US Puts Sanctions on 21 People, Entities for Aiding Iran

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday it had imposed sanctions on 21 Iranian and foreign nationals and entities for their involvement in financial networks to benefit Iran’s defense ministry and other parts of its military. In a statement, the Treasury said those sanctioned helped generate funds for Iran’s Ministry of … Read more

Iran Finalises Deal to Buy Russian Fighter Jets

[ad_1] DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has finalised arrangements for the delivery of Russian made Sukhoi su-35 fighter jets and helicopters, Iran’s deputy defence minister told Iran’s Tasnim news agency on Tuesday, as Tehran and Moscow forge closer military relations. Iran’s air force has only a few dozen strike aircraft, including Russian jets as well as … Read more

New Crypto Front Emerges in Israel’s Militant Financing Fight

[ad_1] By Tom Wilson and Elizabeth Howcroft LONDON (Reuters) – A new front has emerged in Israel’s fight against the funding of Iran-backed militant groups from Hamas to Hezbollah: A fast-growing crypto network called Tron that until recently attracted less scrutiny than Bitcoin. Quicker and cheaper than Bitcoin, the Tron network has overtaken its rival … Read more

Israel’s Mossad Hosts Qatari Counterparts on Gaza Talks -Official

[ad_1] JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Mossad intelligence service is hosting its Qatari counterparts to confer on the recovery of hostages held by Hamas and other elements of a Gaza truce that was mediated by Doha, an Israeli security official said on Sunday. Qatari intelligence officers arrived on Saturday for an indefinite stay in Israel, the … Read more

Egyptian President Sisi Thanks Qatar’s Emir for Gaza Truce Efforts

[ad_1] CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi thanked Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Sunday for his work in mediating a truce for Gaza and the exchange of prisoners between Hamas and Israel. “I look forward to more cooperation that can help meet the aspirations of the Palestinian people and … Read more

Egypt Foreign Minister Discusses Israel-Hamas Truce With US Secretary of State

[ad_1] CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a call from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday to discuss obstacles threatening Israel’s truce with Hamas and ways to reach a comprehensive ceasefire, Egypt’s foreign ministry said. During the phone call, Shoukry stressed the need to build on the truce while implementing … Read more

Hamas Delays Second Hostage Release Until Israel Lets Aid Into Northern Gaza

[ad_1] (Reuters) -The armed wing of the Palestinian militant group Hamas said on Saturday that it had decided to delay the second round of hostage releases until Israel is committed to letting aid trucks enter northern Gaza. Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades added that the hostage releases would be delayed if Israel did not adhere to the … Read more

Qatari Delegation Discusses Possible Truce Extension With Israel

[ad_1] CAIRO (Reuters) – A Qatari delegation visited Israel on Saturday to discuss a possible extension of a four-day truce between Hamas and Israel that started on Friday, an official briefed on the visit said. The Qatari operations team also coordinated with Israeli officials to ensure the truce and hostage releases continue smoothly, the official … Read more

U.S. Embassy in Lebanon Hails ’12 Hours of Calm’ on Border With Israel

[ad_1] BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S. embassy in Lebanon on Friday said there had been 12 hours of calm along the Blue Line marking the border with Israel, where daily exchanges of fire had been taking place between armed group Hezbollah and Israel. “Twelve hours of calm on the Blue Line have given us all … Read more

Europe Should Not Shy Away From Working With China, Wang Says

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) – Europe should not be afraid of working with China because of competition, foreign minister Wang Yi said at a press briefing on Friday with his French counterpart in Beijing. “China’s position is clear, we will adhere to our support of Europe’s strategic autonomy,” Wang said when asked about China’s view of … Read more