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UPDATE 1-Trump says U.S. will talk to Britain after Iran seizes oil tanker

UPDATE 1-Trump says U.S. will talk to Britain after Iran seizes oil tankerU.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would talk to the United Kingdom after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said it had seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf. Trump made the comments to reporters outside the White House. The incident risks further inflaming tensions between Tehran and the West, which have been increasingly strained since the United States withdraw from a nuclear deal with Iran and imposed sanctions.



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Hezbollah leader says U.S. seeking to talk

Hezbollah leader says U.S. seeking to talkThe leader of Hezbollah said on Friday that Washington was seeking to open channels of communication despite ramping up sanctions against the Iran-backed movement’s officials. U.S. President Donald “Trump’s administration is seeking to open channels of communication to Hezbollah in Lebanon through mediators. … These are the American pragmatists,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview with Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV without elaborating.



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North Korea says US 'hell-bent on hostile acts' despite wanting to talk

North Korea says US 'hell-bent on hostile acts' despite wanting to talkNorth Korea’s mission to the United Nations accused the United States on Wednesday of being “more and more hell-bent on hostile acts” against Pyongyang, despite President Donald Trump wanting talks between the two countries.  In a statement the mission said it was responding to a U.S. accusation that Pyongyang breached a cap on refined petroleum imports and a letter that it said was sent on June 29 by the United States, France, Germany and Britain to all U.N. member states urging them to implement sanctions against North Korea.  “What can’t be overlooked is the fact that this joint letter game was carried out by the permanent mission of the United States to the U.N. under instruction of the State Department, on the very same day when President Trump proposed for the summit meeting,” the statement said.  Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas. The pair agreed to resume stalled talks aimed at getting Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.  Donald Trump became the first sitting president to step into North Korea Credit: Susan Walsh/AP The North Korean U.N. mission said the June 29 letter to U.N. member states “speaks to the reality that the United States is practically more and more hell-bent on the hostile acts against the DPRK, though talking about the DPRK-U.S. dialogue.”  North Korea is formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.  The United States, backed by dozens of allies, told a council sanction committee last month that North Korea had breached an annual U.N. cap of 500,000 barrels imposed in December 2017, mainly through transfers between ships at sea.  Washington wanted the 15-member North Korea sanctions committee to demand an immediate halt to deliveries of refined petroleum to North Korea. However, Pyongyang allies Russia and China delayed the move.  The letter from the United States, Germany, Britain and France cited by North Korea’s U.N. mission – and viewed by Reuters – was actually dated June 27. Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, expects nuclear talks to resume in mid-July Credit: Susan Walsh/AP It urges all U.N. member states to comply with Security Council sanctions requiring the repatriation of all North Korean workers by Dec. 22, 2019.  “It is quite ridiculous for the United States to continue to behave obsessed with sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK, considering sanctions as a panacea for all problems,” the North Korean U.N. mission said on Wednesday.  Following Sunday’s meeting between Kim and Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a new round of denuclearisation talks would likely happen “sometime in July … probably in the next two or three weeks” and North Korea’s negotiators would be foreign ministry diplomats.  The United States and other U.N. Security Council members have said there must be strict enforcement of sanctions until Pyongyang acts, while Russia and China have suggested the council discuss easing the measures.  “All U.N. member states will have to keep vigilance against deliberate attempts by the United States to undermine the peaceful atmosphere that has been created on the Korean Peninsula in no easy way,” the North Korean statement said.



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Fox’s Jesse Watters Says He’s ‘Tired and Bored’ of AOC, Proceeds to Talk at Length About Her

Fox’s Jesse Watters Says He’s ‘Tired and Bored’ of AOC, Proceeds to Talk at Length About HerFox News host Jesse Watters on Wednesday insisted that he is getting “kind of tired and bored” with one of the conservative network’s favorite targets: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Of course, he then proceeded to go on a minute-long rant against her.On noon-time gabfest Outnumbered, co-host Lisa Boothe led off a discussion of Ocasio-Cortez’s recent tour of border detention facilities, noting that the outspoken progressive lawmaker recently said the U.S. is heading to fascism and alleged the rampant abuse of migrants at the hands of detention center guards.“This is what frustrates me about politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Boothe grumbled, turning to Watters. “They run their mouth, but she voted against funding for the humanitarian condition. If she cares, why did she vote against that funding?”Watters, serving as the female-hosted show’s “One Lucky Guy,” called on AOC to “put your money where your mouth is” while claiming she is “running out of hand grenades at this point.” “I’m kind of tired and bored of her,” the right-wing pundit asserted.This, of course, would be news to anyone who semi-regularly watches Fox. Back in April, liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America found that during a six-week period, Fox News and Fox Business Network talked about Ocasio-Cortez every single day and mentioned her name 3,181 times. Watters, who hosts both The Five and weekend show Watters’ World, was one of the key contributors to that obsessive coverage.And so, immediately after declaring his boredom with the congresswoman on Wednesday, Watters delivered a lengthy anti-AOC tirade.“She calls everybody Nazis and starts screaming at the Border Patrol agents, yet refuses to actually tour the facility,” he yelled. “Speaks to someone, mischaracterized the drinking water comment, and then comes out and creates this huge controversy.”Ocasio-Cortez, however, wasn’t the only lawmaker who was told by detained migrants that guards told them to drink from the toilet. And a recently released report from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general found that squalid conditions and overcrowding at detention camps are widespread and worse than initially revealed by the Trump administration. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.



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Trump's tough talk on Iran prompts Senate vote on war powers

Trump's tough talk on Iran prompts Senate vote on war powersPolitical unease over the White House’s tough talk against Iran is reviving questions about President Donald Trump’s ability to order military strikes without approval from Congress. The Senate is heading toward a vote Friday on an amendment to a sweeping Defense bill that would require congressional support before Trump acts.



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Amid tough talk, Trump says he could be Iran's 'best friend'

Amid tough talk, Trump says he could be Iran's 'best friend'President Donald Trump said Saturday that military action against Iran was still an option for its downing of an unmanned U.S. military aircraft, but amid heightened tensions he dangled the prospect of eventually becoming an unlikely “best friend” of America’s longtime Middle Eastern adversary. Trump also said “we very much appreciate” that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard chose not to target a U.S. spy plane carrying more than 30 people. The president’s softer tone Saturday marked a stark contrast to the anti-Iran rhetoric he employed throughout the presidential campaign and presidency, including his use of punishing economic sanctions in an attempt to pressure Iran to give up its quest to build nuclear weapons.



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Sanders Warns That Talk of Trump Impeachment Risks Party Agenda

Sanders Warns That Talk of Trump Impeachment Risks Party AgendaSanders’ position puts him at odds with two of his rivals in the nomination race, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California, as well some members of the party’s progressive wing. Speaking at a CNN town hall event in New Hampshire, the Vermont senator said the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller shows that Trump is “the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country,’’ but added that the most important goal is making sure he’s not re-elected.



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Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, ties

Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, tiesPakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on Sunday to discuss security and regional issues, Iranian state TV reported, a day after Islamabad urged Tehran to act against militants behind killings in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. A new umbrella group representing various insurgent groups operating in Baluchistan claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday when 14 passengers were killed after being kidnapped from buses in the province, which borders Iran. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday the training and logistical camps of the new alliance that carried out the attack were inside Iran and called for Iran to take action against the insurgents.



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Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, ties

Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, tiesPakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on Sunday to discuss security and regional issues, Iranian state TV reported, a day after Islamabad urged Tehran to act against militants behind killings in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. A new umbrella group representing various insurgent groups operating in Baluchistan claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday when 14 passengers were killed after being kidnapped from buses in the province, which borders Iran. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday the training and logistical camps of the new alliance that carried out the attack were inside Iran and called for Iran to take action against the insurgents.



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Mueller report revives Trump impeachment talk, even as Democratic leaders try to tamp it down

Mueller report revives Trump impeachment talk, even as Democratic leaders try to tamp it down“Damning” details found in Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election have sparked impeachment talk again.



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