Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing longtime U.S. policy

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM – President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U.S. policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike. Trump announced his administration would begin a process of moving the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a step expected to take years and one that his predecessors opted not to take to avoid inflaming tensions. The status of Jerusalem…

"Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing longtime U.S. policy"

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, defying warnings of unrest

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM – President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially threatening regional stability. Despite warnings from Western and Arab allies, Trump in a 1 p.m. (1800 GMT) White House speech will direct the State Department to begin looking for a site for an embassy in Jerusalem as part of what is expected…

"Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, defying warnings of unrest"

In break with decades of U.S. policy, Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially stirring unrest. Despite warnings from Western and Arab allies, Trump in a 1 p.m. (1800 GMT) White House speech will direct the State Department to begin looking for a site for an embassy in Jerusalem as part of what is expected to…

"In break with decades of U.S. policy, Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital"

Russia-hosted summit could be decisive for Syria peace: Erdogan

SOCHI, Russia – A three-way summit on Wednesday between the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey could produce decisive steps toward ending the bloodshed in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said at the start of their talks. The summit, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is a rare occasion bringing together the leaders of Russia and Iran — who back Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad — around a table with Erdogan, who has supported Assad’s opponents.…

"Russia-hosted summit could be decisive for Syria peace: Erdogan"

Lebanon’s Hariri shackled by bigger outside forces

BEIRUT – Nothing so encapsulated the political shackles in which Saad al-Hariri has operated as Lebanon’s prime minister as the way he resigned in a televised statement made from Saudi Arabia. Every major decision by the unlikely politician was determined by factors beyond his control. He entered politics after the 2005 assassination of his father and his resignation served the agenda of Riyadh. The dependence of their leaders on powerful external patrons is nothing new…

"Lebanon’s Hariri shackled by bigger outside forces"

Hariri to return to Lebanon in next two days

BEIRUT – Saad al-Hariri will return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia within two days, he said on Tuesday, 10 days after his shock resignation as prime minister in a broadcast from Riyadh. His abrupt resignation on Nov. 4 sent Lebanon spinning into political crisis and back onto the front line of the Middle East power struggle between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Iran. Iran’s ally Hezbollah holds major sway in Lebanese politics. It has…

"Hariri to return to Lebanon in next two days"

Monday Morning Briefing

Over 300 people were killed after an earthquake struck Iran, Trump and Duterte bonded at a summit in Asia and sources revealed that the Qualcomm-Broadcom deal looks set to collapse. Middle East  in Iran when a magnitude  jolted the country, state media said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area. At least six have died in Iraq as well.  From the moment Saad al-Hariri’s plane touched down in Saudi…

"Monday Morning Briefing"

Lebanese president presses Saudi to say why Hariri has not returned

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s president called on Saudi Arabia on Saturday to clarify why Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri could not return home, a week after he stunned his country by resigning while in the kingdom. A senior Lebanese official said President Michel Aoun had told foreign ambassadors Hariri had been “kidnapped” and should have immunity. Hariri’s shock resignation has thrust Lebanon back into the frontline of a power struggle between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite…

"Lebanese president presses Saudi to say why Hariri has not returned"