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Trump Threatens NBC Over Nuclear Weapons Report

He repeated his complaint later in the day when reporters arrived to cover his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” Mr. Trump said. President Trump threatened on Wednesday to use the federal government’s power …

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The Israel Lobby

By John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the region has …

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UAE ranked first in rate of accredited hospitals

For the fourth year in a row, the UAE has been ranked first globally for the number of health-care establishments accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), the world’s largest health-care accrediting agency. A total of 178 hospitals, medical centres and facilities in the UAE were approved by JCI, accounting for …

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AN AL JAZEERA REPORTER WENT UNDERCOVER WITH THE PRO-ISRAEL LOBBY IN WASHINGTON

BRITAIN’S BROADCASTING REGULATOR on Monday concluded that Al Jazeera did not violate any rules in its controversial undercover investigation exposing the Israeli embassy’s campaign to target British citizens critical of Israel, a campaign that included attempts to destroy the careers of pro-Palestinian British politicians. The move by the communications regulator, known as …

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Trump proposes ‘IQ tests’ face-off with Tillerson after secretary of state calls him a ‘moron’

President Trump proposed an “IQ tests” face-off with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the nation’s top diplomat reportedly called the president a “moron” and disparaged his grasp on foreign policy. In an interview with Forbes magazine published Tuesday, Trump fired a shot at Tillerson over the “moron” revelation, first reported by NBC News and …

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North Korea hacked allied war plans, Seoul lawmaker says

A trove of classified military documents, including the joint South Korea-US wartime operational plans for conflict with Pyongyang, were stolen by North Korean hackers, a lawmaker in Seoul said. Lee Cheol-hee, a member of the ruling Democratic party, on Tuesday said hackers had broken into a defence data centre in …

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Meryl Streep Speaks Out Against Harvey Weinstein

Academy Award winner Meryl Streep called the alleged sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “disgraceful,” “inexcusable,” and an “abuse of power.” She called the women who have spoken out against him “heroes.” In a statement sent to HuffPost exclusively by Streep’s longtime publicist Leslee Dart, Streep says she did not know …

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Iran, Iraq and Turkey Seek Triple Military Alliance

Iran, Iraq and Turkey have agreed to create a triple military alliance as the first step towards growing cooperation in mutual defense and regional security. The creation of the “military triangle” was highlighted yesterday in a report published by Fars News Agency, the principal news outlet for the Islamic Revolutionary …

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ENBD Reit acquires signature Internet City building

The ENBD Reit Ltd. has acquired The Edge office building in Dubai Internet City from the developer Sweid & Sweid for Dh280 million. The 92,000-square-foot office building currently lists Oracle, Snapchat and McGraw Hill as tenants. The seven-storey development has 233 parking bays distributed over the ground floor and three …

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Turkish military vehicles enter Syria’s Idlib – sources

Turkish military vehicles crossed the Syrian border into Idlib on Sunday, a local resident and a local rebel said, after Ankara announced an operation by rebel groups in the area, which is controlled by rival jihadist alliance Tahrir al-Sham. Both sources said the vehicles travelled under escort from Tahrir al-Sham, …

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Who Gets to Have a State?

By Graham E. Fuller The past two weeks have seen two referendums vote for national self-determination. The Iraqi Kurds voted for independence but the referendum was rejected by the central government in Baghdad. Then Catalans in Spain voted for their own independent state in a referendum similarly rejected by Madrid. …

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