US Ready to ‘Fight for Justice’ in Syria Without UN Approval – Haley

The US does not consider itself constrained by the United Nations Security Council and might seek “justice” in Syria on its own terms, the US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said. The US took similar action in Libya in 2011. “With the unity of this council, or alone, unrestrained by Russia’s obstructionism, we …

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‘Until First Bomb Drops’: Tillerson Vows to Continue Diplomatic Efforts on North Korea

Washington will continue its diplomatic efforts to solve the North Korean crisis only "until first bomb drops,” US State Secretary Rex Tillerson told CNN. Tillerson appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, where he told host Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump wants to resolve the Korean Peninsula crisis “diplomatically.” “He is not …

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Damascus Demands ‘Immediate & Unconditional’ Pullout of Turkish Troops from Northwest Syria

Syria demands an immediate pullout of Turkish troops, whose deployment to Idlib province amounts to “flagrant aggression,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said as quoted by SANA. “The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the incursion of Turkish military units in the Idlib Province, which constitutes to blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial …

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Trump Decertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, Imposes ‘Tough Sanctions’ on Revolutionary Guard Corps

US President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement and deferred it to Congress to establish new conditions on the deal. He also announced new US sanctions against Tehran. “I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump stated Friday. “Iran …

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Trump Sends Lieutenants to Pakistan with Tough Message

President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups. Weeks after Trump angrily accused Islamabad of providing safe haven to "agents of chaos," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to depart for Pakistan late …

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In Moscow, Saudi King Demands Iran Stop Meddling in Middle East

Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy Russian S-400 air defence system, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday, on the sidelines of a visit by King Salman to Moscow. The Dubai-based television channel also said that Saudi Arabia had signed a memorandum of understanding to help the kingdom in its efforts to develop its own military …

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Trump Calls Netanyahu ‘A Bigger Problem’ Than Abbas: Reports

The US President Donald Trump described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the harder side to convince in his efforts to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians, according to well-placed sources. A Western diplomat who was briefed on Trump’s comments, which came during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, told Haaretz …

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Russia Rejects Israeli Request of 70 km Buffer over Iran Militias Presence

Russia has rejected a request made by Israel to create a large buffer zone on the border of the Golan Heights in an attempt to keep Iranian forces and their militias around 70 kilometers away from Israeli territories, political sources in Tel Aviv have said. Israel had asked Russia and the US not to have …

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‘No Military Solution’: China & Pakistan Slam Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy

China and Pakistan have slammed US President Donald Trump’s new policy on Afghanistan, which includes sending additional troops to the country. The nations have instead urged new talks with the Taliban. The Pakistani and Chinese foreign ministers announced that their two countries and Afghanistan would hold a new series of three-way talks later this year, …

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