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This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands after delivering a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem al-Quds. (Photo by AFP)

Here is a brief look at Press TV newsroom's headlines from 1800 GMT, May 1, 2018 to 0800 GMT, May 2, 2018.

Anti-Iran campaign

The White House has supported Israel’s new anti-Iran accusations saying the 2015 nuclear deal was reached under false pretenses. The White House said Iran’s nuclear capabilities were far more advanced and further along than what Tehran indicated at the time the nuclear agreement was sealed with world major powers. It added that it would be a big problem if the deal is maintained as it is. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of secretly seeking to acquire nuclear weapons after the nuclear accord. The International Atomic Energy Agency has rejected the claims saying there is no credible evidence proving the accusations. Tehran has also rejected Netanyahu’s claims as old, saying he is trying to persuade the US to pull out of the nuclear deal.

Hezbollah warns of Saudi plot

The leader of Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah has called for high voter turnout in the country’s general elections scheduled for May 6. Nasrallah said the group needs political protection from growing international and regional conspiracies against the resistance. He said the US and its regional allies will not keep silent in the face of the resistance front's victories in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. He accused Saudi Arabia of trying to incite Washington and Tel Aviv to wage a war in the region. Nasrallah added that those who provoke regional sensitivities merely serve Israel and the enemies of the resistance.

France clashes

Several journalists have reportedly been injured in the heavy-handed police crackdown on May Day protests in Paris. Iranian reporter Zein al-Abedin Shahsavar Hosseini and his cameraman Ramin Tohidian were among the injured. Shahsavar Hosseini was rushed to hospital for tear gas inhalation while Tohidian was in critical condition after being hit by rubber bullets. A reporter from Russia’s Sputnik news agency was also among the wounded. Nearly 200 people were arrested during the rally which was held amid ongoing strikes by railway workers and Air France employees over President Emmanuel Macron’s public sector reforms. In a Tweet, Macron condemned the rioting, and stressed that the demonstrations would be treated with absolute firmness. According to government estimates, around 140,000 people took part in labor marches across the country.

US deadly airstrikes

Syrian media say US-led coalition warplanes have targeted residential areas in the country’s northeastern province of Hasakah, killing at least 25 civilians. The death toll is expected to rise as many others have also been wounded. Women and children are among the victims. The strike targeted al-Fadhl village. The US-led coalition has carried out regular strikes across war-torn Syria since 2014. The coalition says the purpose of the air raids is to take out terrorists, but facts on the ground show that civilians have been the main victims of such attacks. The strikes lack authorization from the Syrian government and the United Nations Security Council.

UNSC calls for Myanmar investigation

A United Nations Security Council’s delegation says Myanmar must hold a proper investigation into the atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims. Karen Pierce stressed that the measures taken by Myanmar government in repatriation process had been on a small scale and everything needed scaling up. Another member of the Security Council’s delegation urged the Myanmarese government to guarantee the safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Rohingya Muslims from the neighboring Bangladesh.

Special counsel threatens Trump

US Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, has threatened to subpoena President Donald Trump should he decide not to talk to federal investigators probing Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. The warning came during a meeting between Mueller and Trump’s legal team in which the special counsel provided information about the subjects prosecutors wanted to discuss with the president. The questions mainly focus on Trump’s attempt to obstruct the probe and Russia’s alleged meddling. Meanwhile, Trump has criticized the leak of more than 40 questions that Mueller wanted to ask him over such issues. He has also repeatedly denounced the investigation as a witch-hunt. The US president’s victory in the 2016 vote has been marred by allegations of support from the Kremlin. Both Moscow and Trump reject the accusation.

Iran nuclear deal

French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated his country’s commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P-five-plus-one group of countries. Speaking during a visit to Australia, Macron added that he was not aware if US President Donald Trump would stick with the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The French president, however, called for broader negotiations and a broader deal to prevent an escalation in the region. Macron visited Washington last week in a bid to convince Trump not to abandon the JCPOA. The US president has repeatedly expressed his opposition to the deal, calling it the worst agreement Washington has entered into. He will decide by May 12 whether to withdraw from the deal.

US-South Korea ties

Seoul says the US military presence in South Korea is not related to any future peace treaty with North Korea. The Blue House spokesman was responding to comments by a presidential adviser who had said that it would be difficult to justify the US presence if such a treaty was signed. According to another presidential official, Seoul wants the US forces to stay because of their role as a mediator in military confrontations between neighboring superpowers, like China and Japan. Meanwhile, South Korea has confirmed the arrival of American F-22 stealth fighter jets ahead of a joint air force drill. The development comes despite a recent agreement between the two Koreas to formally put an end to the Korean conflict and denuclearize the peninsula.

Armenia standoff

Armenian demonstrators have shut down the capital, Yerevan, as they press ahead with their protests against ruling authorities. Police reportedly tried to persuade protesters to open the roads, but did not use force against them. Large numbers of protesters were chanting slogans in support of Nikol Pashinyan. Large numbers of protesters were chanting slogans in support of Nikol Pashinyan. The opposition leader announced a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience after the ruling Republican Party blocked him in parliament from becoming prime minister. His supporters have been out on the streets for days now in a standoff with authorities. The protesters have threatened to paralyze the capital as well as the whole country unless their demand is met.


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