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As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:51:18 GMT

Turkish soldiers at the Syrian border on Monday. The United States has not chastised Turkey for attacking its allies, the Syrian Kurds.Turkish forces continued their attack on the Kurds, America’s closest ally in the war on Islamic State, with the apparent blessing of Moscow.

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U.N. Mediator for Yemen Conflict Leaving Post

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:22:29 GMT

The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, speaking upon his arrival in Sana airport last year. With war still raging, he is leaving the post in February.The special envoy is the second U.N. mediator in less than three years to leave the post. Yemen is in the grip of a devastating war.

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What’s Behind Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:38:31 GMT

Syrian Kurds carrying portraits of Abdullah Ocalan, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party leader imprisoned since 1999.The military offensive puts Turkey on a collision course with the United States, a NATO ally.

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Mike Pence Says U.S. Embassy Will Open in Jerusalem Next Year

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:36:07 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence, center, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel during a welcome ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday.The vice president promised the quicker-than-expected move during a visit to Israel’s Parliament, where Arab lawmakers staged a protest and were removed.

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Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:50:36 GMT

In a few dizzying decades, gas exports have made Qatar very rich, very fast.Among Persian Gulf states, Qatar was the picked-on little sibling. Gas riches and an independent-minded ruling family changed that. Now it’s in the fight of its life.

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Turkish Troops Attack U.S.-Backed Kurds in Syria, a Clash of NATO Allies

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:16:04 GMT

Turkish soldiers waiting Sunday near the Syrian border.Forces crossed the Syrian border in an assault on an isolated Kurdish area, straining relations with Washington and raising international concerns.

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Pence and Jordan’s King ‘Agree to Disagree’ on Jerusalem

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:24:33 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence, left, had a “very frank discussion” with King Abdullah II of Jordan, right, in Amman on Sunday.Vice President Mike Pence met King Abdullah II amid rising tension between their two countries over President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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The Interpreter: Trump’s Hard-Line Israel Position Exports U.S. Culture War Abroad

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:56:21 GMT

A view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. President Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital resonates with some groups in the United States.Picking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been taboo in American policy. Domestic politics best explain the president’s break with this practice.

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Deadly Siege at Kabul’s Largest Hotel

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:42:11 GMT

A 14-hour gun battle at the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital left multiple people dead and wounded.

Pence Praises Egypt Partnership in Meeting With Sisi

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:53:39 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence meeting with the Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Saturday in Cairo.Vice President Mike Pence, the highest-level American official to visit Egypt in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region.

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How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran’s Protests

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:48:32 GMT

Exchange rates posted on a store window on Thursday in Tehran's financial district.Thousands lost their savings in the collapse of shady banks, part of a broader economic system plagued by insider dealing, mismanagement and inefficiency.

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72 Turkish Jets Bomb U.S.-Backed Kurdish Militias in Syria

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:41:35 GMT

Plumes of smoke rise after airstrikes in northwest Syria on Saturday, as seen from the the border town of Kilis, Turkey.Despite warnings from the United States, a defiant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey vowed to crush the militias, which he described as a terrorist threat.

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Syria Promotes Tourism, Despite Devastation of Civil War

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:57:14 GMT

Civil war has torn apart much of the city of Aleppo, Syria, and much of the country. But authorities are promoting Syria as a tourist destination in the hopes that some foreign visitors will look past that devastation.The country was once home to an array of tourist landmarks, but many of those have been damaged or destroyed by war, and most governments still advise against their citizens traveling there.

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Sisi, Egypt’s Leader, Will Seek 2nd Term, and the Field Is Nearly Empty

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:46:38 GMT

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi pledged a “free and transparent” election, but would-be opponents have said they were pressured not to run.Many regard President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s victory as a foregone conclusion. His only serious opponent could be disqualified in March.

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Turkey Begins Operation Against U.S.-Backed Kurdish Militias in Syria

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:25:19 GMT

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters on Friday in the Syrian city of Azez, near the Syria-Turkey border.Against US warnings Turkey announced it was proceeding with an operation against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin

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U.S. Presses to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem by 2019

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:54:25 GMT

The United States Consulate building complex in West Jerusalem. Many believe this consulate building, completed several years ago and serving both American citizens in this area and visa-seeking Palestinians, could be the site of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.The plans suggest the administration no longer cares about cushioning the blow of its new policy, which has cast President Trump’s peacemaking ambitions into doubt.

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Egypt’s Sisi Fires Spy Chief as Shuffle of Top Aides Continues

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:36:04 GMT

A campaign billboard for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt on Thursday in Cairo. Mr. Sisi fired his spy chief on Thursday.President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi appointed a close ally to the intelligence position, an abrupt move that comes just months after he fired his defense chief.

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Lebanese Intelligence Turned Targets’ Android Phones Into Spy Devices, Researchers Say

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:44:40 GMT

Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the director of Lebanon’s main internal intelligence agency. The agency appears to have been spying on some people’s Android mobile devices and desktop computers, researchers say.For more than six years, Lebanon’s intelligence agency spied on targets’ Android mobile devices and desktop computers using decoy apps and other methods, researchers said Thursday.

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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:59:31 GMT

Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran, has diminished by nearly 90 percent since the early 1970s.A water crisis — whether caused by nature, human mismanagement, or both — can be an early warning signal of conflict ahead. Iran is the latest example.

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Baghdad Bombings

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:03:48 GMT

Mourners gathered Tuesday in Baghdad at the site of bombings the day before. The Islamic State on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the attack.The Islamic State said its fighters struck a market in Iraq this week, killing at least 27 people in the first major attack since the country declared victory over the terrorist group.

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U.S. Funding Cut Reignites Debate on Palestinian Refugee Agency

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:51:45 GMT

The Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza, where much of the population relies on assistance from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.The decision to withhold $65 million in aid from a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees has brought new attention to the organization, which functions as a quasi-government in some areas.

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Tillerson Says U.S. Troops to Stay in Syria Beyond Battle With ISIS

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:31:57 GMT

A neighborhood destroyed in the fight against the Islamic State in the northern city of Raqqa this month.In a speech, the secretary of state said American forces must stay engaged to prevent the extremists’ return and continue pressuring President Bashar al-Assad.

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U.S. Withholds $65 Million From U.N. Relief Agency for Palestinians

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:56:24 GMT

Palestinians received food aid at a United Nations Relief and Works Agency warehouse at a refugee camp in Gaza City this month.The Trump administration cut by more than half the funding it provides to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which funds schools and clinics for Palestinians.

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U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:53:36 GMT

A new American-backed border force will essentially be a restructured version of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, an official said.The creation of a new military force in Syria raises fears of fighting among American allies and could draw the U.S. deeper into the conflict.

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