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President Trump tweeted Sunday evening — after oil prices soared following attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure — that "there is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification."

Between the lines: Trump's statement was an implicit threat to Iran, based on a tweet hours earlier from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said "Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply."

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What he's saying: Moments later, Trump followed his comments up by tweeting, "The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, "No Conditions." That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)."

Flashback: In June, the president told NBC's "Meet The Press that he wanted to talk with Iran with "no preconditions."

  • A transcript posted to the State Department's website last week shows Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed on "Fox News Sunday" of the possibility of Trump meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "He has said he’d meet with him with no preconditions," Pompeo said.
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that Trump "has said he would sit down with Rouhani with no conditions," CNN reports.

The other side: Iran denied earlier Sunday U.S. accusations that it was behind the drone attacks, which targeted the world's largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq and a major oil field at Khurais in Saudi Arabia the previous day.

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that "blaming Iran won't end the disaster" in Yemen and claimed the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign that targeted Iran with sanctions had failed, accusing Pompeo of turning to turning to "max deceit" with his oil attacks accusation.
"Blaming Iran won't end disaster. Accepting our April '15 proposal to end war & begin talks may."
— Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized Wednesday for acting in a way that made women feel "uncomfortable," but insisted that he has "never touched anyone inappropriately" and said he will not resign.

Driving the news: Cuomo reiterated in his first public appearance since sexual harassment allegations surfaced that he will fully cooperate with a team of independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, but suggested that demands for his resignation from were simply "politics."

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Facebook will finally allow advertisers to resume running political and social issue ads in the U.S. on Thursday, according to a company update.

The big picture: Facebook and rival Google instituted political ad bans to slow the spread of misinformation and curb confusion around the presidential election and its aftermath.

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Artificial intelligence is becoming a true industry, with all the pluses and minuses that entails, according to a sweeping new report.

Why it matters: AI is now in nearly every area of business, with the pandemic pushing even more investment in drug design and medicine. But as the technology matures, challenges around ethics and diversity grow.