2019.05.02

News Headlines - 02 May 2019

US Ending Iranian Oil Sanctions Waivers
The United States is tightening its economic sanctions on Iran by ending a set of waivers Thursday that had allowed some of the country’s largest oil buyers to continue their purchases. With the expiration of waivers for eight buyers, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States would be exerting “maximum pressure” on the Iranian government.
Senate fails to override Trump veto of bill to end U.S. role in Yemen
The Senate on Thursday failed to override President Donald Trump's veto of a resolution that would have required him to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The 53-to-45 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn Trump's veto, although supports quickly vowed to try to use other legislative tools to try to curb the U.S. role in Yemen. Seven Republican senators bucked the president to join with 44 Democrats and two independents in Thursday's vote.
Carnival Cruise Line is sued over properties seized by Cuban government decades ago - The Washington Post
Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line on Thursday became the first U.S. company sued for using property confiscated six decades ago by Cuba’s revolutionary government, after the Trump administration ended a waiver of the law permitting such lawsuits... The actions, in federal court in Miami, were filed by two U.S. citizens whose parents owned commercial docks in Havana and in the southeastern Cuban city of Santiago. “The communist government,” the claim said, “nationalized, expropriated, and seized ownership and control” of the properties when their families fled the island in 1960.
Brexit boosts support for Scottish independence to 49 percent - POLITICO
Support for Scottish independence has risen to 49 percent, its highest level since 2015, according to a poll released Saturday. Asked whether Scotland should be an independent country, 49 percent of respondents said "yes," according to a YouGov poll conducted this week for the Times. That's up from 45 percent in June 2018.
Athlete Semenya loses appeal over testosterone rules - Reuters
Olympic 800-metres champion Caster Semenya on Wednesday lost her appeal against rules that mean female athletes with high natural levels of testosterone must take medication to reduce it.

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