US, Russia Agree to Talk Again, Meet in Sochi

Posted: May 14, 2019, 2:53 pm

US, Russia Agree to Talk Again, Meet in Sochi Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pose for a photo before their talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, southern Russia, May 14, 2019. MOSCOW — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed to work to normalize strained relations and restore bilateral channels of communication following talks Tuesday at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Although Pompeo and Lavrov discussed a wide range of bilateral and international problems, including the situations in Iran, North Korea, Ukraine, Syria and Venezuela, there were no major breakthroughs on any of those issues.
It is Pompeo’s first visit to Russia as secretary of state. After his meeting with Lavrov the American diplomat met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, meets with U.S. Secretary of State at the Bocharov Ruchei re..

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US Lawmakers Renew Bipartisan Bid to Press Iran to Free Americans

Posted: March 7, 2019, 10:40 pm

US Lawmakers Renew Bipartisan Bid to Press Iran to Free Americans Christine Levinson, Babak Namazi and Omar Zakka testify at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing, March 7, 2019, about the status of their loved ones, detained or missing in Iran. U.S. lawmakers are making a renewed bipartisan effort to pressure Iran into freeing at least four Americans and a U.S. permanent resident viewed by Washington as hostages of the Islamic Republic.
A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee held a hearing Thursday in which family members of some of those perceived as hostages in Iran briefed lawmakers on the status of their loved ones. The subcommittee’s Democrat chairman, Congressman Ted Deutch, and top Republican, Congressman Joe Wilson, also used the hearing to announce their joint introduction of two congressional measures aimed at securing the freedom of those detained or missing in Iran.
One is a resolution that calls on Iran to unconditionally release U.S. citizens and legal U.S. perman..

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Report Puts Russia, China and Iran in Line for Sanctions for Election Meddling

Posted: December 21, 2018, 10:04 pm

Report Puts Russia, China and Iran in Line for Sanctions for Election Meddling FILE – Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies on worldwide threats during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 13, 2018. WASHINGTON — Voters who went to the polls last month in the United States' midterm elections can rest assured that their votes were registered and counted properly.
However, a new report by the U.S. intelligence community concluded Americans were subjected to ongoing influence operations and disinformation campaigns by several countries, a finding that could trigger automatic sanctions.
“The activity we did see was consistent with what we shared in the weeks leading up to the election,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement late Friday.
“Russia, and other foreign countries, including China and Iran, conducted influence activities and messaging campaigns targeted at the United States to promote their str..

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Republican Senators Urge US Christians to Back Tougher Iran Policies

Posted: July 24, 2018, 7:05 pm

Republican Senators Urge US Christians to Back Tougher Iran Policies U.S. Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, speaking to pro-Israel Christian activists in Washington, says Iran’s decades-long rallying cries of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” must be taken seriously, July 24, 2018. (B. Gharehdaghi/VOA Persian) A group of Republican U.S. senators has appealed to members of the nation's Christian evangelical community to provide more support for their push for tougher U.S. policies toward Iran.
Speaking to a Christian evangelical conference in Washington on Tuesday, the four senators described Iran as a mortal danger to the U.S. and its ally Israel, and promised action to counter that threat. They had a receptive audience in the hundreds of activists who gathered at the Washington Convention Center for the final session of the two-day annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) summit.
Ted Cruz of Texas was one of the four Republican senators who received warm welcomes f..

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