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Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace efforts

Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace efforts

Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But Palestinian officials say Riyadh has also been working for weeks behind the scenes to press them to support a nascent U.S. peace plan. Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday with his announcement and instructions to begin the ...

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Tear gas fired as rioting protesters break down US embassy gates in Beirut

Tear gas fired as rioting protesters break down US embassy gates in Beirut

A massive rally is taking place outside the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, with protesters rioting and shouting pro-Palestinian slogans in the wake of Washington’s decision on Jerusalem. Tear gas and water cannon have been deployed to control the crowd. The protesters, some waving Palestinian flags, threw projectiles at security forces and set fires in the street next to the ...

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Turkey’s Erdogan calls Israel a “terrorist state”

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described Israel on Monday as a “terrorist state” in carrying out its bombardment of Gaza, underlining hostility for Ankara’s former ally since relations between them collapsed in 2010. His comments came after nearly a week of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. An Israeli missile ...

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Theresa May congratulated her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi over the victory against ISIL

Theresa May congratulated her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi over the victory against ISIL

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday congratulated her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi over the victory against ISIL, but warned the terrorist group is “not yet defeated.” Extremists “still pose a threat to Iraq, including from over the Syrian border”, May said in a statement after the Iraqi prime minister announced the end of the fight against the extremist group earlier ...

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Ex-Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy says Donald Trump tried to kiss her in a lift

Ex-Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy says Donald Trump tried to kiss her in a lift

A former Fox News presenter has claimed that Donald Trump once attempted to kiss her on the lips around the time he married his second wife Melania. Juliet Huddy said Mr Trump made the move in a lift after the pair had lunch in Trump Tower in either 2005 or 2006. Mr Trump married Melania in January 2005. The TV host also ...

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Iraq formally declares end to fight against Islamic State

  Extremist group driven from all Iraqi territory, says prime minister, but surviving militants could launch guerrilla war Iraq has formally declared its fight against Islamic State over after three years of heavy combat, although surviving militants are widely expected to launch a guerrilla war. Isis has been driven from all the territory it once held inside Iraq, the prime minister, Haider ...

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UK FM lands in Tehran

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson lands in Tehran

The UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson arrived in Tehran Saturday to sit with Iranian officials. Boris Johnson has travelled to Tehran to discuss bilateral relations in areas of economic cooperation, expanding business and banking ties, regional issues and international transformations. During his two-day trip, the UK Foreign Minister will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian ...

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Head of Egypt’s Al-Azhar cancels meeting with US vice president over Jerusalem decision

Head of Egypt’s Al-Azhar cancels meeting with US vice president over Jerusalem decision

The head of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayyeb, has cancelled a planned meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence after this week’s decision by the US to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which he said in a statement “forges history and steals people’s rights, and attacks their holy places.” “How can I sit with those who gave what they ...

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Defector says thousands of Islamic State fighters left Raqqa in secret deal

Defector says thousands of Islamic State fighters left Raqqa in secret deal

A high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State has recanted his account of the city’s fall, saying thousands of IS fighters – many more than first reported – left under a secret, U.S.-approved deal. Talal Silo, a former commander in the Syrian Democratic Forces, said the SDF arranged to bus all remaining ...

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North Korea condemns ‘dotard’ Trump over Jerusalem

  SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea has lambasted US President Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, renewing its description of him as a “dotard” in a statement released Saturday (Dec 9) on state media. Mr Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un have traded threats of war and personal insults in recent months as tensions remain high ...

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