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Turkey Vows to Reveal ‘Naked Truth’ over Khashoggi Death

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to reveal within days the “naked truth” over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Riyadh said it did not know the whereabouts of his body and that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been unaware of any operation to murder him.

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - JUNE 27: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in the Office of the President, during his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on on June 27, 2018 in Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Joe Giddens - Pool/Getty Images)

Abbas Thanks Soros-Funded J Street for Lobbying Efforts

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas thanked the leaders of J Street for their work lobbying the Trump administration against its recent decisions regarding the Palestinians during a meeting with the dovish policy group at his Ramallah headquarters. 

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Nonexistent ‘Palestine’ Becomes Chair of Major U.N. Bloc

TEL AVIV – The UN General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to appoint the “State of Palestine” as chair of Group 77, the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, which would see it able to act like a full UN member state in the coming year. 

A member of Hamas's armed wing stands guard during a funeral in the Gaza Strip on March 22, 2018

Hamas Vows More Israel Border Violence

A senior Egyptian delegation is scheduled to visit Ramallah on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to avert a military confrontation in the Gaza Strip and end the Hamas-Fatah rift.

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Israel: Palestinian Refugees Number in the Thousands, Not Millions

A government study shared with Washington argues that Palestinian refugees number in the thousands, not the millions designated by a UN aid agency whose funding has been slashed by the Trump administration, an Israeli official said on Friday.

Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, speaks during a press conference with Senator Rand Paul , R-KY, to announce a new medical marijuana bill at the US Capitol on March 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I to …

Klein: Five Reasons Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Is Dangerous for Israel

NEW YORK — Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York Senator running for reelection, has advanced troubling views, legislative decisions and associations that evidence alarming ideology when it comes to support for America’s only Democratic ally in the Middle East, the state of Israel.

Barham Salih (R), a senior PUK politician who has held multiple top positions including prime minister of the Kurdish region shows his ink-stained finger after voting in the Kurdistan's legislative election at a polling station on September 21, 2013 in the northern Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah. Iraq's Kurds vote for …

New Iraq President Asks Shiite Once Tied to Iran to Form Government

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Kurdish moderate Barham Salih was named Iraq’s new president Tuesday, immediately setting to work by tasking veteran Shiite politician Adel Abdul-Mahdi with forming a new government, nearly five months after national elections were held, state TV reported late Tuesday.

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

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.

Saudi women hit the roads after driving ban is lifted

After Driving Ban Ends, Saudi Women Feel Need for Speed

RIYADH – Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the back.

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Trump Cuts $200 Million In Aid To Palestinians

TEL AVIV – President Donald Trump ordered that more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority be cut, a State Department official said on Friday.

In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Hamas militant group on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2017, said it has accepted key conditions demanded by its rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, including nationwide elections …

Palestinian Authority Accuses U.S. of ‘Cheap Blackmail’

In response to the US decision to cut more than $200 million in aid money to the Palestinians, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman says the US decision is meant to force the Palestinians to abandon their claim to Jerusalem.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, speaks during a meeting with the Palestinian Central Council, a top decision-making body, at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed,l)

Report: Abbas’s Son Said He’s Against Two-State Solution

TEL AVIV – President Donald Trump’s special envoy for the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, held a secret meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ son last September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, veteran Israeli journalist Barak Ravid said.

IRANIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY/AFP | A handout picture released by Iran's Defence Ministry on August 21, 2018, shows the new "Kowsar" domestic fighter jet

Report: Iran Unveils First Domestic Fighter Jet

TEHRAN – Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet on Tuesday, with President Hassan Rouhani insisting that Tehran’s military strength was only designed to deter enemies and was aimed at creating “lasting peace”.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivers an address on the movement's al-Manar TV on December 11, 2017

Nasrallah: Hezbollah Stronger than Israel, Prepared for War

TEL AVIV – Hezbollah chief on Tuesday said the Trump administration’s sanctions against Iran will not impact either Tehran or its proxies, and added that the Lebanese terror group was stronger than the IDF and ready for a new round of conflict with Israel. 

Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. The EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved 'through negotiations', as US President Donald Trump mulls recognising the city as the capital of Israel. / …

Jordanian Columnist Unhinged: Israel Causing Earthquakes to Topple Al Aqsa Mosque

TEL AVIV – Israel is to blame for the recent spate of minor earthquakes felt in the region, an article in a Jordanian daily claimed this week, saying that the low-magnitude tremors were either the result of the Jewish state’s underground nuclear weapons testing or an attempt to topple the al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech to mark the eighth anniversary of the death of the late leader Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 11, 2012.

PLO: Calling Jerusalem Israel’s Capital Constitutes ‘Incitement’

TEL AVIV – The Palestinians consider any declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as being tantamount to “incitement,” a report released on Sunday by the PLO Department of Culture and Information said. The report also labelled as incitement any calls to counter the so-called “terror kites” being flown over the border from the Gaza Strip. 

An Israeli tank arrives at the Israel-Lebanon border from south Lebanon, 20 August 2006. A fragile truce to end a month-long war in Lebanon was facing its biggest test today after an Israeli commando raid against Hezbollah which UN chief Kofi Annan charged was a violation of the ceasefire deal. …

IDF Sends Reinforcements to Syria Border as Assad Offensive Intensifies

The Israeli military sent additional tanks and artillery cannons to the Syrian border on Sunday in light of a renewed offensive by dictator Bashar Assad and the Russian military against the remaining rebel holdouts in the country’s southwest, the army said.