THE NEW YORK TIMES
Palestinian Business Leaders Reject Trump’s Economic Overture
JERUSALEM — Palestinian businessmen have a message for the White House: Keep your money.
Promising tens of billions of dollars in foreign investment as part of its peace plan for the Mideast, the Trump administration announced an “economic workshop” in Bahrain next month to show Palestinian business leaders the potential windfall they would reap under the American proposal, which has yet to be publicly disclosed.
But leading Palestinian businessmen, including some who said they already received invitations to Bahrain and others considered likely to be asked, dismissed the event as insulting and counterproductive.
As Huawei Loses Google, the U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain
China has spent nearly two decades building a digital wall between itself and the rest of the world, a one-way barrier designed to keep out foreign companies like Facebook and Google while allowing Chinese rivals to leave home and expand across the world.
Now President Trump is sealing up that wall from the other side.
Google said on Monday that it would limit the software services it provides to Huawei, the telecommunications giant, after a White House order last week restricted the Chinese company’s access to American technology. Google’s software powers Huawei’s smartphones, and its apps come preloaded on the devices Huawei sells around the world. Depending on how the White House’s order is carried out, that could come to a stop.
Trump's China trade war risks damaging US economy, says OECD
The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) said that an intensification of the dispute between Washington and Beijing would likely knock as much as 0.7% off the level of global GDP by 2021-22.
Under the worst-case scenario for the escalation of the trade war – should tariffs be imposed on all US-China trade and businesses pause investments as a consequence – US GDP would be more than 0.8% lower than would otherwise have been the case if an escalation was avoided. Chinese GDP would likely be more than 1.1% lower.
The long-running trade dispute between the two economic superpowers unexpectedly escalated earlier this month when Trump raised tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. China hit back with tariffs on $60bn of US imports.
Theresa May to reveal new Brexit deal
The prime minister’s spokesman said cabinet had discussed, “alternative arrangements, workers’ rights, environmental protections, and further assurances on protecting the integrity of the UK in the unlikely event that the backstop is required”.
However, much of the focus will be on whether the government has moved far enough on customs arrangements and the prospect of a second Brexitreferendum to win over Labour MPs.
Facial recognition will soon be everywhere. Are we prepared?
The downsides of the technology, however, are on full display in China. A reported 200 million surveillance cameras around the country are doing everything from tracking shoppers in stores to preventing violent crime to catching jaywalkers. Virtually every citizen of China is in this massive facial database, and your whereabouts are tracked at every junction. Even more troubling, a new Chinese start-up can identify citizens anywhere in mere seconds.
Houthi drone attack 'hits arms depot' at Saudi airport in Najran
Yemeni rebels hit airport in Najran with armed drone, a week after a coordinated drone attack on Saudi oil pipeline.
The Houthis' Almasirah satellite news channel said early on Tuesday the attack targeted the airport in Najran with a Qasef-2K drone, striking an "arms depot".
The New York Times last year reported that US intelligence analysts were based in Najran, assisting the Saudis and a US Army Green Berets deployment on the border.
Iran slams 'genocidal taunts' by US, increases uranium stockpiles
Zarif hits back at US warnings of 'official end' as Iran's nuclear agency quadruples production of low-enriched uranium.
Kamalvandi said the acceleration of Iran's centrifuge enrichment machines remained within the bounds of the nuclear deal, adding that Tehran has no intention to exit the accord.
Erdogan calls on Muslim countries to unite and confront Israel
Turkish president tells OIC leaders that Israel must be held accountable for the killing of Palestinians in Gaza Strip.
Faisal Edroos.- "To take action for Palestinians massacred by Israeli bandits is to show the whole world that humanity is not dead," Erdogan told the group of Muslim leaders gathered in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul.
For his part, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said the US had become "part of the problem and not the solution" and called the relocation of the embassy "an act of aggression against the Islamic nation, against Muslims and Christians".
Jordan's King Abdullah II urged the adoption of urgent measures to back "the resistance of Palestinians", while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for economic and political measures against the US and Israel.
5,000 terrorists amassed in Afghanistan close to CIS border - Russian FSB chief
An Islamic State offshoot has amassed around 5,000 militants in northern Afghanistan on the border of post-Soviet republics of Central Asia, the director of Russia’s FSB has warned, adding that many of them have fought in Syria.
“Especially worrying is re-deployment of terrorist groups into northern provinces of Afghanistan,” Alexander Bortnikov told chiefs of ex-Soviet intelligence services in Dushanbe. He warned that ‘Wilayat Khorasan’, a local Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) affiliate, had managed to gather 5,000 fighters in the area. Terrorist cells are now infiltrating into former Soviet countries where they are forming ties with organized crime. To keep a low profile, they try to pose as refugees and migrants, according to Bortnikov.
Iran announces four-fold increase in uranium enrichment
Making good on threats to pull back from its commitments under the 2015 nuclear pact with world powers, Tehran has quadrupled its production of enriched uranium, according to Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.
The increase was announced Monday by a spokesperson for Iran’s nuclear authority, Behrouz Kamalvandi, who told Iranian media that the decision was made to “counteract offensive sanctions.” Kamalvandi clarified that Iran would not increase its number of centrifuges, and that the uranium would for now remain at its current level of enrichment, at just over 3.5 percent.
Terrorists can use drones to deliver chemical weapons, head of Russian security services warns
Terrorists can produce chemical weapons and transport them with drones, the head of Russia’s security services has warned, stressing that extremists are developing more sophisticated ways to carry out attacks.
New intelligence has emerged showing that terrorists are trying new means and methods to carry out attacks, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov told his counterparts at the CIS security services conference in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe on Tuesday.
Indian general warns Pakistan ‘dare not try’ any cross-border military actions near Kashmir
Islamabad will inevitably face a “befitting reply” from New Delhi should Pakistani forces engage in any kind of ‘misadventure’ in the disputed Kashmir territory, a high-ranked Indian general said on Monday.
A tough message to the arch-rival came from Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, commander of Northern Indian Army as he was talking to the media in Kashmir. The official made it clear that any cross-border activity on behalf of the Pakistani military would be regarded as an affront on the Indian side.
Now Game of Drones? US firms ‘warned’ against Chinese UAVs
The US Department of Homeland Security has reportedly warned US firms against using Chinese-made drones, saying they give Beijing “unfettered access” to company data. The move comes amid a wider crackdown on Chinese tech.
In a notice circulated to the US tech industry and seen by Reuters, the DHS warned that US officials have “strong concerns about any technology product that takes American data into the territory of an authoritarian state that permits its intelligence services to have unfettered access to that data or otherwise abuses that access.”
No specific manufacturers are named in the report, but almost 80 percent of all drones used in the US and Canada are made by DJI, a firm located in Shenzen, China. DJI products have a diverse range of users, from filmmakers to police departments. The US Army, however, banned the use of DJI drones in 2017, citing similar security concerns to the DHS’ latest report.
No aceptaremos chantaje de EE.UU. con el foro de Bahrein, asegura premier palestino
“La actual crisis financiera es el resultado de una guerra financiera en nuestra contra y no sucumbiremos al chantaje y la extorsión, y no cambiaremos nuestros derechos nacionales por dinero”, expresó Shtayyeh, en una reunión del Gabinete.
Asimismo, cuestionó el foro económico que EE.UU. convocó para el 25 y 26 de junio en Manama, para supuestamente atraer inversiones para la ocupada Cisjordania y la bloqueada Franja de Gaza.
“El Gabinete no ha sido consultado acerca de dicha conferencia, ya sea sobre el contenido, los resultados o la fecha”, explicó Shtayyeh.
Subrayó que “resolver el conflicto en Palestina es solamente político” y que la solución debe ser “basada en poner fin a la ocupación”.
EE.UU. sanciona a navieras que trasladan alimentos a Venezuela
El jefe nacional de los Comités Locales de Abastecimiento y Producción (CLAP), Freddy Bernal, denunció que Estados Unidos sancionó a 10 de las 12 navieras que trasladaban alimentos a Venezuela.
Bernal, protector político del estado de Táchira, recordó que el diputado opositor Juan Guaidó envió una carta al Comando Sur estadounidense para "planificar acciones de cómo asumir el mandato de Venezuela. Esa carta pide invasión", remarcó.
Agregó que las autoridades de Colombia mienten al decir que el ejército venezolano ha ingresado a territorio neogranadino, con el fin de justificar una guerra en el país.
Denunció que esas acusaciones son parte del libreto que Estados Unidos le dio al mandatario colombiano, Iván Duque, para montar un falso positivo.
Irak denuncia intentos de desestabilización tras ataque con cohete en Bagdad
El portavoz del Comando iraquí de Operaciones Conjuntas, general de brigada Yahya Rasul, denunció en declaraciones a Sputnik los intentos de desestabilizar la situación en Irak después de la caída de un cohete cerca de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Bagdad.