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Ex-NATO chief Javier Solana denied visa-waiver entry to U.S. over Iran trip

Ex-NATO chief Javier Solana denied visa-waiver entry to U.S. over Iran trip

World
June 25 (UPI) -- Former North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary-General Javier Solana said the United States denied his entry into the country under a visa-waiver program over his visit to blacklisted Iran. Solana, who also is a former Spanish foreign minister, planned to travel to the United States for an event at the Brookings Institute, a non-profit public policy agency based in Washington, D.C. He was scheduled to speak at the event as a fellow of the Institute. U.S. authorities rejected Solana's application for entry through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Citizens of 38 countries can travel to the United States for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa under the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. A tightening of requirements in 2016, though, prevented tho...
Costa scores fortuitous goal as Spain survive Iran scare – report & highlights

Costa scores fortuitous goal as Spain survive Iran scare – report & highlights

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Spain edged out a gallant Iran in an absorbing contest to ensure they will reach the World Cup knockout stage with a draw in their final group game.The 2010 champions needed a fortuitous Diego Costa goal after half-time, having been frustrated in an opening period in which they had 81% of possession.Iran, who defended admirably until the ball ricocheted in off Costa, instantly showed more intent and thought they had levelled, only for Saeid Ezatolahi's strike to be ruled out for offside. Carlos Queiroz's Iran side had gone...
Why airliners in Cuba and Iran crash so much

Why airliners in Cuba and Iran crash so much

Finance
WHEN the dream of a smooth flight turns into the nightmare of an airliner crash, understanding what went wrong is sometimes straightforward. That was the case with a Malaysia Airlines flight which crashed in the summer of 2014, killing 298. This week Dutch and Australian investigators conclusively showed that it was shot down by a missile fired by Russian armed forces. But in other cases it is much harder to apportion blame. Such is the complexity of civil aviation that air-crash investigators spend years sifting through wreckage, recordings and data logs to work out what went wrong. Often technological, human and environmental faults are the main culprits. But another factor can be argued to have caused many of the world’s deadliest air disasters so far this year: economic sanctions...
Iran will face 'strongest sanctions in history'

Iran will face 'strongest sanctions in history'

World
Iran will face the "strongest sanctions in history" if it doesn't change course, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned. Following US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has now been issued with a list of 12 demands by Washington.In his first major policy speech since taking on the role of America's top diplomat last month, Mr Pompeo detailed the requirements Iran must abide by in a new agreement.This would replace the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed under Barack Obama but branded the "worst deal ever" by Mr Trump even before he took office.The US will "apply unprecedented financial pressure" to force Iran into new negotiations, Mr Pompeo said on Monday."These will end up being the strongest sanctions in histo...
EU gets tough with U.S. on Iran, trade at summit meeting

EU gets tough with U.S. on Iran, trade at summit meeting

World
May 18 (UPI) -- European Union members meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, prepared a united front against U.S. decisions to exit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and impose steel and aluminum tariffs. The European Commission, the EU executive branch, announced Friday it "launched the formal process to activate the Blocking Statute by updating the list of U.S. sanctions on Iran falling within its scope." The blocking statute, created in 1996 to evade the U.S. embargo of goods to Cuba, will be remodeled to reflect Iran-related sanctions that were reinstated after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the accord on May 8. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javas Zarif met with his British, French and German counterparts in Brussels earlier this week. "What we demand is no conditi...