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Trump names H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

United States President Donald Trump has named US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, taking over the post left vacant after Michael Flynn’s resignation. Trump called McMaster, a career Army officer and prominent

Saudi King receives US Senator John McCain

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud received at al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday a member of the United States Senate, Senator John McCain. During the meeting, they reviewed the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States, the Saudi Press

UN alarmed by upsurge in Syria fighting

Staffan de Mistura

The United Nations on Monday expressed alarm over escalating fighting in the Damascus area as the world body prepared to launch a new round of peace talks. UN officials have received reports of civilian deaths and injuries from shelling in

Turkey responds: Iran is responsible for regional instability

Diplomatic tensions escalated between Turkey and Iran on Tuesday as the countries traded accusations over their roles in the Syria conflict and the Middle East. The pair have been regional rivals for centuries but have sought to forge a pragmatic

Trump’s new travel ban targets same 7 Muslim-majority countries

A draft of President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet.

Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report

Donald Trump.

A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump, who in his first weeks in office has

Iran warns Turkey to avoid ‘pushing Tehran’s patience to limits’

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi has cautioned Turkish officials to “watch their words about Iran” on Monday, warning that Iran’s patience has a limit. “Turkey is one of our important neighbors and it has enjoyed much of our assistance,

Libya PM’s convoy comes under fire in Tripoli, no one wounded

A convoy carrying Libya’s contested unity government chief, Fayez al-Sarraj, and other top officials came under heavy gunfire Monday in Tripoli, but they survived unharmed, spokesmen for his administration said. “The convoy of GNA (Government of National Accord) chief Fayez

King Salman chairs the 47th Darah board meeting

King Salman

King Salman chaired the 47th meeting of the board of directors of the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) at Yamamah Palace on Monday. The board discussed several of the foundation’s projects and activities including the adoption of

Iran, N. Korea officials: Let’s strengthen relationship

Ali Larijani

Officials from both countries say Iran and North Korea want to strengthen relations. A Sunday report by, the news agency of Iran’s Parliament, quotes parliament speaker Ali Larijani as saying: “We have always been after stability of relations with

Minister adopts teacher transport for remote areas

Ahmed Al-Issa

Ahmed Al-Issa, education minister and head of the board of directors of Tatweer Education Holding Co., has adopted a mechanism to provide teachers in faraway areas with transportation. He has also agreed to inaugurate an electronic portal that enables teachers

US defense chief visits UAE in first Middle East trip

Jim Mattis.

US President Donald Trump’s defense secretary arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday for talks with one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East. Jim Mattis, on his debut trip to the region as Pentagon chief, was expected

Syrian opposition: Saudi Arabia not involved in choosing Geneva delegates

The spokesperson of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee has confirmed that Saudi Arabia was not involved in deciding the delegates of the Syrian opposition who will be heading to Geneva in the coming week for peace talks. “Saudi Arabia has

Zarif: Use of chemical weapons in Syria cannot be condoned

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, pointing to Sunni Islamist militants in Syria fighting against its allies in Damascus, told the Munich Security Conference that the use of chemical weapons can never be condoned. Damascus, an ally of majority-shi’ite Iran,

Al-Jubeir: Iran is the main sponsor of global terror

Adel al-Jubeir.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday rejected Iranian calls for dialogue saying Tehran was the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, a destabilizing force in the Middle East and wanted to “destroy us.” “Iran remains the single main sponsor

Iran dismisses new US pressure, calls for ‘mutual respect’

Iran’s foreign minister brushed aside new pressure from the United States on Sunday, declaring that his country is “unmoved by threats” but responds well to respect. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the US

New US travel ban to spare green card holders — Trump official

John Kelly

A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, US Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said on Saturday. US President Donald Trump’s

Secret service probes object thrown at Trump motorcade

The US Secret Service launched an investigation Friday, after an object was hurled at Donald Trump’s motorcade as it traveled to his Florida resort. As Trump’s motorcade was moving from the airport at West Palm Beach to his Mar-a-Lago home

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