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Turkey mulls offensive into Syria

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar met military officials on Thursday to discuss a possible offensive east of the Euphrates River in Syria as Ankara ramped up warnings of a cross-border operation. A Turkish military tank is seen near Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi The …

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Trump to meet Qatari emir on the 9th

Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on July 9 to exchange views on the latest regional and international developments, Qatar’s state news agency said on Saturday. The White House said in June the visit would deal with economic and …

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Iran frees detained Lebanese businessman

A Lebanese businessman detained in Iran since 2015 for alleged anti-state activity left the country on Tuesday, a Lebanese official said, after Beirut secured his release. Nizar Zakka, who has U.S. residency, flew to Beirut with Lebanon’s security chief Abbas Ibrahim, the official told Reuters. Zakka, who also holds U.S. …

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Iran says not planning to leave OPEC

Iran has no plans to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in an interview published by the Iranian parliament news site ICANA on Saturday. “Iran has no plans to leave OPEC…and regrets that some members of OPEC have turned this organization into a …

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Crackdown on pro-Iranian social media

A network of fake social media accounts impersonated political candidates and journalists to spread messages in support of Iran and against U.S. President Donald Trump around the 2018 congressional elections, cybersecurity firm FireEye said on Tuesday. The findings show how unidentified, possibly government-backed, groups could manipulate social media platforms to …

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Putin says Russia will target nations hosting US missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that if the United States deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Russia will have to target the nations that would host them. The stern statement follows U.S. President Donald Trump‘s announcement over the weekend that he intends to opt out of a 1987 nuclear arms control pact over …

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Saudi crown prince is ‘gonna have to be replaced’ amid ‘insulting’ explanation for Khashoggi’s death, Rand Paul says

The Saudi government’s overnight announcement that Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi died in a fistfight at its consulate in Turkey was “insulting,” and provided another reason Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is “gonna have to be replaced,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told “Fox News Sunday.” Authorities in Saudi Arabia said 18 suspects were in …

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The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

By Graham E. Fuller — The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of this single sensational case have far greater impact on …

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John Bolton says Palestine ‘is not a state’

National security adviser John Bolton defended calling Palestine a “so-called state,” saying Wednesday “it is not a state.” Bolton, speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room, said that denying Palestine’s statehood isn’t counterproductive as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a Mideast peace plan. “It’s not a state …

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Kuwait stops crude oil shipping for first time since first Gulf War

Kuwait has all but stopped shipping crude to the US for the first time since the aftermath of Saddam Hussain’s invasion in 1990, eroding an economic link between Washington and the Arab state. The halt is the latest sign that booming demand for oil in Asia, particularly as the US …

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Turkey’s financial crisis raises questions about China’s debt-driven development model

By James M. Dorsey   Financial injections by Qatar and possibly China may resolve Turkey’s immediate economic crisis, aggravated by a politics-driven trade war with the United States, but are unlikely to resolve the country’s structural problems, fuelled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s counterintuitive interest rate theories. The latest crisis …

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