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Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

Donald Trump

Palestinians Are Facing Their Worst Fears About America

No help is coming.<p>President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy there stunned many observers. Who would’ve thought we’d see such a dramatic break from U.S. policy on the city’s status? What about the implications for the two-state solution, the …

Israel

After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

In the dying days of the battle of Mosul, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad followed Iraqi soldiers during the last push against Isis. But following their victory, a new wave of savagery was unleashed<p>One hot and sticky evening in July, in the dying days of the battle for Mosul, a group of Iraqi army officers sat …

Human Rights

Cassini, NASA's 13-year Saturn mission, has ended

<b>(CNN) —</b> Contact has been lost with the Cassini spacecraft after it completed a "death dive" into the upper atmosphere of Saturn and transmitted its final signal, according to NASA.<p>The spacecraft deliberately sank into Saturn's upper atmosphere at a high speed and plunged itself into the planet just …

Astronomy

North Korea launches missile over Japan

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a major show of defiance to the international community, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday.<p>The launch is the second to fly over Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test and new United Nations …

North Korea

AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's ruling emir is on his first trip abroad since a diplomatic crisis erupted in June between his nation and four Arab countries.<p>Here's a look at the ongoing crisis, the worst to grip the region since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.<p>___<p>A COUNTRY TARGETED<p>Qatar …

Natural Gas

Grenfell Was No Ordinary Accident

The catastrophic fire that killed at least 80 in London was the inevitable byproduct of an ideology that vilified the poor.<p>By the time the sun rose, Grenfell Tower was already a blackened shell. The fire had begun as the city slept on June 14, when a faulty refrigerator exploded in a flat on the …

The truth about Qatar

<i>Gary Wasserman’s book on his time in Qatar, “The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teacher,” will be published this fall.</i><p>The Qatar I lived in for eight years is unrecognizable from the television ads running in Washington. In these Saudi-sponsored spots, Trump administration …

Middle East

Gulf diplomatic crisis: China asks Qatar, Arab countries to resolve standoff within Gulf Cooperation Council - Firstpost

<b>Beijing:</b> China's foreign minister has called on Qatar and four Arab nations to resolve their diplomatic crisis through talks within the Gulf …

Gulf Cooperation Council

Kuwait orders Iranian envoy, 14 diplomats to leave country alleging links to spy and terror cells

It has also decided to stop any activities involving joint committees of the two nations.<p>Kuwait has ordered the Iranian envoy and 14 other diplomats …

Can Trump Find a Better Deal Than the U.S. Air Base in Qatar?

President Donald Trump recently boasted that he could shutter a critical U.S. air base in the tiny Gulf kingdom of Qatar, and “ten countries” in the …

Middle East

The long-running family rivalries behind the Qatar crisis

Diplomats in Middle East say issues cannot easily be resolved partly because they are personal as well as political<p>It is a row that is roiling the Middle East, pitting the wealthiest and most influential Arab sheikhdoms against each other, and sparking weeks of shuttle diplomacy. However, behind …

Middle East