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Palestinians hold general strike ahead of Trump's arrival

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The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, which Israeli forces and settlers left in 2005, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel and the two states don't have diplomatic relations. "The security cabinet has approved economic measures that will ease daily civilian life in the Palestinian Authority after (Trump) who arrives tomorrow, asked to see some confidence building steps", the cabinet statement said. Read More »

Iraqi forces release videos countering claims of abuse

On March 17, the Iraqi troops - the US -trained Counter-Terror Services - had planned to advance into the neighborhood. Iraqi counterterrorism service members were watching the building for two days and saw no sign of civilians inside, Isler said. Read More »

China and ASEAN Near A Code of Conduct?

China-Philippines relations have seen "a handsome turn around", Liu told the press Thursday, adding that China highly appreciates the positive, friendly and constructive attitude adopted by the Duterte government. A draft of the framework describes the projected agreement as "a set of norms to guide the conduct of parties and promote maritime cooperation in the South China Sea ", adding it is "not an instrument to settle territorial disputes". Read More »

Button sets the Champagne aside for Monaco return

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Monaco represents their best chance of points so far. Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg has expressed an optimistic expectation for Monaco, citing performance on the two softest tire compounds as a strength of the team, and thus, one that bodes well for Renault's race weekend. Read More »

Stenson enjoyed visiting scene of Open triumph ahead of BMW PGA Championship

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The reshuffle would allow the PGA Tour to stage the FedEx Cup series in August, ensuring it finished before the National Football League season began; its main weakness at the moment. All that's added up to an excellent run of results this season including a win in Abu Dhabi, as well as 3 other Top 3 finishes (1 at a WGC event on the PGA Tour) to go along with a handful of Top 10s. Read More »

US Navy ships sail within 12 miles of China-claimed reef

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The sailing also comes at a time when the Trump administration is relying on China to rein in an increasingly belligerent North Korea. Read More »

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Or rather, most of those 55 million people would vote, but many would not, because there is great disillusionment with President Hassan Rouhani's promises to improve the economy - and therefore also with the global treaty on curbing Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions that was supposed to bring back prosperity. Read More »

US, Japan, S Korea call 'urgent' Security Council meet

The United States has for weeks been negotiating with China, Pyongyang's ally, on a new sanctions resolution, but US Ambassador Nikki Haley said last week that no final draft text had been agreed. On Monday, the North said its test-launch of the missile a day earlier met all technical requirements, allowing the mass-production of the projectile, which it calls Pukguksong-2. Read More »

Korea bears the brunt of China's displeasure

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The number of foreign tourists to South Korea fell 27 percent in April from a year earlier as demand from China fell dramatically, the country's tourism agency said Monday. In recent weeks Beijing and Seoul have signaled a desire to fix relations following the election of Moon, who has taken a friendlier stance toward China than his conservative predecessor. Read More »

Egyptian President: Trump Is 'Capable of Doing the Impossible'

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US President Donald Trump says he hopes to visit Egypt soon following his travel to Saudi Arabia as part of a six-stop trip. President Trump reaffirmed America's deep and abiding commitment to Egypt's security, stability, and prosperity. Sisi has been keen to have USA and European leaders visit the country, particularly after Egypt's short-lived isolation due to the 2013 military coup and reports of dire human rights abuses. Read More »

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

It also comes as he contends with a raft of problems back home, including a special counsel investigating whether his associates colluded with Russian Federation. We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily, and we will also discuss ways to advance peace, " he added. On Tuesday, Trump is scheduled to meet Abbas in Bethlehem, and immediately thereafter the USA president is slated to return to Jerusalem for a very brief visit to Israel's Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. Read More »

'Dozens hurt' as Palestinians clash with Israeli troops

They carried Palestinian flags and signs critical of alleged United Nations bias toward Israel, Jordan's Petra News Agency said. "However, at the same time, the Church can not ignore fundamental injustice or acts that endanger peace and the welfare of the human person", the commission said. Read More »

White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

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Trump's action began Police Week, which honors 118 officers who died and 66 who were injured in the line of duty in 2016 - a 40 percent increase over 2015, the president said. We mourn with those who mourn. "What we really wanted to capture is that moment in time when an officer does go home and they see their loved ones; they just want to give that the biggest hug they ever had given to their family members", Weishel said. Read More »

Putin Speaks Out Against Nuclear Expansion But Warns Against Intimidating North Korea

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The missile landed about 60 miles south of Russia's Vladivostok region, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the test posed no immediate threat to his country. "And we're going to continue, whether it's sanctions, whether it's press statements, anything that we have to do". "Ninety percent of the DPRK's trade is with China, so clearly there is a lot more leverage that China has, and we would like China to use". Read More »

Turkey-US ties in spotlight as Erdogan faces tough talks with Trump

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Since entering office, Erdogan has systematically eroded the country's democratic institutions, restricted a free press, and undermined the rule of law. On the contrary, one week before Erdogan's visit to Washington, Trump has given his authorization for the direct arming of the YPG fighters in an apparent message that Pentagon will continue cooperating with local Kurdish fighters as USA proxy on the ground for upcoming Raqqa offensive. Read More »

Melissa McCarthy's "Spicey" returns to "SNL"

But quickly Spicer jumped from the bushes just outside the press room to reclaim his spot, pushing Sanders aside. The Post initially described the scenario as Spicer standing "in the bushes" but later issued a clarification stating he was "among the bushes". Read More »

One Belt and One Road initiative is good for Africa - Amb. Kayonga

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday offered tens of billions of dollars for projects that are part of his signature foreign policy initiative linking China to much of Asia, Europe and Africa. Other delegates included officials, entrepreneurs and financiers from over 130 countries and representatives of key global organizations, such as U.N. Read More »

G-7 nations seek ways to make growth help more people

Mnuchin had said that worldwide trade should be "fair" and "reciprocal" during the G20 meeting in March, and his refusal to change his stance on the matter during this most recent G7 meeting stirs greater uncertainty in global trade as the existing worldwide consensus is perceived as crumbling without the active support of the world's largest economy. Read More »

Intel Report: Iran Refining Nuke Delivery System in Flagrant Violation of Ban

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The director of national intelligence said Russian Federation and other countries, including China, North Korea and Iran, were using cyberspace to target United States and its allies, and will do so in future. The U.S. intelligence community has confirmed that Iran is developing "a range of new military capabilities to monitor and target U.S. and allied military assets in the region, including armed UAVs [drones], ballistic missiles, advanced naval mines, unmanned explosive boats, submarines ... Read More »