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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

Was Netanyahu right to return from Washington triumphant?

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg Watching the joint press conference with US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu felt like I was watching a Saturday Night Live special on a Wednesday afternoon. There was much self-congratulating, and Netanyahu

Florida man accused in plot to bomb Target stores

A Florida man is accused in a plot to blow up several Target stores along the East Coast in an attempt to acquire cheap stock if the company’s stock value plunged after the explosions. Mark Charles Barnett, 48, was charged

Tennessee man convicted of planning to attack NY mosque

A federal jury Thursday convicted a Tennessee man of planning to attack a mosque in New York. Media outlets report that 65-year-old Robert Doggart was found guilty of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation, solicitation to commit arson of

Allies claim US backing for political solution in Syria

Rex Tillerson

US allies said they had won assurances Friday from new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Washington backed a political solution to the Syria conflict, ahead of UN peace talks. On the sidelines of a G20 gathering in Germany, Tillerson

After invading Syria, does Hezbollah threaten Israel or Turkish-Saudi interests?

When the Shiite group’s fighters first poured into Syria to fight the mostly Sunni rebels, many observers expected Hezbollah to be worn down and its reputation as the pre-eminent anti-Israel force to be tarnished as it was dragged into a

US wholesale inflation sees biggest monthly gain in 4 years

US wholesale inflation continued its upward trend in January, recording its largest monthly gain in more than four years, according to data released Tuesday by the Labor Department. The Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures prices from the seller’s perspective,

Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts

Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late on Monday under scrutiny over whether he discussed the possibility of lifting US sanctions on Russia before Trump took office. Flynn submitted his resignation hours after Trump said through a

‘Islamophobia’ fueling terrorism: UN chief

“Islamophobia” in parts of the world is fueling terrorism, the head of the United Nations said on a visit to Saudi Arabia Sunday, as anti-immigrant sentiment rises in some countries. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the comment to reporters after

Trump says considering ‘brand new’ immigration order

Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering drafting a new order to ban migrants from majority-Muslim nations after his initial decree fell afoul of the law. Insisting that he has the law on his side despite two defeats

Sessions confirmed as US attorney general

Jeff Sessions

The US Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as attorney general Wednesday, despite vitriolic debate over his civil rights record and whether he can serve as the nation’s top law enforcement officer independent from President Donald Trump. Lawmakers greenlighted Senator Sessions as

The time of Trump’s surprises and Putin’s alliances

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The first 10 days of Donald Trump saw the controversial new US president deliver on many of his campaign promises. He has disrupted usual government business and has brought a seismic shock that has shaken Washington

Resetting Saudi-US relations

Fahad Nazer

By : Fahad Nazer It has become commonplace for political pundits to declare that bilateral relations between two nations have been “reset” soon after a new government or leader comes to power in one or both countries. That has been

Middle East travelers rush to take advantage of Trump setback

Citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries who were banned from the United States by President Donald Trump can resume boarding US-bound flightsafter a Seattle judge blocked his executive order. A source from the US State Department confirmed to Al Arabiya

Sudan vows to boost ties with US despite ban

Ibrahim Ghandour

Sudan on Saturday vowed to enhance its bilateral relations with Washington despite US President Donald Trump banning the African country’s citizens from entering the US. Citizens of Sudan, along with those from six other Muslim-majority countries, have been banned from

US job creation surges in January

Job creation surged in the US economy in January while the unemployment rate drifted marginally higher as more people joined the job hunt, the Labor Department reported Friday. With hiring up in retail, construction and the financial sector, the economy

Trump picks conservative judge Gorsuch to shift Supreme Court balance

President Donald Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court Tuesday, as the new Republican leader seeks to tilt the balance of the court back in the conservatives’ favor. In a prime-time address that was part

Obama weighs in on President Trump for first time since inauguration

Former US president Barack Obama expressed his objections Monday to any faith-based discrimination, in an apparent dig at his successor Donald Trump’s ban on nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries entering the country. “With regard to comparisons to president Obama’s foreign

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