Gulf of Oman tankers attacked

The US blamed Iran for the attacks today. Here’s what Iran has said about them.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran is responsible for today’s attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

He said the the United States government is drawing this conclusion based on “on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation” — but he did not offer any concrete evidence to support the claim.

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Syria, Russia and Iran condemn US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan

Syria and its allies Russia and Iran on Friday condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which the Jewish state captured from its northern neighbor in the 1967 Six Day War.

Quoting an unnamed foreign ministry official, Syria’s official SANA news agency slammed the decision as “irresponsible” and a violation of United Nations resolutions concerning the territory’s status.

Venezuela’s top court bars self-declared president Guaidó from leaving country

The opposition-controlled legislature, meanwhile, named “diplomatic representatives” to a dozen countries that, like the US, have recognised Guaido as interim president.

At the White House, US Vice President Mike Pence met with Guaido’s appointed charge d’affaires in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, to discuss the ongoing crisis.

The 35-year-old engineer stormed onto the political stage as a virtual unknown on 3 January, when he was sworn in as the president of the National Assembly, a body that had been largely neutralised by the Supreme Court.

Saudi Arabia Sent 11-Member ‘Cover-Up Team’ To Dispose Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Body: Report

Saudi Arabia Sent 11-Member ‘Cover-Up Team’ To Dispose Off Jamal Khashoggi’s Body: Report

US pushing Saudi Arabia to end Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis, Yemen war: Bloomberg

|AL JAZEERA|AIWA! NO!|The US is ratcheting up pressure on Saudi Arabia to restore relations with Qatar, Bloomberg has reported, as the kingdom comes under increasing international scrutiny for its role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Washington’s thrust is aimed at resolving the more than year-long political and economic isolation imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing three unnamed sources said to be familiar with the US efforts.