July 22, 2018

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Trump and Putin discussed returning Syrian refugees during controversial meeting, says Mike Pompeo

Trump and Putin discussed returning Syrian refugees during controversial meeting, says Mike PompeoDonald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed the Syrian crisis and how to return refugees who had fled the war-torn country during their behind closed doors meeting earlier this week, secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said. “It’s important to the world that at the right time, through a voluntary mechanism, these refugees are able to return to their home country,” Mr Pompeo said as he visited the United Nations, in New York. Asked about the proposed visit of Mr Putin to the US, he said: “I’m happy that the two leaders of two very important countries are continuing to meet.


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Saudi Arabia slams 'racial discrimination' of Israeli law

Saudi Arabia slams 'racial discrimination' of Israeli lawSaudi Arabia has slammed a controversial Israeli law as "perpetuating racial discrimination" against Palestinians by defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, state media reported. The law adopted by Israel's parliament on Thursday also defines the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest and downgrades Arabic from an official language to one with special status. Citing a Saudi foreign ministry source, the official Saudi Press Agency said late Friday the kingdom "rejects and disapproves" of the new legislation which it argued contradicts international law.


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Israel-Hamas Gaza truce largely holds after flare-up

Israel-Hamas Gaza truce largely holds after flare-upBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, largely held on Saturday a day after one of the most fierce flare-ups along the volatile border in years. Hamas said it had agreed to the truce with Israel, a day after clashes killed an Israeli soldier and four Palestinians, three of them Hamas fighters. A senior Israeli official confirmed a truce was in place.


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Some countries buying Russian gear deserve sanctions waivers: Mattis

Some countries buying Russian gear deserve sanctions waivers: MattisUS Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday spoke in support of waivers for sanctions being imposed against nations buying military gear from Russia. The move comes amid concerns that imposing sanctions, particularly in the case of India and other Asian allies, could threaten friendly relationships that the US has been working to bolster in recent years. India, the world's top defense importer, has purchased Russian military hardware and expertise for decades, and has been in talks with Moscow to buy S-400 long range surface-to-air missile systems.


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