• US to ask NATO to pay more to protect Saudi Arabia from Iran
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    US to ask NATO to pay more to protect Saudi Arabia from Iran

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he will urge allies later this week to contribute more to the defense of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region to counter threats from Iran. The plan is part of a broader U.S. effort to get NATO allies to take on more responsibility for Gulf security. The U.S. has already

  • The Latest: Trump OKs $4.5 million for Syrian rescue workers
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    The Latest: Trump OKs $4.5 million for Syrian rescue workers

    The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump has authorized $4.5 million to support Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets. Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Tuesday that Trump is urging U.S. allies and partners to also support the Syrian Civil Defense group. Grisham says that during

  • Bloomberg

    Mnuchin, Kushner to Attend Saudi Arabia ‘Davos in Desert’ Forum

    (Bloomberg) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner, a White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, plan to travel to Saudi Arabia for an annual investment forum being held next week.They plan to stop first in Israel, according to people familiar with the matter. They’re

  • Russia, Turkey hold talks on future of border region
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    Russia, Turkey hold talks on future of border region

    As the leaders of Russia and Turkey sought to work out the fate of the Syrian border region, the United States ran into a new hitch in getting its troops out of Syria, with neighboring Iraq's military saying Tuesday that the American forces did not have permission to stay on its territory. The Iraqi

  • 7,000 Syrian refugees arrive in Iraq in 7 days: UN
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    7,000 Syrian refugees arrive in Iraq in 7 days: UN

    Over 7,100 refugees arrived in Iraq from Syria within seven days, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, as Turkish forces targeted Kurdish regions after the U.S. withdrew troops. A majority of the people -- three out of four -- are women and children, including unaccompanied

  • Johnson Threatens to Pull Deal and Seek Election: Brexit Update
    Bloomberg

    Johnson Threatens to Pull Deal and Seek Election: Brexit Update

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened to scrap his attempt to pass a Brexit deal and move straight to an election, if members of Parliament defeat him tonight and vote for another delay.The premier will find

  • Libya armed groups ignore laws of war in Tripoli: Amnesty
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    Libya armed groups ignore laws of war in Tripoli: Amnesty

    Amnesty International accused both sides in the fight for Libya's capital of "utter disregard" for the laws of war, in a report released Tuesday citing possible war crimes. "Warring parties in the ongoing battle for Tripoli have killed and maimed scores of civilians by launching indiscriminate

  • UK's Johnson threatens election if MPs derail Brexit timetable
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    UK's Johnson threatens election if MPs derail Brexit timetable

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened Tuesday to abandon ratifying his Brexit deal and instead seek an early election if MPs defy his timetable to get the agreement passed in time to leave the EU on October 31. The Conservative leader was speaking ahead of two crucial votes in the House of

  • Lebanon PM seeks foreign support for reforms amid protests
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    Lebanon PM seeks foreign support for reforms amid protests

    Lebanon's embattled prime minister sought international support Tuesday for economic reforms announced a day earlier, which were intended to pacify massive protests calling for his government to resign. Saad Hariri hopes the reform package will increase foreign investments and help Lebanon's

  • Bloomberg

    Northern Irish Loyalists Warn of ‘Angry’ Backlash to Brexit Deal

    (Bloomberg) -- Northern Irish loyalists vowed to resist what they see as the economic reunification of Ireland implicit in Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, warning of civil disobedience on the streets of Belfast that risks tipping over into violence.In London on Tuesday, Parliament will vote on the general

  • The Week

    Trump hints at 'incredible' trade deal with North Korea

    President Trump wants more than just a nuclear agreement from North Korea.Trump spent more than an hour during a Monday Cabinet meeting spinning on everything from how he "captured" ISIS to how he doesn't believe in part of the Constitution. But buried in those talks was another, lesser

  • Associated Press

    Egypt arrests 22 for planned protest over grisly murder case

    Egypt says it has arrested nearly two dozen people for allegedly trying to incite protests over a grisly murder that's shocked the country. Earlier this month, a teenage boy fatally stabbed another boy who was defending a girl from sexual harassment. The killing of Mahmoud el-Banna has stunned

  • Taliban say new intra-Afghan peace talks to be held in China
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    Taliban say new intra-Afghan peace talks to be held in China

    The Taliban say a fresh round of intra-Afghan peace talks is to be held in China next week. Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Qatar, said Tuesday that the talks are planned for Oct. 28 and 29. A day earlier, the U.S. State Department said its peace envoy started a

  • Iraq: American troops leaving Syria cannot stay in Iraq
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    Iraq: American troops leaving Syria cannot stay in Iraq

    U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq's military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of northern Syria after Turkey's invasion of the border region. The statement appears to contradict U.S. Defense Secretary

  • Turkey's Halkbank could face fine for failing to appear in U.S. court: prosecutor
    Reuters

    Turkey's Halkbank could face fine for failing to appear in U.S. court: prosecutor

    A U.S. prosecutor on Tuesday called Turkey's Halkbank a "fugitive" after it failed to make an initial court appearance in a criminal case accusing it of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Lockard said at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan

  • Iranian beauty queen pleads for asylum in the Philippines
    The Telegraph

    Iranian beauty queen pleads for asylum in the Philippines

    An Iranian beauty queen is seeking asylum in the Philippines, fearing for her life after Tehran demanded her extradition for a crime she claims she did not commit.  Bahareh Zare Bahari, who represented Iran at the 2018 Miss Intercontinental pageant in Manila, and who has studied dental medicine in the

  • 'America is running away': Syrian withdrawal turns chaotic
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    'America is running away': Syrian withdrawal turns chaotic

    The crowd hurled potatoes that thudded on the sides of the hulking U.S. armored vehicles. "What happened to Americans?" one man shouted in English up at the sole U.S. soldier visible on the back of a vehicle. It was yet another indignity in a U.S. withdrawal that has been carried out over

  • Hungary's Orban Gave Trump Harsh Analysis of Ukraine Before Key Meeting
    The New York Times

    Hungary's Orban Gave Trump Harsh Analysis of Ukraine Before Key Meeting

    WASHINGTON -- Just 10 days before a key meeting on Ukraine, President Donald Trump met, over the objections of his national security adviser, with one of the former Soviet republic's most virulent critics, Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, and heard a sharp assessment that bolstered his hostility

  • EU sets up team under Barnier for post-Brexit UK ties
    AFP

    EU sets up team under Barnier for post-Brexit UK ties

    The European Commission said Tuesday that its Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will head a new team to guide future relations with Britain after it leaves the EU. Britain is due to leave the union on October 31, but will remain in a transitional relationship for at least 14 months while Brussels and

  • Reuters

    EU team to start work on post-Brexit ties with UK on Nov 16

    The European Commission team in charge of negotiating the divorce deal for Britain's withdrawal from the EU will become the "Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom" and is due to start work on Nov. 16, the Commission said on Tuesday. The task force will begin its work regardless

  • Bloomberg

    Johnson’s First Battle With MPs: The 2020 Trade Cliff Edge

    (Bloomberg) -- As Boris Johnson prepares for a knife-edge vote on his Brexit deal tonight, the big question dogging some of the waverers is: how do we stop another no-deal cliff edge a year from now?According to the bill, published late on Monday, Britain will have until 2020 to sign a trade agreement

  • Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard are embarrassing
    The Guardian

    Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard are embarrassing

    It’s sad that instead of doing something useful with her post-political career, Clinton has decided to lob ludicrous accusations at younger Democrats‘Even though Gabbard may be a flawed messenger, the message itself is correct: we no longer need to hear what Hillary Clinton thinks about anything.’ Photograph

  • Reuters

    UK's Labour wants Brexit extension before it will back early election - source

    Britain's Labour Party will only back an early election if an extension long enough to allow for a snap poll is agreed with the European Union and a no-deal Brexit is off the table, a source in the opposition party said on Tuesday. Labour has long said it wants a new election, but has so far refused

  • Associated Press

    Rights group: Possible war crimes in fight for Libya capital

    A leading rights group on Tuesday said it has evidence of potential war crimes by Libyan factions fighting a months-long battle for Tripoli, the capital. London-based Amnesty International said its investigation showed that the warring parties have killed and maimed scores of civilians, with both sides

  • Reuters

    Britain's Labour Party will not support Brexit deal or timetable - Corbyn

    British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday his opposition party would not support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal or his timetable to pass the legislation for it through parliament. "My recommendation would be to vote against this bill," he added, saying the party would