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North Carolina pastor detained in Turkey for two years on terrorism and espionage charges has been released by a Turkish court

A Turkish court convicted, but ordered the release, of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was detained for 2 years on charges of espionage and terrorism related to Turkey's failed 2016 military coup.
Kim's new ride is a slap in the face for the US.

Kim Jong Un again clowns the Trump administration — this time with a new Rolls Royce Phantom

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has again made a mockery of the US's policy towards Pyongyang when meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this time with a new Rolls Royce Phantom.
A oil pump is seen at sunset outside Scheibenhard

Oil prices will ‘certainly’ go above $90 after sanctions on Iran and Venezuela ‘tighten the market,’ says energy and geopoliti...

Iran supply fears will help drive oil "certainly" past $90 and likely above $100 in the coming months, Richard Mallinson, energy and geopolitics expert and co-founder of Energy Aspects told BI. Venezuela "played a really important role in accelerating the shift in the market" as well since 2016

Tensions between the US and China are escalating to ‘dangerous’ levels as talks break down and military activity increases

Tensions between the US and China have been escalating in recent weeks as the two sides battle it out over a wide range of issues, and military activity is on the rise as talks between Washington and Beijing break down.

Turkey’s currency surges more than 3% on hopes a detained American pastor will be released

Turkey's currency rallied Monday amid reports Turkey could release an American whose controversial imprisonment has been at the center of an ongoing feud between Ankara and Washington.

OPEC and Russia shrug off US pressure to cut oil prices

OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and its biggest oil producer ally outside the group, Russia, have pushed back against attempts by US President Donald Trump to reduce the price of oil, announcing on Sunday that there would be no additional price decrease in the near term, Reuters reported.
Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets of the Iranian army fly past during a military parade to commemorate army day in Tehran April 17, 2008.

Iran put on a show of force to threaten the US — but it was unconvincing at best

Iran on Friday carried out a military drill aimed at showing the US how it might try to shut down oil shipping in the Persian Gulf after fresh US sanctions in November, but the display was underwhelming at best.
An SU-35 military jet at the MAKS-2009 international air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, August 21, 2009.

The US hit China with sanctions for buying Russian jets and missiles, and Beijing and Moscow are hitting back

On Thursday, the US imposed sanctions on China for its purchase of Russian weapons. It's the first time the US has done so, but officials said the ultimate target was Moscow.
Marco Rubio is pushing for sanctions against China, accusing it of "gross violation of privacy and international human rights."

US lawmakers are pushing hard for sanctions against China over its widespread surveillance of Muslim minority group

A group of bipartisan US lawmakers wrote a letter pushing for Magnitsky Act sanctions against China over what they called a 'gross violation of privacy and international human rights' of Uighur citizens in Xinjiang, western China. Sen. Marco Rubio spearheaded the bipartisan letter.
Justice Minister Maas before cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin

‘Europe should not allow the US to act over our heads’: Germany is challenging the US’s financial monopoly as the Iran row deepens

The US monopoly over the global payments infrastructure has been challenged by Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, who suggested Tuesday that the European Union should set its own payment system that would give Brussels independence from Washington.