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Putin says US will have to shed 755 from diplomatic staff

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday the United States would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755, heightening tensions between Washington and Moscow three days after the U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia.
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China’s military parade, a message of peace

...it was the first time that China marked Army Day, which formally falls on August 1, with a military parade since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.......
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U.S. orders family members of Caracas embassy staff to leave Venezuela

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday ordered family members of U.S. government employees at the American embassy in Caracas to leave Venezuela ahead of a weekend vote that has sparked violent protests....
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China closes off big chunk of Yellow Sea for military drills

(CNN) The Chinese navy is closing off a large portion of the Yellow Sea for two days of large-scale military activities beginning Thursday, according to a state-run newspaper....
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Moscow’s response to new US sanctions must be ‘painful’ - Russian lawmaker

MOSCOW: Russia should prepare a “painful” response to new US sanctions to be imposed on Moscow, Konstantin Kosachyov, a prominent member of the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said on his Facebook page on Wednesday....
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For China’s Global Ambitions, ‘Iran Is at the Center of Everything’

NEYSHABUR, Iran — When Zuao Ru Lin, a Beijing entrepreneur, first heard about business opportunities in eastern Iran, he was skeptical. But then he bought a map and began to envision the region without any borders, as one enormous market....
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North Korea promises nuclear strike on US if regime is threatened

The threat was in response to comments from CIA Director Mike Pompeo...
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Trump envoy in Israel for holy site crisis talks

A top aide to US President Donald Trump arrived in Israel Monday in a bid to ease tensions over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a weekend of deadly violence....
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Iran, Iraq sign deals to increase military cooperation

Iran official vows support for Iraqi unity of all ethnic groups...
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Trump warns Iran over detained Americans: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly detained American citizens were released and returned, the White House said in a statement on Friday....
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Berlin freezes arms shipments to Turkey: Report

Ankara previously condemned Germany's promise to review state guarantees for foreign investment as 'blackmail and threats'...
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Interpol circulates list of 173 suspected members of Isis suicide brigade

Exclusive: Agency believes the fighters could have been trained to bomb Europe as revenge for military defeats in Middle East...
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USS Fitzgerald crash that killed seven American sailors 'was navy's own fault'

A deadly crash between a US warship and a Philippine cargo vessel is believed to have been the fault of the US navy, according to CNN citing preliminary investigations into the incident which claimed the lives of seven American sailors....
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Netanyahu slams EU for 'absolutely crazy' demands on Israel

Israeli PM made comments in meeting with leaders of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic...
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White House Unhappy With Nuclear Deal, But Admits Iran Is Complying

Officials Vow Iran 'Won't Go Unpunished'...
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US diplomat: New Saudi crown prince is Israel’s ‘dream come true’

An American diplomat said that appointing Mohammed Bin Salman as crown prince of Saudi Arabia was like a “dream come true for Israel”, Haaretz reported....
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Pentagon withholding nuclear weapons inspection results: report

The Pentagon has started withholding the results of inspections of its nuclear weapons operations, The Associated Press reported Tuesday....
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‘Scorpion & frog’: Haley uses fable to blast Iran as UN & EU say Tehran complies with nuclear deal

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley got creative in attacking Iran over its alleged lack of compliance with the nuclear deal, calling it a “scorpion” which can’t help stinging. This is despite the UN and EU saying Iran honors the agreement. ...
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China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan

China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida....
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Putin receives former U.S. diplomat Kissinger in Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin received former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Kremlin on Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement....
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