February 14, 2020

Pompeo makes fist trip to Africa in bid to reassert US as leading partner

State Department by Michael Gross/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) -- After nearly 22 months in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa on Saturday, in a bid to reassert the U.S. as the leading partner to the world's youngest and likely to be most populous continent amid strong Chinese influence and a growing Russian presence. The top U.S. diplomat will visit Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia, describing them as "three countries in various stages of develo..
February 14, 2020

Lawmakers, experts warn of potential arms race as nuclear treaty’s end date nears

mashabuba/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- As the Trump administration ramps up the country’s nuclear capabilities in the latest Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal, the clock is ticking on the only remaining arms control treaty that keeps the world’s two leading nuclear powers -- Russia and the United States -- in check. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, ranking member Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, said the treaty’s expiration would signal for the first time in more than four decades that "there..
February 14, 2020

The birthplace of Saint Valentine is looking for an American partner

KeithBinns/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The "city of love" is looking for a partner. Terni -- the birthplace of Saint Valentine located in central Italy just an hour north of Rome -- has begun a search for a U.S. sister city. The search launched Friday, Valentine's Day, a holiday that commemorates the day Saint Valentine was martyred. Sister cities are long-term partnerships between two communities in two countries to help maintain or improve international relations. Terni already has sister cities ..
February 14, 2020

Stores in Tehran told to stop selling Valentine’s Day gifts

Somayeh Malekian for ABC News(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Gift shops around Tehran, Iran had stocked their shelves with heart-shaped balloons, roses and small glass hearts for Valentine's Day. But government officials are warning shop owners not sell Valentine’s Day balloons, which are popular in town. “Based on the decision of the [haberdashery] guild, members are informed about the prohibition of selling such balloons and they must follow the regulations,” said Hossein Dokmehchi, head of the haberda..