WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Monday raced to dispel the notion that President Barack Obama's efforts to reassure anxious Persian Gulf nations about his overtures to Iran were unraveling ahead of a rare Camp David summit this week.
President Vladimir Putin is expected to host US Secretary of State John Kerry for talks in Sochi on Tuesday, in the first visit to Russia by the US top diplomat since the start of the crisis in Ukraine. Ties between Moscow and Washington collapsed after Russia seized Crimea and buttressed separatists in eastern Ukraine, but after a year of raging tensions signs are emerging that both Russia and the West may be ready for a detente.
The incoming justice minister received death threats on social media, and a picture of her in SS uniform was posted on Facebook.
Opposition members take the podium for hours to raise their objections to the legislation in an attempt to delay it, but the bill passes with all 61 members of the coalition in favor and 59 opposition members against.
Discontent with American policy toward Iran is behind the last-minute pullout by Saudi King Salman from a summit with US President Barack Obama this week, analysts say. Obama invited Salman along with five other Gulf rulers to the White House on Wednesday followed by a retreat the following day at Camp David. He hopes to shore up wavering trust while Washington tries to reach a deal to curb the nuclear programme of Shiite Iran, the regional rival to Sunni-dominated Gulf monarchies. Only the leaders of Kuwait and Qatar will now likely attend the summit, indicating "a lack of consideration, a disagreement and a lack of respect for President Barack Obama," said Abdelkhaleq Abdallah, an analyst from the United Arab Emirates.
Key party leaders speak before Knesset vote on change to the Basic Law limiting the cabinet to 18 ministers; Netanyahu: ‘The challenges before us are major.’
In Germany to mark 50 years of bilaterial ties, president lauds ‘close relationship, which we can appreciate without reference to the complex past we share.’
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Europe appealed to the United Nations Security Council on Monday to back its plan to stem the deadly flow of migrants across the Mediterranean by dismantling people-smuggling organizations and destroying their vessels, though not by bombing. European Union leaders agreed last month to “identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers,” but it is unclear how that may be achieved and the 28-nation bloc wants U.N. authorization for its operation. I’m talking about a naval operation,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after briefing the Security Council.