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In this Feb. 3, 2019, file photo, an Iranian clergyman looks at domestically built surface-to-surface missiles displayed by the Revolutionary Guard in a military show marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) ** FILE **

Iran open to ballistic missile talks, Trump administration says

- The Washington Times

Iran’s top diplomat has opened the door for the first time to talks with the U.S. over Tehran’s disputed ballistic missile programs, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday, as President Trump emphasized he is not seeking “regime change” in Tehran.

Secretary of Defense nominee Mark T. Esper, who spent nearly seven years as a Raytheon executive, appears to be on the fast track to replacing James Mattis. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Esper seen as on the fast track to secretary of defense position

- The Washington Times

Mark T. Esper appeared to take a big step closer to becoming President Trump’s next secretary of defense at a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday in which he fielded questions on Iran, emerging threats from China and Russia, and his own past as a top executive for defense contractor Raytheon.

In this Monday, June 10, 2019, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas after their talks in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) ** FILE **

Top Iran diplomat says talks on ballistic missiles possible

- Associated Press

Iran’s foreign minister has suggested for the first time that the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program could be up for negotiations with the U.S., a possible opening for talks as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington over the collapsing nuclear deal.

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Finance execs meet in Paris to haggle over tech and trade

Associated Press

The top finance officials of the Group of Seven rich democracies are arriving at Chantilly, in a chateau north of Paris, at the start of a two-day meeting aimed at finding common ground on how to tax technology companies and on the risk from new digital currencies.

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

- Associated Press

Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers.

Protesters shout slogans during a rally demanding full compensation and an apology for wartime sex slaves from Japanese government in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than South Korea. The signs read: "Apology and compensation." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

US wants role in efforts to settle South Korea-Japan dispute

- Associated Press

The United States will "do what it can" to help resolve festering trade and political disputes between South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday after a series of meetings with Seoul officials.

FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Alhakim at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Baghdad, Iraq. Zarif for the first time suggested his country's ballistic missile program could be on the table for negotiations with the U.S. - if America stops selling arms to its Gulf allies in the Mideast, Monday night, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

Iran says minister's missile remarks meant to challenge US

Associated Press

Iran says remarks by the country's foreign minister about Iran's missile program possibly being up for negotiations with the U.S. meant to challenge Washington's arms sales policy to the region - and were not meant to indicate a readiness by Tehran for any such talks.

Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, briefs the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Ukraine, Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at UN headquarters. (Loey Felipe, UN Photo via AP)

Ukraine language law debate spills into UN Security Council

- Associated Press

A clash over a new Ukrainian language law played out Tuesday in the U.N. Security Council, where Ukrainian and Russian representatives sparred over whether the legislation promotes Ukrainian unity or jeopardizes the interests of the country's Russian-speaking population.

FILE - This Nov. 30, 2006 file photo shows oil drills in Maracaibo Lake in Venezuela's oil rich Zulia state. The Trump administration needs to decide by July 27, 2019 whether or not to allow Chevron to keep operating in Venezuela. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch, File)

Will Trump let Chevron stay in Venezuela?

- Associated Press

Chevron was nearly booted from Venezuela in 2007 during a nationalization drive led by the late socialist President Hugo Chavez. Twelve years later, it faces a similar threat from an unlikely corner: the White House.

FILE - In this June 1, 2005, file photo, Defense attorney Donald Watkins talks on his phone outside the Hugo Black Federal Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., during deliberations in the fraud trial of HealthSouth Corp. founder and fired CEO Richard Scrushy. Watkins, convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam, was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday, July 16, 2019. He and his son, Donald Watkins Jr., were convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges earlier this year. The two men stole more than $15 million from investors and a bank, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

Associated Press

A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday.

UN health agency calls emergency meeting on Ebola outbreak

Associated Press

The head of the World Health Organization is convening a meeting of experts on Wednesday to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo's biggest city this week.