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Why Samsung’s billionaire chief is headed to North Korea

Jay Y. Lee, Samsung’s billionaire chief, is one of nearly a dozen business leaders traveling to Pyongyang with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, according to a statement from the president’s office. Moon will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the visit — the first trip …

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White House expected to warn of sanctions, other penalties if international court moves against Americans

The United States will threaten Monday to punish individuals that cooperate with the International Criminal Court in a potential investigation of U.S. wartime actions in Afghanistan, according to people familiar with the decision. The Trump administration is also expected to announce that it is shutting down a Palestinian diplomatic office …

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Israel responds to Paraguay embassy move

Paraguay said on Wednesday it was moving its embassy in Israel back from Occupied Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to order the closure of Jewish state’s mission in the South American country in retaliation. Palestinian authorities reacted by deciding to “immediately” open an embassy in Paraguay’s …

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US puts the squeeze on Iranian oil buyers

The world’s top oil buyers are discovering that US sanctions on Iran will squeeze their trade flows whether they agree with America or not. It was only about three months ago that India’s foreign minister said that the country won’t adhere to unilateral restrictions and will continue buying Iranian crude. …

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Trump warns Al Assad against Idlib attack

US President Donald Trump warned Syria against launching an attack on the country’s last rebel stronghold with the help of Russia and Iran, saying the offensive could trigger a “human tragedy.” “President Bashar Al Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making …

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Washington Adopts Israel’s Positions: The Refugee Chapter

By Yousef Munayyer*   Since the early days of his administration, President Donald Trump has led US policy toward Palestine/Israel on a steady lurch, from overwhelming support of Israel to full adoption of its positions. Instead of a thoughtful strategy, he seems to pursue a tactical approach to force the Palestinians …

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