Britain and France said on Tuesday they did not have to wait until August 1 to arm rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, contradicting European Union officials, but both countries stressed they had no plans to do so yet.
Britain said on Tuesday it had asked the European Union to put Hezbollah’s military arm on its list of terrorist organizations, urging Europe to respond robustly to evidence of the Islamist group’s involvement in an attack that killed five Israelis.
Iran has announced that it will open two new uranium-processing facilities on Tuesday as Western efforts to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear program ended in failure last week.
A bipartisan duo of senators have introduced an amendment aimed at cutting off Iran’s access to a European financial institution that has permitted Tehran to skirt Western economic sanctions.
A courier from the terrorist group Hezbollah has been found guilty of taking part in a Cyprus terror plot that targeted Israeli tourists, according to the New York Times.
A Norwegian public television investigation that found taxpayer-funded developmental aid to the Palestinian Authority is being funneled to convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons has ignited controversy in Norway and could be the tipping point for the European Union’s reconsideration of aid, according to an activist group.
A top U.S. Treasury Department official promised Congress his department would pressure the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and to force European banks to stop ongoing transactions with Iran.
European Union leaders are scheduled to meet Thursday to consider United States demands that the E.U. cut off Iran’s access to a central European financial institution, according to U.S. government officials apprised of the meeting.
European Union courts have quietly rolled back economic sanctions on several Iranian banks that have long been suspected of transferring funds to terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, among others.
A senior E.U. official feels as though this weekend’s G8 and NATO summits have been orchestrated to aid President Obama’s reelection campaign, according to the Reuters newswire today.