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US State Department chief Rex Tillerson has offered some mild, but rare, criticism of Saudi Arabia's foreign policy which has been driven by the young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Comment: The US State Department is one of the most understaffed and dysfunctional in modern history, writes Sam Fouad.

EU and Jordan meet over Trump Jerusalem decision

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EU and Jordan meet over Trump Jerusalem decision

The chief EU diplomat Federica Mogherini met with Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi to address Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem

World leaders meet with Lebanon's Hariri to discuss crisis World leaders meet with Lebanon's Hariri to discuss crisis

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World leaders meet with Lebanon's Hariri to discuss crisis

World leaders, including the US secretary of state, are due to meet with Hariri to discuss ways to stabilise Lebanon after the prime minister ...

Iran denies US accusation of 'destabilising the region'

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Iran denies US accusation of 'destabilising the region'

Tehran slammed comments by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said Iran is carrying out “destabilising actions” by supporting ...

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Erdogan calls Islamic summit next week on Jerusalem

Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for a summit of the main pan-Islamic body in Istanbul on December 13 to discuss the US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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US lawmakers vote to suspend aid to Palestinian Authority

US lawmakers have voted to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ends social payments to the families of Palestinians detained or ...

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Jordan warns Trump against Jerusalem recognition

Jordan’s foreign minister has warned the US of "dangerous consequences" if it recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Iraq slams calls to disband Hashd al-Shaabi militia alliance

Iraqi politicians slammed calls by the French president to disband a militia alliance that was pivotal in the battle against the Islamic State ...

Palestine warns Trump against recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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Palestine warns Trump against recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' adviser Mahmoud Habash said "the world will pay the price" for any change in Jerusalem's status.

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US holds talks with Saudi Arabia on 'Palestinian state'

Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has been holding talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on establishing a ...

US pledges to support Libya government under UN plan US pledges to support Libya government under UN plan

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US pledges to support Libya government under UN plan

President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the White House shortly after the Libyan visited the State Department for ...

White House considers replacing Secretary of State <em>Tillerson</em> White House considers replacing Secretary of State Tillerson

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White House considers replacing Secretary of State Tillerson

The White House is 'discussing a plan' to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Trump to meet Bahrain, Libyan figureheads for 'stability' discussions Trump to meet Bahrain, Libyan figureheads for 'stability' discussions

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Trump to meet Bahrain, Libyan figureheads for 'stability' discussions

The White House says Trump will meet with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday and meet Libyan Prime Minister Fayez ...

The Iraq Report: US 'violated child soldiers law'

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The Iraq Report: US 'violated child soldiers law'

This week in Iraq: Insurgent attacks intensify after the Islamic State group is routed from its territory, while fears are raised over next ...

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Saudi-Israeli intelligence-sharing brings closer relations fraught with challenges

Comment: Although still nascent, the emerging Saudi-Israeli 'alliance' is one of convenience and shared interests, writes Emile Nakhleh.

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US suspends travel to Burma after 'ethnic cleansing' remark

Following the strongly worded condemnation by the US secretary of state who described the Burmese army's crackdown as 'ethnic cleansing', ...

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US 'asks Saudi Arabia' to ease Yemen blockade

Tillerson's request to Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was one of several US attempts to ease Riyadh's foreign policy.

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Former Saudi spy: Lebanon’s crisis stems from Yemen

Indepth: The New Arab discussed with a former MI5 agent the reasons behind Saudi's reasons for pressuring Lebanon's delicate institutional ...

Saudi coalition blacklists Islamist groups, individuals in Qatar boycott

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Saudi coalition blacklists Islamist groups, individuals in Qatar boycott

A Saudi-led coalition blockading Qatar added 11 more individuals and two other entities including a prominent group of Islamic scholars to their ...

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US condemns 'ethnic cleansing' of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority

The US on Wednesday hardened its stance on Myanmar, accusing the country's security forces of perpetrating "horrendous atrocities" against the ...

Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

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Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

Comment: Ex-President Masoud Barzani was the force driving a referendum that was doomed to fail - and ultimately ruined long-term chances for ...

US officials accuse <em>Tillerson</em> of violating child soldiers law

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US officials accuse Tillerson of violating child soldiers law

State officials have accused the US Secretary of State of violating federal law on child soldiers by omitting Myanmar, Iraq and Afghanistan from ...

Palestine rejects Trump threat to put Ramallah 'on notice'

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Palestine rejects Trump threat to put Ramallah 'on notice'

Ramallah said it would not give in to US 'extortion' after reports Trump threatened to close the Palestinian Authority diplomatic mission in ...

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