Middle East

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: ‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the NATO Summit.  Secretary Pompeo and the … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

U.S. Department of State News: TechGirls From the Middle East and North Africa Invest in STEM Futures

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Twenty-eight teenage girls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls exchange program from July 8–August 1, 2018.  During their three weeks in the United States, participants will strengthen and develop technical skills, … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: TechGirls From the Middle East and North Africa Invest in STEM Futures

TEHRAN, Iran | The Latest: White House says Iran destabilizing Mideast

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on fallout from U.S. withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal (all times local): 1:20 a.m. The White House is condemning Iran’s “reckless actions,” accusing the country of “exporting destabilizing influence throughout the Middle East.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has issued a statement citing actions in Syria and Saudi … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | The Latest: White House says Iran destabilizing Mideast

BEIRUT | UN chief asks for halt to ‘all hostile acts’ in Middle East

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Guterres is urging an immediate halt to “all hostile acts” to avoid “a new conflagration” in the Middle East after Israeli forces bombed Iranian targets inside Syria. Israel says the strikes were retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the Golan Heights and has called on the … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN chief asks for halt to ‘all hostile acts’ in Middle East

VATICAN CITY | Pope to focus on fate of Christians in Middle East on July 7

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Pope Francis is planning to invite heads of churches and Christian communities from the Middle East to join him in a day of reflection and prayer in the southeastern Italian port city of Bari on July 7. The announcement on Wednesday said Francis has called for this “ecumenical encounter … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope to focus on fate of Christians in Middle East on July 7

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Mattis does not rule out airstrike against Syria

WASHINGTON | April 9, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on U.S. reaction to the apparent chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 9:45 a.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. is not ruling out military airstrikes against Syria in response to the government’s alleged use of toxic gas against civilians. At a photo-taking session in the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Mattis does not rule out airstrike against Syria

Mattis says US-North Korea diplomacy is at delicate stage

/March 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the diplomatic push to solve the North Korean nuclear weapons crisis was at such a delicate stage that he won’t publicly discuss the talks or related issues such as U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Mattis was among advisers who were in the White House when … Continue reading Mattis says US-North Korea diplomacy is at delicate stage

Intelligence agencies expect Russia to target midterms

WASHINGTON/February 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) —The Trump administration predicts Russia will meddle in U.S. elections this year as it pursues bolder cyber operations and false information campaigns against America and its allies, U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday. In this year’s global threats assessment, they also described the risk of conflict, especially with North Korea, as higher today … Continue reading Intelligence agencies expect Russia to target midterms