Iran Should Be Wary of Trump's Trap, Says US Expert

New York - US President Donald Trump's administration is trying to push Iran into the 'trap' of violating the nuclear deal so that Washington will have an excuse to get out of the agreement, an American expert warned.

'Trump wants Iran to fall into a trap, he wants Iran to violate the agreement, he wants Iran to become a pariah state, that's what he wants,' Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center said in an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Tuesday.

Americans Say US Deeply Divided, Losing National Character

The majority of Americans believe the US is deeply divided and don’t see the United States as an exceptional place to live, according to a new poll.

The poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal also finds that the share of Americans who believe that the country has a “strong national character” is shrinking.

An overwhelming majority of Americans say the country is either mainly divided (59 percent) or totally divided (21 percent), the survey found.

De Mistura: Only Syrians Have the Right to Determine Their Destiny without Foreign Dictates

GENEVA– UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura reaffirmed that the Syrians only have the right to determine their future without foreign interference or dictates in regard to the UNSC resolution No. 2254.

In a press conference on Wednesday, de Mistura added that all wait for the declaration of full liberation of Deir Ezzor City from the ISIS.

He noted that the upcoming Astana meeting on Syria “will discuss unifying the opposition sides, cessation of hostilities and launching the political process,” adding that “the Syrian opposition must accept that it has not won the war.”

 “The issue is; will the opposition be able to be unified and realistic enough to realize they did not win the war?” said De Mistura, according to SANA.

Trump Refusal to Certify Iran Compliance Won’t Mean Withdrawal from Nuclear Deal, Says Haley

The US envoy to the UN says President Donald Trump’s possible refusal to certify Iran’s compliance with its nuclear deal does not constitute US withdrawal from the agreement.

“If the president chooses not to certify Iranian compliance, that does not mean the United States is withdrawing from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action),” Nikki Haley said at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Tuesday, despite the US administration’s repeated threats that it would scrap the deal.

 The remarks came after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA in its latest quarterly report on Thursday.

Situation in Syria Changing in Syrian Army's Favor: Putin

XIAMEN /China- The situation in Syria has been radically changing in favor of the Syrian Arab army, though it is too early to say that the terrorists are done away with, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his final press conference at the BRICS summit in China’s Xiamen, Itar Tass reported.

"Indeed, the situation is developing in favor of the government troops," he said. "You know that the territory controlled by the government forces has swelled a lot in the past two years, and the process still continues," Putin added.

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 4, 'increasing chance' could affect Florida- NHC

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 4 storm today, and the National Hurricane Center said there is an "increasing chance" that Florida and the Florida Keys will see "some impacts from" Irma later this week and weekend, though it's still too early to determine what direct effects it may have.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency for every county to ensure that local governments have enough "time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this dangerous storm," according to a statement from his office.

The official forecast track includes parts of south Florida, including Miami.

Brussels, London Fail to Reach Progress in Brexit Talks on Financial Issues

The EU Parliament's press release says that Brussels and London failed to reach significant progress in talks, in particular on the issue of UK financial obligations to the bloc after withdrawal.

BRUSSELS -European Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said on Monday that Brussels and London failed to reach significant progress in talks, in particular on the issue of UK financial obligations to the bloc after withdrawal, according to the EU Parliament's press release.

‘Stop War in Yemen, Fund 100% of Humanitarian aid,’ top UN Official Tells Saudis

Forsaking the UN’s customary diplomatic stance, a leading official has directly blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Yemen’s devastating humanitarian crisis, urging Riyadh to fund aid and stop the conflict, which has raged since 2015.

“Saudi Arabia should fund 100 percent of the needs of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme told Reuters, during a visit to Ethiopia. “Either stop the war or fund the crisis. Option three is, do both of them.”