Trump Approves Modest Increase of About 1,500 Troops in the Middle East

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he would deploy about 1,500 additional American troops to the Middle East, “a relatively small number” to provide protection for American service members already there. “We want to have protection,” Mr. Trump said to reporters as he left the White House to travel to Japan for a state visit. “We’ll see what […]

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ICC reverses decision to refer Jordan to UNSC over al-Bashir

The panel found Jordan should have arrested al-Bashir in 2017, but its failure to do so was not grounds for referral. Jordan will not be referred to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for its failure to arrest Sudanese war crimes suspect Omar al-Bashir when he visited Amman in 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said, reversing an earlier […]

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Iran sentences president's brother to prison for corruption

Hossein Fereydoun, younger brother of Hassan Rouhani, vows to appeal ‘politically motivated’ ruling. A court in Iran has sentenced President Hassan Rouhani’s younger brother to an unspecified jail term in a corruption case that supporters of the Iranian leader allege is politically motivated. Hossein Fereydoun, who is also a close confidante of the president, has vowed to appeal the sentence, local media reported […]

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Pentagon 'mulls sending thousands more troops' to Middle East

Reports citing unnamed US officials say Department of Defense is considering deploying extra forces over Iran tensions. The United States’s Department of Defense is reportedly mulling a military request to deploy thousands of additional troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran. Two US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters news agency on Wednesday that the request […]

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Israeli researchers brew ‘ancient beer’

Israeli researchers have unveiled a “breakthrough” beer made from ancient yeast up to 5,000 years old. Researchers from the Antiquities Authority and three Israeli universities extracted six strains of the yeast from old pottery discovered in the Holy Land. It is believed to be similar to beverages enjoyed by the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. The team said it hoped to […]

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UN appeals to Yemen rebels over ‘diverted’ aid

The UN says food aid is being diverted by some corrupt and uncooperative officials in Houthi-held areas of Yemen, where millions of people are believed to be on the verge of famine. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), told the BBC the agency’s efforts to reach people in need were being repeatedly blocked. He said he hoped […]

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Pakistan IMF deal: Rupee to be devalued against dollar

After months of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, Pakistan reaches agreement on a $6bn loan package. Pakistan has agreed on a deal with the International Monetary Fund to receive a $6 billion loan. But under its terms, its currency will have to be devalued against the dollar, and electricity and gas prices will increase. That is likely to prove […]

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African Union gives Sudan military further 60 days to cede power

New warning comes after Sudan’s military council missed an earlier deadline to hand over control to civilians. The African Union has given Sudan’s military rulers another 60 days to hand over power to a civilian authority or face suspension. The new threat on Wednesday came after Sudan’s military leaders ignored an earlier deadline to step aside within a 15-day period […]

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Turkey's defence deal with Russia and Erdogan's balancing act

Turkey holds its largest annual defence show, but disputes over Russian-made weapons are overshadowing the event. Turkey’s largest annual defence show has become a political balancing act, with the United States unhappy about the country’s purchase of Russian weapons. But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the ongoing war in Syria means he needs to take all available measures to ensure […]

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Turkish nationals arrested by Haftar forces not spies: Officials

Turkish security officials tell Al Jazeera the two men are restaurant workers without ties to the government. Turkish officials have denied reports that two Turkish nationals who were captured by forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar in Libya are spies. Restaurant workers Mehmet Demir and Volkan Altinok were arrested by Haftar’s eastern-based forces in Tripoli’s southern Qasr bin Ghashir district on April […]

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