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Erdogan congratulates Iran's Rouhani over election win

Oubai Shahbandar, a Syrian-American analyst and fellow at the New America Foundation's International Security Program, said Tehran seems to go to great lengths to complain when the United States and the Arab Coalition take it to task "for its very real and unsafe malign activity". Read More »

Trump, Abbas say peace deal with Israel is possible

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He said the Palestinians' "fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it". Netanyahu must deal with opposition from right-wing nationalist elements within his coalition who oppose any Palestinian state being created in occupied territory where hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers now live. Read More »

President Trump wraps Mideast trip after Bethlehem, Jerusalem meetings

Meeting Netanyahu in Washington in February, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting Israeli right-wingers who want to see most of the West Bank annexed. Yes, English isn't Netanyahu's first language, but the Israeli prime minister made a particularly awkward comment during an address at the Israel Museum. Read More »

Pope meets Trump, asks him to be peacemaker

Wednesday morning, on the third leg of his first foreign trip as president, Trump met with the pope at the Apostolic Palace. Before parting ways, President Trump thanked the pontiff and said, "I won't forget what you said". "I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world", Trump wrote , linking to a video showing the two men sitting across from each other at the pope's desk. Read More »

United Kingdom terror threat level raised to critical

The Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group took responsibility for the attack, saying "one of the soldiers of the Caliphate" had been able "to place an explosive device" at the Manchester Arena. Families were separated, with dozens of young people taken to nearby hotels overnight, and some parents were still desperately searching for their children on Tuesday. Read More »

President Trump Meets With Palestinian President Abbas

KEITH: Trump was sharing the stage with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reported back about his earlier meeting with the Palestinian leader, Abbas. He has since said the move was still being looked at. "Well, I hope this heralds a real change. One needs to seize it, show leadership and boldness, and we will help them". Read More »

State Department: Syria Using Crematorium to Hide Atrocities

The State Department said Monday that it believes about 50 detainees are being hanged each day at the Saydnaya military prison, a 45-minute drive north of Damascus. Russia, Jones said, "has either aided in or passively looked away as the regime has" engaged in years of "mass murders" and other atrocities , including extensive bombing of hospitals and other health-care sites and the use of chemical weapons on both civilians and rebel forces. Read More »

Bolling on Anthony Weiner: 'He Is a Sick Human Being'

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The judge will decide his punishment and he will be sentenced on September 8. But the sexting didn't stop, and a series of explicit exchanges continued in early 2016 with a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina, two highly knowledgeable sources told NBC News in September. Read More »

Donald Trump's Saudi Arabia speech: eight key points

That's not the case in many countries, such as Saudi Arabia , he went on. - He said: "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it". His speech at an Arab-Islamic-American summit marked a dramatic departure from the rhetoric during his presidential campaign - most notable was his deliberate decision not to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" as he pointedly did as a candidate, the Wall Street ... Read More »

Seoul says North Korean object that drew fire was likely balloon

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The United Nations Security Council condemned the launch on Monday and accused North Korea of "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance", according to Reuters . Tensions are high in the region over the nuclear-armed North's weapons ambitions. "It is important to lower North Korea's foreign currency earnings, and prevent nuclear-missile-related shipment and technological transfer in order to prevent North Korea's nuclear-missile development". Read More »

Iran election: Hardliner Qalibaf withdraws candidacy

A survey by the state-affiliated Iranian Students Polling Agency last week showed the potential implications: support for Rouhani was at 42 percent, with Raisi on 27 percent and Qalibaf at 25 percent. The former prosecutor is now head of a multi-billion-dollar charitable foundation that manages donations to Iran's holiest shrine in the city of Mashhad. Read More »

Melania Trump wants no part of Donald Trump's hand-holding efforts

Abbas' newfound willingness to cooperate can be seen as a response to Trump's strong rhetoric regarding his commitment to make what he has called "the ultimate deal" between the two historically hostile nations. Trump's remarks came during his first foreign trip as president, a sweep of five countries over nine days. Further, the US leader did not bring up the issue of sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem, which both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their capital. Read More »

Trump budget: More tolls and private rest areas, less money for DOT

One of Trump's proposals would limit government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults who don't have dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely without finding work. The budget will reduce the SNAP food subsidy program for low-income families - a total of 44 million people in 2016 - by nearly $200 billion and it authorizes more responsibility for the states in defining requirements for the program's beneficiaries in terms of minimum hours worked and actively conducting job ... Read More »

Italy coast guard says at least 20 dead in migrant capsizing

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He warned that, among the 31 dead according to MOAS , "most are toddlers". The coast guard, which is coordinating migrant rescues, has dispatched other rescue vessels to the area to try to find any survivors. Some 50,000 migrants have been rescued at sea en route to Italy this so far this year, a 46 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Two weeks ago, the German NGO Sea-Watch reported an aggressive intervention by the Libyan coastguard as it tried to take control of a large wooden ... Read More »

Police release name of Manchester bomber

May called raising the country's terror threat level and deploying soldiers to patrol key sites a "proportionate and sensible response" to the suicide bombing . Members of the city's Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Sikh communities said they wanted to show that Manchester, while shocked, would not be cowed. "It was just a race to get out really", said 14-year-old Charlotte Fairclough, who got tickets to the show as a Christmas present, attending with a friend. Read More »

Former Ethiopia minister Tedros Adhanom elected as new World Health Organization chief

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Tedros served as Ethiopian health minister from 2005-2012 during when he managed to boost health care access across Ethiopia by creating over 3,500 health centres and deploying almost 40,000 Army of health workers. Tedros needs to be very clear that he will call out countries that fail to abide by World Health Organization norms of honest and transparent disease reporting", Gostin said in an email. Read More »

International Climate Talks Advance Despite US Indecision

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Hendricks said future climate action would require farsightedness, political courage, intelligent regulations and getting corporations on board. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A ) ( RDS.B ) CEO Ben van Beurden told the Trump administration not to pull out of the Paris Agreement addressing climate change , the Financial Times reports . Read More »

Govt abolishes FIPB, new mechanism for FDI approval on anvil

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The Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi , met today and agreed to the abolition of the FIPB, Fiannce Minister Arun Jaitley said briefing reporters after the meeting. Only 11 sectors now require approval through the FIPB, he said. On the proposals pending with the FIPB, he said they will go back to the ministries concerned. Read More »

8-Year-Old, Teen Are First Identified Victims of UK Concert Blast

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the carnage, which was condemned by world leaders including US President Donald Trump, who branded people carrying out atrocities "evil losers". The suicide bombing came at the conclusion of Grande's concert at the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, one of Europe's largest indoor venues. Kelly Brewster, from Sheffield was reported missing by relatives who appealed for help finding her. Read More »

Trump Proclaims 'New Reason To Hope' After Landing In Israel

One Twitter account shared a fake tweet by President Trump , which said: "Cyrus the Great was buried in a sceptre of tremendous power". "Of course, there is still much work to be done". president. "The Iranian regime has been the spearhead of terrorism since the Khomeini revolution until today", said King Salman. As a journalist who has traveled to Muslim countries around the world my experience has been similar. Read More »

Egypt denies Sudan claims of providing vehicles to rebels

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The Halayeb Triangle, which comprises three cities under Egyptian control, has been a source of tension between the two countries since Sudan gained independence from joint British-Egyptian rule in 1956, with rows occurring at times over the right to manage the region's petroleum resources. Read More »

USA strikes Syrian regime-allied forces

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. would defend its troops in case of "aggressive" steps against them. "It is illegitimate, unlawful and yet another gross violation of Syria's sovereignty", Lavrov also said in televised comments while on a trip to Cyprus. Read More »

Melania slaps Trump when he tries to hold her hand

Trump also expressed an even loftier hope than an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement: "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an wonderful accomplishment". Read More »

President & Melania Trump Meet the Pope: Photos From the Vatican

The pope's interpreter could be heard translating a comment by the pope to the Slovenian-born First Lady: "What do you give him to eat?" Trump will later meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. "I think it's cool that we are here on this historical day when our president's here". The visit caps a whirlwind tour by Trump through countries that are home to the holiest sites for three of the world's leading religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Read More »

The student dropout who brought terror to Manchester

Twenty-two people were killed late on Monday when a suicide bomber detonated a device packed with metal nuts and bolts as thousands of people streamed out of a concert in Manchester, northern England, by US singer Ariana Grande . "The Sun" Newspaper printed what it said was a photo of the alleged attacker, who police have identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi . Prime Minister Theresa May issued a caution saying that another attack in the country could be imminent. Read More »

Trump Arrives Israel In Search Of Peace Process

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The Foreign Ministry also informed them that attendance was not mandatory. He cast uncertainty over years of global efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Netanyahu at the White House in February. "Netanyahu has no interest in shaking things up". Education Minister Naftali Bennett took the opportunity to tell Trump that with Israel celebrating 50 years since the war in which it took the eastern sector of Jerusalem from Jordan, " now's the time to recognise Jerusalem ". Read More »

'He Is Something': Trump Visits Pope Francis At The Vatican

Mr Trump, seeming subdued, said "it is a great honour". "He is something", Trump said . After the talks, the president's delegation was let in and there was the exchange of gifts. Some listeners apparently thought they heard "pizza", and the pool report of the meeting said they used the word "potizza", and identified the food in question as "apparently a Slovenian treat". Read More »

China ready to normalise ties with S.Korea: Xi

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South Korea and Japan have agreed to resolve a row over a 2015 deal on Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women in a future-oriented manner, President Moon Jae-in's special envoy said Saturday. South Korea has complained that some of its companies doing business in China have faced discrimination in retaliation for the Thaad deployment. "We did not mention scrapping the agreement, but made it clear that most South Koreans can not accept the deal", Moon told reporters, upon ... Read More »

'I woke up shaking' - Manchester concertgoer recalls night of terror

She thought "that could have been me". Signs of solidarity went up across Manchester on Tuesday, with "I Love Manchester " signs appearing on roadsides and buildings. "And if there turn out to be others responsible, to seek them out and bring them to justice". He is believed to have traveled by train from London before the attack, they said. Read More »

Trump Doesn't Rule Out Trip to Western Wall With Netanyahu

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Daniel, thanks so much for speaking with us. The president also lambasted the nuclear deal reached between the USA and Iran under the Obama administration. He was set to visit the ancient Masada fortress but canceled when Israeli officials told his team he would not be able to land his helicopter at the top of the site. Read More »

Trump Praised Philippine President's 'Job On The Drug Problem'

Critics and even economists chided Duterte for what they saw as an overreaction in declaring martial law on an island the size of South Korea after an incident in one city. "Of course our country needs modern weapons, we had orders in the United States, but now the situation there is not very smooth and in order to fight Islamic State, with their units and factions, we need modern weapons", Tass quoted Duterte as saying. Read More »