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US talks with Saudi, allies end without fixing Qatar rift

Talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and several Persian Gulf Arab states aimed at ending a rift with Qatar have come to an end without any breakthrough. On Wednesday, Tillerson returned to Kuwait from Saudi Arabia without issuing a statement on the outcome of his talks with Saudi officials, including dignitaries. ...

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Trump headed to France amid deep unpopularity in Europe

US President Donald Trump will arrive in Paris on Thursday for a meeting with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, his second trip in less than a week to Europe, where he is deeply unpopular. The invitation by France’s recently-elected president may give Trump a brief respite from his domestic and international ...

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Putin preferred Clinton as US president: Trump

US President Donald Trump says his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would have been more comfortable with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, as the president. “If Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me,” Trump said in an ...

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Amnesty: Saudi Arabia silence Shia dissent with execution

Saudi Arabia is using the death penalty as a means to silence Shia dissent, says Amnesty International. “These brutal executions are the latest act in the Saudi Arabian authorities’ ongoing persecution of the Shia minority. The death penalty is being deployed as a political weapon to punish them for daring ...

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Turkey detains 44 over Istanbul terror attacks

Turkey has detained 44 people suspected of planning terrorist attacks carried out in Istanbul last year by a militant group affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an official says. In a statement released on Thursday, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said the suspects had had links to the outlawed “Kurdistan ...

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Twitter users sue Trump for blocking them

A group of Twitter users have filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump for blocking them on the social networking website, saying the move violates their right to free speech. The claimants said in their lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, that Trump had violated their First Amendment rights by blocking ...

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