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Saudi, Egypt lead Arab states cutting Qatar ties, Iran blames Trump

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.
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Israeli, Togolese guards exchange blows during Netanyahu diplomatic visit

Fists flew for a few seconds in the hallway of a Liberian hotel. ...
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Putin says US missile systems in Alaska, South Korea challenge Russia

ST PETERSBURG/MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that elements of a US anti-missile system in Alaska and South Korea were a challenge to Russia and that Moscow had no choice but to build up its own forces in response....
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Trump Signs Kushner-Negotiated $100 Billion Saudi Arms Deal

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US President Donald Trump signed a nearly $110 billion defense deal with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saturday, signaling the United States' renewed commitment to its alliance with the kingdom. ...
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China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chinese government "systematically dismantled" CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday....
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Russia slams 'illegitimate' US-led strikes on Syrian forces

Moscow (AFP) - Russia on Friday condemned a strike by the US-led coalition against Syrian pro-regime forces as "illegitimate" and said it could harm efforts to fight Islamic State jihadists....
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Chinese military jets intercept US aircraft: officials

Washington (AFP) - Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American military plane over the East China Sea, the US Air Force said Friday....
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Washington sets new sanctions on Syria regime

The Trump administration ratcheted up the pressure on the Syrian government of Bashar Assad Tuesday, targeting five individuals — including at least two members Assad’s own family — for financial sanctions in response to his government’s “continuing violent attacks” on its own citizens....
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Report: Trump to Push ‘Arab NATO’ Proposal in Saudi Arabia

Would Aim to Unify Sunni Arabs Under NATO-Style Command...
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Turkey Seeks Advanced S-400 Anti-Air Missiles From Russia

Turkey and Russia are haggling over the price for Turkey’s purchase of advanced long-range S-400 anti-air missiles, billed as F-35 killers by Moscow....
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U.S. Wars in the Middle East Were Not Supposed to Bring Democracy, Condoleezza Rice Says

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that U.S.-led interventions in the Middle East and Central Asia were not about spreading democracy, but about addressing regional security issues....
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US Approves $2 Billion Missile Sale to United Arab Emirates

Sale Will Include 165 Patriot Missiles...
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The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world

US intelligence agency has since 1945 succeeded in deposing or killing a string of leaders, but was forced to cut back after a Senate investigation in the 1970s...
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Iran Warns Saudi Prince for Bringing 'Battle' to Iran Remark

Tehran, Iran (AP) -- Iran's defense minister has lashed back at Saudi Arabia, slamming the kingdom's deputy crown prince over comments last week underscoring the deep rivalries between the Sunni and Shiite power....
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At Least 50 Afghan Soldiers Killed as Pakistan Overruns Border Checkpoints

Over 100 Troops Wounded as Fighting Escalates...
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Russia, Turkey, Iran sign deal to set up Syria safe zones

Astana (Kazakhstan) (AFP) - Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday signed an agreement on setting up four safe zones in Syria that the United Nations described as a promising step to wind down the brutal six-year war....
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Trump to visit Saudi Arabia in first foreign trip, seeking new ties with Muslim world

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced Thursday that his first foreign destination since taking office will be Saudi Arabia, where he will join leaders from across the Muslim world late this month to seek a new covenant to battle extremism and confront Iran....
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Merkel to hold Sochi talks with Putin

German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in her first visit to Russia since 2015. ...
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Iran’s Top Military Commander Urges Syrians’ Vigilance against Divisive Plots

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Foreces Major General Mohammad Baqeri called on Syrian nation to maintain unity and reject divisive plots hatched by foreign enemies. ...
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US Marines return to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand

Lashkar Gah (Afghanistan) (AFP) - US Marines returned to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO's combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban....
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