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N.Korea’s Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

SEOUL: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has announced Pyongyang will carry out no more nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests and will shut down its atomic test site, the North’s state media reported Saturday. The declaration, long sought by the US, will be seen as a crucial step in the fast diplomatic dance on…

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April 21, 2018


Trump says CIA chief met Kim in North Korea, as peace deal mooted

Washington: US President Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday that his CIA chief has held secret talks with North Korea’s leader in Pyongyang, as the South said it was exploring paths to a peace deal with the nuclear-armed North. Seoul’s push for discussions on formally declaring an end to inter-Korean hostilities was the latest in a series…

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April 18, 2018


Saudi aims to pressure rival Iran at Arab League summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s push for a tough stand against its arch-rival Iran is expected to dominate an Arab League summit on Sunday as regional tensions grow over the wars in Syria and Yemen. The fate of Jerusalem will also be on the annual summit’s agenda, as the United States prepares to move its embassy from…

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April 14, 2018


Trump has not yet made ‘final decision’ on Syria: WHouse

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has not yet made his “final decision” on how to respond to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, the White House said Thursday after he met with his top national security advisors. Trump was to confer with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May later in…

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April 13, 2018


Erdogan, Trump speak about Syria in phone call: source

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US counterpart Donald Trump discussed the crisis in Syria during a telephone conversation late on Wednesday, a Turkish presidential source said. Erdogan and Trump “exchanged views on the latest developments in Syria,” the source added, without providing further details. The talks come after Trump warned Russia over its…

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April 12, 2018


Russia promises ‘tough response’ to US sanctions

MOSCOW: Moscow on Friday promised a “tough response” to new US sanctions imposed on seven of Russia’s most influential oligarchs following the diplomatic crisis sparked by the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. “We will not let the current attack, or any new anti-Russian attack, go without a tough response,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in…

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April 7, 2018


Saudi prince says Israel has ‘right’ to its land

WASHINGTON: The crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia said Israel has a “right” to a homeland, a notable shift in the kingdom’s position published Monday. Saudi Arabia and Israel still have no formal diplomatic relations, but behind the scenes, improvements in their ties have accelerated in recent years. Both countries see Iran…

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April 3, 2018


North Korea’s Kim met China’s Xi on first foreign trip

BEIJING: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has made his first ever foreign trip as leader to meet China’s president, vowing he is “committed to denuclearisation” and willing to hold summits with the South and the US. The secretive visit was confirmed Wednesday by Chinese and North Korean state media which said Kim was treated to…

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March 28, 2018


In world first, Air India crosses Saudi airspace to Israel

TEL AVIV: Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state. Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of…

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March 23, 2018


White House slams Abbas ‘insults,’ says must choose hate or peace

WASHINGTON: The White House on Monday condemned Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, after he called the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman a “son of a dog.” “The time has come for President Abbas to choose between hateful rhetoric and concrete and practical efforts to improve the quality of life of his people and lead them…

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March 20, 2018


Saudi warns it will pursue nuclear weapons if Iran does

WASHINGTON: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow suit — just days before he arrives in Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump. “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we…

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March 16, 2018


Saudi crown prince to visit White House on March 20

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will host Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 20, the White House said Monday. “The president looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia,” spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in announcing the meeting. The hugely influential Saudi prince is visiting…

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March 13, 2018


Trump ‘may’ go to Jerusalem embassy opening

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump floated a fraught trip to open the new US embassy in Jerusalem, as the embattled US president hosted Israel’s equally embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. The two leaders — both under career-threatening legal investigation — tried to cast their domestic problems aside, putting on a show of…

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March 6, 2018


US to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel’s 70th anniversary

WASHINGTON: The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state’s 70th birthday — and enraging Palestinians, who called it a “blatant provocation.” Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel’s capital and say the embassy…

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February 24, 2018


Tillerson meets Erdogan to ease Turkey tensions

ANKARA: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, seeking to ease tensions between the NATO allies that reached new heights over Ankara’s ongoing operation inside Syria. A prime task of President Donald Trump’s top diplomat is to allay Turkish anger over US policy in…

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February 16, 2018


China slams Modi’s trip to disputed region

Beijing:┬áBeijing will lodge a stern protest with New Delhi over a trip by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a disputed area, an official said Thursday, months after the nuclear-armed neighbours ended a tense border standoff. Modi paid a low-key visit to the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday, where he inaugurated a…

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February 15, 2018


Tillerson says Hezbollah ‘part of political process’ in Lebanon

AMMAN: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday conceded that Iran-backed Hezbollah is part of the “political process” in Lebanon, appearing to soften Washington’s tone ahead of a visit to the country. “We support a free, democratic Lebanon free of influence of others, and we know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran. This…

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February 15, 2018


Five intriguing facts about Kosovo

PRISTINA: Kosovo, which celebrates 10 years of independence on Saturday, has a flag that few people care about, four international telephone codes and a judoka hero. Here are five things to know about the youngest European country. – ‘Towel’ for a flag – Kosovo’s flag bears the shape of its territory and six yellow stars,…

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February 14, 2018


Trump offers Putin condolences over plane crash

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to offer his condolences after a deadly plane crash near Moscow, a White House official said. The call between the two leaders — who are at the center of an FBI investigation into Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election —…

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February 13, 2018


Washington still hopes for talks with Taliban: State Department

WASHINGTON: Washington still hopes to “bring the Taliban to the negotiating table” in Afghanistan, a senior State Department official said Tuesday, even though President Donald Trump had ruled out such talks any time soon. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, returning from a trip to Kabul, told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that all…

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February 7, 2018


Abbas to ask EU to recognise Palestinian state: minister

BRUSSELS: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will ask the EU to officially recognise the state of Palestine when he meets foreign ministers from the bloc on Monday, a senior official told AFP Sunday. Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said Abbas will tell the EU it should take the step “as a way to respond” to US…

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January 22, 2018

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