Hamas Sentences Three Palestinians to Death Over Commander’s Killing

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 21 – Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement delivered death sentences on Sunday to three Palestinians it ruled had taken part in what it said was an Israeli-directed assassination of one of the Islamist group’s senior commanders. A Hamas security court said the three men had confessed to the killing of Mazen

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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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Trump Praises Sisi, Says He Hopes to Visit Egypt

RIYADH, May 21 – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he hoped to visit Cairo soon, praising President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after a meeting in Saudi Arabia and declaring that “safety seems to be very strong” in Egypt. Speaking through a translator, Sisi described Trump as “a unique personality that is capable of

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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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Trump Awaited in Middle East With Foreboding and Hope

May 18 – U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Saudi Arabia and Israel, two bastions of relative calm in the war-battered Middle East, on his first foreign trip beginning this weekend. In much of the region, authoritarian governments duel for power with political Islamists and militants as rival creeds and ethnic groups vie for dominance.

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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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Storied Jerusalem Hotel Readies for Arrival of President Trump

By Miriam Berger JERUSALEM, May 18 – The King David Hotel has hosted emperors, kings, prime ministers and divas in its 85-year history and on Monday it will add another salient name to its storied annals – U.S. President Donald Trump. Perched in the heart of Jerusalem, with sweeping views of its walled Old City,

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Turkey Wants U.S. Envoy on Daesh Removed Over Kurdish Policy

By Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, May 18 – Turkey said on Thursday the U.S. special envoy in the battle against Islamic State should be removed because he supported Kurdish militants, and warned that Ankara would act unilaterally if it faced attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. The comments, which followed a White

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