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July 12, 2018 3:22 PM Trump Reaffirms Commitment to NATO After Strained Emergency Meeting

President says it is ‘unnecessary’ for the U.S. to withdraw after demanding that allies immediately meet military-spending goal BRUSSELS—President Donald Trump affirmed the U.S.’s “very strong” commitment to NATO amid tumult at the summit on Thursday after the secretary-general called an emergency session to address the president’s demands that allies 32

July 11, 2018 6:41 PM Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria

JERUSALEM – Israel fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Wednesday, the military said, warning it would not tolerate such infiltrations, which have occurred several times over the past year. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that warning during a visit to Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin 63

July 2, 2018 12:01 AM Bolton Says Removing Iran From Syria Trumps Deposing Assad

National-security adviser says Trump wants Russia’s assistance in getting Tehran’s military forces to leave WASHINGTON—National-security adviser John Bolton said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power wasn’t a strategic issue for the U.S. and that President Donald Trump hoped to secure Russia’s help in evicting Iranian forces from the country 62

June 27, 2018 4:10 PM Lebanon says UNHCR residence visas depend on Syria refugee plan

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon will resume processing residency applications for staff of the United Nations refugee agency when it and other U.N. bodies submit a “clear” plan to return Syrian refugees, a senior official said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil announced a freeze on residency visa applications for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees 46

June 26, 2018 4:35 PM Libya’s Peace Efforts Threatened in Fight Over Its Oil

A powerful military commander has put control of the country’s oil fields in the hands of a rival to Tripoli CAIRO—A rogue military commander who oversees the eastern half of Libya has handed control of vital oil facilities to a rival of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, potentially escalating the country’s yearslong civil war. The announcement 53

June 22, 2018 10:47 AM Turkey's Erdogan, presidential rival both vow to send Syrians home

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival in Sunday’s presidential election have both pledged to send millions of Syrian refugees home, responding to growing unease among voters about the number of migrants in Turkey. More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees who fled conflict in their country are living in Turkey and their presence 69

May 18, 2018 11:21 PM U.S. Scrapped Training Exercise With South Korea Involving B-52s

South Korea expressed concern in advance of U.S.-North Korea summit, officials say A planned training exercise involving U.S. B-52 bombers and South Korean planes was scrapped earlier this week after the South Korean government expressed concerns that it could generate tensions before the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean 89

April 28, 2018 9:24 PM Pompeo starts Mideast tour with call for new Iran sanctions

RIYADH (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a hastily-arranged visit to the Middle East as the United States aims to muster support for new sanctions against Iran. The visit to Riyadh, Jerusalem and Amman just two days after Pompeo was sworn-in comes as President Donald Trump is set to decide whether to pull out of the 2015 nuclear 87

April 15, 2018 12:04 AM Activist party backs Cynthia Nixon in NY governor's race

Activist party backs Cynthia Nixon in NY governor's race The progressive Working Families Party endorsed "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon against incumbent Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday, potentially giving Nixon a ballot line in the general election even if Cuomo is the Democratic candidate. "I am honored to receive the endorsement 83

April 12, 2018 2:48 PM Iran official: Tel Aviv 'will be razed' if Israel attacks

Iran official: Tel Aviv 'will be razed' if Israel attacks A senior Iranian official has warned Israel not to provoke Iran a day after Israel's prime minister issued a similar warning to Tehran. Ali Shirazi, an aide to Iran's supreme leader, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying Iran is capable of destroying Israel. He says "if you provide 61