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Satellite images show US-pursued Iran tanker still off Syria

Satellite images show US-pursued Iran tanker still off SyriaNew satellite photos obtained Tuesday show an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. remains off the coast of Syria. The images from Planet Labs obtained by The Associated Press have the Adrian Darya-1 still near the port city of Tartus. The Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, was carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some $ 130 million.



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Stunning satellite images show Hurricane Dorian's floodwaters engulfing The Bahamas

Stunning satellite images show Hurricane Dorian's floodwaters engulfing The BahamasA satellite image taken Monday shows the floodwaters that engulfed Grand Bahama Island after Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas.



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Satellite images ‘show US military buildup in Saudi Arabia’ amid Iran tensions

Satellite images ‘show US military buildup in Saudi Arabia’ amid Iran tensionsThe United States is preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia where satellite images appear to show a build up of American forces on the ground. Up to 500 soldiers are to be sent to the Prince Sultan Airbase in the desert to the east of the capital Riyadh, two officials told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity. Preparations are also reportedly underway for a large missile installation from which Patriot surface-to-air missiles can be launched to protect the base from incoming threats. The moves would likely strengthen the US' controversial relationship with Saudi Arabia, while also responding to rising tensions with Iran which escalated dramatically in recent months. After the US unilaterally withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal last year and reimposed tight sanctions, Iran announced in July that it had surpassed limits on enriched uranium imposed in the agreement. The country insists it is not trying to build nuclear weapons.A standoff has also ensued in the Gulf, with sabotage attacks on foreign tankers, blamed on Iran by the US. In the latest incident Tehran said it had seized a foreign-owned vessel suspected of being used for oil smuggling out of the country/ The Trump administration has long sought to base troops in the remote region, but the decision to send them to Saudi Arabia comes amid outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A United Nations report concluded his death at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul was "an extrajudicial execution" sanctioned Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The Trump administration has also been criticised for its response to the murder.Despite these issues, the US has said it is committed to helping protect Saudi Arabia from Iranian aggression, and last month said 1,000 troops were being sent to the middle east, but did not say which countries they were going to.Photographs taken by high-resolution commercial satellites, captured by satellite imagery company Planet Labs, show a deployment of US troops and support personnel who arrived at the air base in mid-June, according to Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, who has studied the new images.Pictures of the site taken in late June and early July show preparations being made for the arrival of troops, Mr Lewis told CNN.“A small encampment and construction equipment appeared at the end of a runway by June 27, suggesting that improvements are already underway. The encampment to the east of the runway is typical of Air Force engineering squadrons deployed overseas,” he said. The US is reportedly hoping to be able to fly stealth, fifth-generation F-22 jets and other fighter planes from the base.Commander Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told the New York Times there was “no official announcement” of the deployment to the Middle East but said the American military “continually works to manage our force posture in the region.”Amid rising tensions between Iran and the US last month, Mr Trump said he was not seeking war with the country but warned, if pushed, the country would face “obliteration like you’ve never seen before”.



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California earthquake: 7.1 magnitude quake created crack so big it can be seen in satellite images

California earthquake: 7.1 magnitude quake created crack so big it can be seen in satellite imagesThe earthquake that recently shook residents of California, was powerful enough to leave a crack visible in satellite images.As people in southern California communities such as Ridgecrest, continued to clear up from two of the biggest earthquakes in decades, scientists revealed the quake had left large cracks in some locations.“Ridgecrest earthquake before (4th July) & after (6th July) images from Doves, clearly showing surface rupture,” tweeted Will Marshall, the CEO and founder of Planet Labs, referring to one of the company’s satellites.The San Francisco-based company says its mission is to continuously monitor the entirety of the planet. “With 150+ satellites in orbit, Planet is able to image anywhere on earth daily at 3 metre and 72 centimetre resolution,” says its website. “Monitor your areas of interest, discover patterns, and deliver timely insights.”Saturday’s quake, with a magnitude of 7.1, jolted much of California, cracked buildings, set fires, broke roads and caused several injuries while seismologists warned that large aftershocks were expected to continue, according to reports.The epicentre was close to the city of Ridgecrest, about 140 miles north east of Los Angeles.The quake – preceded by Thursday’s 6.4-magnitude temblor in the Mojave Desert, was the largest in southern California for at least 20 years.> Ridgecrest Earthquake before (4th July) & after (6th July) images from Doves, clearly showing surface rupture. Thx @rsimmon @PlanetLabs @USGS RT @USGSBigQuakes Prelim M7.1 Earthquake 35.767, -117.605 Jul-06 03:19 UTC, updates t.co/waWvmvQZ88 pic.twitter.com/cUNxdMazum> > — Will Marshall (@Will4Planet) > > July 7, 2019It was followed by a series of large and small aftershocks, including a handful above magnitude 5.0.On Monday, officials said it could be several more days before water service was restored to the desert town of Trona, where officials trucked in portable toilets and showers. Ten residences in Trona were listed as uninhabitable and officials expected that number to rise as inspectors complete more surveys of the area.California is spending more than $ 16m to instal thousands of quake-detecting sensors statewide that officials say will give utilities and trains precious seconds to shut down before the shaking starts. Governor Gavin Newsom said it was time for residents to help, by mapping out emergency escape routes and preparing earthquake kits with food, water, lights and other necessities. “It is a wake-up call for the rest of the state and other parts of the nation, frankly,” he said.Additional reporting by Associated Press



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Trump says migrants living 'far better now' in detention day after images of crowded cages published

Trump says migrants living 'far better now' in detention day after images of crowded cages publishedDonald Trump has claimed migrants in US detention centres are “living far better now”, a day after inspectors criticised squalid conditions and published images showing families held in overcrowded cages.As Democrats claimed the migrants were being denied basic human rights, the president launched a series of tweets defending his actions, and saying many of those in detention were living in better conditions than they were in the countries they had come from.“Many of these illegals aliens are living far better now than where they came from, and in far safer conditions,” he wrote. “No matter how good things actually look, even if perfect, the Democrat visitors will act shocked and aghast at how terrible things are.”He added: “If illegal immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centres, just tell them not to come. All problems solved.”The comments were made as the nation got ready to mark the July 4 national holiday and the president prepared to address crowds in Washington DC. Democrats condemned the conditions revealed by the department of homeland security’s office of inspector general, and said the president should act immediately. “How can anybody look at these photos and think this isn’t a human rights abuse,” tweeted California senator Kamala Harris, one of nearly two-dozen Democrats seeking the party’s nomination to take on Mr Trump next year.The inspectors’ report, based on visits to five facilities in Texas’s Rio Grande valley, found that children had few spare clothes, no laundry facilities and insufficient to eat. It also said many of the centres were extremely overcrowded. “At one facility, some single adults were held in standing-room-only conditions for a week, and at another, some single adults were held more than a month in overcrowded cells,” it said.“We are concerned that overcrowding and prolonged detention represent an immediate risk to the health and safety of DHS agents and officers, and to those detained.”The inspectors said in addition to holding roughly 30 per cent of minor detainees for longer than 72 hours, the facilities struggled to meet other federal standards. “For example, children at three of the five border patrol facilities we visited had no access to showers,” it added. “While all facilities had infant formula, diapers, baby wipes, and juice and snacks for children, we observed that two facilities had not provided children access to hot meals – as is required.” Mr Trump has doubled down on his position over immigration as he kicks off his reelection campaign, aware that few issues more energise his base.This week, a congressional delegation visited a detention centre operated by the border patrol agency in Clint, Texas, where hundreds of children were moved after it was revealed they were living in very poor conditions.Among those to visit was congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who accused border agents of conducting “psychological warfare” against detained migrants. She said they had told her they were told to drink water from toilets if they were thirsty.“Our border patrol people are not hospital workers, doctors or nurses,” said Mr Trump. “The Democrats’ bad immigration laws, which could be easily fixed, are the problem. Great job by border patrol, above and beyond.”



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US sending 1,000 more troops to Middle East as Pentagon releases new images of tanker attacks

US sending 1,000 more troops to Middle East as Pentagon releases new images of tanker attacksThe US is sending about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East amid tensions over a series of attacks on oil tankers and with the country's nuclear agreement on the brink of collapse.   Patrick Shanahan, Acting US Defence Secretary, announced the deployment on Monday, explaining the move was for "defensive purposes," citing concerns about a threat from Iran. The US has accused Iran of attacking six oil ships in the Gulf of Oman over the last month. Iran denies responsibility.  "The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behaviour by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," Mr Shanahan said in a statement. The series of mysterious attacks on oil tankers have been blamed by the US on Iranian-laid limpet mines. The Pentagon on Monday released new photos intended to bolster its case that Iran was responsible for the attacks. This photo shows what the Navy says are members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy removing an unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous Credit: AP Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which the US suspects in the attacks, answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and operates outside of the traditional military's control. Gen Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, the chief of the general staff of Iran's armed forces, denied Tehran was involved in the tanker attacks, saying on Monday the country only would respond in "an open, strong and severe way" if needed. But he also reiterated Iran's traditional stance on the Strait of Hormuz. "If we decide to block the Strait of Hormuz, we will to do it in a way that even a drop of oil won't pass the strait," Bagheri added. Compounding concerns in the region, the Iran nuclear agreement is in danger of collapsing by the end of the month after Iran said it would breach the agreement on June 27 unless Europe finds a way to get around US sanctions and bolster Iran’s faltering economy.  U.S. Pentagon in Washington releases handout imagery that it says shows damage from mines to commercial ships in Gulf of Oman Credit: Reuters One year after Donald Trump pulled the US out of the nuclear deal, Iran said on Monday that in ten days it will blow past the limits on enriched uranium that it consented to in the 2015 agreement. The ultimatum from Tehran is likely to trigger a diplomatic scramble by European powers to save the unravelling nuclear deal and force Britain, France, and Germany to consider whether they will sanction Iran if it openly breaks the accord.  European officials said there appeared to be little hope of reaching a compromise before the Iranian deadline. “If [the European states] had any cards, I think they would have played them by now,” one diplomat said.  If the deal does collapse it will plunge the world back into the uncertainty of the early 2010s, when Iran was amassing material that could be used for a nuclear weapon while Israel and the US threatened strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities to stop its progress.   Under the 2015 agreement Iran was able to hold up to 300kg of low grade uranium. The country’s atomic energy agency said Monday that on June 27 it would exceed that limit, a potentially serious violation of the agreement.  "Today the countdown to pass the 300kg reserve of enriched uranium has started and in 10 days time we will pass this limit," said Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the atomic agency.  A U.S. military image shows what the Pentagon says is a handprint from an individual who removed an unexploded limpet mine from the side of the motor vessel M/T Kokuka Courageous Credit: Reuters Iran also threatened to resume enrichment of high-grade uranium, the kind that could eventually be used for a nuclear weapon. It did not set a precise date for when it would resume such enrichment, which would also breach the nuclear deal.  Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, said there was still time to save the nuclear agreement if Europe stepped up its support for Iran’s economy before the end of the month. "It's a crucial moment,” Mr Rouhani told the French ambassador in Tehran. “France can still work with other signatories of the deal and play an historic role to save the deal in this very short time.” Britain, France, and Germany have been trying to assuage Iran for months with a promise of setting up a special financial mechanism designed to let European firms trade with Iran without being hit by sanctions.  But the financial mechanism, known as Instex, has so far shown little promise and many European firms are wary of doing anything that could lead to US sanctions.  Gulf of Oman, US responds Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister and a leading critic of the nuclear deal, said the international community should “immediately” impose new sanctions on Iran if it carried out its threat to breach the deal.  Mr Netanyahu came close to ordering strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2011 but held off largely because of concerns that Barack Obama, then president, would not support an Israeli attack.  His calculations may be different under Mr Trump, who has been more supportive of Israel and more confrontational with Iran. Israeli officials said they were committed to stopping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and would attack if necessary to achieve that objective.  The nuclear deal includes a “snapback clause” that could, if there was backing from the UN Security Council, re-impose sanctions on Iran, if it was found to have violated the agreement. Iran continues to deny it was behind the second spate of attacks on tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz Credit:  US Department of Defense Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign affairs chief was asked about the EU’s red line for the nuclear deal snapback. She said the EU hoped and expected Iran to comply with its commitments. “I will not elaborate on what happens if and when because at the moment, as of today, Iran is still compliant," she said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. “During the last year it has been increasingly difficult for all to keep the nuclear deal fully implemented," she added,"Our focus is not to enter into a blame game. Our focus is to keep our agreement in place." Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, has demanded Europe do more to help Iran's economy Credit: REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov A UK spokesman said, “The E3 [of UK, France and Germany] has consistently made clear that there can be no reduction in compliance. For now Iran remains within its nuclear commitments. We are coordinating with E3 partners on next steps.” Iran announced later on Monday that it had arrested several people in Tehran who it said were CIA operatives.  Mojtaba Zolnour, the head of Iran’s nuclear parliamentary committee, also warned that Iran could pull out of a global treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Mr Zolnour said that Iran could withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty, under which it agreed not to seek nuclear weapons.  Iran has always claimed it has no intention of ever building a nuclear bomb but Israel and other states have accused it of secretly developing a nuclear weapons programme.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.



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The Latest: London counter-terrorism team seeks images

The Latest: London counter-terrorism team seeks imagesCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local):



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Journalists detained for hours after showing Nicolas Maduro images of poverty in Venezuela

Journalists detained for hours after showing Nicolas Maduro images of poverty in VenezuelaA crew from US-based television network Univision said it was detained for more than two hours in Venezuela after offending President Nicolas Maduro during an interview by asking questions about poverty and his legitimacy to govern. Maduro "disliked the questions in the interview and stopped the recording, confiscated the equipment and detained the six journalists," said Univision, one of the biggest Spanish-language TV networks in the United States. "The crew of six Univision Noticias journalists headed by Jorge Ramos was released after being held at the Miraflores Palace for nearly three hours on the orders of Nicolas Maduro," the network added. Ramos told Univision that the entire team had later arrived back at their hotel. The journalist said he had showed Maduro footage of children sifting through garbage for something to eat and that Maduro halted the interview and left. Jorge Ramos said Maduro 'disliked the questions' after he showed the president a video of people scavenging from the back of a rubbish truck "I had asked him if he was a president or a dictator, because millions of Venezuelans do not consider him the legitimate president," Ramos said. Ramos said he had brought up opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido's charges that Maduro has effectively usurped power because, Guaido argues, Maduro won re-election last year through fraud. "We were detained, there is no other word for it, for nearly three hours" at Maduro's presidential palace, Ramos told reporters. He said he and his team hope to get their equipment back and fly to Miami Tuesday. Guaido tweeted about the incident with Ramos, saying Maduro's "desperation is greater every day. He could not answer his questions." The US State Department earlier said it had been notified that Ramos and his team were being held against their will at the Miraflores. "We insist on their immediate release; the world is watching," it tweeted.



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PHOTOS: Haunting images of abandoned places across Northern Ireland

PHOTOS: Haunting images of abandoned places across Northern IrelandThese haunting images capture abandoned homes across Northern Ireland — complete with old prams, unopened food tins, toys and dusty wedding photographs.



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NASA Released Breathtaking New Images From The Surface Of Mars

NASA Released Breathtaking New Images From The Surface Of MarsA brand-new batch of Mars photos has just come through from the InSight lander, NASA announced yesterday. This latest collection of images from the spacecraft’s landing site at Elysium Planitia comprises 17 novel snapshots and was received by mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, on December 4 — or sol 8 of the InSight Mars mission. The new photos offer a more detailed look at the lander’s surroundings, while also showing a clearer view of the InSight scientific instruments, currently resting on the probe’s deck.



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