In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 photo a Russian soldier guards as a military helicopter flies over Palmyra, Syria. Government troops and their allies intensified an offensive Friday against Islamic State militants in central Syria, trying to consolidate their control on the area. Backed by Russian warplanes and fighters from …

On Mideast Trip, Putin Orders Partial Withdrawal from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia’s troops from the war-torn country.

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Reports: Trump Looking to Host Mideast Peace Summit

Following his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday, Arab media is reporting that US President Donald Trump is looking to host a Mideast peace summit as early as this summer.

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Report: Egypt Requests Delay of UN Vote on Israeli Settlements

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has instructed Egypt’s U.N. mission to postpone a Security Council vote on a draft resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, a western diplomat told Reuters on Thursday.

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Egypt’s Sisi Calls Trump to Congratulate Him on Win

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi spoke to Donald Trump on the telephone on Wednesday, congratulating him on his victory in the U.S. presidential election and seeking to foster closer diplomatic ties, an Egyptian presidency statement said.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon her arrival to their meeting November 20, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. The United States signaled today that a Gaza truce could take days to achieve after Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's …

Netanyahu to Meet Clinton and Trump During U.S. Visit: Sources

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently visiting the United States, will separately meet U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday, campaign sources and Israeli officials said.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim gestures as he delivers a speech during a press conference after a Turkish-Israeli meeting, at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara, on June 27, 2016.

Turkey Wants to Repair Ties With Egypt: PM

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey wants to repair its ties with Egypt, after relations soured over the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas meet at Netanyahu's residence September 15, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Palestinian Pre-Conditions For Cairo Summit a Non-Starter, Official Says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to go anywhere to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate, but the setting of preconditions for such talks is a non-starter, a government source said Wednesday amid speculation of a fourway summit in Cairo.

Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels hold their weapons during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 20, 2016. Yemen's civil war has killed some 9,000 people since March 2015 — a third of them civilians, according to the United …

Saudis Say Iran Is ‘Destabilizing’ Middle East

The Sunni-Shia battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran continues as the Saudi Foreign Minister slams Iran for “destabilizing” the Middle East, even as advocacy groups called for the suspension of Saudi Arabia from the U.N. Human Rights Council over its military operation in Yemen.

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Egypt Sentences Muslim Brotherhood Leader, 35 Others to Life

An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) spiritual leader and 35 other members of the terrorist-designated Islamist group to life in prison Monday for acts of violence linked to the army’s removal of Egypt’s former president, according to state-run news outlets.