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U.S. to Formally Request Extradition of Huawei Official

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Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Chinese tech company Huawei, in December on charges of violating American sanctions on Iran (Reuters 1).  The United States’ Department of Justice recently stated that it will submit a formal request to Canadian authorities to extradite Meng for trial in the U.S. (AP).  Extradition requests must be […]

US Reinstates Sanctions Against Iran

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The US has reinstated sanctions against Iran, targeting Iran’s energy, financial and shipping sectors (AP). This move comes directly after the 180-day wind-down period following the US’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) (Time). US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed the US granted specific oil import waivers to eight countries (NPR). […]

Trump Chairs Security Council Meeting

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US President Donald Trump chaired the United Nations Security Council meeting Wednesday morning, September 26 (AP1). This comes after his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, September 25 (BBC). His address focused on US sovereignty, Iran’s expanding influence and negotiations with North Korea (AP1). He lauded American patriotism, requesting the ability to operate self-sufficiently […]

Assad and Syrian Rebel Groups Talk at Astana

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On January 23, Syrian rebel groups and the Assad government met face-to-face in Astana to cement a ceasefire agreement, along with representatives from Turkey, Russia and Iran (AP; Haaretz; Reuters). Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers moved to establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and enforce full compliance with the ceasefire (Haaretz). This monitoring, as […]

Bahraini Sectarian Tensions Rise, Ayatollah Ousted

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The spiritual leader of the Bahraini Shi’ite Muslim majority, Ayatollah Isa Qassim, had his citizenship revoked on Monday (BBC). An interior ministry statement accused Qassim of using his position to promote extremist sectarianism and violence, as well as serve foreign interests (BNA). Qassim may face deportation as the Bahraini government has deported a number of […]

Saudi Arabia and Russia Reach Deal to Cap Oil Production

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After several weeks of ongoing discussion regarding oil production in Russia and Saudia Arabia the two countries have reached an agreement with OPEC. On Tuesday leaders from both countries agreed to freeze oil output; however, the deal was contingent on additional countries joining (Reuters). OPEC members Qatar, Venezuela and Kuwait have already stated they are […]