Welcome to our new feature – a weekly round-up of how the Arabic media reports the United States. This time: North Korea, Iran, sexual harassment and a pile of eggs feature large.
A group of “Palestinian resistance activists” expelled a delegation from the American consulate from the ceremony of Palestinian students who received American scholarships. This happened in one of the restaurants in Beit Jala in the Bethlehem district. The activists blocked the vehicles, threw eggs and shouted slogans against U.S. policy toward the Palestinian people. (There’s a video in the original news report.)
The US Department of Justice has said it will investigate whether the FBI spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for political motives, following the U.S. president’s call for an inquiry.
“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement late on Sunday.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has described US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s approach to Iranian policy as “accurate,” adding that the tough strategy he declared was “a natural result of Iranian behavior over the years”.
Gargash additionally said that the uniting efforts “is the right path to make Tehran realize the absurdity of its expansion”.
U.S. Ambassador the United Nations, Nikki Haley, spoke to the Security Council about the situation in Libya. She warned that the weapons circulating freely in Libya could impact on the violence in Sinai. She added that the situation in Libya poses a great threat to international peace and security.
The White House issued a commemorative medal for the upcoming historic summit in Singapore in June between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. On the medal are inscribed “peace talks” in English and Korean with olive branches, the names of the two leaders, the two countries and the year 2018.
The U.S. Treasury announced on Thursday new sanctions connected to Iran and targeting airlines companies. According to sources, the sanctions target entities connected with Mahan Air and Meraj Air companies.
Sanctions were also imposed on two Iranians and a Turk. These developments come on the heels of similar measures taken on Tuesday targeting five Iranians connected to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qods Force, better known as IRGC-QF.
The United States rescinded its invitation for China to participate in Pacific Rim military maneuvers due to its continued military activity in the South China Sea, and believes Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea contradict the spirit of the maneuvers.
Former U.S. soldier Esteban Santiago, 28, admitted to killing five people at Fort Lauderdale Airport in January 2017 as part of a plea bargain that would allow him to evade the death penalty. He will serve five life sentences for 120 years, with no chance of appeal.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he is looking forward to the summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-un scheduled for Singapore on June 12. He told reporters: “A lot of people are working on this. Things are going well and we’re looking forward to June 12 in Singapore. It hasn’t changed.”
President of USC in California, C.L. Max Nikias, announced his resignation in the wake of a lawsuit filed against the university by former students who accused the administration of ignoring complaints filed against a former gynecologist accused of sexual harassment for more than 25 years.
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