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France, U.S. share common objective on Iran, says Macron

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Caen, France, France and the United States share the common objective of preventing Iran obtaining nuclear arms and new international negotiations need to be opened for that goal to be met, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, Reuters reported.Accusing Tehran of "championing terrorism" across the Middle East, President Donald Trump, for his part, said Iran was failing as a nation following tough U.S. sanctions, but that he was ready to talk to the Iranians.Source: Saudi Press Agency

Russian, Chinese Leaders Hail Burgeoning Ties

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MOSCOW, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for Kremlin talks that reflected increasingly close ties between the two countries that were communist rivals during the Cold War.Xi called Putin his "close friend," noting that they have met nearly 30 times over the last six years. The trip marked Xi's eighth visit to Russia since he took the helm in 2012."We will strengthen our mutual support on key issues," Xi said, sitting next to Putin in an ornate Kremlin hall.Relations between Russia and China have become increasingly close as they both face mounting tensions with the U.S.Moscow's ties with Washington have declined sharply over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Kremlin meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential elections, w...

WFP: Growing Violence Destroys Vital Crops, Farmland in NW Syria

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GENEVA, The World Food Program says escalating violence has destroyed crops and farmland in Idlib and North Hama in northwest Syria, depriving thousands of people of food.Dozens of people reportedly have been killed and wounded and at least 300,000 forced to flee their homes since the latest outbreak of fighting last month between Russian-backed Syrian forces and rebel armed groups.World Food Program spokesman Herve Verhoosel says other casualties of the war are the thousands of hectares of vital crops and farmland, which have been burned and rendered useless."It is unfortunate to see the escalation in violence in the northwest reaching such dramatic levels," he said. "Not only are people displaced [and] lives lost, but farmland vital for the food security of the region � crops such as bar

Enemy gunboat violates territorial waters

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An Israeli gunboat breached the Lebanese territorial waters off Ras al-Naqoura on Sunday at 6:08 pm to an approximate distance of 185 meters and for an interval of 4 minutes, an Army communique indicated today.The breach is being pursued in coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in South Lebanon (UNIFIL), the communique added.Source: National News Agency

Enemy gunboat violates territorial waters

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An Israeli gunboat breached the Lebanese territorial waters off Ras al-Naqoura on Sunday at 6:08 pm to an approximate distance of 185 meters and for an interval of 4 minutes, an Army communique indicated today.The breach is being pursued in coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in South Lebanon (UNIFIL), the communique added.Source: National News Agency

Enemy gunboat violates territorial waters

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An Israeli gunboat breached the Lebanese territorial waters off Ras al-Naqoura on Sunday at 6:08 pm to an approximate distance of 185 meters and for an interval of 4 minutes, an Army communique indicated today.The breach is being pursued in coordination with the United Nations Interim Force in South Lebanon (UNIFIL), the communique added.Source: National News Agency

Abdullah says bilateral settlements are incapable of forming a national approach that would protect Lebanon’s interests

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"Once again, all two-party sectarian understandings or compromises within sects have proved their inability to yield a national approach that would protect Lebanon's supreme interests, but on the contrary have revealed the futile nature of such sectarian system and its coverage of corruption and quotas and deals," said Democratic Gathering Member, MP Bilal Abdullah, in a tweet on Sunday.Abdullah called for leaving at least the judiciary and security apparatuses away from any influence in order to preserve the homeland.Source: National News Agency

Saudi King: Iran’s ‘Terrorist Acts’ Threaten Energy Supply

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MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA, Saudi Arabia's King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as terrorist acts that threaten global energy supplies.It was the monarch's strongest words yet since tensions spiked in recent weeks between the two regional heavyweights. The U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to deter Iran as tensions run high. The crisis stems from the Trump administration's decision to withdraw the U.S. from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers last year and impose crippling economic sanctions on the country.Organization of Islamic CooperationSpeaking to leaders from the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, gathered in Islam's holiest city of Me...

Saudi King: Iran’s ‘Terrorist Acts’ Threaten Energy Supply

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MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA, Saudi Arabia's King Salman slammed Iran over recent attacks targeting the kingdom, describing the incidents Saturday in a speech before Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca as terrorist acts that threaten global energy supplies.It was the monarch's strongest words yet since tensions spiked in recent weeks between the two regional heavyweights. The U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to deter Iran as tensions run high. The crisis stems from the Trump administration's decision to withdraw the U.S. from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers last year and impose crippling economic sanctions on the country.Organization of Islamic CooperationSpeaking to leaders from the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, gathered in Islam's holiest city of Me...

US Troop Levels in Syria ‘Quite a Bit Lower’ with Help on the Way

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U.S. officials are touting a "measurable decrease" in the number of U.S. troops in Syria, though they refuse to say just how many remain in the country to aid in the fight against remnants of the Islamic State terror group.The director of the Pentagon's Defeat IS Task Force, Chris Maier, became the latest official to weigh in on troop levels, describing the withdrawal only in general terms."It's been a measurable decrease," he told reporters late Thursday. "The number of U.S. forces that are present now is quite a bit lower than when the drawdown began."U.S. force numbers will continue to draw down as conditions continue to, we hope, improve," he added.Maier's comments come just over a week after the U.S. Special Representative for Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey, told U.S. lawmakers the n...