like other governments friendly to the US, UAE officials had contact ...

Teen who started massive Oregon wildfire must repay $37 million

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it's unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill.The Oregonian reports that Hood River County Circuit Judge John A. Olson issued the opinion on Monday, awarding the restitution totaling $36,618,330.24 to cover the costs of firefighting, repair and restoration to the gorge and damage to homes. Victims include the U.S. Forest ...

‘No alternative’ to Iran nuclear deal, EU foreign policy chief tells US

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The EU’s foreign policy chief warned Monday there was “no alternative” to the Iran nuclear deal, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed unprecedented sanctions against Tehran following Washington’s withdrawal from the pact.Pompeo -- a longtime Iran hawk and fierce opponent of the 2015 agreement -- earlier outlined an aggressive series of “painful” measures designed to hurt Tehran, in his first key address since moving to the State Department from the ...

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