Chinese authorities reportedly interrogated workers linked to US company Verité, which investigates supply-chain labor abuses in the country
The workers were linked to Verité, which investigates possible labor abuses in supply chains. The State Department said it was "deeply concerned."news.yahoo.com
Biden administration turns focus to Iran as Secretary of State Blinken meets with European allies
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to staff at the US State Department during the first visit of US President Joe Biden in Washington, DC, February 4, 2021. Blinken will discuss Iran with the foreign ministers of Germany, France and the U.K. The meeting will come after President Joe Biden's National Security Council meets Friday afternoon to discuss the administration's approach to Iran. WANA News Agency| ReutersThe White House wants to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement but is insisting that Iran return to full compliance first. The Biden administration has promised to consult closely with U.S. allies in its approach to Iran.cnbc.com
Biden vows to allow more refugees into the United States
President Joe Biden speaks to staff of the US State Department during his first visit in Washington, DC, February 4, 2021. Biden pledged to increase the annual refugee admissions cap to 125,000 in the 12-month period starting Oct. 1. The State Department reported 84,994 refugee arrivals during that time frame, the highest number since 1999. The following fiscal year, during which Trump took office, the State Department reported only 53,716 arrivals. Fewer than 1,000 refugees were processed by the end of December 2020 under Trump's 15,000-person cap, State Department data shows.cnbc.com
US offers $5 million rewards for info on deadly Niger ambush attackers
The State Department's Rewards for Justice program said Friday that it was offering two $5 million rewards, one for Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, a leader of ISIS-GS who claimed responsibility for the ambush in January 2018. Two Americans and eight Nigeriens were also wounded in the encounter which sparked a Pentagon investigation which found multiple failures at various levels within the US military. "We assess ISIS in the Greater Sahara probably has at least 150 fighters. "As seen in public reporting, ISIS in the Greater Sahara has steadily increased attacks southward in Niger and in eastern Burkina Faso," she added. But the group "probably lacks external support from ISIS core, and its ties to other ISIS branches probably are minimal," she said.
New images show North Korea's possible nuclear submarine
The United States and North Korea plan to resume working-level talks next week, according to the US State Department. Meanwhile, North Korea is developing a large submarine. Distributed by LAKANA. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Oil prices slide on easing Middle East tensions
(CNN) - Oil prices fell Friday on some signs that stability could return to the Middle East. Iran's release of the British tanker has eased tensions also sank oil prices. U.S. oil prices are down 1.8% at $55.42 a barrel, while Brent Crude, the international benchmark, is down 1.9% at $61.55 a barrel. Two weeks ago, Saudi oil production facilities were attacked, which sent oil prices soaring the most in a decade. A deceleration in China's economy continues to weigh on oil prices too.
US formally pulls Turkey's Patriot missile system offer
CNNWASHINGTON (CNN) - The Trump administration has formally withdrawn its offer for Turkey to purchase a Patriot missile system in retaliation for Turkey's receipt of the Russian-made S-400 missile system. "We have consistently told Turkey that our latest offer of PATRIOT would be withdrawn if it took delivery of the S-400 system. Our PATRIOT offer has expired," a US State Department official tells CNN. In December, the US State Department announced that it had approved the possible sale of a $3.5 billion Patriot missile system to Turkey. The withdrawal of the Patriot missile defense system is just the latest US response to Turkey's acquisition of the S-400 system.
After mass shootings, 2 countries issue travel warnings
Countries issue travel warnings for the U.S. following two mass shootings. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two countries issued travel warnings to their citizens about the United States following two mass shootings that killed 31 people. Both Venezuela and Uruguay warned their residents about violence and hate crimes in the United States Monday. In April, the US State Department gave Venezuela its highest travel advisory, Level 4: Do Not Travel, citing crime, civil unrest and the arbitrary arrest and detention of US citizens. Uruguay is listed as a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution on the State Department's travel advisory list.