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US Senate passes motion barring Biden from removing IRGC off ‘terror list’

The US Senate voted on Wednesday in favor of a non-binding motion prohibiting the administration of President Joe Biden from revoking the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps' designation as a foreign terrorist organization.

Biden to visit Israel in coming months, Iran in focus

US President Joe Biden agreed to visit Israel in the coming months during a call with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday. Iran is taking the center stage during the forthcoming talks.

US imposes sanctions on individual over Iran missiles

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on an Iran-based man and his network of companies under the pretext of helping Tehran obtain materials for its ballistic missile program.

Blinken to visit ME, North Africa to discuss Iran, Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to the Middle East and North Africa next week. The top US diplomat will use the trip to coordinate with US allies on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “Iran’s destabilizing activities”, the Abraham Accords, and efforts to improve Israeli-Palestinian ties.

Sources say US hardens position on designation of IRGC

The White House in recent days has hardened its position on whether to remove Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from a terror list, two US sources with direct knowledge of the issue and two Israeli officials told Axios.

US says fortified Saudi’s Patriot missile supply amid Yemen attacks

Washington has transferred a significant number of Patriot anti-missile interceptors to Saudi Arabia in recent weeks as the Biden administration looks to ease what has been a point of tension in the increasingly complicated US-Saudi relationship.

US says ‘troubled’ by UAE hosting Syria president

Washington is disappointed and troubled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's visit to the United Arab Emirates and that does not support efforts to ‘legitimise’ him, State Department spokesperson Ned Price says.

US weighs deal to remove Iran’s IRGC from terror list

The United States is considering removing Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) from its foreign terrorist organization blacklist in return for Iranian assurances about reining in the force, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

WH pressed on potential oil deals with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela

The White House has pushed back on concerns about the Joe Biden administration’s willingness to cut deals with countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela as it looks for ways to blunt skyrocketing fuel prices in the United States.

Biden announces new sanctions against Russia, calls Putin ‘aggressor’

US President Joe Biden condemned Moscow for launching the military operation against Ukraine, announcing new strong sanctions and limitations on exports to Russia.

UK, Canada announce new sanctions on Russia

London unveiled its ‘largest-ever package of sanctions’ against Russia on Thursday, targeting banks and wealthy Russians. Ottawa has also targeted several individuals and entities, including members of the Russian elite and major banks.

Shamkhani: West should learn lesson from Ukraine crisis

Iran’s top security official has called on the West to learn a lesson from the crisis in Ukraine.

US sanctions company behind Nord Stream 2

U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he would impose new sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was built to ferry natural gas from Russia to Germany. The announcement follows Russia’s recognition of two separatist-controlled regions east of Ukraine that led to harsh anti-Moscow bans by the West.

3 more countries impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Australia, Canada and Japan have issued sanctions against Russia on Tuesday. The have joined the growing list of countries that have taken economic action after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two Ukrainian regions as independent states and moved Russian forces into eastern Ukraine.

U.S. announces initial sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced Washington would sanction Russian sovereign debt and Russian elites as well as their family members in response to Moscow’s deployment of troops to regions in eastern Ukraine.

G7 warns sanctions would have ‘massive’ impact on Russia

World powers have warned Moscow that they stand ready to impose sanctions that would have a huge and immediate impact on Russia's economy, should it pursue any military aggression against Ukraine. Moscow rejects any plan to attack Ukraine, despite mass military deployment on borders.

Report: Biden under pressure as Vienna talks resume

US President Joe Biden is in a tough spot as the Iran nuclear talks resume in Austria. The American leader is facing growing bipartisan concern that even if a deal is reached, it may be insufficient to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

US approves arms sale to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The US State Department has approved sales of weapons and warplanes to Middle East allies, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Leaked documents show US failures in Afghanistan

Leaked notes from a White House Situation Room meeting the day before Kabul fell shed new light on just how unprepared the US administration was to evacuate Afghan nationals who'd helped Washington in its 20-year war.

Pentagon puts 1,000s troops on alert over Russia tensions

As tensions intensify over Russia-Ukraine crisis, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed roughly 8,500 military personnel on heigh alert to potentially deploy to Eastern Europe, the Pentagon announced.

Russia calls on US to stop speculations about Ukraine invasion

Russia has urged the United States to stop spreading speculations about Moscow's alleged plans to invade Ukraine.

US says has many scenarios for ‘Russian invasion’ of Ukraine

Washington has prepared 18 response scenarios in case Russia decides to invade Ukraine as the West fears it might do, Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland claims.

US Secret Service taking Iran Trump threats seriously

The US Secret Service continues to track and monitor threats of vengeance against former President Donald Trump, who ordered the assassination of Iran’s top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

Russia warns US against imposing sanctions on Putin

Washington imposing sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin would be an "over-the-top" measure, comparable to breaking off relations, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Kremlin says not optimistic on US talks

The Kremlin spokesperson says Moscow was not optimistic after a first round of talks with the United States on the Ukraine crisis. Dmitry Peskov added Russia would not allow its demands for security guarantees from the west to become mired in tortuous negotiations.

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