Regime official to UN Bashar Jaafri says western involvement in Syrian "was to ensure Israeli occupation of Arab territories and to ensure that occupation could go on forever," at UNSC meeting on Israel-occupied Golan Heights.
Total falls short of what the UN says is needed. It says $3.3 billion is required to help meet Syria's own aid needs this year, plus a further $5.5 billion to support neighbouring countries where most Syrians are seeking refuge.
Lebanese government says a 2,000-km gas pipeline planned to bring gas from Israel to Europe should not violate its maritime borders, as Beirut still has an unresolved border dispute with Israel.
Will the European Union and China clash over China's plans in Eurasia?
In Egypt, nine people were executed last week despite a European Council resolution against the death penalty five months ago. Yet it didn’t stop European leaders from attending the EU-Arab summit co-chaired by the country’s President Sisi.
US Vice President Mike Pence is calling for America's European allies to join it in withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal and stop efforts he said are designed to evade US sanctions.
The US has brought Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt on a common platform with Israel while sidelining Palestinians.
Fear of Iranian expansion brings Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt closer to Israel, pushing the Palestinian cause to the back burner.
It's too early to say whether the attempt in Europe to circumvent US sanctions will protect European-Iranian economic ties, but the US should support it to demonstrate that their beef is with the Iranian government, not its people.
US and Poland, sponsors of an Iran-focused conference in Warsaw, have backtracked from their initial agenda as some EU invitees' plan to skip the meeting. Is the summit headed for a two-day fiasco?
Taliban says only civilians died in Helmand province raid but government officials say 16 fighters were also killed. Separately, Taliban attacked a Kabul-based security firm, killing 10 and wounding 19 others, "in response to air strikes."
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says each political obstacle set by the economic bloc against Ankara prevents political stability of European Union, at a joint press conference with top EU officials.
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