Category Archives: Middle East

Trump Rejects Graham’s Plea to Reopen Government

President Trump on Monday dismissed the suggestion of a frequent ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, that he should reopen the government for a few weeks to encourage Democrats to continue negotiations over border-security funding. “I did reject it,” Trump told reporters about the South Carolina Republican’s plea for him to sign a three-week-stopgap spending bill. The partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, entered its 24th day on Monday.

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Trump Rejects Graham’s Plea to Reopen Government

President Trump on Monday dismissed the suggestion of a frequent ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, that he should reopen the government for a few weeks to encourage Democrats to continue negotiations over border-security funding. “I did reject it,” Trump told reporters about the South Carolina Republican’s plea for him to sign a three-week-stopgap spending bill. The partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, entered its 24th day on Monday.

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Trump Rejects Graham’s Plea to Reopen Government

President Trump on Monday dismissed the suggestion of a frequent ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, that he should reopen the government for a few weeks to encourage Democrats to continue negotiations over border-security funding. “I did reject it,” Trump told reporters about the South Carolina Republican’s plea for him to sign a three-week-stopgap spending bill. The partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, entered its 24th day on Monday.

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Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

US President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader. Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russia than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but some had questions. The Post reported that Trump has gone to unusual lengths to keep his private talks with Putin secret, withholding details from senior officials and at one point even taking away his own interpreter’s notes.

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Senior Republican senator says he will ask Trump to rethink Syria pullout

Senior Republican senator says he will ask Trump to rethink Syria pullout

Senator Lindsey Graham warned that removing all U.S. forces would hurt U.S. security by allowing Islamic State to rebuild, betraying U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters battling remnants of the militant group, also known as ISIS, and enhancing Iran’s ability to threaten Israel. The South Carolina Republican said he would ask Trump “to sit down with his generals and reconsider how to do this. Don’t turn Syria over to the Iranians.” “I want to fight the war in the enemy’s backyard, not ours,” Graham said in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union show.

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Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281: disaster agency

Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281: disaster agency

The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 281, with more than 1,000 people injured, the national disaster agency said Monday, as the desperate search for survivors ramped up. “The number of victims and damage will continue to rise,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. According to Indonesia’s geological agency, Anak Krakatoa had been showing signs of heightened activity for days, spewing plumes of ash thousands of metres into the air.

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Japan's Line ties up with Tencent, Mizuho; shares jump

Japan's Line ties up with Tencent, Mizuho; shares jump

Japanese chat app operator Line Corp announced a tie-up with China’s Tencent Holdings to offer mobile payment services, and plans to set up a bank with Mizuho Financial Group Inc, sending its shares up 13 percent on Tuesday. Japanese retailers offering Line Pay services will be able to process payments from the growing numbers of Chinese tourists using Tencent’s WeChat Pay from early next year, Line said. Line also plans to establish a bank with Mizuho Financial Group Inc, a source with direct knowledge told Reuters, declining to be identified because the plan is not yet public.

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Trump statement on Saudi role in Khashoggi case 'shameful': Iran

Trump statement on Saudi role in Khashoggi case 'shameful': Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday it was “shameful” that U.S. President Donald Trump had pledged support for Saudi Arabia despite the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate. Trump had issued a statement that began: “The world is a very dangerous place! “The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and …read more

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