Politics

Iran Says Will Act on U.S. Court Ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban

BEIRUT, June 28 – Iran said on Wednesday it would take “reciprocal action” in response to the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a partial implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries. Lower U.S. courts had completely blocked Trump’s executive order issued on March 6, which includes a blanket 90-day ban on people

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Pakistan Rejects U.S. Sanctions Against Kashmir Militant

ISLAMABAD, June 27 – Pakistan came out in defence of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists. The U.S. State Department’s designation of Syed Salahuddin, the head

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U.S. Judge Expands Order Blocking Iraqis’ Deportation

By Steve Friess DETROIT, June 27 – A federal judge late on Monday halted the deportation of all Iraqi nationals detained during immigration sweeps this month across the United States until at least July 10, expanding a stay he imposed last week that initially only protected 114 detainees from the Detroit area. U.S. District Judge

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U.S. Threatens Syria, Says Assad is Planning Chemical Weapons Attack

WASHINGTON, June 27 – The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducted a chemical weapons attack and said the United States had reason to believe such preparations were underway. The White House said in a statement released late on Monday

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Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Begins Peace Push With Middle East Talks

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, June 21 – Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, beginning a new U.S. effort to revive Middle East peace efforts. Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer with little experience of international diplomacy and peace

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Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman Elevated to Crown Prince

By Stephen Kalin and William Maclean DUBAI, June 21 – Saudi Arabia‘s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was elevated to crown prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in a sudden announcement that confirms King Salman’s 31-year-old son as next ruler of the world’s leading oil exporter. A royal decree said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed

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Iraq, Saudi Arabia Aim to Upgrade Diplomatic Relations: Statement

DUBAI, June 20  – Iraq and Saudi Arabia are setting up a coordination council to upgrade strategic ties, a joint statement said on Tuesday, as part of an attempt to heal troubled relations between the Arab neighbours. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Saudi King Salman a day earlier on the first leg of

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UAE’s Gargash: Qatar Isolation Could Last for Years

By John Irish PARIS, June 19 – A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Monday Qatar’s powerful Arab neighbours could continue to isolate it “for years” if it did not alter its foreign policy and said a list of their grievances would be completed in the next days. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab

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Iran and China Conduct Naval Drill in Gulf

BEIRUT, June 18 – Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf and is likely to be a cause of concern for Washington. In

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