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His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat

BEIRUT (AP) -- His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is displaced, and much of the West regards him as a tyrant and human rights abuser. But Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the war and is likel


Russian state TV: Assad travels to Russia, meets with Putin

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian state TV is reporting that Vladimir Putin has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Sochi....


The Latest: Trump puts North Korea back on blacklist

The Latest on the U.S. declaring North Korea a state sponsor of terror (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism is part of a push to continue "to turn the pressure up."


Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, another fighter, killed in Syria: Iranian media

A commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and a lower-ranking Iranian fighter have been killed fighting Islamic State in Syria in recent days, Iranian media reported on Sunday. The Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s most powerful military force which also oversees an economic empire worth billio


Chinese Phone Maker Bets Big With a Premium Price

Huawei Technologies wants to banish from consumers’ minds the idea that Chinese brands can produce only cheap knockoffs.


White House Asks Supreme Court to Allow Full Travel Ban

The White House asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to allow President Donald Trump's latest travel ban to take full effect after an appeals court in California ruled last week that only parts of it could be enacted.


North Korea will be designated a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ again

President Donald Trump announced plans Monday to reclassify North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism for the first time since 2008. “The North Korean…


Report: H.R. McMaster Trashed Trump at July Dinner, Said He Had Intelligence of a ‘Kindergartner’

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster trashed President Trump at a dinner in July with Oracle CEO Safra Catz, mocking his intelligence


Qatari FM: Saudi actions could usher in 'dark ages'

Qatar's chief diplomat warned of "dark ages" in the Middle East on Monday, calling out neighboring states for perpetuating "drama and discord" as part of a "dangerous game of power."


Turkey says Kurds attack post in Syria, no casualties

Turkey's state-run news agency says Syrian Kurdish fighters have attacked a Turkish observation post in the northern Syrian province of Idlib with mortar rounds.


Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.


Iran's supreme leader visits quake-hit area, urges more aid

Iran's supreme leader has visited the earthquake-hit region along the border with Iraq and urged for more efficiency and aid for the people in the stricken area.


After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week. Hariri's resignation on Nov. 4 threw Lebanon into political crisis and


Netanyahu to meet France's Macron on Lebanon crisis

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in early December for talks expected to include developments in Lebanon, Netanyahu's office said on Sunday. In a phone call on Sunday, "President Macron updated Prime Minister Netanyahu with the measures h


Author: Saudis 'obsessed' more than ever with Iran

Bruce Riedel, author of "Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR," says breaks down Saudi foreign policy from Lebanon to Yemen.


Saudi Arabia ramps up pressure against Iran's Lebanese ally

Saudi Arabia ramped up its campaign against Iran's growing influence in the Arab World Sunday by persuading most of the 22 member states of the Arab League to condemn Iran's Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, as a "terrorist organization."


Syrian army, allies take back Albu Kamal from Islamic State

The Syrian army and its allies took complete control over Albu Kamal, Islamic State's last significant town in Syria, a military news service run by Hezbollah said on Sunday. The army had declared victory over Islamic State in Albu Kamal earlier this month but the jihadists then staged a counter-at


Saudi, Bahrain target Iran at Arab League meeting

Saudi Arabia warned Sunday that it would not stand idly by in the face of Iranian "aggression", as Bahrain said the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement was "in total control" of Lebanon. The foreign ministers of both Gulf states spoke at an extraordinary general meeting of the Arab League at its Cairo h


When food is used as a weapon

How Yemen's civil war has brought 7 million people, many of them children, to the brink of starvation


Arab League states condemn Hezbollah as 'terrorist organization'

Saudi Arabia ramped up its campaign against Iran's growing influence in the Arab World Sunday by persuading most of the 22 member states of the Arab League to condemn Iran's Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, as a "terrorist organization."


How Hariri's resignation could backfire on Saudi Arabia

All around the Lebanese capital of Beirut, posters of Prime Minister Saad Hariri have gone up proclaiming "Kulna ma'ak" -- "We are all with you." They don't seem to be an endorsement of Hariri as a politician; rather, they appear to be an expression of solidarity with man whom the Lebanese believe


America's scandalous history of global election meddling

Although last week was dominated by accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior, the week began with discussion of the Russian interference in our 2016 presidential election. Did the Russians try? I am sure they did, as they would have been foolish not to try. Despite President Trump saying Preside


Israel fires 'warning shot' amid Syrian border activity

The Israeli military says it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a "warning shot" after the Syrian military carried out construction along their frontier.


Saudis, allies discuss Iran ahead of Arab League meeting

The foreign ministers of four Arab nations are meeting in Cairo to discuss a draft Saudi declaration on countering Iranian influence in Arab affairs.


Robert Mugabe, Roy Moore, Republican Party: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.


Turkey Starts Probe on U.S. Attorneys Before Zarrab Trial Begins

Istanbul’s top prosecutor has launched an unprecedented probe into counterparts in the U.S., ahead of a high-profile trial centered on a businessman accused of evading sanctions against Iran.


Saudi-Iran dispute unlikely to take Israel to war: analysts

A rare interview given by a top Israeli general to a Saudi-owned news site has raised speculation of joint military action against Iran and its allies, but analysts say it appears unlikely. Tensions between the Saudis and Iran have intensified in recent weeks, with Riyadh-backed Lebanese Prime Mini


Turkey launches investigation into U.S. prosecutors over Zarrab case: Anadolu

Turkish authorities have opened an investigation into the U.S. prosecutors who brought charges against a Turkish gold trader facing trial in New York, state media said on Saturday, after Ankara said the case was based on fabricated documents. The Istanbul prosecutor's office is investigating former


Qatar compares Saudi actions in Lebanon to Gulf crisis

Qatar's foreign minister on Friday compared Saudi Arabia's political maneuvers in Lebanon to its boycott of his country, and accused Riyadh of a dangerous escalation. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, in Washington to push the Gulf emirate's case in its diplomatic stand-off with the kingdom and it


Erdogan says Turkey must clear Syria's Afrin of YPG militia

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey needed to clear the Afrin region of northwest Syria of Kurdish YPG militia fighters, who have been in the forefront of the battle there against Islamic State insurgents. Erdogan, speaking in Ankara to officials from the ruling AK Party, also expre


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