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U.S., China say they are 'close to finalizing' part of a Phase One trade deal
U.S. and Chinese officials are 'close to finalizing' some parts of a trade agreement after high-level telephone discussions on Friday, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office and China’s Commerce Ministry said, with talks to continue.
Defying Hezbollah, Lebanese take to the streets for 10th day
Demonstrators in Lebanon blocked roads and trickled into streets across the country for a tenth consecutive day Saturday, defying what they said were attempts by Hezbollah to defuse their movement.
Dead end: Inside the two-hour Delta Force raid that killed ISIS leader Baghdadi
More than five years after the Islamic State first took root in Iraq and Syria, President Trump confirmed on Sunday its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in Syria during a raid by U.S. special operations forces.
Defying Crackdown, Hundreds of Iraqis Protest for Third Day
Hundreds of Iraqi protesters remained in Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square on Sunday, defying a bloody crackdown that killed scores over the weekend and an overnight raid by security forces seeking to disperse them.
US: Talks progressing with Saudis on possible nuclear program
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Saturday that conversations with Saudi Arabia on a nuclear program are going forward.
US still pressing Turkey to nix Russian missile purchase, official says
The United States is still in talks with Turkey to get Ankara to 'walk away' from the Russian missile defense system it bought, a senior State Department official said on Friday, but warned Turkey that the risk of sanctions over the issue persisted.
Chile government promises reform after a million take to the streets in biggest protests for decades
Chile’s president called for a major cabinet reshuffle a day after widespread protests against inequality saw a million people flood Santiago’s streets.
Catalonia crisis: Separatist protest draws 350,000 in Barcelona
About 350,000 people have protested in Barcelona over the jailing of separatist leaders from Spain's Catalonia region, police say.
EU likely to agree Brexit delay as PM Johnson seeks an election
The European Union is likely to agree a 3-month flexible Brexit delay on Monday as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushes for an election after he was forced by his opponents to request an extension he had pledged he would never ask for.
Hezbollah chief warns of civil war, says Israel exploiting Lebanon protests
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday warned that ongoing massive anti-government protests in Lebanon could plunge the country into civil war, and accused Israel and other countries of working to take advantage of the demonstrations to fuel unrest.
Israel and Jordan mark 25 years of imperfect peace
The Naharayim park was established 25 years ago as a symbol of the landmark peace agreement between Israel and Jordan.
Kushner back to gauge political climate to determine plan rollout...again
US presidential adviser Jared Kushner is expected to meet on Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and prime ministerial hopeful Benny Gantz to test the political waters here and determine when it will be possible to release the oft-delayed US peace plan.
Netanyahu, Gantz government talks bear no fruit
Blue and White leader MK Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Tel Aviv Sunday to negotiate terms for the establishment of a unity government in a round of talks that did not lead to any new developments besides a promise to meet again for further negotiations.
Inside the United States
U.S. Budget Deficit Hits $984 Billion, Highest In 7 Years
The federal deficit for the 2019 budget year surged to $984.4 billion, its highest point in seven years, and is widely expected to top the $1 trillion mark in coming years.
Rep. Katie Hill of California Resigns Amid Ethics Probe
Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill of California has resigned amid an ethics probe and revelations of an affair with a campaign staffer.
Al-Baghdadi takedown catches Dems flat-footed, blunts criticism of Trump's Syria pullback
President Trump's successful operation to take out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sent Democrats scrambling on Sunday, as several top party leaders had complained publicly in recent days that the White House had no 'real plan' to combat the terror group following the U.S. pullout in Syria.
Trump says he kept details of ISIS operation from Pelosi to avoid leaks
President Trump said Sunday morning that he did not tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the U.S. military raid in Syria that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi because he was worried about leaks that could have compromised the mission.