USA & Canada

The US Withdrawal from Syria

However misconceived, President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria might have a silver lining for Israel. It forces Jerusalem to reevaluate the basic assumptions of the “peace process” with the Palestinians that has been actively and coercively led in recent decades by successive US administrations. The Oslo process took place under unique global circumstances. The Soviet Union had […]

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Air Italy dragged into aviation war between US and the Gulf

The former Meridiana carrier, now 49% controlled by Qatar Airways, is in fact under the lens of 11 US Republican Senators asking to investigate the airline for violation of agreements between the United States and Qatar on “fifth freedom” flights. In a letter sent by the senators headed by Ted Cruz last December 3 and addressed to Mike Pompeo (US […]

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US envoy marks one-year anniversary of Jerusalem recognition at Western Wall

‘There can be no better place to celebrate,’ says David Friedman, who, in rare move, agreed to be joined at contested site by Netanyahu US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Thursday attended a candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying there was “no better place” […]

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Capital One Bank fined $100 million in U.S.

A leading bank regulator on Tuesday fined Capital One Bank 100 million dollars for failing to enforce anti-money laundering controls that have been in place for years. Capital One failed to satisfy a 2015 consent order that demanded the bank improve its anti-money laundering policies, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) said in a statement. “The Bank […]

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US ‘stands with Iranians’ after attack on military parade

State Department condemns ‘scourge of radical Islamic terrorism,’ after assault in Ahvaz leaves at least 29 dead The US strongly condemned an attack on a military parade in Iran that killed at least 29 people Saturday, briefly putting aside its harsh enmity with Tehran. Despite the Trump administration’s touchy relations with Iran, the State Department said that “the United States […]

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Trump hits OPEC amid cartel fractures

Trump resumed his attacks on OPEC Thursday morning amid oil prices that have climbed to their highest level in two months. “We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices! We will remember. “The OPEC monopoly must get prices […]

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US punishes Chinese military for buying Russian fighter jets

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. China’s Foreign Ministry has strongly urged the United States to withdraw the sanctions, according to spokesman Geng Shuang at a daily news briefing in […]

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Trump scuppers one million Alibaba jobs in US

Alibaba founder Jack Ma said his ambitious pledge to create one million jobs in the US had been scuppered by the trade row between Beijing and Washington, Chinese state news reported Thursday. The billionaire owner of China’s largest online shopping portal made the headline-grabbing promise to Donald Trump last year, as Beijing courted the then-newly elected president. But Ma told […]

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After US shuts PLO mission, Abbas said to mull severing last ties with Trump

PA leader may cut security links with DC, said furious with US president; Abbas officials said to describe Trump as ‘enemy of the Palestinian people,’ warn of explosion of violence The Palestinian Authority is considering cutting its last ties with the US government, including crucial security cooperation, after a series of steps by the Trump administration against the Palestinians, including […]