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US, Russia nearing agreement on resolving Syrian civil war
The United States and Russia are nearing an agreement on Syria for how they hope to resolve the Arab country’s civil war once the Islamic State group is defeated, officials said Thursday.
Saudi Arabia orders citizens to leave Lebanon as tensions rise
Saudi Arabia has ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately, escalating a regional standoff with Iran centred on the fragile state, which it claims is being run by Tehran’s proxy, Hezbollah.
Lebanon: Saudi Arabia-Iran rivalry finds a new battlefront
The resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon's prime minister has upended the country's political establishment and escalated a war of words between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Britain woos Saudi Aramco IPO with $2bn loan guarantee
Britain on Thursday confirmed it has offered Saudi Aramco a $2 billion (1.71 billion euros) loan guarantee as the oil giant considers whether to launch possibly the world's largest ever stock market listing in London.
Trump arrives in Vietnam for summit of Asia-Pacific leaders
U.S. President Donald Trump landed in Vietnam on Friday for a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) nations, the fourth leg of his 12-day Asia trip.
EU to preserve Iran nuclear deal: Mogherini
The European Union will make sure that the Iran nuclear deal 'will continue to be fully implemented by all, in all its parts', the European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Friday.
More than 200 arrests made in Saudi corruption crackdown
Saudi Arabian officials said Thursday that more than 200 people have been arrested as the government investigates corruption and the misuse of billions of dollars.
Israel hosts its largest aerial exercise in history
The largest seen aerial exercise in Israel began on Thursday and is to continue for the next two weeks. 1,000 highly-trained fighter pilots from eight different countries opened the "Blue Flag" exercise, which includes roughly 100 of fighter jets, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It is the most immense military drill to take place so far this year.
Hamas slams PA resumption of security coordination with Israel
A Hamas spokesman on Thursday expressed disapproval of a Palestinian Authority official’s announcement that the PA has resumed full security coordination with Israel.
Why Abbas Was Secretly Summoned To Saudi Arabia
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was unexpectedly summoned this week to Saudi Arabia for impromptu meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed. The Palestinian leader received the call while in Egypt, where he discussed with his counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi efforts to jump-start peace negotiations with Israel as well as the unity deal recently forged between Abbas’ Fatah faction and Hamas, which was brokered by Cairo.
Inside the United States
Roy Moore Responds: 'Obama-Clinton Machine, Forces of Evil' Trying to Silence 'Christian Conservatives Like Me'
Judge Roy Moore (R-Ala.) released several tweets in response to a Washington Post report that he committed sexual misconduct on a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s.
Senate’s Tax Reform Bill Will Give American Families a $1,500 Tax Cut
The Senate plans to introduce their version of tax reform today, which will give a typical American family a tax cut of nearly $1,500, according to a two-page summary of the bill.
Washington GOP tries to oust Republican nominee Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race
Washington Republicans moved quickly Thursday to try to oust their candidate in the Alabama Senate race, former state Chief Justice Roy Moore, after a newspaper reported he had enticed an underage girl into a sexual encounter decades ago.
Rep. Gaetz: 'We Are at Risk of a Coup D'Etat in This Country' Unless Mueller Resigns or is Fired
In a speech on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called for special counsel Robert Mueller to resign or be fired over his 'indisputable conflicts of interest.'
U.S. Seeks Restrictions on Mexican Trucking Under Nafta
The U.S. has proposed another difficult change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that could eventually restrict long-haul Mexican truckers from operating in the country, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Texas Church Where Gunman Massacred 26 Will Be Demolished
The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished, the pastor said.