Politics

Trump Travels to Bethlehem for Talks With Palestinian President

By Jeff Mason BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 23 – U.S. President Donald Trump travelled in a high-security convoy to Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday to discuss Middle East peace with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Much of central and southern Jerusalem was shut down to allow the presidential motorcade of around 60 vehicles

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Iran Accuses U.S. of “Iranophobia”, Arming “Dangerous Terrorists”

DUBAI, May 22 – Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading “Iranophobia” aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported. “Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president … tried to encourage the countries

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Israeli Minister Expresses Concern Over U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

JERUSALEM, May 21 (Reuters) – Israel expressed muted concern on Sunday to a major arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia announced a day earlier during the visit to the region by U.S. President Donald Trump. The central achievement of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was nearly $110 billion in deals sealed on

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Trump: People in the Middle East have Borne the Brunt of Terrorism

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason RIYADH, May 21 – U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their share to fight “Islamist extremism” on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups while urging unity among religions. In his much-awaited speech in Saudi Arabia on

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Iran’s Zarif Urges Trump to Discuss Avoiding Another 9/11 with Saudis

DUBAI, May 21 – Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, advised U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss how to avoid another September 11 attack with the Saudi hosts of his first official visit abroad, Zarif wrote in an editorial published on Sunday. Tehran and Riyadh are regional arch-rivals who accuse each other of sponsoring fundamentalist

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Traveling Abroad, Trump Struggles to Escape Crisis

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland RIYADH, May 20 – President Donald Trump was taking off on Air Force One when the latest bad news pinged into the inboxes of his besieged staff – a report that he had told Russian officials that fired FBI Director James Comey was “a nut job”. Officials on board

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World Court Orders Pakistan Temporarily Not to Execute Alleged Indian Spy

AMSTERDAM, May 18 – The World Court on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian citizen convicted of spying until it has had time to hear an argument from India that Pakistan violated an international treaty guaranteeing diplomatic help to foreigners accused of capital crimes. The court, formally known as the International Court of

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