While U.S. intelligence has been unable in two years to determine for sure if COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab, Congress has decided it no longer wants to take the risk of funding medical research at labs controlled by Beijing or other American adversaries.

With little fanfare and in bipartisan fashion, House appropriators quietly amended the 2023 federal budget for health and science agencies on Thursday to ban any funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which U.S.

The Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, Kazem Gharibabadi, revealed on 25 June that seven countries had participated in the assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

“People have been identified in the UK, the US, Germany, Jordan, and [three others],” Gharibabadi told Iranian media, adding that “everyone who participated in the assassination … should be tried.”

According to the Iranian official, his office has asked the foreign ministry to actively pursue the case with the relevant authorities in these seven countries.

This is not some grand conspiracy, ‘out there‘ deep geopolitical possibility, or foreboding likelihood as an outcome of short-sighted western emotion.  No, this is just a predictable outcome from western created events that pushed specific countries to a natural conclusion based on their best interests.

As talks on a return to the Iran Nuclear Deal are set to resume in Vienna, several Israeli senior defense officials were reported by Ynet to be breaking from the stated position of the Israeli government and now supported reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Israel may approve a reportedly US-negotiated deal to transfer Iranian oil to Syria, according to Channel 12 news.

At the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, the US held secret meetings in March with top military figures from Israel and the various Arab states in the Middle East. The focus, as ever, was on Iran.

The US has been floating the idea of a special anti-Iran NATO for awhile, envisioning uniting those nations in their mutual hostility, and coordinating with them on a whole instead of having anti-Iran talks with a dozen nations one at a time. There might even be a cost-sharing component.

According to a CNN report Tuesday, Israel is being tight-lipped with U.S. officials about Iran's accusations that Israel may be involved in many ''targeted killings and other gray-zone operations'' in the nation in recent months.

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday visited Iranian dissidents in Albania, praising their efforts to replace the theocratic regime with a democratic and secular government – and calling on the Biden administration to withdraw from talks to enter a renewed Iran nuclear deal that he said will only serve to "empower and enrich" the current regime.

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A court in Iran on Thursday ordered the United States government to pay over $4 billion to the families of Iranian nuclear scientists who have been killed in targeted attacks in recent years, state-run media reported.

The largely symbolic ruling underscores the escalating tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran's rapidly advancing nuclear programme, with negotiations to restore the tattered atomic accord at a standstill.

 A U.S. Navy warship fired a warning flare to wave off an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Tuesday.

The incident on Monday involving the Guard and the Navy comes as tensions remain high over stalled negotiations over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers and as Tehran enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels under decreasing international oversight.

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American and Iranian navy ships nearly crashed on Monday after three speedboats zoomed past US warships at high speed.

The US Navy said one of three of the Guard fast crafts raced head-on at the Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Sirocco before changing course.

The Navy warship had to fire a warning flare to wave off the Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it before turning head on during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Tuesday.

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