international diplomacy

U.S. Opposes Anti-Israel Golan Heights U.N. Draft Resolution

The United States opposed on Friday for the first time an annual draft resolution at the United Nations calling on Israel to rescind its authority over the occupied Golan Heights, drawing praise from Israeli officials.

United Nations peacekeepers observe the Quneitra border crossing with Syria in the Israeli annexed-Golan Heights during its reopening on October 15, 2018. - The only crossing point between Syria and Israeli-controlled territory reopened on October 15, 2018, an AFP correspondent reported, four years after closing due to the civil war …

Trump Picks Retired General John Abizaid for Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — A retired four-star general is President Donald Trump’s pick to be US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a key diplomatic vacancy at a time when US-Saudi relations are being tested by the slaying of a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family.

Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Netanyahu, Putin Hold ‘Substantive’ Talks in Paris

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday had a “short talk” with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris as world leaders gathered for commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I.

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Furious Indonesia Hits Out at Australia over Jerusalem Embassy Move

Australia’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would strike a “really big blow” that “will affect bilateral relations” with neighbouring Indonesia, according to a message exchange between Foreign Minister Marise Payne and her Indonesian counterpart.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi speaks during a trilateral meeting in security in Manila on June 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Pulls Out of Vienna Treaty Following Palestinian Lawsuit Over Embassy Move

TEL AVIV — President Donald Trump has decided that the U.S. will withdraw from the optional protocol and dispute resolution to the Vienna Convention in connection with an attempt by the Palestinians to sue the U.S. government at the International Court of Justice in The Hague over Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. 

In this Feb. 28, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump pauses during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, with members of congress to discuss school and community safety. A White House official says President Donald Trump plans to announce Thursday whether he'll impose tariffs or …

Netanyahu: Israeli, Russian Army Officials To Work On Restoring Ties

TEL AVIV – Israeli and Russian military officials will meet in a bid to fix fraying ties between the two countries in the wake of the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli airstrike last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

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Duterte On First Ever Israel Visit by Filipino President

The Philippines’ controversial President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to arrive Sunday for a four-day visit, on the heels of yet another statement that triggered fury in which he said during a speech Thursday that rape will continue as long as there are beautiful women.

Philippines' Duterte calls UN rights chief 'empty-headed'