Deadly clashes over Trump’s Jerusalem move, which was widely condemned

At least one protester was killed in Gaza on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said, during a day of demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s widely criticised recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces on Friday after calls for a “day of rage” as US President Donald Trump’s declaration […]

World leaders reaffirm support for Lebanon’s Hariri at Paris talks

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met world leaders for crisis talks in Paris on Friday as Lebanon tries to chart a path through the regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The International Support Group for Lebanon was launched in September 2013, partly in response to the massive influx of refugees entering the country […]

U.S. rebukes Saudis at a time when Washington’s policies in Middle East are under fire

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday questioned some of Saudi Arabia’s recent moves in the Middle East, suggesting it should consider its actions more carefully, a rare rebuke when Washington’s own policies in the region are under fire. Publicly, U.S. President Donald Trump, his top aides and senior Saudi officials have hailed what […]

Tillerson says embassy move could take years while Czechs say Trump’s idea is not good

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it will likely take several years before the United States opens an embassy in Jerusalem. Tillerson is holding a news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris. He says it will “take some time” to acquire a site for the embassy, develop building and construction […]

Russia disagrees with US stance on Jerusalem. Will worsen Palestinian-Israeli relations

Russia does not agree with the US position to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told TASS on Thursday. “We don’t agree with this,” he stressed. According to Gatilov, this decision by the US “will worsen a general situation in Palestinian-Israeli relations, in the Middle East on the whole”. “The decision […]

Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising over Trump’s Jerusalem move and “sharp tilt towards Israel”

The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. Palestinian factions called for a “Day of Rage” on Friday, and a wave of protest in the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday […]

North Korea missile prompted Singapore Air plane re-route

Singapore Airlines has changed the path of its Seoul-Los Angeles flights after a recent North Korean missile test. It joins a growing group of airlines who have re-routed planes because of Pyongyang’s more frequent launches. They include Lufthansa and Air France, who now avoid the North’s airspace. North Korea does not announce its tests beforehand […]