Americas


    • Pompeo says US mission is to avoid war with Iran but measures in place to deter

      Pompeo says US mission is to avoid war with Iran but measures in place to deter

      The United States aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region are for “deterrence and defense,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Pompeo added that he was confident U.S. President Donald Trump would take action if such deterrence measures fail and that this was well understood by the Iranian leadership.

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    • US hints at military response to Saudi attacks

      US hints at military response to Saudi attacks

      Oil prices made their biggest jump since the Gulf War on Monday after President Donald Trump warned that the United States was "locked and loaded" to respond to attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington blamed on Iran. It is the first time the president has hinted at a potential American military response to the drone attacks, which slashed Saudi oil production by half and led both the kingdom and the US to announce they may tap their strategic reserves.

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    • NASA austronaut accused of first space crime

      NASA austronaut accused of first space crime

      NASA astronaut Anne McClain is at the center of what may be the first-ever crime committed in space. On Friday, The New York Times reported that McClain’s estranged wife, Summer Worden, discovered that someone had improperly accessed her bank account while McClain was on a sixth-month mission aboard the International Space Station - and the computer network that person used was registered to NASA.

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    • Amid foreign pressure Brazilian president sends army to fight fires

      Amid foreign pressure Brazilian president sends army to fight fires

      Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized the deployment of troops to help fight the wildfires in the country's Amazon region as EU leaders warned that the fires posed a danger to the entire planet and should be on the G7 summit agenda. The army was also ordered to prevent "environmental crimes," the daily O Globo reported, cited by dpa.

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    • Amazon rainforest's fires rage at record rate

      Amazon rainforest's fires rage at record rate

      Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate, with scientists warning that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change. According to country's space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), satellite data show a record number of fires raging in the Amazon rainforest in 2019. Most specifically, there have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said.

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    • Russia, China seek UN meeting on US missile test

      Russia, China seek UN meeting on US missile test

      Russia and China have asked the United Nations' Security Council to meet on Thursday over "statements by US officials on their plans to develop and deploy medium-range missiles". Moscow and Beijing want to convene the 15-member council under the agenda item "threats to international peace and security", a request obtained by Reuters news agency shows.

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