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Israeli PM seeks 'no gaps' with Trump ahead of White House talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, preparing for his first meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, will work with advisers on Tuesday to align Israeli and U.S. thinking on the Middle East and ensure "no gaps" remain.
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Aussies visit Israel to drum up listings on securities exchange

Eight Israeli tech firms listed shares on the ASX in 2016, bringing total to 12...
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China gets an early win off Trump, but many battles remain

Combining public bluster with behind-the-scenes diplomacy, China wrested a concession from the United States as the two presidents spoke for the first time this week, but Beijing may not be able to derive much comfort from the win on U.S. policy toward Taiwan....
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Trump to Iran's Rouhani: Better be careful

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Iran President Hassan Rouhani "better be careful" after Rouhani was quoted as saying that anyone who speaks to Iranians with threats would regret it....
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Samsung Is Stealing Apple's iPad Market Share

Here's the problem Apple hopes to cure tomorrow when it unveils its new 2013 model iPads. ...
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Iran May Let Russian Jets Use Its Airspace: Shamkhani

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said Russia’s Syria-bound military jets could be allowed to use the Iranian airspace. ...
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Netanyahu, Trump align on Iran ahead of Israeli leader's visit

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seizing on an Iranian missile test, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new U.S. President Donald Trump are nearing common ground on a tougher U.S. policy towards Tehran ahead of their first face-to-face talks at the White House....
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Iran and China respond to Trump with military drills

China and Iran, two countries that top President Trump's enemies list, are pushing back against his tough talk this week with showy and provocative military drills....
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Sudanese president criticizes Iran and Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused Egyptian intelligence of supporting Sudan's opposition forces, and vowed to take a border dispute between the two neighbors to the United Nations Security Council if negotiations fail....
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Lockheed trims costs for F-35, most expensive plane ever

Washington (AFP) - Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon on Friday said the next batch of F-35 stealth fighters, the most expensive planes in history, will be produced at a reduced cost....
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Iran, Indonesia express solidarity with Palestinians

TEHRAN – Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani’s special envoy Ardeshir Nourian held a meeting with Indonesian Parliament Deputy Speaker Agus Hermanto in Jakarta on Friday during which they expressed solidarity with Palestinians. ...
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Farewell, 'Legend'! US Decommissions Its First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier

USS Enterprise, usually referred to as a "legendary" warship, has been decommissioned by US Navy on Friday after a half century of service....
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Mattis says no need for dramatic U.S. military moves in South China Sea

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday played down any need for major U.S. military moves in the South China Sea to contend with China's assertive behavior, even as he sharply criticized Beijing for "shredding the trust of nations in the region." ...
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Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation 'Not Limited to Supply of S-300 Systems'

The Committee on Defense and Security of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian legislature, will visit Iran next month to discuss weapons sales as well as the peaceful resolution of the war in Syria....
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Mattis warns NKorea against any attack on US or its allies

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In an explicit warning to North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday said any use of nuclear weapons by the North on the United States or its allies would be met with what he called an "effective and overwhelming" response....
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Hungary's Orban and ally Putin cement closer ties

Budapest (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban cemented closer ties at talks Thursday, amid growing EU rifts over sanctions against Moscow because of its meddling in Ukraine....
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NATO issues dire Ukraine warning as death toll hits 19

Avdiivka (Ukraine) (AFP) - The head of NATO warned on Wednesday that Ukraine faced its worst violence "in a long time" as global alarm rang out over a spike in bloodshed that has killed 19 people in the European Union's backyard....
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Like Saudi Arabia, Israel Has a Soft Spot for Sunni Extremism

In the War on Terror, Israel’s Government is Not a Reliable Friend of the American People—But Neither is Our Own...
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Five major files discussed between Trump, Saudi King Salman

During a phone call which lasted for more than an hour, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and United States President Donald Trump discussed five major files from safe zones in Syria to Riyadh’s economic goals under Vision 2030....
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Trump has 'friendly' call with Mexican leader but he demands change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The presidents of the United States and Mexico spoke by phone on Friday after relations between the neighboring countries frayed further over Donald Trump's border wall plan, with the U.S. leader calling the talk friendly but still demanding reworked trade and other ties....
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