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Trump “Very Committed” to Mideast Peace, Envoy Kushner Says

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Aug 24 – U.S. President Donald Trump remains “very committed” to achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace, his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of talks on Thursday. But there was little to suggest any breakthrough or significant progress towards ending a decades-old conflict is

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Pakistan’s PM, Military Meet to Respond to Trump’s Criticism

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Aug 24 – Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will meet with powerful Pakistani generals on Thursday to formulate a response to the new U.S. policy on Afghanistan that includes greater pressure on Islamabad to do more to rein in militants. President Donald Trump has chastised Pakistan for harbouring “agents of

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Egypt Cancels Kushner Meeting with Minister After Denial of Aid

CAIRO, Aug 23 – Egypt called off a scheduled meeting between its foreign minister and top U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday after the United States decided to withhold millions of dollars in aid. But President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would meet the U.S. delegation led by Kushner later in the day as scheduled, Sisi’s

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Trump Thanks Russia’s Putin for Slashing U.S. Diplomatic Staff

By Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Aug 10 – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, remarks likely to rekindle criticism of Trump’s kid-gloves handling of Putin. Breaking nearly two weeks of silence on Putin’s July 30 order

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Trump Administration Defends Travel Ban in U.S. Supreme Court Brief

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK, Aug 10 – President Donald Trump’s administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, repeatedly citing the executive’s broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States. The travel ban barring refugees and people from six Muslim-majority nations was signed

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Trump to Ban Transgender U.S. Military Personnel, Reversing Obama

By Phil Stewart and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON, July 27 – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, a move appealing to some in his conservative political base but creating uncertainty about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. The surprise announcement by Trump, who as a

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U.S. Judge Halts Deportation of More than 1,400 Iraqi Nationals

By Steve Friess DETROIT, July 24 – A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary injunction requested by American Civil

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Russian Lawyer Who Met Trump Jr. Says Ready to Testify to Congress

MOSCOW, July 19 – The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr after his father won the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination has said she is ready to testify to Congress to dispel what she called “mass hysteria” about the encounter. President Donald Trump’s eldest son eagerly agreed last year to meet Natalia Veselnitskaya, a

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U.S. Ending Laptop Ban on Middle Eastern Airlines

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, July 18 – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Monday it was lifting a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions. In March, U.S. officials imposed restrictions on passengers carrying laptops and other large electronic gear

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Ex-U.S. Diplomats Seek to Save State Department Refugee Office

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, July 17 – Forty former U.S. diplomats and national security officials urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to eliminate the State Department office that handles refugees in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday. The letter argued that a Trump administration proposal to transfer the responsibilities of the Bureau of

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