Hariri returns to Lebanon for first time since surprise resignation

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has returned to Lebanon more than two weeks after his shock resignation while in Saudi Arabia ...
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Israel’s leaders celebrate Commerce Chamber’s Israel branch

Israel’s top leaders join to celebrate Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce’s Israel branch, welcome special guest Anthony Scaramucci.

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U.S. says still in talks with Palestinian Authority, despite Abbas’ declaration to suspend ties

Palestinian president declared a suspension of ties after the U.S. threatened to shut down the PLO mission in Washington over ...
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‘Iran wants to win while Israel wants to tie’

Ken Abramowitz, the chairman of the American Friends of Likud, says democracies have inherent weakness of not seeking victory against ...
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Putin calls Trump, Netanyahu to discuss Syria after surprise Assad meeting

Half-hour call Israeli PM deals with Iran's attempts to gain a foothold in Syria, Israeli source says ...
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Putin to host John Kerry for high-stakes Sochi talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to budge on Ukraine but has signalled his readiness to mend ties with WashingtonPresident 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.

Saudi king’s US absence signals discontent with Iran policy

Saudi King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015Discontent 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.

Europe appeals for UN backing on migrants, no plan to bomb boats

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.