Palestinians Say Jerusalem ‘Not for Sale’ After Trump Aid Threat

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's office said on Wednesday that Jerusalem is "not for sale" after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut annual aid of more than $300m to force them to the negotiating table. "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine and it is not for sale for gold or billions," …

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No Fresh Start? Trump Lashes Out at Pakistan, Iran in His First 2018 Tweets

US President Donald Trump apparently decided not to start the New Year with a clean slate, opting to re-ignite old disputes instead. In his first 2018 tweets, the US leader hit out at Iran and Pakistan. Islamabad was the first to attract the anger of the US leader, as Trump accused it of giving the …

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“The US has Crossed the Line”: Russia Warns Trump Decision to Arm Ukraine Will “Lead to Bloodshed”

Russia has reacted fiercely to the end of week breaking news that President Trump plans to approve the legal sale of US antitank missiles and possibly other advanced systems to the Ukrainian government in a move that could change the battlefield calculus of the war between Ukrainian and Russian-aligned forces in the Donbass region along the Russian border. ABC …

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Trump’s New Security Strategy to Keep Russia & China as Main Competitors

Trump’s new national security strategy will preserve the Obama-era declaration of Russia and China as the two main challengers to US global power, excerpts from the document released by the White House show. The new strategy, which is to be announced later on Monday, comes after months of deliberation by the Trump administration. It will …

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China Echos Call to Make East Jerusalem Capital of Independent Palestine

China has voiced its support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. A spokesperson for the foreign ministry made the statement during a regular press briefing, Thursday, while addressing questions on a declaration by Muslim nations asserting East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. …

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Israel Invites Saudi Crown Prince to Mediate Palestine Peace Talks

Saudi newspapers have reported that Israel has invited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to their country to lead peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine as a sign of the rapidly warming relations between the Gulf Kingdom and the Jewish State. In a first-ever for Jerusalem-Riyadh relations, an Israeli minister gave an interview to a Saudi media outlet …

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China Threatens a State of War with the US Over “Taiwan”

Donald Trump appears to have crossed an age-old but still highly relevant red line with China, as he signed this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. The Act includes a provision saying that the US reserves the right to conduct joint naval exercises with Chinese Taipei (often referred to as Tawian), a breakaway province of China which …

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US Urges Pakistan to ‘Redouble’ Counter-Terrorism Efforts – or Let CIA Do It

Washington has urged Islamabad to “redouble” its efforts in fighting terrorists. And while Pakistan insists that “no safe heavens” exist in the Central Asian country, the CIA over the weekend vowed to fight terrorism with or without Islamabad. On Monday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Pakistan, seeking to convince Islamabad to get onboard …

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Trump Tells Abbas He will Move Embassy as Turkey Threatens to Break Ties with Israel

Donald Trump reaffirmed to Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday that he intends to moves the US embassy to Jerusalem, as regional and world leaders sought to reiterate the dangers of the vow, a decision on which is expected in the coming days. The US president confirmed his "intention" to move the embassy in a phone call with …

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