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

Saudi Arabia has reportedly agreed to buy $7 billion worth of precision guided munitions from US companies, despite Washington's increasing criticism of its bombing campaign in Yemen.

Qatar investigates alleged currency plot

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Qatar investigates alleged currency plot

A government spokesman said Qatar is investigating an alleged attempt to manipulate its currency during the early weeks of a Gulf political crisis.

NATO says to boost Afghan mission to 16,000 troops

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NATO says to boost Afghan mission to 16,000 troops

The overall size of NATO's training and support mission in the unrest-hit country will increase from roughly 13,000 to roughly 16,000, the ...

US wants Iran 'held to account' for Houthi missile

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US wants Iran 'held to account' for Houthi missile

Washington's ambassador to the UN has called for international action to hold Iran to account after a ballistic missile was fired from ...

Kareem Chehayeb

Lebanon no longer immune to tensions over Hizballah

Analysis: With Hariri sidelined, Lebanon's Hizballah-controlled government has collapsed, temporarily abating desires for a punitive war against Hizballah - but for how long? writes Kareem Chehayeb.

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Alleged Benghazi attacker appears before US judge

A man accused of involvement in the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic complex in Benghazi, appeared before a federal judge in Washington ...

Robert Cusack

Presidents Kiir, Bashir discuss peace deal for South Sudan

Following a recent warning from Washington over conditions for future investment in both countries, senior ministers met in Khartoum to ...

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UN blames Syrian regime for sarin gas attack massacre

United Nations investigators on Thursday blamed the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for a sarin gas massacre in April this year which killed ...

Far-right former Trump aide Steve Bannon 'backs' Qatar blockade

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Far-right former Trump aide Steve Bannon 'backs' Qatar blockade

Breitbart far-right media guru Steve Bannon, who was once a key adviser to Donald Trump, has attacked Qatar in a speech, alluding to it being ...

Naveed Ahmad

US-Canadian rescue saga: A silver lining for Afghan counter-insurgency?

Comment: The United States is looking more to regional allies to help bring about stability in Afghanistan, as can be seen by the Boyle family's ...

Norway ignores Trump anti-Iran rhetoric and agrees solar deal

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Norway ignores Trump anti-Iran rhetoric and agrees solar deal

A Norwegian solar energy company has agreed a $2.9 billion deal with Iran, despite a war of words between the Washington and Tehran ...

Can Erdogan's friendship with Trump resolve the diplomatic crisis?

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Can Erdogan's friendship with Trump resolve the diplomatic crisis?

Comment: So far, Erdogan has managed to blame US Ambassador Bass for the crisis in diplomatic relations, but how much more can Trump ...

Arrested US consulate Turkish staffer meets lawyers

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Arrested US consulate Turkish staffer meets lawyers

Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen, is accused of links to the group led by Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara suspects of ...

Erdogan: US is 'sheltering a terrorist'

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Erdogan: US is 'sheltering a terrorist'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launches a fresh tirade against the US amid a dip in relations between Ankara and Washington.

Sam Fouad

Spy games: Is 'heart disease' really killing Russian diplomats?

Comment: Heart attacks, brief illnesses, and accidental falls. A disturbing number of high-ranking Russian officials have recently been found dead in murky circumstances, writes Sam Fouad.

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US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO citing 'anti-Israel bias'

Israel followed the United States on Thursday in announcing its withdrawal from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation, after ...

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Turkey, US discuss visa crisis in phone talks

Turkey's top diplomat and his US counterpart on Wednesday discussed the reciprocal suspension of visa services in their first talks since one of ...

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Turkey sentences Wall Street Journal reporter on 'terror' charge

A row between Ankara-Washington has escalated further after Turkey sentenced a reporter from a major US publication on a terror-related ...

Turkey to 'boycott US <em>ambassador</em>' in escalating diplomatic row

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Turkey to 'boycott US ambassador' in escalating diplomatic row

Turkey will boycott meetings with the US ambassador to Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, stepping up an ...

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Historic low: Turkey urges US to reverse visa halt

The dispute, described as the worst between the NATO allies in half a century, erupted when Turkey jailed a Turkish employee working at the ...

UAE 'bankrolling' lobbying campaign to whitewash Egypt's Sisi

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UAE 'bankrolling' lobbying campaign to whitewash Egypt's Sisi

The UAE has been bankrolling efforts to improve the image of Egypt's oppressive government in the US, according to leaked emails of the UAE's ...

Libyan 'militant' stands trial for US ambassador's murder

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Libyan 'militant' stands trial for US ambassador's murder

A Libyan man accused of being behind an attack on a US consular compound in Benghazi which led to the death of a envoy is to stand trial on ...

US presses for more Iran nuclear inspections

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US presses for more Iran nuclear inspections

The United States pressed on Thursday for the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out more nuclear inspections in Iran.

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