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Iran Accuses US Of Meddling In Iraq
While some policymakers have floated the option of working with Iran to stem the crisis in Iraq, it would appear the Islamic state has no interest in working with the US.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claims the US is attempting to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries and condemned the deployment of 300 military advisers to the region.

“We are strongly opposed to U.S. and other intervention in Iraq. We don’t approve of it as we believe the Iraqi government, nation and religious authorities are capable of ending the sedition,” he said, according to Reuters.

Obama Does Not View ISIS As Immediate Threat
In one in series of one-on-one interviews, President Obama maintained that the terrorist group ISIS is not an immediate threat, but rather “a medium and long-term threat” to the United States.

His view, however, is not shared by the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, California’s Diane Feinstein, who said ISIS poses a direct threat.

She noted on CNN on Sunday that there are “at least 100” American passport-holders fighting with ISIS, and an unknown number from European countries.

US-China Relations On A Local Level
What do a city in Oregon and another in China have in common? Apparently enough for them to sign a mayoral-level trade city partnership last week.

Changsha, the capital of China’s inland Hunan Province, and Portland, Oregon share a commitment to sustainable development and the trade pact will be geared toward removing the barriers – including language – for environmentally-conscious firms to establish a presence in each city.

Owen Washburn and Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution note that partnerships between metropolitan areas typically have been limited to “sister city” connections or cultural exchanges, “but this kind of business relationship between cities in the United States and abroad is new and important as metro areas in rapidly-urbanizing nations like China drive global demand.”

For more on Portland’s efforts to expand its reach in a globalized world, click HERE.

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