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Saudi king agrees in call with Trump to support Syria, Yemen safe zones - White House

WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, in a telephone call on Sunday with U.S. President Donald Trump, agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, a White House statement said.<p>Saudi King Salman salutes as he attends a graduation ceremony and air show marking the 50th …

Middle East

British navy to lead Gulf 'war games' amid Iran tensions

A Royal Navy-led strike group of American, British and French warships is preparing for "war games" in the Gulf, including a simulated confrontation …

Military

Trump, Iraqi Oil and International Law

In an interview with ABC News anchor David Muir on January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump repeated his position that the United States “should have …

Middle East

Ministry of Defence finds ‘staggering violations of humanitarian law’ by Saudi coalition forces in Yemen

The Ministry of Defence has said it has noted 252 alleged violations of international humanitarian law carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in …

Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns

<b>The conflict-driven food crisis in Yemen could become a full-blown famine this year, the UN's humanitarian chief has warned.</b><p>Two million people need emergency food aid to survive and child malnutrition has risen 63% in a year, Stephen O'Brien told the UN Security Council.<p>A child under five dies …

Middle East

UAE says it destroyed Iranian-built drone in Yemen: state news agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - The air force of the United Arab Emirates shot down an Iranian-made drone in Yemen, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday, quoting a Yemeni military officer.<p>The UAE is a member of a mostly Gulf Arab military coalition led by Saudi Arabia that is backing Yemen’s …

South Asia

Enjoy cheap gas while it lasts -- which won't be much longer

It's not exactly high driving season, but for those who venture out on the roads, there will be plenty of relatively cheap gasoline.<p>Gas prices have been falling for about three weeks, with the snow and rain of the winter season having dampened demand for driving, says Patrick DeHaan, senior …

Shell bounces back as oil price enjoys a slick resurgence

Royal Dutch Shell is poised to lead a comeback this week as it reveals annual profits have more than doubled on the back of the recovering oil price.<p>The Anglo-Dutch oil giant is expected to post bumper profits of $8.17bn (£6.91bn), a huge jump on the $3.8bn it reported at the depths of the market …

Saudi air defences intercept missile fired from Yemen

Saudi air defences have intercepted a missile fired into Saudi territory by Yemen’s Shia Houthi militia, the kingdom’s official <i>Saudi Press Agency</i> …

Putin and Trump agree to try to rebuild U.S.-Russia ties, cooperate in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to try to rebuild U.S. Russia ties and to cooperate in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday, after the two men spoke for the first time since Trump’s inauguration.<p>U.S. President Donald Trump speaks by phone …

Russia

Iran Promises Proportional Response for Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban

Iranian foreign ministry called Trump’s order ‘an obvious insult to the Islamic world’<p>Iran vowed Saturday to respond to President Donald Trump’s suspension of U.S. visas for citizens of seven countries including the Islamic Republic, as the president’s new executive order tripped up travelers …

Rise in factory, oil payrolls would be good sign

The January employment report, out next Friday, is expected to record a solid 170,000 or so job gains, below monthly averages of 180,000 last year and 229,000 in 2015. The unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 4.7%, close to its nine-year low.<p>Payroll gains are slowing as falling …