Trump’s Jerusalem move: Soleimani says Iran Is ready to back Palestinian forces

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani says his nation is ready to support Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip, days after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Soleimani, commander of the Al Quds force, made the offer in a phone call late Monday with leaders of groups in Gaza, according to the Revolutionary Guard […]

US ‘ready for direct talks with North Korea’

The United States is ready to begin talks on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament without prior conditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday. “We’re ready to have the first meeting without preconditions,” Tillerson told a meeting on the crisis at the Atlantic Council policy forum in Washington. “Let’s just meet and let’s talk about the […]

Russia will keep its air and naval bases in Syria: Kremlin

Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against “terrorists” if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Putin on Monday ordered “a significant part” of Moscow’s military contingent to start pulling out of Syria, declaring their work […]

US Jerusalem decision backlash continues

An Israeli security guard has been stabbed at Jerusalem’s main bus station and violence has flared near the US Embassy in Beirut over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday have largely died down, but his overturning of […]

Putin announces partial withdraw of troops from Syria

By JUDITH MISCHKE Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday announced the partial pullout of Russian troops from Syria, after an unexpected visit to the country during which he meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to media reports. The RIA Novosti news agency reported that Putin ordered “the defense minister and the chief of general […]

E.U. Leaders Reject Netanyahu on Jerusalem Recognition

Emboldened by President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as his nation’s capital, Benjamin Netanyahu paid the first visit to the European Union headquarters by an Israeli prime minister in 22 years on Monday, to seek similar endorsement from the 28-nation bloc. The answer, though, was clear: no. The bloc’s members are not unified in their attitudes […]