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Israel's interests fully taken into account in Syria cease fire deal says Russian FM Lavrov

Russia and the United States have done their utmost to make sure that Israel's security interests are fully taken into account while establishing a de-escalation zone in southern Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters following meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the ...

Turkey betrays NATO, leaks secret locations of US, French troops in Syria

Turkey's state news agency on Tuesday published the locations of secret US military bases in Syria as well as details on the numbers of US and French troops stationed there, sparking the ire of fellow NATO member states. In the latest display of tensions between Turkey and other NATO member nations, ...

An outpouring of support for Se. John McCain from across the political spectrum

Sen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, has received an outpouring of support from current and former lawmakers from across the political spectrum. The 80-year-old Arizona Republican underwent a procedure last Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye ...

Cutting US support to the Lebanese Army is “strategically stupid,'says Ex-US defense official

From the imposing ramparts of a newly constructed military base, fortified by rock-filled blast barriers and an armor-plated watchtower, Lebanese soldiers keep a careful eye on the adjacent border area with Syria, which until not long ago was home to Syrian rebel groups and extremist militants. ...

Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn't Have Hired Sessions

President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision very unfair to the president.' In a remarkable public break ...

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell, closes some embassy missions

Kuwait on Thursday expelled Iranian diplomats and closed some embassy missions after the emirate's top court convicted a “terror” cell of links to the Islamic republic, the foreign ministry said. The action was taken after a supreme court ruling last month said “Iranian sides ...

Why Trump's Syrian Cease-fire Makes Israel Nervous

*By DAVID MAKOVSKY Israel has done all it could over the past six years to stay out of the maelstrom next door in Syria, where Bashar Assad's regime has struggled for six years to beat back a peaceful uprising that became a bloody civil war. So I was struck during a recent visit by how

Trump ends CIA support for Anti-Assad rebels to improve relations with Russia

The Trump administration has decided to halt the CIA's covert program to equip and train certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two U.S. officials said, a move sought by Assad ally Russia. The U.S. decision, said one of the officials, is part of an effort ...

Assets of ex-Brazil president Lula frozen over corruption case

Billions of tons of waste creating a 'plastic planet', scientists warn

Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there's enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study. Plastics don't break down like other man-made materials, so three-quarters of the stuff ends up as ...

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces outside al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied E. Jerusalem

Palestinian worshippers have clashed with Israeli security forces outside a gate to the Old City in Jerusalem, as tensions continue over the new security measures implemented at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Israeli security forces were seen dragging a worshipper, while another police officer ...

Egypt calls on Israel to stop violence at occupied East Jerusalem shrine

Egypt called on Israel Wednesday to stop violence at East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, warning against the consequences of conflict escalation at the Muslim shrine. Israel should respect the freedom of worship, the religious sanctities and the rights of the Palestinians to practice their religious ...

U.S. Sen. John McCain diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

U.S. Sen. John McCain revealed Wednesday evening that he has a brain tumor. The announcement follows a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday, where a pathology report revealed the glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. ...

Tensions bubbling over between Trump and Senate Republicans

Tensions are bubbling over between President Trump and Senate Republicans. White House officials are blaming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for getting stuffed at the goal line on ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation, while GOP senators say Trump failed to provide any meaningful ...

Trump had another, undisclosed conversation with Putin at G20 in Germany

President Donald Trump had another, previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Germany this month. White House spokesman Sean Spicer and National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton confirmed that Trump and Putin spoke at a dinner for world leaders ...

France's armed forces chief quits after clash with Macron over budget cuts

PARIS - France's armed forces chief resigned on Wednesday in a dispute with Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts, an early test of the newly elected president's mettle and the tough presidential style he is cultivating. In a statement, 60 year-old Pierre de Villiers said he had tried to keep the ...

Trump to nominate ex Utah governor Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia

The White House formally announced its plans to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia, signaling its intent to put the onetime Trump campaign critic in a leading diplomatic role. Huntsman, who sharply criticized President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign for his ...

U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese citizen held in Iran Hospitalized after hunger strike

The family of a Lebanese man who has been held in Iran for nearly two years said Tuesday his condition is deteriorating three weeks after he went on a hunger strike. Nizar Zakka, 50, was rushed to a hospital on Sunday, where he refused an IV, his brother Ziad told The Associated Press. He said

Metal detectors at a shrine in occupied Jerusalem trigger new tensions

JERUSALEM — A dispute over metal detectors is escalating into a new showdown between Israel and the Muslim world over a Jerusalem shrine that has triggered major Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past. Israel says installing the devices at the gates to the walled compound after ...

US slaps new sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program and “malign activities”

The United States unveiled new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program on Tuesday and said it was deeply concerned about Tehran's “malign activities” in the Middle East. The measures signaled that the administration of President Donald Trump was seeking to put ...

Ex israeli defense minister: If Khamenei wants war, then Lebanon will go to war

Former Israeli  defense minister Moshe Ya'alon told  a London based Saudi news website on  Sunday that the decisions in Lebanon are made by the Iranian supreme leader, Ali Khameini, and not by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah or the Lebanese president   stressing that every Lebanese will ...

UAE denies hacking Qatar. Tells Qatar you can't be our friend and Al Qaeda's friend

Abu Dhabi, UAE The United Arab Emirates has denied a Washington Post report that claims the country orchestrated a hack of Qatari state news and social media websites in May, an incident that triggered the region's worst diplomatic crisis in decades. Saudi Arabia and its allies , the UAE, Bahrain ...

Over 7 million Venezuelans reject Maduro plans in protest vote

More than 7 million Venezuelans voted to reject President Nicolás Maduro's plans to rewrite the country's constitution, according to opposition leaders who also promised a Zero Hour' of national protest. “Venezuela stood up with dignity,' Julio Borges, who leads the opposition-controlled ...

Islamic State chief Baghdadi is 99% alive: Kurdish security official says

 A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information ...

Iran arrests and sentences a Chinese-American graduate student for 10 years over spying

An American student from Princeton University was arrested in Iran and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges he was spying for the United States, an Iranian judiciary official said on Sunday, an action bound to aggravate relations between the two countries. The arrest and sentencing of ...

French president Macron defends Zionism

French president Emmanuel Macron on Sunday condemned anti-Zionism as a new form of anti-Semitism, in what observers said was an unprecedented statement from the leader of France in support of zionism and  Jewish state. We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to ...

UAE official calls for International monitoring of Qatar, says pressure is working

A senior United Arab Emirates official said international monitoring was needed in the standoff between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, adding he saw signs that the pressure exerted on Doha “was working”. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar ...

Le Pen: France 'not responsible' for deporting Jews during Holocaust

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, who is making a run for the presidency in the April 23 election declared on Sunday I don't think that France is responsible for the Vel d'Hiv,' she said   on French television. I think that in general, more generally, if ...

Brother of Iran's president arrested over financial crime charges

The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoun, has been arrested on financial crime charges, the judiciary said on Sunday. “Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail,” deputy ...

More Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace, reported

An Israeli spy plane violated the Lebanese airspace over the town of Naqoura, and effectuated u-turn maneuvers over the Southern localities, Baabda, Beirut and its suburbs, The Lebanese army command said in a communique. The spy plane then left the Lebanese airspace from above the town of Alma ...

Israeli forces kill a Palestinian man in a raid in the occupied West Bank

Israeli forces killed a  Palestinian militant they were seeking to arrest after he shot at them in the occupied West Bank, police and the military said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in the West Bank on Saturday and opened fire at ...

Maryam Mirzakhani a math genius dies from cancer at 40

Iran -born Maryam Mirzakhani was first woman to win Fields Medal. Her work on curved spaces will have an enduring impact on science, says Manjul Bhargava who won Fields Medal with her in 2014. She was a master of curved spaces,' said Manjul Bhargava about celebrated fellow mathematician Maryam ...

Netanyahu's Paris visit stirs controversy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Paris Sunday to join French President Emmanuel Macron in commemorating victims of a mass arrest of French Jews in 1942 has stirred up criticism that it is too politicised. On July 16 and 17, 1942, the French police arrested an estimated 13,000 ...

France offers to assist in mediating Qatar crisis

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday that Paris wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states after holding talks in Doha and Jeddah. Le Drian stopped in Qatar at the start of a Gulf tour aimed at helping defuse the crisis pitting ...

'It's almost embarrassing being an American citizen', says CEO of JPMorgan

Since President Trump's election, Jamie Dimon has emerged as one of Wall Street's most prominent voices in Washington. The chief executive of JPMorgan Chase serves on the White House business advisory council and is chairman of the powerful Business Roundtable. But in a series of calls on Friday to ...

Analysis of Macron's invitation to Trump: Keep your enemies closer

PARIS — This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. If the potential for a productive relationship between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron initially seemed a scant possibility, Trump's whirlwind Bastille Day visit to France suggested that the two may be en route to ...

Turkey marks anniversary of coup attempt

Turkey on Saturday will hold an intense series of events to celebrate the first anniversary of the defeat of last year's attempted coup, showcasing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power. The authorities have declared July 15 an annual national holiday of “democracy and unity”, ...

PM Hariri: Lebanon will coordinate refugee returns to Syria only with U.N.

Lebanon will coordinate refugee returns to Syria only with the United Nations, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Friday, days after a number of refugees left for Syria under an agreement brokered by Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah. Lebanon's Iranian backed  Hezbollah group backs ...

Turkey urges U.S. to search cleric Gulen's communications

U.S. authorities should search through any intercepted communications of Fethullah Gulen to seek evidence backing Turkey's accusation that the U.S.-based Muslim cleric orchestrated last year's failed coup, Turkey's envoy to Washington said on Friday. In an interview with Reuters almost a year after ...

5 killed in terror attack in occupied East Jerusalem

At least five people were killed in an  attack in occupied East  Jerusalem on Friday, July 14. All three gunmen  taking part in the attack were neutralised after exchange of gunfire, said the local authorities. An Al Jazeera report claimed the deceased were “three Palestinians.” ...

Ex Australian FM blasts Israeli “cruel occupation” of Palestinian land

Former Australian  foreign minister Bob Carr has spoken out against Israel's cruel' and foul' occupation of Palestinian land, and its ruinous path' in rejecting the creation of a state of Palestine. Leading a push for the Australian Labor party  to give Palestine immediate state recognition, Mr ...

Why Israel must end the occupation: an open letter to Israeli political leaders

The following is an open letter written by some members of the Canadian Jewish community and recently delivered to the consul general of Israel in Toronto. Dear Consul General of Israel, This June, the State of Israel marked the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. Historically, this was a war of ...

Israel approves 800 new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation's municipality in Jerusalem yesterday approved the construction of 800 new settlement units in the city's occupied Palestinian territories, Israel's Maariv reported. The plan comprises the construction of 276 units in the illegal settlement of Pisgat Ze'ev, 120 in Neve ...

Evangelical pastors pray for Trump in the oval office

Not everyone was convinced by the show of faith displayed by Evangelical pastors at the White House . Kenneth Averell , Grant Administrator at The American Marksman said: 'Lord help us all. How anyone sees Trump as the savior of the evangelicals is beyond me. ” 'Doesn't have a Christian ...

Canada bans 'Product of Israel' labels for occupied West Bank wines made by settlers

Canadian food inspectors have ordered liquor stores to stop selling wines made in the West Bank, saying their label identifying them as Israeli contravenes Ottawa's policy on the territory, the Times of Israel reported Settlers and at least one Canadian Jewish advocacy group reacted with anger to ...

Israeli forces detain 23 Palestinians during overnight raids in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Israeli forces detained at least 23 Palestinians in predawn detention raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Wednesday, according to Israeli security sources. Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that during an overnight raid in Shufat refugee camp in northern Jerusalem, ...

Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians in a raid in occupied West Bank : medical officials

JENIN refugee camp , Occupied West Bank - Israeli forces killed two Palestinians on Wednesday in a raid on a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical officials said, and the Israeli military said its troops had opened fire after coming under attack. The incident took place before ...

Chinese Exports to North Korea up 29.1% in first half of this year. Trade volume up 10.5 %

China's imports from North Korea dropped 13.2 percent in January-to-June to $880 million, data from Chinese customs showed on Thursday. Exports to North Korea rose 29.1 percent to $1.67 billion during the period, the data showed. China's trade with North Korea expanded by 10.5 percent to ...

Was Alina Kabaeva Putin's mystery lady in red

Russian President Vladimir Putin may have just revealed his new girlfriend to the world. Eagle eyed onlookers spotted a woman with a red bag in the back seat of his car. The Kremlin strongman - on holiday in his favourite resort in the north of Russia - had driven himself to a sacred monastery in

Lebanese army kills Islamic State-linked Syrian militant: report

The Lebanese army has killed a man suspected of links to Islamic State and of carrying out bomb attacks in the town of Ras Baalbek near the Syrian border, a security source and a military source said on Tuesday. The Syrian national was shot dead during an operation launched after the army received ...