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Rouhani says regional stability impossible without Iran

A senior European Union diplomat said yesterday (17 January) that the foreign policy team of US President-elect Donald Trump had misunderstood the Iran nuclear deal and that it was not up for renegotiation. In a jibe at the billion-dollar deals signed between Trump and the Saudi government, he said: "You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower". Read More »

Trump Says Muslim Countries Must Take Lead In Fighting Terror

The message Trump conveyed on Sunday was one of understanding - but there was also a clear call to action. His signature phrase " radical Islamic terrorism " was not included in the speech . His speech was denounced by many Republicans and criticised by a number of America's Middle East allies as being a sort of apology. Trump spoke in the Saudi capital to leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries. Read More »

UK's May says police think they know attacker's identity

Officers are now attempting to establish if he "was acting alone or as part of a network". "I am both shocked and heartbroken by the horrific explosion at the Manchester Arena in England", Cuomo said in a statement Monday. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words". President Donald Trump , who is now in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, also condemned the " evil losers " behind Monday night's attack. Read More »

Trump in Bethlehem to meet Palestinian president


The announcement by World Bank President Jim Young Kim came during a visit to Saudi Arabia by President Trump, who was accompanied by his wife, Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as promised. "That said, the hypocrisy is concerning, and the general miasma of corruption that surrounds all things Trump suggests some extra scrutiny here", he added. Read More »

Iran President Hassan Rouhani Blasts Trump's Saudi Summit

Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, refuted the comments by the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for urging a policy shift in Tehran's conduct during President Hassan Rouhani's second term. New French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Rouhani for his re-election on Saturday and said this reinforced the hope his government would apply the worldwide nuclear agreement. Read More »

France's President Macron appoints cabinet with figures from the left and right


Socialist party stalwart and veteran of François Hollande's government Jean-Yves Le Drian remains in the government but moves over from defence minister to Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Sylvie Goulard, a 52-year-old centrist MEP from the southern city of Marseille, is little known to the French public, having spent much of her career in Brussels. Read More »

Sonia Gandhi expresses shock over Manchester terror attack

Messages of support poured in from around the world, including from President Donald Trump. Her management have released a statement saying "we mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act". Later video showed people diving over railings. Family members said the girls had not been heard from since the explosion. The local hospital, Wythenshawe, said it was dealing with "mass casualties". Read More »

Trump arrives in Israel, says peace deal is crucial

Mr Trump is due to travel to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday. Trump said the Saudi Arabia trip gave him "new reasons for hope" that peace could be achieved in the Middle East. And Mr Trump could face questions over claims he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials. Trump has projected optimism that the time is right to reach a peace deal despite heavy skepticism from experts on the topic, and his comments about Arab ... Read More »

Trump flight from Saudi to Israel thought to be first ever


Despite pledging during the campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States embassy to the city, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their own, Trump last week backed off tentative plans to announce the bold move during Trump's visit to the city amid a wave of warnings from U.S. Read More »

TPP Nations Agree To Continue Without US

New US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said there was no way back. He said the door remains open to the US, even after President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact in January, saying he prefers bilateral free trade deals. Supporters hope, however, that moving ahead will prevent more than five years of work hammering out the trade rules from being wasted, and keep the agreement on life support in case political conditions eventually change in the US. Read More »

Exit polls show Merkel's CDU wins key German election


Pundits say the SPD needs to win in the NRW if the party's candidate for chancellery, Martin Schulz, is to pose a serious threat to Angela Merkel in the upcoming national elections scheduled for September 24. The state leader of the SDP in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hannelore Kraft , resigned immediately in a bid to deflect the loss away from Schulz. The CDU focused its campaign in the state, for decades an SPD stronghold, on attacking the SPD for failing to tackle local issues like crumbling ... Read More »

How the Greens could wield power in a minority government


With the vote count not complete, the Liberals, which are not linked to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal Liberal Party, had won 43 seats in the 87-seat provincial legislature. Recounts and absentee ballots could still sway the final tally. Political newcomer Mitzi Dean, while clearly helped by the electoral track record of NDP predecessor Maurine Karagianis, has to be given full credit for handily defeating well-known Liberal candidate Barb Desjardins for the ... Read More »

Pro-EU Macron marches into French presidency


But he faces a tall order to convert his victory into the majority he needs to implement his ambitious agenda of labour, welfare and education reforms. The ramifications of Macron's victory were also reverberating through Le Pen's National Front (FN), with the announcement that her influential niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen is quitting politics - for now. Read More »

Trump's message in Holocaust memorial guestbook draws criticism


On a visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, the president and first lady Melania Trump laid a wreath on a stone slab under which ashes from some of those killed in concentration camps are buried. The president also talked about his visit to the Western Wall, where he said he prayed "for wisdom from God", and his visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem where he said that he vowed "never again". Read More »

China begin bilateral talks over maritime dispute on Friday

She said Japan should focus on building trust among regional countries and promoting peace and stability. Biazon said the favorable ruling of the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration favoring the Philippines in the territorial dispute over the South China Sea gives the country the moral authority to speak out against China's actions. Read More »

UN Security Council condemns North Korea's latest missile launch


The United States has for weeks been negotiating a new Security Council sanctions resolution with China. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the latest test a "challenge to the world".KCNA said the North was ready to start mass-producing the new medium-range ballistic missile , which it said is capable of reaching Japan and major American military bases.The North's latest launch came a week after North Korea successfully tested a new midrange missile that Pyongyang said could carry ... Read More »

Bahrain security forces push into Shi'ite leader's home village


Bahrain has been shaken by unrest since security forces crushed Shia-led protests demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister in 2011. He was also stripped of citizenship a year ago, sparking the sit-in outside of his residence in Diraz. In a meeting with Bahrain's King Hamad in Saudi Arabia at the weekend, US President Donald Trump made a clear break from previous US policy. Read More »

Trump Just Got Back From the Middle East

Trump gave his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives Monday night in the bombing in Manchester , England. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') says he is ready to be President Donald Trump's partner in trying to reach a Mideast deal that would establish a Palestinian state on lands Israel captured half a century ago. Read More »

Justice Department orders tougher criminal punishments


Now, prosecutors will return to the highest level of the war on drugs , seeking to put away low-level offenders for decades, disrupting their lives and the lives of their families. Attorney, with the reasons recorded in the case file. Though Holder did say that prosecutors ordinarily should charge the most serious offense, he instructed them to do an "individualized assessment" of the defendant's conduct. Read More »

Several dead at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK after explosion


The Prime Minister said "The police and emergency services have as always acted with courage and on behalf of the country I want to express our gratitude to them". The school posted a photo of Georgina on its website, smiling and look smart in her school uniform. Saffie had attended the concert by United States singer Ariana Grande with her mother and older sister, both of whom are believed to be in hospital receiving treatment. Read More »

Trump calls on the worldwide community to fight terrorism


Drive them out of your places of worship". There was a George W Bush moment too when Mr Trump referred to the battle between good and evil. American Muslim groups also reacted with caution, applauding Trump's conciliatory tone even while condemning some of his administration's policies, such as its attempt to enact a temporary travel ban against six majority-Muslim countries. Read More »

Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer

Trump's schedule over the two-day Israeli leg includes visits to Christian and Jewish holy sites, meetings with Israel's president and prime minister, and a trip to Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. To say that Trump is going through the motions in terms of seeking a resumption of peace talks would be an exaggeration. Still, White House officials have downplayed expectations for a significant breakthrough on this trip. Read More »

Putin expresses deep condolences to United Kingdom over terror attack in Manchester


The blast occurred just before 10:35 p.m. local time as the concert was wrapping up, according to Greater Manchester Police. Following the incident, campaigning for the June 8 General Election has been suspended. Our hearts go out to all affected and to our city's emergency services". My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. Read More »

Trump close to picking outside counsel for Russian Federation probe


It was Trump's first time taking questions since his Justice Department named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to probe Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. No". Members of key congressional committees pledged Sunday to proceed with aggressive investigations into Russia's meddling in the US election and any ties with the Trump campaign, saying the American people need a full airing as to why former FBI director James Comey was ousted. Read More »

Donald Trump hails 'unbreakable bond' with Israel ahead of peace talks


It comes as he contends with a raft of problems back home, including a special counsel investigating whether his associates colluded with Russian Federation. The heaviest violence occurred at the Qalandia checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem , where dozens of Palestinian youths set tires and garbage on fire and hurled bottles and stones at Israeli troops. Read More »

So, just what did Trump's note in the Western Wall say?

U.S. President Donald Trump (1st, L) and his wife Melania Trump (2nd L) pose for photos with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (1st, R) and his wife Sara Netanyahu in Jerusalem , on May 22, 2017 . The White House has said it doesn't expect any sort of breakthrough on the peace process on this trip. McCain said that Trump and Obama's stances on Israel are "polar opposites", and it's an encouraging change for those who support Israel. Read More »

Trump speaks alongside PM Netanyahu in Israel


Trump absolutely shared that information with the Russians. For his part, Trump tweeted last week that he has "the absolute right " to share information with the Kremlin. Former US officials and experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have acknowledged the increasing rapprochement between Israel and Arab enemies of Iran , but have cautioned that the political conditions between Israelis and Palestinians have gone largely unchanged in recent years. Read More »

Saudi Arabia calls for extension of oil supply cuts to drain stocks

According to recent data released by energy services firm Baker Hughes, the number of oil rigs deployed in the USA rose by a further eight to 720 last week, taking the increase from late November past year - when OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed to cut production levels by around 1.8 million barrels per day - to over 50%. Read More »

Jason Chaffetz to Announce Plans to Leave Congress by End of June

He is planned to speak with reporters at his home south of Salt Lake City later Thursday afternoon. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who sits on the oversight committee, said he had not spoken to Chaffetz directly, but was aware of his discussions with others about plans to step down from Congress. Read More »

Trump believes Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu frequently boasts of his behind-the-scenes cooperation with moderate Sunni countries that are believed to include Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. CNBC could identify no major news media accounts that said Trump himself had identified Israel as the source. On the men's side, Trump approached the Wall alone, rested the palm of his hand on it and stood silently for about 15 seconds. Read More »