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Runemagick – Monolithic Death Lyrics

Years of Chaos
Years of Darkness
Monolithic Death
Aeon of Doom

Project Pitchfork – Gravity Waves Lyrics

When stars are born
No one can stop them
And who could ever
Neglect the thought
Life’s created
All over the night sky
Don’t disrespect
Nature’s thought
When ideas are born
No one can stop them
And who could ever
Neglect the thought
Stars are emerging
All over the night sky
And they do respect
Your nature of thoughts
Come to me unaltered
Come to me undone
Your world is just a shadow
Reminder of the sun
Come to me unaltered
Come to me undone
Your world is just a shadow
Reminder of the sun
The ocean speaks in waves
The life sings a song
Rocks speak in shapes
To be in rhythm to that one
The ocean speaks in waves
The life sings a song
Rocks speak in shapes
To be in rhythm to that one

Azizi Gibson – Year Of The Dog Lyrics (feat. Tate Kobang)

(cap cap)
Imma need jimmy hat, no cap, when I gotta hit that ass from the back (yea)
Girl I know you love this shit, don’t you try to lie
Girl I know you thinking bout my dick, all the time
Baby, don’t you go and cry
I’m all yours, but you can’t be mine
[Chorus: Azizi Gibson]
Baby I’m a dog (Oh my god)
(I told you that before) I said baby im a dog
Baby I’m a dog
You can hear my bark from a far
I said one ain’t enough, I said two ain’t enough, I said three ain’t enough
I gotta f*ck em all
[Verse 2: Tate Kobang]
(Hello)
Somethin’ told me slow down I’ve been living too much (been living too much)
Love for me to take cuz i’ve been giving too much (cuz i’ve been giving too much)
Had to cut her off cuz we been kicking too much (we been kickin’ too much)
I had to cut that bitch off cuz i’ve been tripping too much
Baby I’m a dog, i’m a pit, sit
Pitbull the dog so a thug is what you get (wait)
Take me off yo instagram slime, I don’t wanna see me in yo pics (I don’t wanna see me in yo pics)
I got one, two, three, four hoes tryin’ talk me down (ay)
Thats not goin’ down ay
No way (yea)
[Chorus: Azizi Gibson]
Baby I’m a dog
I said baby im a dog
Baby I’m a dog
You can hear my bark from a far [Chorus: Azizi Gibson]
Baby I’m a dog (I told you that before)
I said baby im a dog
Baby I’m   a   dog
You can hear   my bark from a far
I said   one ain’t enough, I said two ain’t enough, I said   three   ain’t   enough
I gotta f*ck   em all
[Verse 1: Azizi Gibson]
(bitch) Girl   you dope but its not gon’ be a thing
I like to have fun keep it a hundo what I mean
If this not you, then its cool, not a ting
Cuz I gotta plenty bitches on my dinga-ling
I know whatchu think I’m in the deep but I’m not yours
I know whatchu say when I bring up the past is that your not her
Why we always we gotta fight I just wanna do right before I love some more
Thats the only way I love you girl
But f*ck all that backword shit, bitch I’m dog imma tryin to smack ass and shit
I’m lookin at ass and tits like ain’t no way imma pass this shit (shiiiiit)
You was Only Fans, now you actin like I’m the only man?

Scissorfight – Dynamite Lyrics

Bang fire I got the dynamite
Head atrocities
I got the dynamite
Respect the wild ride
That left you horrified
Get arctic wolfman
Massacre ignite
Astronomic height
Commence to go off
Have at the TNT
League of atrocities
Wild dogs and other hassles
The blasting operative
That you are f*cking with
It cranes it’s neck and hisses
Who’s got the TNT
The gong of lunacy
Who’s gonna get insane? Who’s gonna pass the flame? Who’s got the f*cking light?

Rupert Holmes – Cold Lyrics

Should we lay down beside this fire? Should I turn up the heat much higher? Should I turn up the heat much higher? Are you cold? Should we lay down beside this fire? Someone pulled me over, said, “Don’t try to touch her
She is like a glacier mowing down a mountain
Like a block of ice—she’s hard but most of all she is so Cold.”
Cupped her hand in mine, I thought that just might throw her
Shivering, she backed away, and so I asked her
“Should I close a window? Feels so cold
And this chill seems to cut right through you
Once you’re warm, then the cold gets to you
And it’s cold. You seem cold
Are you one of the ones who tease
Or are you just a deep freeze?”
I have tried to reach her. You seem cold
Are you one of the ones who tease
Or are you just a deep freeze?”
She threw me a glance that cut me like a sleet storm
Said, “I’m not that cold—I’m just a little choosy
Every time a woman takes her time, some man says she’s so Cold.”
Poured some spanish wine, I finally get to know her
Found that she was warm as currents in the Gulf Stream
Later in her room, she asked with eyes of coffee and gold:
“Are you cold? She’s evaporated
Why’d she have to leave before I said I loved her? And although this feels like hell from all I’ve ever been told
Still I’m cold. Do you need somebody to hold?”
“Are you cold? Are you cold? I’m so cold
And I’m burning for you although
It feels like twenty below Are you cold? Are you cold?

Humanist – A Teia Lyrics

Tenho maneira de te convencer
Tenho modo e jeito para te prender
Tenho maneira de te convencer
Tenho modo e jeito para te prender
Vais perder a confiança
Vais perder a segurança
Que tu tens em ti
Olha bem p’ra mim
Não podes fugir
Não podes fugir
Não vais conseguir
Não vais resistir
Começa a sorrir
Tu estás dentro da minha teia
De onde não podes fugir, não
De onde não podes fugir, não

Karg – Alles Was Wir Geben Mussten Lyrics

Dasd vuam ersten Winta Tåg   gong   bist, füa imma   und ewig? Bist da no sicha, dass richtig woa so wies kem is? Es hod füa koan Briaf   mehr, ned moi füan g’ringsten Åbschied g’reicht
Wand nua a poa gruaßlose Zeilen gwen, es gangat do so leicht
Es san de, de in Tod verehren, de oft am meisten trauern
Nua se wuadns nia zuagebn, wuadsn nia noch außen trogn
Sterbn dabei jeds moi füa sich alloa, hom si I’m Leben längst valorn
Wead ned es letzte moi gwen sei, nimms do mit, brings do hoam
I zündt da a Kerzn o, fost jeds moi wonn I an Weg hoam findt
Owa I bin hoid a miad, wei de Entfremdung de is bliem
Siag z’oft de Sun untageh hinta fremden Horizonten
Hom den letzten Schritt nia hintafrogt, und imma mehr gebn ois ma einglich gebn hom mirsn
I hob da a Flåschenpost g’schickt, mim und durchn letzten Ozean
Kloa is des a ois mehr Woikenpoesie, owa I bin da hoid no imma gram
Do wird a da zehnte Wein nix ändern, genauso wenig wia da nexte Herbst
Du host as eh schon längst für uns beschlossen, de Fråg woa nua, gehst du
Oda geh I ois erschts?! I hob da an Åbschiedsgruaß in Boikn vo dea Bruckn g’ritzt
Um da so entgültig Leb woi zan sogn
Durt am schlommigen Ufer da Whiskah
Wo scho gonz ondre ernare Nåchrichten I’m Fluß vasenkt hom
I hobs scho sooft ongekündigt, owa I moa jetz is wirklich an da Zeit das I di geh los
Es woan a poa triabe Joa, I werd di nie vagessn, jetz geh hoam mei Freind, I los di ziang

Limbo – I Like You You Like Me Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Well sure we can act like we don’t know what we’re doing here
If my calculations   are   right its pretty   clear
I like you you like me
You   and me can go and see
What we can make out of our heart beats
I sit and think about you all day long
I can’t stop writing all these cheesy songs
I like you you like me tired of pretending
Your love didn’t sting me like a bumble bee
[Chorus]
I like you you like me
You and me can go and see
What we can make out of our heart beats
I like you you like me
You and me can go and see
What we can make out of our heart beats
I like you you like me
You and me can go and see
What we can make out of our heart beats
I like you you like me
You and me can go and see
What we can make out of our heart beats

Reflections – Isolation Lyrics

Time to time
I reminisce and I realize
I have felt this way for my entire life
Crawling,   falling,   it’s too late
This   is my fate
All compassion is just   skin deep
Isolated existence
No matter how close theres distance
This isn’t what I envisioned
Prison built from my decisions
I tried and I cannot escape
Can’t throw memories away
They replay in my dreams
Twisted, tortured mind of mine
Didn’t happen overnight
It was molded over time
I found my face
Back in my hands
Begging for a chance again
If my mind was a house
I would paint the windows black
No one can see inside
I have too much to hide
If my heart is my home
I will lock every door
You can’t trust anyone anymore

Hulvey – Anchor Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I don’t have it all together but Jesus I got You
I’ve realized how weak I   am,   yeah, I need   You to get me through
Who am   I? I’m not just talking about You, it’s building my whole life around You
You are the anchor that holds me down
Whole world trying to slow me down
I just need You to show me now
Show me now, show me now
I now love You with everything
To lay down my inner pain
Put all the trust in Your name
Take my life and the center stage
This a broken anthem
We surrender with our hands up
On my knees for the King, I can feel the breeze
You are the answer
[Pre-Chorus]
When I feel worthless, when I feel worthless
You say I’m worth it, yeah, worth it, yeah, yeah, yeah
[Chorus]
You are my rock in the storm
You are my shelter
You are that light through the door
You are my anchor
You pick my heart off the floor (Off the floor)
You give my soul a home (Soul a home)
I am enough in Your arms
You are my anchor
Oh-oh-oh-oh
You are my anchor
Oh-oh-oh-oh
You are my anchor
Oh-oh-oh-oh
You are my anchor, woah-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
You are my anchor I’ve wasted so much time
Listening to all of the   lies
But   in   Your light that’s   where I shine
C’mon,   c’mon
[Pre-Chorus]
When I feel worthless
You say I’m worth it, yeah
[Chorus]
You are my rock in the storm
You are my shelter
You are that light through the door
You are my anchor
You pick my heart off the floor
You give my soul a home
I am enough in Your arms
You are my anchor
Oh-oh-oh-oh
You are my anchor
Oh-oh-oh-oh
You are my anchor
[Verse 2]
I’m honestly nothing without You, so why do I still try to doubt You?

I Am Kloot – Titanic Lyrics

Listening to your Northern Soul records
You’re pumped up with The Stax and the Blues
I can’t help it if I was born stupid
I’m thinking about buying some shoes
Saxophones wait in the echo
I’m a good looking 19 year old girl
Hanging in the light like a Gecko
Inviting all men into my world
On the Titanic, groovy, the lifeboats blow in the wind. Murderer’s come dressed as suicides
They drag the donkey’s that carry the shit
Wondering where all of that hope went
I’m telling you now this it
Everybody knows you sell mouthwash
As liquid gold always rusts
The roller blade girls concrete the beaches
The coffee cups crumble to dust
On the Titanic, groovy, the lifeboats blow in the wind.

Immortal – The Call Of The Wintermoon Lyrics

Northern darkness marches through the coldest night
I can’t resist the taste of these winds from the wintermoon
I split my tongue for the taste these winds
And bath my eyes in its grace
Frost and winter return to my eyes
The call of the wintermoon
In the Northern tribe
The moon chimed my return
Hearing the call of the wintermoon Buried beneath the mountains of frost
Years of silent sorrow grim and dark
My winterwings of evil sleep in eternal nights
In deaths cold crypts of snow
The moon chimed my return
With blackstorms I came
And not with the winds
Northern darkness marches through the coldest night
I can’t resist the taste of these winds from the wintermoon
I split my tongue for the taste these winds
And bath my eyes in its grace
Frost and winter return to my eyes
The call of the wintermoon
Nocturnal clouds blows freely in the distance
In the grey mist of deaths horizon
My winterwings of evil sleep
In deaths cold crypts of snow
Buried beneath the mountains of frost
Years of silent grim and dark
Into eternal nights
Hearing the call of the wintermoon.

Polo G – Beautiful Pain (losin My Mind) Lyrics

[Intro]
(This beat from Murda)
[Chorus]
Girl, you got me losin’ my mind
I just want you to see   that   I’m trying
Ever since   you left, the sun don’t shine
Don’t   want to lose you in this race against time
Hypnotized by   your   love,   I’m blind
It’s so   hard to pay   attention to the signs
Without you, feel like slowly, I’m dying
Broken hearts can make a grown man cry
[Verse 1]
I was sittin’ there just thinkin’, then reality, it hit me
Hope I feel your same pain when that bitch Karma come and get me
Feel like I don’t deserve you no more, but I want you to be with me
We done built a bond so strong, and from that love, I know you miss me
Connected to your soul, I feel it when you hug and kiss me
Now your shoulder is so cold and lately, I been feelin’ empty
I got caught up in this fame and all these hoes, I let it tempt me
In that hotel room alone, remember I would hold you gently
Went on dates, we took some pictures, everything was movin’ quickly
Manipulated, I ain’t think a new relationship would fit me
But I told you we can try it, even though I know it’s risky
Mind games with our emotions, swear this shit get kinda tricky
[Chorus]
Girl, you got me losin’ my mind
I just want you to see that I’m trying
Ever since you left, the sun don’t shine
Don’t want to lose you in this race against time
Hypnotized by your love, I’m blind
It’s so hard to pay attention to the signs
Without you, feel like slowly, I’m dying
Broken hearts can make a grown man cry
[Verse 2]
Keep her in Love pink ’cause I like how them joggers fit her
Wonderin’ how I’ma play it, it was hard to get her
So beautiful, I keep her smilin’ when I compliment her
If bein’ this bad is a sin, I hope that God forgive her
Just had a son, I’m tryna be the perfect father figure
I kept you worried, in them trenches tryna dodge the killers
Tryna escape from this commitment made our problems bigger
It’s hard to love with dysfunction, wish my scars was thinner
Tryna forgive me in your thoughts, I hope your heart remember
Know it’s gon’ hurt to see another nigga bondin’ with her
Can’t even look you in your eyes ’cause I’m burnin’ up with guilt
For that one moment, went too far, and now I f*cked up what we built
[Chorus]
Girl, you got me losin’ my mind
I just want you to see that I’m trying
Ever since you left, the sun don’t shine
Don’t want to lose you in this race against time
Hypnotized by your love, I’m blind
It’s so hard to pay attention to the signs
Without you, feel like slowly, I’m dying
Broken hearts can make a grown man cry

Project Pitchfork – And The Sun Was Blue Lyrics

Light-years apart
And nothing between us
The softest force
Is the most powerful
We’re attracted
And nothing can stop us
We’re floating towards
The heart of the other
This is what lets the universe breathe
This is what lets the universe breathe
We embrace each other
With all one’s might
All boundaries pushed
Until the first light
The disintegration
Of the particle’s shell
Lets warmth become heat
In our blazing hell
All what can be
Will be formed in our core
Our love shines upon you
Forevermore
Our love shines upon you
Forevermore
No eyes exist
To enjoy this view
Life’s still dead
And the sun is blue
This is what lets the universe breathe
We embrace each other
With all one’s might
All boundaries pushed
Until the first light
This is what lets the universe breathe
No eyes exist
To enjoy this view
Life’s still dead
And the sun is blue
This is what lets the universe breathe
All that can be
Will be formed in our core
Our love shines upon you
Forevermore
And the sun was blue

For US-China groups, the adversary is COVID-19 – not a country

No paywall. A popular line from Chinese poetry expresses it best, he says: “Though mountains and rivers separate nations, together we share the same sky.”Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free.

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“We don’t feel like the government and public officials should … letter, “will be successful without some degree of cooperation between the United States and China.”Fueling the frontlineSuch goodwill initiatives are widespread in Seattle, where COVID-19 first hit the United States hard.       Washington state has relied heavily on donations for protective gear, with 20% of N95 respirator masks donated, says J. Seattle
As top Chinese doctors in Wuhan detailed best practices from their battle against the coronavirus, about 300 American health experts – including a dozen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – listened intently by videoconference.“During the early stage of the outbreak, you can … never imagine how the patients rushed the hospital,” Dr. Worsening U.S.-China tensions and a raging blame game over the virus between Washington and Beijing meant “two months of valuable experiences [from China] are largely lost in America,” Mr. No paywall. The WSCRC’s new sister charitable organization handled the mask import from Hangzhou, overcoming major bureaucratic hurdles in both China and the United States, says Man Wang, director of the council.Groups like WSCRC with ties in both countries have proven particularly proactive.Seattle-based entrepreneur Lv Lili, head of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Washington state, spearheaded campaigns to donate medical supplies in China and locally. “They are doing something we are not brave enough to do,” he says.Receiving 30 meals of spicy tofu and stir-fried green beans from Frying Fish one recent night, Bellevue police Capt. Loading… Qi, who arrived in Seattle 30 years ago and has worked as a civil servant promoting election participation.The sheer human suffering should compel the United States and China to rise above their differences, says Mr. Despite rising competition and valid concerns on either side, “no effort against the coronavirus,” says the U.S. A similar scene unfolded at the University of Washington virology lab, where program coordinator Lisa Rider emerged from the around-the-clock COVID-19 test analysis facility to collect 50 meals and two ornate cakes from Chengdu Memory restaurant in Seattle’s Chinatown. There are valid concerns – yet some experts fear the chance for life-saving cooperation has been squandered.While government face-offs continue, a wide array of American and Chinese organizations are stepping into the void, helping doctors and health experts learn from each other, donating protective equipment, and raising millions to support front-line workers. But such direct information sharing between Chinese and American practitioners was unexpectedly limited, said organizer Li Lu.“I was surprised,” said Mr. Microsoft procured masks and other supplies for China, and in March enlisted China’s help to send stockpiles of protective gear to the Seattle area.Early this year, Mr. Robert Spingler calls the “#FoodWithLove” deliveries “pretty unprecedented.” “The officers really enjoy it,” he says. “It would decouple Washington from the rest of the United States, because the rest of the United States is not ready to decouple from China,” says Scott Kennedy, a senior adviser on China’s economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.More than 100 leading U.S. The foundation has contributed $4 million in medical supplies to more than 100 hospitals in China, and has raised $4.5 million for a similar U.S. Despite suffering a 60 to 70% decline in business, Mr. Li, who describes himself as “100% Chinese and 100% American.” Li started the Guardians of the Angeles Charitable Foundation, inspired by the death of Chinese doctor and virus whistleblower Li Wenliang, to help protect medical workers. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.“We are clearly living in an interconnected world, and the pandemic calls for more international cooperation,” says Hong Qi, secretary of UCAWA. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpWhen the world most needs to join forces against a common threat, the two superpowers, gripped by nationalist impulses, have squandered the opportunity to lead, analysts say. effort, donating to 60 hospitals in 13 states.Chinese and American cities are also leveraging sister city relationships and other municipal ties.In Seattle’s waterfront industrial district, the fire department last month welcomed 10,000 respirator masks donated to the city by the coastal metropolis of Hangzhou. Rider, whose lab analyzes about 1,500 tests a day.The Dolar Shop, a Chinese hot pot chain, is distributing 100 free meals to the public from its Bellevue restaurant and another 150 meals to hospitals and first responders each day.Help across bordersChinese Americans feel a special responsibility, says Haipei Shue, president of United Chinese Americans, a nationwide nonprofit focused on boosting civic engagement. play the blaming game,” says Ms. Many people, especially Chinese Americans, are trying to connect doctors, gear, and donors between two countries. “The food will be gone in an hour or so.”

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A Chowbus driver delivers two ornately decorated cakes and 50 meals from Chengdu Memory, a Seattle Chinatown restaurant, to the University of Washington Virology Lab in South Lake Union, Washington, April 28, 2020. The chamber most recently helped launch a “#FoodWithLove” drive that has so far delivered more than 15,000 free meals to front-line health care workers and police in the Seattle area.“I love this city, I love the people here, and I want the environment to be better,” says Ms. “With this virus we have now found a real worthy adversary.”Groups ranging from corporations and mom-and-pop businesses to local governments and nonprofits are bridging the divide. “It’s been a godsend, particularly for people who are working the midnight shift,” says Ms. May 18, 2020

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Deep Read ( 6 Min. China had been fighting the outbreak for months. The food is donated and prepared by 15 local restaurants and delivered daily by Chowbus to 26 hospitals, clinics, testing sites, and police stations. … After the military crackdown, he escaped China for the United States, where he is now a successful hedge fund manager, and last month was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.“No matter what happens on the level of the two governments, if you feel the pain, people on both sides, you [do] what you ought to do,” says Mr. The United States had fewer than 50 COVID-19 deaths and 2,000 confirmed cases, a number that would soon balloon. Lv, who arrived from China in 2014. In the United States, they predict, such a policy could worsen internal divisions. … Having survived Mao Zedong’s radical Cultural Revolution and the massive 1976 Tangshan earthquake, he emerged as a student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. “I’ve been in this country for 33 years, and I have never seen the Chinese community so mobilized, engaged, generous,” he says. The reasons are many, but amid deteriorating U.S.-China relations, heightened scrutiny of ethnic Chinese, and a recent spike in anti-Asian racist attacks, Chinese Americans feel insecure, he says, “like they have a target on their back.” They want to go the extra mile to help, in part “to prove they are as American as others. It is very upsetting and sad,” he says.United Chinese Americans of Washington (UCAWA) rallied 65 local organizations to obtain protective gear for China, then pivoted to do the same for Seattle, while raising $140,000 for EvergreenHealth Foundation in Kirkland, the first U.S. Norwell Coquillard, executive director of the Washington State China Relations Council. For US-China groups, the adversary is COVID-19 – not a country

Why We Wrote This

As China and the U.S. Liu is donating hundreds of free meals to first responders. Those efforts are especially widespread in Seattle, where COVID-19 first hit the United States hard.Major companies like Microsoft are pitching in, as are Asian-American civic groups and mom-and-pop businesses, at a time when many feel scrutinized.“I’ve been in this country for 33 years, and I have never seen the Chinese community so mobilized, engaged, generous,” says Haipei Shue, president of the nonprofit civic engagement group United Chinese Americans. The reasons are many, but amid deteriorating U.S.-China relations, and a recent spike in anti-Asian racist attacks, some Chinese Americans feel a need “to prove they are as American as others. scientists, hospital chiefs, and public health officials.It was mid-March. Instead they have “engaged in a deeply counterproductive rhetorical battle to see who can be more sanctimonious in blaming the other side,” says Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of political science at Cornell University.President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping both face a domestic legitimacy crisis for failing to keep their people safe from the virus, and “are seeking to deflect blame onto a rival,” says Mira Rapp-Hooper, senior fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.Nevertheless, a wide variety of American and Chinese organizations and individuals are stepping into the void. Ann Scott Tyson/The Christian Science Monitor

A Seattle Fire Department warehouse worker poses April 29, 2020, by 10,000 respirator masks that were donated to the city of Seattle by the city of Hangzhou in China’s coastal Zhejiang Province. “That’s a few weeks’ worth for the entire department, so the impact is big,” says Seattle Fire Department warehouse chief Sundae Garner, adding that the department had only one pallet left in stock. Li, chairman of Himalaya Capital Management. Peng Zhiyong, intensive care unit director at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, told the U.S. The free meals are part of the #FoodWithLove drive organized by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Washington State. Li, the Seattle-based investor and philanthropist who arranged the event. Liu is donating hundreds of free meals to first responders. )

By Ann Scott Tyson
Staff writer

The novel coronavirus has only heightened tensions between Beijing and D.C., as leaders try to deflect blame. Often behind the scenes and unreported, they are carrying out vital cooperation ranging from scientific exchanges and donations of protective equipment to financial and practical support. Ann Scott Tyson/The Christian Science Monitor

Lucy Gao (left) and other restaurant workers at Frying Fish, a family-run restaurant in Bellevue, Washington, prepare 30 free meals for the Bellevue Police on April 28, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also pushing back against a broader economic decoupling of China and the United States, advanced by some leaders in Beijing and Washington.Many in both countries see decoupling as self-defeating. The goal is to raise donations to pay for future meals, to help keep restaurants afloat.“Everybody’s doing their best to help fight the coronavirus and get through this hard time, we’re just doing what we can,” says Liu Zhixing, whose family operates Frying Fish restaurant in Bellevue. academics, executives, and foreign policy experts, including prominent Republicans and Democrats, signed an April letter urging a joint fight against the coronavirus, following a similar appeal signed by 100 Chinese academics. Ann Scott Tyson/The Christian Science Monitor

Couple Lucy Gao and Liu Zhixing, owners of Frying Fish, pose in their family-run restaurant in Bellevue, Washington, April 28, 2020. argue, we risk overlooking something obvious: beating the virus will take cooperation. “The virus doesn’t recognize political disputes, nor national boundaries … nor ideologies,” nor trade wars, says Mr. Li told the group.Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. It is very upsetting and sad,” he says. Li, who has overcome his share of adversity. Despite suffering a 60% to 70% decline in business, Mr. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped fund China’s front-line responders and vaccine researchers as part of a global $100 million donation in February.

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As pandemic ebbs, Europe slowly reopens for summer

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Peter’s Basilica, where Pope Francis celebrated an early morning Mass in a side chapel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. Mr. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of Trump”This vacation this year won’t be like the ones we know from the past,” Heiko Maas told ZDF television. Paving stickers were used to keep visitors apart. China announced it will give $2 billion to the fight against the coronavirus.As nations carved out a new normal amid the pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the World Health Organization’s annual meeting that the money will be paid out over two years to help respond to COVID-19, which has killed hundreds of thousands and devastated national economies. funding to WHO and accused it of failing to stop the virus from spreading when it first surfaced in China. With over 290,000 infections, Russia is second only to the U.S. has reported almost 90,000 deaths, and Europe has seen over 160,000 dead.Greece reopened the Acropolis and other ancient sites, along with high schools, shopping malls, and mainland travel. Mr. Schools, hairdressers, museums, and zoos reopened, all with strict reservation systems to avoid overcrowding. John Paul II.Across town, the Rev. He said the funds will especially support efforts in developing countries.Mr. Guards in hazmat suits took the temperatures of the faithful entering St. Many nations are preparing to open their borders next month, trying to sketch out the rules for a highly unusual summer tourist season.Germany’s foreign minister was discussing the options with colleagues from 10 largely southern European countries. Xi said. Those figures are believed to understate the true dimensions of the outbreak because of limited testing, differences in counting the dead, and concealment by some governments.The U.S. Tourists were local, for the country still has a 14-day quarantine for arrivals, and travel to Greek islands remains broadly restricted.Authorities are keen to reopen Greece’s vital tourism sector, following a warning that the country is likely to suffer the worst recession in the 27-nation European Union this year.In Belgium, more students returned to school, hairdressers began clipping locks again, and museums and zoos reopened, all with strict reservation systems to avoid overcrowding. Hoping to make the most of the sunny weather, open-air markets started selling spring fruit and vegetables.Golf courses and garden stores reopened in Ireland, but Health Minister Simon Harris said he is nervous because the virus hasn’t gone away.If Ireland can get the next three weeks right, “we as a country will find a way to live safely alongside the virus,” Mr. “They want to work, not get handouts.”Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa took his morning coffee at a Lisbon cafe and was having lunch at a restaurant with the speaker of parliament as officials encouraged people to support local businesses. As pandemic ebbs, Europe slowly reopens for summer

As churches, zoos, schools, beaches, and hairdressers reopen, all eyes will be on Europe over the next few weeks as countries navigate protecting people and reviving their economies. Xi’s address came amid sharp tensions between Beijing and President Donald Trump, who has suspended U.S. Small shops and other businesses reopened in places, including the capital, New Delhi. The area is home to such fashion houses as Armani, Versace, Ferragamo, Fendi, and Bottega Veneta, but its customers are mostly foreigners, and travel to Italy remains severely restricted.At Milan’s City Hall, hundreds of open-air vendors protested the failure of the city to come up with rules for non-food stands to reopen.”They haven’t worked for three months. China dedicated $2 billion to fight the coronavirus worldwide. “The pandemic is still there, and we must at least have safety precautions for the worst case that the figures get worse again.”More than 4.7 million people worldwide have tested positive for the coronavirus and over 315,000 deaths have been reported, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Costa told reporters “we can’t return to our old life as long as the virus is around” but said the economy must come back to life.In France, authorities were concerned after about 70 infections popped up in the country’s schools since they started reopening last week. and China over the spread of the virus. in the number of cases, but international health officials question Russia’s low official death toll of about 2,700.In India, people trickled outdoors after the government extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 but eased many restrictions. What are they going to do if they can’t reopen – steal, go ask charity?” said Nicola Zarrella, vice president of Euroimprese, which represents 22,000 market vendors in the Lombardy region. May 18, 2020

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Athens, Greece
Europe reopened more widely on Monday, allowing people into the Acropolis in Athens, high-fashion boutiques in Italy, museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland, and beer gardens in Bavaria. Mr. At the same time, India recorded its biggest single-day coronavirus surge with more than 5,200 new cases, along with 157 deaths.In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro greeted hundreds of supporters – and joined some in performing push-ups – who gathered to back his open-the-economy drive. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar represented the United States at the meeting, held online this year.New infections and deaths have slowed considerably in Europe, where some countries started easing lockdowns a month ago. Xi said he also supports the idea of a comprehensive review of the global response to COVID-19, which “should be based on science and professionalism, led by WHO, and conducted in objective and impartial manner.”China reported just seven new cases on Monday but kept tighter social-distancing rules in parts of the northeastern province of Jilin after a cluster of cases of unknown origin turned up.Moscow health officials said 77 people died of the virus in the Russian capital in the past 24 hours, the highest daily total so far. Trump claims China mishandled the outbreak early on, but China has defended its record. Virginia Mayo/AP

Hairdressers work in a salon with face shields and masks during the partial lifting of coronavirus lockdown regulations in Antwerp, Belgium, May 18, 2020. Loading… The EU and other countries have called for an independent evaluation of the WHO’s response to the pandemic “to review experience gained and lessons learned.”Mr. Jose Maria Galvan snapped on latex gloves and a face mask before distributing Communion to a dozen parishioners at his Sant’Eugenio parish.”Before I became a priest I was a surgeon, so for me gloves are normal,” he joked.In Milan, the Montenapoleone district of luxury boutiques reopened, but few if any shoppers were in sight. “We have done everything in our power to support and assist countries in need.”Mr. France reopened about 40,000 preschools and primary schools last week, with classes capped at 15 students.The WHO has been drawn into a blame game between the U.S. Bolsonaro has played down the virus even as it has swept through Latin America’s most populous country, leaving over 16,000 dead. Harris told RTE radio.Churches in Italy and at the Vatican resumed public Masses. Xi said that China had provided all relevant outbreak data to WHO and other countries, including the virus’ genetic sequence, “in a most timely fashion.””We have shared control and treatment experience with the world without reservation,” Mr.
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Hong Kong legislature erupts over pro-Beijing chair

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Kwok was replaced Friday by Chan Kin-por, who was appointed by the legislature’s president to preside over Monday’s election.After scuffles and shouting matches led to Mr. Lai, whose Apple Daily newspaper is critical of the Communist Party, and former lawmaker Martin Lee stood together as they tried to get through a media scrum outside the court in West Kowloon district. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpThe move “highlights how Beijing aims to reassert control over Hong Kong,” said political and corporate risk consultant Steve Vickers, the CEO of Steve Vickers and Associates. The bill would have allowed residents of Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, to be sent to mainland to stand trial.Mr. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, said last week that passing the bill was a priority for the government, and the bill will be presented to the committee on May 27. Within minutes, at least five lawmakers were ejected for disorderly behavior, with at least one lying injured on the ground as the meeting was briefly suspended.”Hong Kong is marching toward the beginning of the end of ‘one country, two systems’,” pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said after the meeting ended.The former British colony was returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” framework that gives Hong Kong its own legal system and greater rights than in the mainland.Ms. Hong Kong legislature erupts over pro-Beijing chair

On Monday, clashes broke out in the Hong Kong legislature after a pro-Beijing lawmaker was elected as chair. Chan ejecting most of the pro-democracy lawmakers, the election took place, with pro-Beijing lawmaker Starry Lee winning easily.Her election will likely speed up the passing of a controversial bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem. Besides the anthem bill, he noted a recent call by the Chinese central government’s top representative in Hong Kong to enact a national security law.At Monday’s meeting, pro-democracy lawmakers held up placards that read “Abuse of Power” and “CCP tramples HK legislature,” referring to China’s ruling Communist Party. Vincent Yu/AP

Legislator Wu Chi-wai is taken away by security during a Legislative Council’s House Committee meeting in Hong Kong, May 18, 2020. The central government in Beijing criticized deputy chairperson and pro-democracy lawmaker Dennis Kwok for deliberately delaying matters and causing a backlog of bills that affect public interest.Mr. They and the other activists were arrested on April 18.”We want to announce to the world that the root of disturbance in Hong Kong is the Chinese Communist Party, destroying, interfering with ‘one country, two systems,'” activist Lee Cheuk-yan said as the group stood together before going in.Mr. Scuffles broke out in Hong Kong’s legislature as the city’s pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps continue to wrestle for control. Mo urged Hong Kong residents to vote out those who “don’t care about Hong Kong’s future” in the legislative elections in September.Pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan accused security guards at Hong Kong’s legislature of “losing their impartiality,” after the guards surrounded the bench where the chairperson was seated and prevented pro-democracy lawmakers from getting close.Pro-Beijing lawmaker Martin Liao said the opposition camp had “assaulted some of the security officers” and disrupted “legitimate” election proceedings.Lawmakers clashed over the same issue on May 8, when Ms. May 18, 2020

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Hong Kong
Clashes broke out in Hong Kong’s legislature Monday for a second time this month as a pro-Beijing lawmaker was elected as chair of a key committee that scrutinizes bills, ending a prolonged struggle for control with the pro-democracy camp.The legislature’s House Committee, which vets bills and decides when to present them for a final vote, had been without a chairperson for more than six months. Vickers, the consultant, said some see the arrests as an attempt to neutralize key opposition leaders ahead of the legislative elections in September. Loading… The new chair could help passage of a law that criminalizes abuse of the Chinese national anthem. Lee occupied the chairperson’s seat more than an hour before the meeting was scheduled to start, saying that external legal counsel had advised that she had the power to preside over House Committee meetings.Pro-democracy lawmakers accused her of abusing her power and staged a walkout, leaving Ms. Lee and the pro-Beijing camp to clear several bills.Also Monday, 15 pro-democracy figures, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, appeared in court to face charges relating to months of anti-government protests last year sparked by an extradition bill that has since been withdrawn.

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Marinaro built a “Hug Time” device – essentially, a thin-plastic wall made with a PVC frame, a window insulation kit, and large-animal veterinary gloves. And nothing can stop a Nana’s love from being expressed. Venezuela, an oil producer, is in desperate need of gasoline and other refined fuel products to keep the country functioning amid an economic collapse under socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Innovation triumphs over COVID-19 fears. to drop off ballots with election clerks in the presidential primary election. “We could have put a plastic bag over you or over them   …”   Mrs. “If the United States, just like pirates, intends to create insecurity on international waterways, it would be taking a dangerous risk and that will certainly not go without repercussion,” Iran’s Nour news agency said Saturday. on NBC.Friday, May 22Window on Chinese power. Look AheadMonday, May 18Helping homeless youth. ET on Amazon Prime Video, iHeartRadio Broadway, Facebook and YouTube, among other sites. “We invite them … No paywall. Both nations are struggling under tough U.S. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Florida, where today marks the start of next phase of the state’s reopening with restaurants and museum capacity rising from 25 to 50 percent, and theme parks may submit plans for reopening.2. Museums and theaters bring the arts home. Greece has managed to contain its outbreak are gradually lifting lock down measures. Five tankers carrying Iranian gasoline worth about $45 million are bound for Venezuela, a provocative move apparently aimed at getting Washington’s attention. Rose Gagnon embraces her great-grandchildren through a plastic sheet in Rockford, Illinois. Hawaii canceled its in-person April primary and set a Saturday deadline for mail-in ballots. The state requires anyone arriving from out of state to quarantine for 14 days and recently arrested a New Yorker for violating the ban.Innovation Watch

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Finally, a hug! Gagnon later told WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois. as long as they follow the rules,” one Greek mayor told Reuters. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

New social circles: People relax in marked circles for proper social distancing at Domino Park in Brooklyn, Sunday, May 17, 2020, in New York. A pantheon of Broadway stars, as well as Dolly Parton, Jon Bon Jovi,and Meryl Streep, are participating in performances to raise funds for Covenant House, a nonprofit that provides shelter and food for homeless and runaway youth in the U.S. And cries of, “It’s hug time!”    Nana stepped up and put her arms into the contraption. But in Rockford, Illinois, Carly Marinaro and her five kids decided they’d gone long enough without a squeeze from great grandma. Tourism is central to many island and coastal economies and Greece hopes to reopen to international visitors by July. Trump said Mr. AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

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From pandemic to famine: Can world meet food crisis fast enough? Democrats and a few Republicans are upset over President Donald Trump’s firing of another inspector general, this time at the U.S. Loading… sanctions. Trump has removed three other federal watchdogs. One of the difficult sacrifices in this era of social distancing is a warm embrace. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell are scheduled to testify to a Senate committee about the multi-trillion-dollar federal rescue packages for individuals and businesses.Thursday, May 21Helping kids living in poverty. 3. It’s a signal that China is ready to return to normality. Editor’s note: As a public service,   all our coronavirus coverage   is free. The gradual reopening of tourist destinations for locals is underway. How’s the rescue going? There are more than 75 federal inspector generals, who are charged with the detection and prevention of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. May 18, 2020

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What can we learn from Greece, Bali, Portugal, Florida, and Hawaii? Iran may be inviting a U.S. “We haven’t seen anything like this before,” one oil analyst told the Associated Press. It just means a lot,” Ms. Trump announced late Friday that he was firing Steve Linick, an Obama administration appointee who had reportedly begun an investigation into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo   used an aide to do personal errands, such as walking his dog. Blake Shelton, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, James Taylor and Adrienne Warren are among the performers scheduled to participate in the annual “Red Nose Day Special” to raise money for American children who live in poverty. Greece, which has been under lockdown for two months and has seen few cases of COVID-19, reopened more than 500 beaches Saturday with strict social distancing rules, including police drones overhead. “I wanted to cry because I couldn’t believe that this was happening. Iran’s gasoline lifeline to Venezuela. Welcome to your Monday, May 18, 2020, sunrise briefing. Here are three news events from this past weekend (while you may have been attending a drive-in movie, bird watching, and enjoying an offline life). Gagnon said, embracing her great grandson while an impatience great-granddaughter hopped up and down saying “my turn, my turn!”The video of that first embrace has been viewed on Facebook more than 9.7 million times. confrontation – which could boost global oil prices. At 9 p.m. Nana! The show is at 8 p.m. The body is mostly a rubber stamp on Communist Party leadership decisions, but the gathering of nearly 3,000 lawmakers can offer insights about economic and military policy shifts, as well as leadership changes.Saturday, May 23Democratic deadline. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpTuesday, May 19Another 2020 primary election. Linick no longer had his “full confidence.” Democrats called it “an illegal act of retaliation” that undermined the accountability and integrity of the government.
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Greece at the vanguard of cautious tourism reopening

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From Monday, travel across mainland   Greece   and to Crete will be allowed, and from May 25 to the islands.”This is a crucial turning point in our efforts and we must succeed,” said Nikos Hardalias,   Greece’s civil protection minister.Tourism officials say they hope to welcome back foreign holidaymakers in July.”The message is that   Greece   is a very safe and hospitable country. May 17, 2020

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Reuters

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Greeks flocked to the seaside this weekend when more than 500 beaches reopened, as the country sought to walk the fine line between protecting people from COVID-19 while reviving the tourism sector that many depend on for their livelihoods.For many in   Greece, it was a first foray into a big public venue since the country began easing its lockdown earlier this month, and it also coincided with the first heatwave of the year.Sun-seekers were required to respect distancing rules, which even stipulated how far umbrellas must be kept apart.No more than 40 people were allowed per 1,000 square meters (10,750 sq ft), while umbrella poles had to be four meters (13 ft) apart, with canopies no closer than one meter, according to a government-issued manual, complete with diagram.At Alimos, a popular beach just south of Athens, people queued up from the early morning to nab their spot in the sunshine. Beaches may be closed again if they get too crowded. Countries globally look to ease restrictions in an attempt to revive their economies. Hawaii authorities are continuing to crack down on tourists who are visiting beaches, shopping and generally flouting strict requirements that they quarantine for 14 days after arriving. Loading… to come and relax a bit after being locked in,” Yannis Tentomas, who is in his 70s, said as he settled down under an umbrella.He said he was complying with distancing rules, adding: “It’s like a gun to the head.”The manager of the beach, Nikos Venieris, said visitors were following the rules so far and he hoped they would continue to do so during the summer.”We’re traveling an unknown road, and we don’t know where it’s going to end up,” he added.At a neighboring beach a drone buzzed over sun-loungers, with loudspeakers urging people to keep safe distances from each other.The lifting of the lockdown comes as countries around Europe and the world look to ease restrictions imposed to curb the pandemic, in an attempt to resurrect their economies.’TURNING POINT’Greece   has reported a fraction of the COVID-19 cases of neighboring countries – more than 2,800 infections with 160 deaths. They aren’t allowed to leave for anything other than medical emergencies. From May 4, it began a phased-in easing of the lockdown that had been in place since mid-March.The country of 11 million people is one of the most dependent in Europe on tourism, which generates about a fifth of its economic output.Following the reopening of Greek beaches, people will be permitted to attend Church Mass from May 17, while archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, will reopen for visitors on Monday, May 18. Reuters/Costas Baltas

Greeks return to the seashore during the official reopening of beaches following the easing of measures against the spread of the coronavirus, in Athens, Greece, May 16, 2020. The government already allowed beach access for some sports.Tourism, including on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, accounts for about 15% of the economy and 9% of employment. On Saturday, it was reported that a New Yorker was arrested after he posted photos of himself on Instagram surfing, sunbathing, and walking around Waikiki at night. Whatever the elders in the villages said, people will abide,” Ngurah Wijaya, adviser to the Bali Tourism Board,   told Bloomberg News. Greece at the vanguard of cautious tourism reopening

Greece opened beaches this weekend. The country has been less affected by the pandemic than Italy or neighboring Spain.In Indonesia, the island of Bali – a major tourist destination – is emerging as another success story in handling the pandemic. Bali’s governing structure of village committees has been credited with stemming the virus’s spread. “The villages have a very strong influence on the community. Hawaii currently has no plans to lift the quarantine on non-residents until the end of June. It is one of the nations most dependent on tourism, which generates about a fifth of its economic revenue. We invite them and are waiting for them to come, as long as they follow the rules,” Alimos Mayor Andreas Kondylis said.Greece’s lockdown, plus the shutdown of much of the world, and most air travel, is likely to have a profound effect on a country only just starting to recover from a decade of financial turmoil and austerity.Authorities expect anything between a 5% and 10% decline in economic output this year, before recovering in 2021.PORTUGAL’S REOPENINGPortugal’s government plans to reopen beaches on June 6 as it eases confinement measures put in place to contain the coronavirus outbreak, reports Bloomberg.Rules will include keeping a distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet) between people and signs will indicate how full each beach is, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said at a Lisbon news conference on Friday. “This has enabled the government to impose its policies down to the community level effectively.”But Bali has no plans to allow international visitors to return until October. For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of Trump”This is the best thing for us elderly … That means no grocery shopping, no strolls on the beach, no hotel housekeeping services.   His bail was set at $4,000.Visitors sign a document agreeing to remain in a hotel room or residence.
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Why five Iranian fuel tankers are bound for Venezuela

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By Jon Gambrell
Associated Press

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two United States-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington.The tankers’ voyage came after Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolás Maduro   already turned to Iran for help in flying in chemicals needed at an aging refinery   amid a gasoline shortage, a symptom of the wider economic and political chaos gripping Latin America’s one-time largest oil producer.For Iran, the tankers may represent a way to bring money into its cash-starved Shiite theocracy and put its own pressure on the U.S., which under President Donald Trump has pursued maximalist campaigns against both nations.But the strategy invites the chance of a renewed confrontation between the Islamic Republic and America both in the Persian Gulf, which saw a series of escalating incidents often involving the oil industry last year, and wider afield.“This is like a new one for everyone,” said Capt. That council includes members of Iran’s civilian government, its military and its paramilitary, hard-line Revolutionary Guard.“If the United States, like pirates, intends to create insecurity on international highways, it will take a dangerous risk that will certainly not go unnoticed,” the agency warned in its brief report.The Nour item, later picked up by other semiofficial news agencies in Iran, follows a pattern by Tehran of issuing veiled threats through such reports even as officials don’t directly acknowledge them.Quoted by a website affiliated to Iranian state television, Cabinet spokesman Ali Rabiei on Saturday said he did not have any information on the ships.“We have to sell our oil and we have access to its paths,” Mr. Five Iranian tankers are now sailing to Venezuela carrying gasoline from this Iranian refinery. He referred questions to the State Department, which did not immediately respond.A senior official in the Trump administration told Reuters on Thursday the United States was considering measures it could take in response to   Iran’s shipment of fuel to Venezuela.Venezuela is in desperate need of gasoline and other refined fuel products to keep the country functioning amid an economic collapse under socialist President Maduro. Rob Lodewick, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to comment on the Iranian vessels. A Venezuelan official said last month that Venezuela had received refining materials via plane from   Iran   to help it start a unit at the 310,000 barrel-per-day Cardon refinery, which is necessary to produce gasoline.Analysts already have been warning about the growing chance for a renewed confrontation between the U.S. Since a pressure campaign on Iranian vessels began,   notably with the temporary seizure of an Iranian tanker last year by Gibraltar, the country’s ships have been unable to fly flags of convenience of other nations, a common practice in international shipping.The ships all appear to have been loaded from the Persian Gulf Star Refinery near Bandar Abbas, Iran, which makes gasoline, Mr. The vessel later changed its destination as “TO ORDER” two days later, though the ship remains on a route that will see it leave the Mediterranean Sea and be in position to sail on to Venezuela.Another tanker, the Forest, changed its AIS destination to “S. Raja said. Army Maj. Why five Iranian fuel tankers are bound for Venezuela

For Iran, the oil tankers going to Venezuela may be a way to bring money into its cash-starved country and put pressure on the Trump administration. 

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In 2017, Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, inaugurates the Persian Gulf Star Refinery in Bandar Abbas, Iran. military exercise in the Caribbean to the tankers. accused Iran of conducting   “dangerous and harassing” maneuvers   near American warships in the northern Persian Gulf. sanctions.U.S. Treasury, State Department and Coast Guard issued an advisory warning the maritime industry of illegal shipping and sanctions-dodging tactics by countries including Iran.The advisory repeated an earlier promise of up to $15 million for information disrupting the Guard’s finances. Rabiei said. Raja said Refinitiv had no data on any Iranian gasoline shipment ever going to South America before.TankerTrackers.com, a website focused on the oil trade at sea, first reported the ships likely were heading to Venezuela.The capacity of the five ships is some 175,000 metric tons. “piracy” threatened the “disruption of Iran’s fuel transmission to Venezuela.” Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, issued a similar warning to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, who looks out for American interests there.It remains unclear how the U.S. On the open market, the gasoline and product carried within them would be worth at least $45.5 million, though Iran likely reached a discounted, non-cash deal with Caracas given the circumstances the two nations face, Mr. sanctions imposed on Iran, also-sanctioned Venezuela appears to be the country that would have nothing to lose from accepting the shipments. AMERICA TO ORDER” on May 14.Three others – the Faxon, the Fortune, and the Petunia – all appear on routes that could take them to Venezuela. Mr. On Thursday, the U.S. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying the U.S. “Iran and Venezuela are two independent nations that have had trade with each other and they will in the future.”But that all changed on late Sunday, when Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote a letter to U.N. The ships then traveled around the Arabian Peninsula and through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea, according to data collected from the ship’s Automatic Identification System, or AIS, which acts as a tracking beacon.One of the vessels, the Clavel, listed its AIS destination as Caracas beginning on May 12, according to log data from ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com. accuses it of attacking tankers in the region amid tensions over Mr. Raja said.As news about the tankers grew, an Iranian news agency called Nour, believed to have ties to the country’s Supreme National Security Council, published an item on its website on early Saturday trying to link a U.S. It also warned anyone “knowingly engaged in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petroleum” faced U.S. “We haven’t seen anything like this before.”
For some seniors, virus is shifting their views of TrumpAll the vessels involved belong to Iranian state-owned or state-linked companies, flying under the Iranian flag. Venezuela produces crude oil but its infrastructure has been crippled during the economic crisis. Ranjith Raja, an analyst who tracks oil shipments by sea at the data firm Refinitiv, of the gasoline shipments. Iran also had been suspected of   briefly seizing a Hong Kong-flagged oil tanker   just before that.Iran seized ships last summer and the U.S. will respond to the tankers. Loading… Trump unilaterally withdrawing America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in 2018. and Iran, whose government   downplayed and then struggled for weeks   with the coronavirus pandemic.In April, the U.S.

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