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Climate change: Impacts 'accelerating' as leaders gather for UN talks
A snapshot of the latest science, published as politicians gather in New York, says climate change is speeding up.
‘Howdy, Modi!’: Trump hails Indian PM at ‘historic’ Texas rally
The US president hails India's prime minister as "exceptional", firing up a 50,000-strong crowd.
Iran warns foreign forces to stay out of Gulf, amid new US deployment
Do not create an arms race, President Rouhani says, as the US deploys more troops to Saudi Arabia.
Rio violence: Protests as girl, eight, 'killed by police'
The eight-year-old Brazilian girl was with her mother in a van when she was hit in the back.
Israeli elections: Arab parties back Gantz to oust Netanyahu
The endorsement is the first of its kind by an Arab political group in Israel in more than 25 years.
Italian son shoots father dead during boar hunt
Police charge the 34-year-old after he shot his 55-year-old father in Salerno province.
Pizol glacier: Swiss hold funeral for ice lost to global warming
Dozens of people, some dressed in black, paid their respects to the Pizol glacier in the Swiss Alps.
UK PM 'must address conflict of interest claims'
The government says it is investigating after claims against the PM are made by a newspaper.
Hong Kong protests: China flag desecrated as fresh unrest erupts
Bricks are thrown and tear gas fired as a shopping centre is vandalised in continued protests.
Batman fans celebrate 80th birthday of DC Comics superhero
The "Bat-Signal" has been beamed on buildings across the world to mark the anniversary.
Greece: 'Volleyball team' of migrants arrested in Athens
Greek police say the group was arrested at Athens airport after turning up in matching sports kits.
Oh deer! Stag stuck in flooded ruins rescued by cyclists in Spain
The animal was pulled out by a group of cyclists in south-east Spain.
Thomas Cook customers will not be stranded, vows Raab
The government will fly UK holidaymakers home if the firm collapses, the foreign secretary says.
Pittsburgh police probe wristband-wearer drug deaths
Three have died and four are in hospital after an apparent drug overdose in Pittsburgh, police say.
Warli tribe: 'We are India's soul, don't kill us'
An artist paints the story of one ancient tribe's fight against industrialisation in India.
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Saudi Arabia oil attacks: A look at the damage
After attacks against the country's oil infrastructure, the BBC's Frank Gardner surveys the damage.
Stratford vet tries to save orangutan shot 130 times
Paul Ramos was in Borneo to film the work being done to save the orangutan population.
The migrants who meet in an English town
Aida, Gabriella and Opelo told the BBC about their experiences moving to the city of six towns.
Photos show planes 'seconds from crash' at Sibson
The near miss between two planes was avoided by the "narrowest margin", investigators say.

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France says top issue is de-escalation _ not US-Iran talks

France says top issue is de-escalation _ not US-Iran talksFrance's top diplomat said Sunday the most pressing issue following attacks on key Saudi Arabian oil installations is not a potential meeting between the leaders of the United States and Iran but whether it's possible to de-escalate the current "dangerous" situation. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a news conference that Iran's decision to violate the 2015 nuclear deal on three occasions recently was also a factor in increasing tensions. Iran has said it is responding to escalating U.S. sanctions following the Trump administration's withdrawal from the agreement and its difficulties doing business internationally.

UK opposition Labour to vote on Brexit stance

UK opposition Labour to vote on Brexit stanceBritain's Labour Party will on Monday decide between two possible Brexit policies: to campaign to remain in the European Union at a second referendum or defer a decision on what stance to take until after an election, a Labour source said on Sunday. The unexpected decision to put two possible policies to a vote of Labour members underlines the internal splits in the party over Brexit. A large number of party members and even some senior policy advisers prefer to campaign for remain, while others, including leader Jeremy Corbyn, want to delay the decision, wary of alienating 'Leave' supporting Labour members.

Billions of euros, millions of jobs: Europe's carmakers warn on no-deal Brexit

Billions of euros, millions of jobs: Europe's carmakers warn on no-deal BrexitA month before Britain is due to quit the European Union, the bloc's car-makers have joined forces to warn of billions of euros in losses in the event of a no-deal Brexit with production stoppages costing 50,000 pounds a minute in Britain alone. Britain is scheduled to quit the EU on October 31 but businesses have grown increasingly concerned at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's apparent lack of progress towards a new withdrawal deal to replace the proposals of his predecessor Theresa May, which the British parliament rejected three times. In a statement, groups including the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers and 17 national groups warned of the impact of "no-deal" on an industry which employs 13.8 million people in the European Union including Britain, or 6.1% of the workforce.

Pompeo to meet with Russia's top diplomat Lavrov at UN

Pompeo to meet with Russia's top diplomat Lavrov at UNNew York (AFP) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will on Friday meet with top Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the state department announced Sunday.

U.K. Labour Pledges to Fund Elderly Care as Brexit Splits Harden

U.K. Labour Pledges to Fund Elderly Care as Brexit Splits Harden(Bloomberg) -- Labour treasury spokesman John McDonnell will seek to reunite the U.K.’s main opposition party behind a pledge to guarantee free adult social care after a weekend of splits over Brexit.Labour’s National Care Service will provide older people with free help for daily tasks, including getting out of bed, bathing and preparing meals, McDonnell will say in a speech on Monday to the party’s annual conference.The announcement, with echoes of the party’s role in the foundation of the U.K.’s National Health Service, is expected to cost 6 billion pounds ($7.5 billion) in 2020/21, rising to 8 billion pounds in 2030/31, the party said in a statement.After a weekend of disputes over Brexit and internal democracy, the party leadership is seeking to unite activists behind policies focused on redistribution and social justice so they can mount an effective challenge to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an election expected this fall.“We know whose side we’re on. We’re on the side of the people against the super-rich establishment that Johnson represents,” Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a speech on the fringes of the conference on Sunday evening. “We stand for the many, the overwhelming majority who do the work and pay their taxes, not the few at the top who hoard the wealth and dodge their taxes.”An aging population is one of Britain’s biggest economic challenges and political parties have struggled to tackle the issue. During the 2017 election campaign, then Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to back down after her plan to make elderly people pay for the costs of their own care was dubbed a “dementia tax.” It was widely blamed for costing her Conservative Party its majority.Corbyn is again planning to focus on social and economic policies in the next general election and wants to use Labour’s annual conference to build a radical agenda for government. On Sunday, Rebecca Long-Bailey, the party’s business spokeswoman, said Labour has already drafted laws to deliver its pledge to nationalize water and energy utilities.McDonnell said in a speech Saturday that he and Corbyn want to deliver their ambition for an “irreversible shift in wealth and power to working people.”But the party’s ability to deliver that goal is being undermined by deep splits over Brexit.On Monday, party members are due to vote on Labour’s Brexit policy. Corbyn is trying to strike a balance, proposing to renegotiate a deal with the EU and then pitching it against remaining in the bloc in a second referendum. Labour would decide which side to take only once the terms of the deal are known.That stance has angered prominent Labour politicians, including Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer, foreign affairs spokeswoman Emily Thornberry and deputy leader Tom Watson, who are pushing for unambiguous support for staying in the bloc.Watson, who survived an attempt to oust him on Saturday, said backing ‘Remain’ offers the party a clearer route to power.There’s little sign of a truce emerging. Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite labor union, Labour’s biggest financial backer, said members of the shadow cabinet who disagree with Corbyn should step aside.“We should be singing from the same hymn sheet,” he told Sky News.To contact the reporter on this story: Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at, Stuart Biggs, Thomas PennyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Eyeing elections, Britain's Labour plan care spending boost

Eyeing elections, Britain's Labour plan care spending boostBritain's opposition Labour Party will on Monday set out a 6 billion pound per year plan to help look after elderly people, as it pitches its economic agenda for a socialist-run country at the party's annual conference. Labour is hoping to use the Brexit chaos engulfing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government to win control of Britain's $2.8 trillion economy at an early election expected to be called later this year. Presenting himself as Britain's finance minister in waiting, veteran left-winger John McDonnell will set out a series of policies to reshape the pro-business, free-market orthodoxy that has guided the British economy for decades.

Johnson Takes Bid for Brexit Deal to New York as Clock Runs Down

Johnson Takes Bid for Brexit Deal to New York as Clock Runs Down(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson will start a week of intense diplomacy on Monday, as he tries to push for a Brexit deal on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.The U.K. prime minister will hold meetings with all the key players -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and European Council President Donald Tusk -- as he tries to persuade them to renegotiate the divorce deal they agreed with his predecessor, Theresa May.He’ll also try to look beyond Brexit, meeting U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday as he seeks to advance talks on a free-trade deal. A day earlier, he’ll announce a 1 billion-pound ($1.2 billion) fund to pay for the development and testing of new technology to tackle climate change in developing countries.But with the clock ticking down to the Oct. 31 deadline, the tortured negotiations over the U.K.’s departure from the European Union will dominate Johnson’s agenda. He has pledged to leave “do or die” on Halloween and without a deal if necessary -- though that would mean defying a law passed by Parliament this month requiring him to seek a delay to Jan. 31 instead.Supreme CourtJohnson’s New York visit also risks being overshadowed by a U.K. Supreme Court ruling on whether he broke the law when he suspended Parliament for five weeks. That decision is due this week.Equivocal statements from Johnson and those around him about how his government will respond have put his ministers in the unusual position of giving assurances that he will obey the law. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was the latest to do so on Sunday.“Of course we’ll respect whatever the legal ruling is from the Supreme Court,” Raab told the BBC. “It’s absolutely vital that we respect the role of the Supreme Court in our justice system, but also in our democracy.”The government has said the best way out of the impasse is to negotiate a deal with the EU that British politicians can support. But Johnson won’t be able to do so unless he can show the bloc viable alternatives to the contentious backstop, a measure to keep the Irish border free of checks that Johnson has vowed to remove from any divorce deal because it keeps the U.K. tied to EU rules.Brexit BlameRaab said he is optimistic about getting a deal at the Oct. 17 EU summit in Brussels, citing what he described as positive comments from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.In a recorded interview broadcast on Sunday, though, Juncker made clear the EU is not yet convinced Johnson has a solution to the Irish border. He also said where he thought the blame would lie for a no-deal Brexit.“The EU is in no way responsible for any kind of consequences entailed by Brexit,” he told Sky News. “That’s a British decision, a sovereign decision that we are respecting.”The key problem remains -- as it was for May -- how to deliver on three apparently incompatible aims: Moving from EU rules and striking independent trade deals; not having a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland; and not having checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K.Hard BorderJuncker said that a no-deal Brexit would mean a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland to protect the integrity of the EU single market.“We have to preserve the health and the safety of our citizens,” he said.Unless Johnson can find a solution, he risks becoming boxed in -- by the courts, the EU and Parliament. Even a general election -- if he can secure one -- looks risky if it comes after the U.K. is meant to have left the EU, with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party likely to attract disenchanted Conservative voters.Michael Gove, the minister responsible for no-deal Brexit planning, warned that the Conservative Party will suffer at the polls if it fails to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31. “We are on the razor’s edge of peril,” he wrote in the Sunday Times.Meanwhile it’s not only Johnson’s Tories that are struggling over Brexit. Splits are re-emerging in the main opposition Labour Party, overshadowing efforts to use the party’s annual conference to build a platform to win a general election.Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would renegotiate a deal with the EU in his first three months in office before holding a referendum. That would give voters the choice to back his agreement or remain in the bloc, though Corbyn has refused to say which side he’d support.That lack of clarity has angered lawmakers and party members, the majority of whom want to stay in the EU, and some are demanding an unambiguous commitment to campaign to remain.“If you believe in internationalism and if you believe in socialism, why on earth would you back Brexit?” Labour’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, Emily Thornberry, said in a speech on the margins of the conference in Brighton. “We must not just campaign to remain, we must lead the campaign to remain.”To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at, Stuart Biggs, Thomas PennyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Trump heads to UN amid tensions with Iran, questions over call with Ukrainian leader

Trump heads to UN amid tensions with Iran, questions over call with Ukrainian leaderPresident Donald Trump will join leaders from around the world as they converge in New York City this week for the United Nations General Assembly, an annual high-profile diplomatic gathering. "I think for President Trump at the U.N., the hope is the third time is the charm," said Jon Alterman, the director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "The first time President Trump went up to the U.N. in 2017, other leaders were so uncertain of what he would want to do that a lot of them stayed away," Alterman said.

Iran 'ready to release' British-flagged  tanker

Iran 'ready to release' British-flagged  tankerStena Impero, the British-flagged tanker detained by Iran on July 19, will be released soon, an Iranian maritime official said on Sunday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. The Stena Impero was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz waterway for alleged marine violations, two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar. That vessel was released in August. “After the issuing of the ruling for the end of detention of the English tanker Stena Impero this vessel will soon, and after the passing of 65 days, begin its movement from the port of Bandar Abbas toward international waters,” said Allahmorad Afifipour, the head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran in Hormozgan Province. The process for the tanker to exit Iranian waters has been started but the legal case against the ship is still open and the results of the case will be announced, Afifipour said. He did not provide any additional information on when the tanker may be released. The head of the Swedish firm that owns the vessel said on Sunday that the tanker may be released within hours. A member of the Iranian National Guard on board the Stena Impero Credit: AFP Swedish public broadcaster SVT quoted Stena Bulk Chief Executive Erik Hanell as saying: “We have received information now this morning that it seems like they will release the ship Stena Impero within a few hours. So we understand that the political decision to release the ship has been taken.” “We hope to be able to head out within a few hours, but we don’t want to anticipate events. We want to see that the ship sails out of Iranian territorial waters,” Hanell told SVT, adding that his information came from Iranian authorities. Hanell did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Swedish radio reported that he was currently travelling to Iran, according to Stena Bulk spokespersons. Stena Bulk spokesman Will Marks declined to confirm the company had been informed of a possible release on Sunday. “The vessel is still being held and the negotiations are ongoing, and until we have official confirmation and the vessel is lifting up its anchor and sailing out of Iranian waters we can’t confirm anything else,” he told Reuters. On Sept. 4, Iran released seven of the vessel’s 23 crew members. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said at the time that Sweden had been in daily contact with Iran at a high political level since the vessel was seized. The Foreign Office is understood to be monitoring the situation closely. A spokesman said: “We continue to call on Iran to immediately release the Stena Impero and her remaining crew, who continue to be illegally detained. Iran’s illegal seizure of a ship inside an internationally recognised shipping lane is unacceptable and undermines international law.”

'Deficit of trust': At UN, leaders of a warming world gather

'Deficit of trust': At UN, leaders of a warming world gatherThe planet is getting hotter, and tackling that climate peril will grab the spotlight as world leaders gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations this week facing an undeniable backdrop: rising tensions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan and increasing nationalism, inequality and intolerance. Growing fear of military action, especially in response to recent attacks on Saudi oil installations that are key to world energy supplies, hangs over this year's General Assembly gathering. All eyes will be watching presidents Donald Trump of the United States and Hassan Rouhani of Iran, whose countries are at the forefront of escalating tensions, to see if they can reduce fears of a confrontation that could impact the Mideast and far beyond.

Trump goes on offensive over Biden and Ukraine as Schiff ponders impeachment

Trump goes on offensive over Biden and Ukraine as Schiff ponders impeachment* Whistleblower scandal swirls over Washington * Q&A: What is the Trump-Ukraine scandal about?Donald Trump, his aides and allies went on the offensive on Sunday, over what the president claims is un-investigated corruption involving Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine.In return, the Democratic chair of the House intelligence committee said the president’s reported conduct in the matter may make impeachment “the only remedy that is coequal to the evil”.Donald Trump is reported to have pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate claims about Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.On Saturday, Biden, who has denied all wrongdoing, accused Trump of an “overwhelming abuse of power”.On Sunday, leaving the White House for Texas and Ohio, Trump told reporters he was “not looking to hurt Biden, but he did a very dishonest thing”.Seeming to move closer to admitting he did discuss Biden with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he added: “The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place. Was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice-President Biden and his son, [contributing] to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”He added: “We had a great conversation. We had a conversation on many things.”> We may have crossed the Rubicon> > Adam SchiffRepublican claims about Ukraine concern Hunter Biden’s work for a gas company in the country and a visit by the then vice-president in March 2016, in which he pressed for the firing of the country’s top prosecutor.“You don’t get to approve a prosecutor in a foreign country unless something fishy is going on,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed on Fox News Sunday.The firing of Viktor Shokin was in fact an aim of the US, its allies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.An investigation into the company for which Hunter Biden worked was dormant at the time of the vice-president’s visit. In May 2019, Ukraine’s prosecutor general told Bloomberg, “We do not see any wrongdoing” by the Bidens.In a disjointed interview with Fox News Sunday, Giuliani also tried to link the former vice-president to the billionaire philanthropist George Soros; to the production of a notorious dossier on Trump by Fusion GPS; and to “the $1.5bn that the Biden family took out of China while that guy was negotiating for us”, all without offering evidence.“This will be a lot bigger than Spiro Agnew,” Giuliani said, perhaps ill-advisedly referring to Richard Nixon’s vice-president who resigned in 1973, amid the Watergate scandal that would bring down the president.Giuliani has admitted seeking to pressure Ukrainian authorities. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that in a 25 July call with Zelenskiy, Trump asked eight times for the Bidens to be investigated.The call is reportedly the subject of an intelligence services whistleblower complaint which the White House is refusing to release to Congress.It has been suggested that Trump may have threatened to withhold military aid. About a month after the call, $250m in military assistance to a country fighting Russian-backed separatists was delayed. It was released this month, after the existence of the whistleblower complaint became public.Chris Murphy, a Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday: “The timing is obviously incredibly suspicious.”> I do think if Vice-President Biden behaved inappropriately …we need to get to the bottom of that> > Mike PompeoOn Friday the Ukrainian foreign minister said the aid was not discussed in the July call, which he said was “long and friendly”.On Sunday Trump said the conversation was “perfect” and there was “no quid pro quo”. He has not denied asking Zelinskiy to investigate the Bidens.The former vice-president, who in Iowa on Saturday said “Trump is using this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum”, has called for the transcript to be released. So have allies of Trump. In Texas, the president suggested he might do so.It is not certain the call is the subject of the whistleblower complaint which, against legal precedent, acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to release.Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House intelligence committee, told CNN’s State of the Union: “Clearly [Trump] is afraid of the public seeing such things.”Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNN and NBC showing the complaint to Congress “would be a terrible precedent”, as conversations between world leaders should be confidential and not released after “political complaints”.Mnuchin said he did not know what was said on the call between Trump and Zelinskiy.Joe Biden smiles for the media while frying steaks at the Polk County Democrats’ Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/ReutersSecretary of state Mike Pompeo went further, telling ABC’s This Week: “I do think if Vice-President Biden behaved inappropriately, if he was protecting his son and intervened with the Ukrainian leadership in a way that was corrupt, I do think we need to get to the bottom of that.”Schiff made unusually strong remarks about the prospects of Trump being impeached over Ukraine, as reports of his behaviour meant “we may have crossed the Rubicon”.Of Giuliani, he said: “Betraying your country … is one thing when it’s done by the court jester, another thing when by the man who would be king.”In a letter to Democratic lawmakers, House speaker Nancy Pelosi said failure to disclose the complaint to Congress would mark “a grave new chapter of lawlessness” and “a whole new stage of investigation”.House Democrats are already exploring impeachment over Trump’s links to Russia and its interference in the 2016 election. Schiff cited Senate Republican opposition to impeachment as one reason still to go slow, and said his party needed public support.Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014, backs separatists in the Donbass region of Ukraine. The Washington Post cited a former senior US official as saying Trump thought military aid to Ukraine “was pointless and just aggravating the Russians”.“The president’s position basically is, we should recognise the fact that the Russians should be our friends, and who cares about the Ukrainians?”Trump and Zelinskiy are due to meet at the United Nations in New York next week.

Chinese journalists will have to pass a government test on Marxism and President Xi Jinping to be granted press passes

Chinese journalists will have to pass a government test on Marxism and President Xi Jinping to be granted press passes'Pilot tests' will be issued to Chinese journalists starting next month via an app to test their loyalty to President Xi Jinping to get press passes.

UPDATE 2-France says main priority is to de-escalate U.S.-Iran tensions

UPDATE 2-France says main priority is to de-escalate U.S.-Iran tensionsFrance's foreign minister said on Sunday his country's main aim at this week's U.N. General Assembly meeting is to de-escalate tensions between the United States and Iran and that a meeting between their presidents was not the top priority. "The meeting between (U.S.) President (Donald) Trump and (Iranian) President (Hassan) Rouhani is not the number one subject. The priority subject is whether we can restart a de-escalation path with the different actors," Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters.

Arab lawmakers in Israel endorse Gantz for prime minister

Arab lawmakers in Israel endorse Gantz for prime ministerThe Arab bloc in Israel's parliament abandoned its usual hands-off stance Sunday and endorsed former military chief Benny Gantz for prime minister, potentially giving him the edge over hard-line incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. The historic move marked the first time in nearly three decades that the Arab parties backed a candidate for prime minster, reflecting their contempt for Netanyahu, who was accused of fomenting hatred of the Arabs during his re-election campaign. "Benny Gantz is not our cup of tea," said Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi.

World leaders feel the heat in upcoming climate summit

World leaders feel the heat in upcoming climate summitOnly those with new, specific and bold plans can command the podium and the ever-warming world's attention, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. As if to underscore the seriousness of the problem, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization released a science report Sunday showing that in the last several years, warming, sea level rise and carbon pollution have all accelerated. Brazil's, Poland's and Saudi Arabia's proposals for dealing with climate change fell short, so they're not on Monday's summit schedule.

Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf 'insecurity'

Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf 'insecurity'President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will present a peace plan, after its arch-foe Washington ordered reinforcements to the tense region. "Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region," Rouhani said before a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war. Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations within days.

Iran's president warns America to 'stay away' as it unveils long range missiles that could strike US bases

Iran's president warns America to 'stay away' as it unveils long range missiles that could strike US basesIran’s president has warned American and other foreign forces to “stay away” from the region, as Tehran paraded long-range missile capable of reaching American bases.  Hassan Rouhani said the presence of such troops in the Gulf has always brought “pain and misery”, in a speech made at an annual military parade to commemorate the war with Iraq. Mr Rouhani spoke in response to an announcement made by the US on Friday that it was sending more troops to Saudi Arabia after an attack on Saudi oil facilities both nations blame on Iran. "Wherever the Americans or our enemies have gone, there has been insecurity afterward,” the Iranian president said. “The farther you keep yourselves from our region and our nations, the more security there will be." At the parade, the Islamic republic displayed the Khordad-3 air defence system that shot down a US drone in June. It also showcased the long-range, surface-to-air Bavar 373 missile that can travel more than 1,250 miles, bringing it in range of US bases in the region and arch-foe Israel. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran Credit: Wana News Agency  Saudi Arabia and the US accuse Iran of attacking Saudi oil facilities on September 14, the biggest such assault on the world’s top oil exporter. Iran denies involvement in the attack, which was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement, a group aligned with Iran and currently fighting a Saudi-led alliance in the civil war. US President Donald Trump had said it would step up to protect Saudi but would take its cue from Saudi. Riyadh has said it has evidence Iranian missiles were used in last weekend’s attack and that they were launched from the north, but did not go so far as to say they came from Iranian territory. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran Credit: Wana News Agency  Should the accusation be proven, it would mark such a serious escalation in the long-running conflict between Saudi and Iran that the former could be forced to retaliate. "We hold Iran responsible because the missiles and the drones that were fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-built and Iranian-delivered," Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said on Sunday. "But to launch an attack from your territory, if that is the case, puts us in a different category... this would be considered an act of war," he told CNN. Both sides are holding their nerve, hoping to make their case to the United Nations General Assembly later this week. Mr Rouhani, along with US sanctioned Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, will travel to New York on Monday, to present what he called a security plan for the Gulf. President Hassan Rouhani, left, listens to chief of the Revolutionary Guard Gen. Hossein Salami at a military parade marking 39th anniversary of outset of Iran-Iraq war Credit: Office of Iranian Presidency "In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them," he said. It is unclear what this would look like, with the president saying only that peace in the Strait of Hormuz could be achieved "in co-operation with various countries." The US has already formed its own maritime coalition in the Gulf to secure one of the world’s most vital oil trade routes with the UK, Saudi, Bahrain and even the UAE, which has tried to keep good relations with Tehran since the most recent tensions began. Members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) standing in formation during the annual "Sacred Defence Week" Credit: AFP British former diplomats said Iran, which has been hit by wave after wave of US sanctions after Mr Trump pulled the country out of the landmark nuclear deal last year, is counting on the US and Saudi not wanting to start war. “I think it is a matter of the hardliners in Iran looking to shore up their influence by keeping tensions with the US high, while still maintaining just enough deniability to preempt a full US response,” Charles Hollis, a British former diplomat in both Riyadh and Tehran, told the Telegraph. “Assisted by a growing belief that Trump may talk tough but is not willing to act.” In the US, Mike Pompeo, the American Secretary of State, squarely laid the blame for the attacks on the Saudi oil fields on Iran. “No reasonable person doubts precisely who conducted these strikes, and it is the Intelligence Community’s determination that it is likely the case that these were launched from Iran,” he said on  Face the Nation. “This was a sophisticated attack. These weapons systems had ranges that could not have come from the Houthis. It is crazy for anyone to assert that they did. Mike Pompeo dismisses Iranian denial of responsibility for oil field attacks Credit: Susan Walsh/AP “I mean, it is literally nuts on its face to make an assertion that this was an attack by the Houthis. This was Iran true and true, and the United States will respond in a way that reflects that act of war by this Iranian revolutionary regime.” Mr Pompeo dismissed the denial of responsibility by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “I don’t know why anybody listens to the Iranian foreign minister. He has nothing to do with Iranian foreign policy and he has lied for decades, and then he resigned. “It’s just – it’s not even worth – it’s not even worth responding to him. It’s beneath the dignity of anyone in the world to listen to someone who repeatedly makes the claim that the Houthis launched this attack.” Speaking on the same programme, Mr Zarif was pessimistic that conflict with the US could be prevented. "No, I'm not confident that we can avoid a war," Zarif said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "I'm confident that we will not start one but I'm confident that whoever starts one will not be the one who finishes it."

Retired British colonel helps secure release of Iranian soldier held by Somali pirates

Retired British colonel helps secure release of Iranian soldier held by Somali piratesAn Iranian sailor held hostage by Somali pirates was freed because he was dying of malnutrition, a former British army officer who helped negotiate his release has said. Three other Iranian hostages remain in Somalia. "This guy was dying – he looked like a skeleton. He was bleeding internally. He had severe malnutrition. I suspect the others are in a similar condition," John Steed, a retired British colonel, said. Col Steed has worked in the region for many years trying to free Somali hostages. Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh was among 21 crew members of a boat hijacked in March 2015. Eight of the hostages died, five escaped, and Iran freed four last year. The hostages had been split up by their captors after arguments over money, said Col Steed. Mr Panahandeh was released without payment because the pirates thought he would die. "He was released last weekend but we had him in (the northern Somali town of) Galkayo trying to get him fit to travel. A week of trying to get him fit to travel. We had to stabilize him," Col Steed said. “Nobody wants to pay for these guys because they are Baluchi,” he added. Poverty-stricken Baluchistan straddles the border between Iran and Pakistan and is riven by banditry and insurgency.

Tapper Corners Mnuchin: Wouldn’t You Find it Inappropriate if Obama Asked Ukraine to Investigate Trump’s Kids?

Tapper Corners Mnuchin: Wouldn’t You Find it Inappropriate if Obama Asked Ukraine to Investigate Trump’s Kids?Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin found himself in a rhetorical trap of his own making on Sunday when CNN’s Jake Tapper cornered the treasury chief as he defended President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.During his appearance on State of the Union, Mnuchin immediately deflected when pressed by Tapper as to whether or not it was common for presidents to push foreign leaders to investigate their political rivals, pivoting instead to Biden’s claim he hasn’t spoken to his son about his business dealings.“I haven’t heard that and I think you’re speculating on what the president said,” the Trump official said. “I would say these are confidential discussions between two foreign leaders but I think the bigger issue is Biden came out this weekend saying he never had any discussions with his son. His son came out and said he had had business discussions with his father so I think that the real issue is not what the president said, but what, indeed, did Biden’s son do.”Trump Whistleblower Saga Threatens to Blow Up 2020 CampaignMnuchin went on to repeatedly dismiss the reports on the president’s pressure campaign to get Ukraine to look into his political opponent as “speculation,” while at the same time saying it was a “terrible precedent” for Congress to be able to look at the whistleblower complaint because “conversations between world leaders are meant to be confidential.”Tapper, meanwhile, continued to grill Mnuchin on the matter despite the Trump Cabinet member’s attempts to evade, eventually confronting Mnuchin with a hypothetical situation.“Let me just close by asking, if for instance, President Obama had pressured a foreign leader, Putin or the president of Ukraine, anyone said 'I want you to look into Donald Trump Jr., or I want you to look into Eric Trump,' international businessmen, both of them, would you not find that inappropriate?” Tapper asked.“I’m not going to speculate on that,” Mnuchin replied. “What I do find inappropriate is the fact that Vice President Biden—at the time’s—son did very significant business dealings in Ukraine. I, for one, find that to be concerning and to me that is the issue perhaps that should be further investigated.”The CNN anchor, however, said he didn’t understand Mnuchin’s answer because it appeared he was saying it is “okay for Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump to do business all over the world and okay for Ivanka Trump to have copyrights approved all over the world while President Trump is president and while Joe Biden is vice president his son shouldn’t be able to do business dealings.”As Mnuchin insisted he didn’t want to “go into more of these details,” Tapper fired back: “Well, you’re setting a precedent that the president is violating.”“Again, I think there is a significant difference in what you’re saying, okay,” Mnuchin contended. “What I was saying between Biden and his son’s relationship with the Ukraine oligarch and potential business dealings that the Trump Organization has had which predated his presidency.”The CNN host, for his part, made sure to end the conversation on this issue by pointing out that “the Ukrainian prosecutor said there is no evidence of any wrongdoing” by either Joe Biden or his son.Elsewhere on Sunday, allies of the president defended Trump’s collusion attempts to get a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 election while also calling for more scrutiny into the Bidens’ actions abroad. Appearing on Face the Nation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo endorsed Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s scheme to pressure Ukraine to open a probe into Biden.“If there was election interference that took place by [Vice President Joe Biden], I think the American people deserve to know,” he said.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), meanwhile, told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that while he wasn’t really on board with Congress being able to look at the phone call at the center of the whistleblower complaint because it set a bad “precedent,” he did feel that the Justice Department needed to investigate Biden and Ukraine.“So nobody’s looked at this, but somebody should, so I’m hoping that the Department of Justice will look at the Biden-Ukraine connection like we looked at the Trump-Russia connection,” he declared, adding: “There’s enough smoke here.”And then there was Trump himself. Speaking to reporters on Sunday morning, the president insisted that he wasn’t looking to “hurt” Biden and had “no problem” with Congress speaking to Giuliani about his Ukraine antics. At the same time, however, the president basically confessed that his call with Ukraine was centered on pressuring them into investigating the former vice president.“It was largely [about] fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine,” the president boasted.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Career diplomat to represent US at UN climate summit

Career diplomat to represent US at UN climate summitAs world leaders head to New York for a climate summit called by the United Nations, the United States will be represented by a career diplomat. Marcia Bernicat, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs, "will represent the United States at the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit," a State Department spokeswoman said.

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