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Top US court rules for Arab Bank in Israel attack case

Washington - Victims of attacks in Israel cannot use an 18th century law to sue the Arab Bank, a multinational financial institution, the US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a precedent-setting case for other foreign businesses.

Trumps host Macrons for a glitzy Mount Vernon evening

Mount Vernon - The French and American presidents walked in step as they approached George Washington's historic Mount Vernon mansion overlooking the Potomac River, their stiletto-clad wives following as a harpist serenaded the glamorous double date.

Macron clarifies Syria comments, says US and France united

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron sought to clarify his comments on French and US miliary operations in Syria on Monday, saying both countries were committed to finishing the battle against the Islamic State group and helping the peace process there.

Saudi crown prince round off US tour with ex-presidents meeting

Washington - Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman rounded off a weeks-long tour of the United States with a weekend in Texas, where he met Saturday with both former president Bushes.George H.W.

Macron expresses 'concern' over Turkish offensive in Afrin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday expressed "concern" over Turkey's military offensive in Afrin in Syria, telling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan it was vital that humanitarian aid be allowed to reach the area.

Trump prepares for visit by Saudi prince who has rocked the kingdom

Washington - Donald Trump will host Saudi Arabia's crown prince in Washington Tuesday, giving the president a receptive audience to denounce rival Iran and a chance to take stock of significant changes the prince is engineering in the kingdom.

Prison, abduction, execution on menu for 'traitors'

Paris - Heavy prison terms, abduction, execution -- the scale of the fate reserved for double agents and other "traitors" depends on the nature of the regime they have crossed and the need to make "examples" of them.

Xi's life mandate seals march of the strongmen

Paris - The Chinese Communist Party's decision to give President Xi Jinping a mandate to rule for life is further evidence of the world's slide towards more nationalist, authoritarian regimes, analysts said.

For Trump's numbers, close enough is frequently good enough

Washington - When it comes to numbers, US President Donald Trump worries little about precision.

UN calls on Taliban to take up offer of direct talks

New York - The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan on Thursday urged the Taliban to take up an offer by the Afghan government of direct talks on peace.

Iran bars widow of dead environmentalist from leaving

Tehran - Tehran has barred the widow of an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in prison from leaving the country, drawing protests from Ottawa and her family.

Leaving troubles behind, Netanyahu to meet with 'true friend' Trump

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet his "true friend" Donald Trump in Washington on Monday during a visit that will take him away from swirling accusations of personal corruption and a government crisis roiling the Israeli scene.

Four police assaulted at pro-Kurd rally in Berlin

Berlin - Four police officers were assaulted and three people arrested at a pro-Kurd protest in Berlin on Saturday demonstrating against Turkey's military offensive in Syria.

France urges UN top court to dump E.Guinea case

Den Haag - France accused Equatorial Guinea Monday of wanting to "paralyse" French criminal procedure in a top-level corruption probe, as it urged judges to throw out a case against it before the UN's top court.

France urges UN's top court to dump E. Guinea case

Den Haag - France on Monday urged the UN's top court to throw out a case brought against it in a bitter diplomatic row with oil-rich Equatorial Guinea over French accusations of top-level corruption.

Freed German-Turkish journalist says Ankara held him 'hostage'

Berlin - A German-Turkish journalist who was freed in Turkey after spending more than a year in jail without trial said he was held "hostage" by Ankara and that other journalists are still stuck in Turkish prisons just "for doing their job".

Tillerson meets Lebanese PM, offers US support

Beirut - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks with Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday in Beirut where he offered Washington's support for a "free and democratic" Lebanon.

New head of UN's DR Congo mission takes office amid tensions

Kinshasa - The new head of the UN's peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo took office on Sunday amid heightened tensions between the world body and the government.

E.Guinea president vows to 'protect' exiled Gambian leader

Malabo - Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has said he will "protect" former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh who has been living in exile in the central African country after being forced to quit power last year, adding that the African Union also...

US, NKorea closer to war than ever: former US military chief

Washington - The United States is now closer than it has ever been to a nuclear war with North Korea, a former top US military officer warned Sunday, saying he saw little prospect of a diplomatic solution.

Poland in the EU: challenging times for a dream come true

Warsaw - Poland's entry into the European Union in 2004 was a dream come true just 15 years after it shed communism, but today its rightwing government is posing an unprecedented challenge to the authority of Brussels in enforcing democratic standards, includin...

New UN envoy to Libya vows 'respect' for sovereignty

Tripoli - The new UN envoy to Libya on Saturday started his first visit to the conflict-plagued North African country with a pledge to "respect" its sovereignty and unity.

No guarantee of success in Cyprus talks: UN envoy

Atenas - Next week's talks between Greece and Turkey on the reunification of Cyprus will not be easy and there was no guarantee of success, the UN envoy on Cyprus warned Tuesday.

Trump son-in-law Kushner visits Iraq, meets PM

Baghdad - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner visited Baghdad Monday with the US's top military officer, meeting Iraq's premier to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group.

Italy grants ex-CIA spies partial pardon over rendition of imam

Rome - Italy's President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday reduced the sentences of two former CIA agents, including a station chief, over the kidnapping and extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian imam in 2003.
 

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