Tillerson to meet Lebanon’s Hariri in Paris on Friday

Friday, 8 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Friday, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday. The two will meet during a ministerial meeting of the International Lebanon Support Group, a body that includes the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, drawing a line under a month-long crisis ...

US will help restore water, power to Raqqa after fall of ISIS

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The United States will take the lead in helping to clear rubble and restore basic services after the fall of ISIS in ts Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, the US State Department said on Tuesday. "We will assist and take, essentially, the lead in bringing back the water, electricity and all of that," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing. "But eventually the governance of the country of Syria is something that I think all nations remain very interested in." ...

US offers $12 million for Hezbollah operatives

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The United States on Tuesday offered multimillion-dollar rewards for two officials of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as the Trump administration prepared to unveil a strategy to counter Tehran’s growing regional influence. Washington will pay up to $7 million for information leading to the arrest of Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah’s foreign operations, and up to $5 million for Fuad Shukr, a top Hezbollah military operative, the State Department said. The rewards are the ...

US cuts embassy staff in Cuba, warns citizens not to visit

Friday, 29 September 2017

The United States is cutting its diplomatic presence in Havana by more than a half and will warn US citizens not to visit Cuba because of targeted attacks that have injured at least 21 US personnel, a senior official said on Friday. “Until the government of Cuba can assure the United States of the safety of US government personnel in Cuba, our embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel so as to minimize the number of US government personnel at risk of exposure,” a senior State ...

Iran upholds 10-year jail terms for 3 US nationals, resident

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Iranian judiciary on Sunday upheld 10-year jail terms for an American, two US-Iranian dual nationals and a Lebanese permanent resident of the United States for “collaborating” with Washington. In a ruling that comes at a time of rising tensions following President Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House in January, the Tehran prosecutor’s office said the four men’s appeals had been rejected. Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-born American, was sentenced to 10 years in ...

US State Department says Russia must close consulate within two days

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The United States is requiring Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two annex buildings in Washington, DC and New York City, the State Department said on Thursday, in response to the Kremlin’s decision to shrink the US diplomatic mission in Russia.Last month Moscow ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia by more than half, to 455 people, after Congress overwhelmingly approved new sanctions against Russia.“We believe this action was ...

US to ban visas for four African and Asian countries

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The US government is poised to impose visa restrictions on four Asian and African nations refusing to take back their citizens who have been deported from the United States. US officials say Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone would soon be subject to sanctions. The penalties are meant to coax “recalcitrant” countries into accepting the return of individuals the US tries to remove. Under federal law, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has the authority to ban the issuance of all ...

US says ‘grave’ consequences if Syria’s al-Qaeda dominates Idlib

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The United States warned a takeover of rebel-held northwestern Idlib province by Syrian militants linked to a former al-Qaeda affiliate would have grave consequences and make it difficult to dissuade Russia from renewing bombing that recently stopped. In an online letter posted late on Wednesday, the top State Department official in charge of Syria policy, Michael Ratney, said the recent offensive by Hayat Tahrir al Sham, spearheaded by former al-Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front, had cemented its grip ...

‘Rexit’ by year’s end? Reports suggest Tillerson contemplating resignation

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Washington D.C. - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is reportedly frustrated and disappointed by President Donald Trump so much that he is considering resigning by the end of the year. This is what CNN TV quoted close associates of Tillerson as saying. Tillerson’s acquaintances confirmed that he is very upset in light of the recent interview President Trump gave in which he said that he would not have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he knew that latter would recuse himself ...

Highlights from the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Friday, 15 July 2016

Over three days 700 entrepreneurs and 300 investors from 170 countries forged connections during GES 2016

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