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Trudeau mum on Trump’s defence of Putin but slams Russian leader over aggression

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday but when asked whether he also had concerns about U.S. President …

Donald Trump

General Atomics to provide drones to the Netherlands air force | Reuters

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc said on Tuesday it had been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence to provide unmanned aircraft to the Royal Netherlands Air Force.<p>The maker of the U.S. military’s Predator drones said it would offer a Predator B variant …

Military

When Being Great Is Not Good Enough

Great people aren’t necessarily good people. Monumental achievements and heroic stances do not erase multiple flaws, weaknesses, and character …

Israel

No, your Trump-is-gay-for-Putin jokes aren’t funny

On Monday, as President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki for their controversial summit, the New York Times Opinion section’s Twitter page circulated an animated video titled “Trump and Putin: A Love Story.” The newspaper described the video: “Donald Trump’s not-so-secret …

Foreign Policy

This Airline Was Just Voted the Best in the World for the 4th Time

More than 20 million travelers voted in Skytrax's 2018 2018 World Airline Awards, and the clear winner for world's best airline was once again …

Singapore Airlines

BRICS ambassador vows Ramaphosa’s investment target will be reached

Richard's Bay – The target set by President Cyril Ramaphosa to garner $100 billion in local and foreign investment to boost the South African economy …

South Africa

Germany's Seehofer under fire over deportation of suspected former bin Laden bodyguard

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer faced accusations on Tuesday of having illegally deported a man suspected of being an Islamist militant who once served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard despite a court ruling that he be allowed to stay in Germany.<p>German authorities deported …

Osama Bin Laden

Deal reached to evacuate pro-regime Syria towns

BEIRUT (AFP) -<p>A deal was reached on Tuesday for the evacuation of two pro-regime towns in Syria, allowing thousands to leave after three years of encirclement by hardline rebels.<p>Fuaa and Kafraya are the last remaining towns under siege in Syria, where the medieval tactic was mostly made notorious …

Middle East

Texas to Surpass Iraq, Iran to Become World’s No. 3 Oil Producer

Plunging drilling costs have sparked an explosion of production out of the Permian Basin of West Texas. In fact, Texas is pumping so much oil that it …

Oil

Critics say Turkish government using US mosques to play politics, spy on foes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent re-election is fueling concerns about his growing powers not just in Turkey but here in the U.S., according to experts who believe he's determined to spread his controversial brand of Islamist-nationalistic fervor through a network of mosques and …

South Asia

Correction: Israel-Jewish Nation Bill story

JERUSALEM — In a story July 16 about a contentious legislation that would define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, The Associated Press incorrectly referred to the coastal city of Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital. It is the country’s commercial center.<p>A corrected version of the story is …

Israel

Violent Islamist groups are gaining strength in Africa

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria’s main north-eastern city, is at the centre of a series of jihadist campaigns stretching in two broad belts across Africa on …

Africa

Jewish Groups Around The World Argue Criticism Of Israel Is Not Anti-Semitic

(JTA) — Thirty-six Jewish groups from around the world have signed a statement condemning the conflation of anti-Semitism with criticism of …

Israel

Syrian rebels and Iran reach deal to evacuate villages - sources | Reuters

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels and Iranian-backed negotiators have reached a deal to evacuate thousands of people from two rebel-besieged Shi’ite villages in northwest Syria in return for the release of hundreds of detainees in state prisons, opposition sources said.<p>They said the negotiators from …

Middle East

2 Palestinians injured as Israeli drone strikes launchers of arson balloons

GAZA, July 17 (Xinhua) -- An Israeli army drone fired a missile at a group of Palestinian young men launching arson balloons from eastern Gaza City …

Israel

What does the Helsinki summit mean for Syria?

The Helsinki summit confirmed that Trump is taking a back seat on Syria.<p>The July 26 meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was meant to signal a thaw in relations between the two countries and address a number of issues of common …

Middle East

Russian media praises Trump-Putin summit success

Russian news organisations have applauded Vladimir Putin's summit with Donald Trump in Helsinki, lauding it as a diplomatic triumph for the ex-KGB …

Donald Trump

No, Trump, Putin is not 'helping Israel'

During his disastrous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, President Trump said that Putin “is helping Israel.”<p>That …

Middle East

‘Facebook Law’ would allow Israeli government to block social media content

(Carl Court/Getty Images)<p>JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government would have far-reaching power to remove or block content from social media sites …

Social Media

New Evidence Implicates Qatar in Supporting Terrorist Groups with over $1 Billion

The BBC revealed on Tuesday new evidence that confirms the Qatari regime’s support for terrorist groups. The new report builds on another extensive …

Middle East

Europe can do more to bring about peace in the Middle East, says Iran's foreign minister

Iran's Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif told Euronews that the European Union can do more to bring about peace and stability in the Middle East, and needs to back-up its commitments with actions.<p>In an exclusive interview with Euronews reporter Saeid Jafari, the 58-year-old said he believes …

Middle East

Displaced Syrians march close to Israel; airstrike kills 10

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Syrians displaced by a government offensive marched toward the Israel-occupied Golan Heights in a rare peaceful protest on Tuesday, shortly after a suspected Russian airstrike hit a school serving as a shelter in southwestern Syria, killing at least 10 people, according to …

Middle East

US-Backed Iraqi Forces Drive ISIS Out Of Mountain Hideout

5:50 PM 07/17/2018<p>Iraqi forces backed by U.S. air power destroyed an Islamic State safe haven in northern Iraq, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.<p>A …

Middle East

ISIS is making a comeback in Iraq just months after Baghdad declared victory

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State is creeping back into parts of central Iraq just seven months after the government declared victory in the war against the group, embarking on a wave of kidnappings, assassinations and bombings that have raised fears a new cycle of insurgency is starting again.<p>The …

Middle East

Amid Electricity Cuts, Anti-Government Unrest Grows In Southern Iraq

Iraqi officials flew to Tehran this week to try to cut a deal with Iran for electricity, attempting to defuse potentially destabilizing anti-government demonstrations spreading through the country's southern provinces.<p>The protests started a week ago amid anger over unemployment, corruption and lack …

Middle East

GOP lawmakers should stop tweets, start taking action: Analysis

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans issued a litany of statements yesterday criticizing President Trump for blaming the United States for bad …

Donald Trump

The ADL Chooses Anti-Trump over Anti-Semitism

How a Democratic operative led the venerable hate-monitoring group off a partisan cliff.<p>The moment President Trump concluded his announcement of the …

Israel

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Israel Comments Draw Ire From Both Sides

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented about Israel's "occupation" of Palestine during a <b>PBS "Firing Line"</b> interview Friday, causing controversy and …

Israel

Dem pollster: Haley would be 'very strong' presidential candidate

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said on Tuesday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyWatchdog: First lady …

Nikki Haley