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Lebanon Asking Middle Eastern Nations to Sanction US in Retaliation to Trump

Lebanon is urging other Arab nations to impose economic sanctions against the United States in retaliation for US President Donald Trump’s promise to support Israel’s claim to Jerusalem and Washington’s promise to move the US embassy in Israel to the city.


To broaden the discourse on genocide and crimes against humanity and to help spark action to prevent future atrocities, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and News Deeply mark the United Nations International Day of Commemoration of Victims of Genocide with a panel discussion featuring experienced human rights practitioners and well-known journalists and filmmakers.

His Holiness Aram I rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

His Holiness Aram I, Catholcisof of the Great House of Cilicia rejects the IS recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Just Say No: UN Rejects White House Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

At a time when it appears that almost the entire developed world has refuted a recent White House claim of support for the highly-disputed location of Israel’s capital city, one of the world’s most prominent global organizations has chimed in, asserting its refutation of the deeply unpopular Washington move.

Netanyahu Faces Ire During EU Trip Over Trump’s Jerusalem Step

By Jonathan Stearns and Jonathan Ferziger

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a chilly reception this week when he travels to the European Union in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Palestinians to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move

Mohamed Abdellah, Nidal al-Mughrabi

CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during Pence’s visit to the region this month in a snub over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Saturday.

Tillerson: ‘Status of J’lem not final’

Sect. of State Tillerson says status of J’lem—including borders—not final, to be decided in negotiations between Israel, Palestinians; US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to capital will not happen within next 2 years, Tillerson adds, citing security, bureaucratic reasons.


Trump senior aide and member of Israeli-Palestinian peace team to resign


Powell could be one of several administration officials to leave at the one-year mark of Trump’s presidency.

Britain, EU clinch Brexit ‘breakthrough’ with move to trade talks

Alastair Macdonald, Gabriela Baczynska

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union struck a divorce deal on Friday that paves the way for arduous talks on future trade ties, easing immediate pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May and boosting hopes of an orderly Brexit.

Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis seen on board with U.S. peace efforts

Samia Nakhoul, Stephen Kalin, Suleiman Al-Khalidi

BEIRUT/RIYADH/AMMAN (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But Palestinian officials say Riyadh has also been working for weeks behind the scenes to press them to support a nascent U.S. peace plan.

Two dead in ‘Day of Rage’ over Jerusalem, Palestinian president defiant

Ali Sawafta, Nidal al-Mughrabi

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – At least two people were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the Palestinian president said Washington could no longer be a peace broker.

North Korea Says UN Expressed Willingness to Ease Korea Tensions

By Kyungji Cho

North Korea said visiting United Nations officials agreed to communicate on a regular basis and help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Nalbandian, Lavrov talk Armenian-Russian issues, Karabakh peace process

The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Russia Edward Nalbandian and Sergey Lavrov held a meeting in Vienna on the sidelines of the 24th OSCE Ministerial Council meeting.

Christian family forced to watch murder of six year old daughter

By Marcus Jones

A Christian family in Pakistan say they were forced to watch in horror as their child was shot in front of them after they failed to pay a debt.

SPD open to grand coalition talks, re-elects Schulz as party chair

Germany’s Social Democrats have voted to start talks that could lead to a new government coalition. Over 80 percent of delegates also voted to keep Martin Schulz as SPD chairman. DW’s Kate Brady was on-site in Berlin.

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Thursday to allow preliminary talks on whether to enter a “grand coalition” with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister Christian Social Union (CSU).

Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s Greece visit quickly descends into verbal sparring

Turkey and Greece’s leaders have publicly aired their grievances at an unusually candid press conference. The two NATO members are divided over a series of issues — some decades old, others much more recent.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s historic two-day visit to Athens was overshadowed by a heated news conference alongside Greece’s Alexis Tsipras on Thursday, as Turkey and Greece’s long-running divisions came to the fore.

Brexit: European Commission says ‘sufficient progress’ has been made

EU, Irish and British negotiators have made enough progress on a Brexit divorce deal. The European Commission says exploratory talks between the UK and EU on future trade relations can now begin.

Britain and the EU have made “sufficient progress” on a Brexit divorce deal, paving the way for the two sides to move onto the next phase of negotiations, EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday in Brussels. 

S. Korea allocates budget for ‘decapitation unit’ targeting Kim Jong-un’s government

The South Korean government has allocated the first $310,000 to its newly created “decapitation unit,” which, in the event of war with Pyongyang, will be tasked with neutralizing its leadership and sabotaging crucial military facilities, local media report.

Confirmed! Brexit deal brokered between May and EU – no hard border for N. Ireland

After hammering out the finer details in an early morning meeting, Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker have struck a deal, allowing Brexit to advance to stage two which will see talks on the future trading relationship.

US ‘seriously concerned’ about Turkish officials targeting opponents

In response to a question regarding threats made by Aydın Ünal, a former speechwriter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and current ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy who threatened Turkish journalists in exile with extrajudicial killings in a column published on Monday, a US State Department official expressed “serious concern” about actions of the Turkish government against its opposition, according to a tweet posted by American journalist Adam Klasfeld.

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