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Trump is shifting to realpolitik foreign policy: Scholar

The possible departure of Rex Tillerson and appointment of CIA Director Pompeo as secretary of state is in line with US President Donald Trump’s shift to a realpolitik foreign policy and it does not bode well for the Middle East, says Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has ...

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Saudi jets target Yemeni capital’s airport

Saudi Arabian fighter jets have targeted the airport in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, worsening the already terrible humanitarian situation in the war-torn country. According to Yemeni officials on Tuesday, the airport’s ground navigation tower and parts of its runway are damaged in the airstrike. The UN has confirmed the attack, noting ...

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Lebanese FM: Only Hariri’s return can prove his freedom

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has said that Prime Minister Saad Hariri can only prove his freedom by returning home. Bassil made remark during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in France on Tuesday. “We hope to resolve this with the quick and immediate return of Prime Minister Hariri ...

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Iraqi PM urges Kurds to withdraw to pre-2003 borders

The Iraqi prime minister has welcomed a decision by Kurdish officials to respect a recent court ban on secession, but called on them to hand over control of the territory they have illegally overrun since 2003. “We will not back down, our forces are there and I urge officials of the (Kurdish) ...

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Leaked: Saudis have ‘plans for official ties with Israel’

A Lebanese newspaper has published a secret undated letter from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that puts forward a plan to normalize ties with Israel despite “risks” of a public backlash. Lebanon’s al-Akhbar daily released the correspondence on Tuesday in the wake of reports that Riyadh and ...

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In Myanmar, Tillerson rules out major bans over Rohingya crisis

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, expressing deep concerns about “credible reports” of government-sanctioned violence against Rohingya Muslims. Tillerson held talks with Suu Kyi on Wednesday in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyidaw during his one-day visit there. Speaking at a joint press ...

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