Sunday, February 5, 2023


Russia urges US to fulfill legal obligations concerning chemical weapons

Russia is calling on the United States to stop evading its obligations to eliminate chemical weapons and not to interfere in the affairs of other countries, the Russian Embassy in Washington announced.

US officials say Biden not to release frozen Afghan funds

The administration of US President Joe Biden has decided not to release any of the roughly $7 billion in foreign assets held by Afghanistan’s central bank on US soil and has suspended talks with the Taliban over the funds after the killing of al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, according to American officials.

Hezbollah says Salman Rushdie’s assailant not linked to Lebanese movement: Report

Hezbollah has reportedly said that Hadi Matar, the suspect in the recent stabbing of Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie, is not linked to the Lebanese resistance movement.

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed in NY

Salman Rushdie, the author of a blasphemous anti-Islam book, has been attacked on stage at an event in New York and suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, but his condition was not immediately known. The perpetrator has been arrested.

US says Russians began training on Iranian drones

The US believes Russian officials have begun training on drones in Iran over the last several weeks, an official told CNN. Iran has earlier rejected the White House claim that Tehran is sending drones to Moscow for use in the Ukraine war.

Russia suspends inspections under nuclear disarmament treaty with US

Moscow has informed Washington of a “temporary withdrawal” from the inspection regime under the START nuclear disarmament treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced.

White House says no information on Russia purchasing Iran drones

The United States has not received information yet indicating that Russia has purchased Iranian drones for use in the war on Ukraine, John Kirby, the communications coordinator at the National Security Council, said.

Biden disputes Saudi official’s account of meeting with MbS

US President Joe Biden hints the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia was not truthful in his account of the US leader’s meeting with the kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

Pentagon says has not observed Russia use Iranian drones in Ukraine yet

The US Department of Defense has not seen intelligence to indicate that Russia is using Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles in Ukraine, according to a senior defense official.

Report: US mulls lifting weapons sale ban to Saudi Arabia

The administration of US President Joe Biden is discussing the possible lifting of its ban on US sales of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, but any final decision is expected to hinge on whether Riyadh makes progress toward ending the war in neighboring Yemen, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Biden defends Saudi Arabia trip amid criticism ovor Riyadh rights record

US President Joe Biden has defended his plan to visit Saudi Arabia, saying engagement with Riyadh is paramount for countering “Russia’s aggression,” achieving “greater stability” in the Middle East, and ensuring Washington’s ability to “outcompete China.”

White House: US officials discussing air defense capabilities with Arab nations

US officials are discussing air defense capabilities with the Persian Gulf leaders in the face of "a threat from Iran", a White House spokesman says.

Biden to rescind designation of Afghanistan as non-NATO ally

US President Joe Biden has notified the Congress of his intent to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally, according to a statement published by the press service of the White House on Wednesday.

US says Israeli shot “likely responsible” for death of Al Jazeera journalist

The US State Department said that independent investigators could “not reach a definitive conclusion” regarding the origin of the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. But it added Israeli military gunfire was “likely responsible” for her death.

US says Iran’s satellite carrier launch “unhelpful and destabilizing”

The White House has announced it was aware of Iran’s satellite carrier launch and criticized the move as “unhelpful and destabilizing.” Tehran has stressed the tests have been conducted for research purposes only.

Report: US developing ‘normalization roadmap’ for Saudi Arabia, Israel

The White House has been working on a “road map for normalization” between Israel and Saudi Arabia ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East next month, according to four US sources briefed on the issue.

White House confirms Biden upcoming visit to Israel, Saudi Arabia

President Joe Biden will make his first trip to the Middle East next month with visits to Israel, the occupied West Bank and Saudi Arabia, the White House confirmed Tuesday. Talks over Iran will be among the topics to be discussed during Biden’s Middle East visit in mid-July.

Expert: US needs oil, Biden sinking

The high inflation and the soaring fuel prices in the US are gnawing away at President Joe Biden’s popularity, so he is going back on his election campaign promises to find new financial resources, a political expert says.

Families of 9/11 victims press Biden over Saudi meeting

A group representing the families and loved ones of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks wrote an open letter to President Joe Biden over his reported upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.

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.

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