THE NEW YORK TIMES
Syrian Government Starts Campaign to Retake Last Opposition Stronghold of Idlib
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian military and its allies have begun a long, slow and violent campaign to recapture the last province in the country still under opposition control, where the government has gradually cornered rebels, extremists and civilians alike.
A victory in Idlib Province, in Syria’s northwest, would help the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, and his allies Russia and Iran consolidate what increasingly looks like an assured victory in an eight-year-old civil war. But it would almost certainly come at a high cost in life and property.
Rocket Hits Green Zone in Baghdad as Tensions Flare Between U.S. and Iran
BAGHDAD — A rocket hit the Green Zone in Baghdad on Sunday night, home to Iraqi government offices and those of other foreign governments, where tensions were already high amid a standoff with Iran.
No one was hurt, said Gen. Yahya Rasool of the Baghdad Joint Command, which includes American and Iraqi forces. He confirmed that a Katyusha rocket had landed in the heavily fortified zone and said it had been fired from across the Tigris River.
The American Embassy said that there was no damage to American facilities and that no one had claimed responsibility.
Iran hits back at Trump for tweeting 'genocidal taunts'
The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has hit back at Donald Trump for his “genocidal taunts”, following a strongly worded warning from the US president that Tehran should not think of attacking the US.
“Goaded by #B_Team,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, in an apparent reference to Trump advisers such as John Bolton, “@realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’.”
He added: “#NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect — it works!”
Scientists fear impact of deep-sea mining on search for new medicines
The deep sea, more than half the world’s surface, contains more nickel, cobalt and rare earth metals than all land reserves combined, according to the US Geological Survey. Mining corporations argue that deep-sea exploration could help diversify the supply of metals, including cobalt for electric car batteries, presently mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where child labour is common. Demand for copper, aluminium, cobalt and other metals, to power technology and smartphones, is soaring.
US to reveal economic part of Palestine peace plan in Bahrain
US announces June conference to encourage investment in Palestinians as first part of 'deal of the century' peace plan.
The United States will co-host an economic "workshop" with Bahrain to encourage investment in the occupied Palestinian territories "that could be made possible by a peace agreement", the White House said on Sunday.
Trump's Middle East team, led by his son-in-law Jared Kushner and regional envoy Jason Greenblatt, appear to initially focus on the potential economic benefits of the plan, despite deep scepticism among experts that they can succeed where decades of US-backed efforts have failed.
Kushner has declined to say whether the plan will include a two-state solution, a key goal of other peace efforts.
Trump threatens Iran's 'end' if it seeks fight with the US
US president's direct threat comes after Tehran says it opposes war and no country has 'illusion' it can confront it.
Amid escalating tension with Iran, Washington earlier this month dispatched to the region an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, as well as an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery.
On Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, downplayed the prospect of a new war in the region, saying Tehran opposed it and no party was under the "illusion" the Islamic republic could be confronted.
Google 'suspends some business with Huawei' after US blacklist
Reported move could hit Huawei's phone business outside China as it will immediately lose access to Android updates.
Google's parent company, Alphabet, has reportedly suspended some of its business with Huawei, in a potential big blow to the Chinese technology giant that the government of the United States has sought to blacklist around the world.
The suspension involves the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters news agency on Sunday.
The suspension could hobble Huawei's smartphone business outside China as the company will immediately lose access to updates to Google's Android operating system. Future versions of Huawei smartphones that run on Android will also lose access to popular services, including the Google Play store and Gmail and YouTube apps.
The extent to which Huawei will be hurt by the US government's blacklist is not yet known as its global supply chain assesses the impact. Chip experts have questioned Huawei's ability to continue to operate without help from the United States.
Saudi Arabia 'seeks to avert war, ready to respond with force'
Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi state minister of foreign affairs, says the ball is in Iran's court to determine its fate.
A senior Iranian military commander was similarly quoted as saying his country is not looking for war, in comments published in Iranian media on Sunday.
The remarks came as Saudi Arabia's King Salman invited Gulf and Arab leaders to convene emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 to discuss implications of the attacks.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed regional developments, including efforts to strengthen security and stability, in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Saudi Media Ministry tweeted on Sunday.
Taller económico en Manama, primeros pasos para el "Acuerdo del Siglo"
El canal CNN, citando a un alto funcionario de la administración Trump, informó que la Casa Blanca anunciará planes en un "taller" económico, diseñado para impulsar la inversión en los territorios palestinos, que tendrá lugar Manama, Bahrein, el 25 y 26 de junio.
El taller reunirá a varios ministros de Finanzas de la región.
El ministro israelí de Economía, Moshe Kahlon, llegará a Manama al frente de una delegación israelí para anunciar el plan.
Cohete cae cerca de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Bagdad
Dos fuentes diplomáticas con sede en Bagdad dijeron que escucharon la explosión cerca de la Zona Verde, fuertemente fortificada en la capital iraquí, que alberga la sede del gobierno y las embajadas extranjeras.
Maduro reafirma compromiso de diálogo con oposición venezolana
Por vía telefónica, el presidente constitucional de Venezuela se comunicó con la asamblea de juramentación de la Vanguardia Política de la Juventud del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (JPSUV) e insistió en el diálogo como vía para llegar a un acuerdo de paz.
Las fuerzas militares venezolanas expresaron su apoyo al gobierno del presidente Nicolás Maduro contra cualquier intervención militar de Estados Unidos.
Como parte de una campaña de presión para expulsar a Maduro del poder, el vicepresidente de los EE. UU., Mike Pence, ofreció incentivos al personal militar venezolano para atraerlos a desertar y unirse a la oposición.