Monday, May 22, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 22, 2017 (Evening Edition)

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks before a dinner at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem May 22, 2017. REUTERSAriel Schalit/Pool

Reuters: Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of "terrorists and militias".

In stressing threats from Iran, Trump echoed a theme laid out during weekend meetings in Saudi Arabia with Muslim leaders from around the world, many wary of the Islamic Republic's growing regional influence and financial muscle.

Trump has vowed to do whatever necessary to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbing a peace accord "the ultimate deal". But ahead of his Holy Land visit, he gave little indication of how he could revive talks that collapsed in 2014.

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Trump's visit to Saudi a 'turning point': King Salman.

Israel in rare overture to Palestinians 'at Trump request'.

Trump warns of Iranian nuclear threat on visit to Israel.

Donald Trump accused of 'Iranophobia' as he lands in Israel. US stirring up ‘Iranophobia’ to boost arms sales to Arab nations – Tehran.

Trump in Jerusalem to explore Palestinian-Israeli talks. Trump arrives in Israel, says 'great opportunity' for peace.

Syria conflict: Government regains full control of Homs.

Jordan has 'hit limit' hosting Syrian refugees.

Iraqi forces begin manhunt inside ISIS pockets of Anbar.

Rouhani says regional stability impossible without Iran.

Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election.

Turkey crowd taunts coup suspects at mass trial near Ankara. Turkey opens trial of suspected military coup plotters.

Palestinian basic rights 'not on the agenda' for Trump.

Yemen protesters call for southern secession.

Yemen war: Major cholera epidemic feared, says charity. Cholera kills 315 in Yemen in less than month: WHO.


U.N.'s North Korea sanctions monitors hit by 'sustained' cyber attack.

UN calls on North Korea to stop missile tests.

Report: Xi Jinping asked for '100-day grace period' on North Korea.

Kashmir conflict shifts with top militant vowing fight is for an Islamic state.

Beijing and Manila end talks as ‘war’ threat recalled.

Thai military hospital bomb blast injures more than 20. 3 years after coup, Thailand sees sporadic, unnerving unrest.

Kabul probes 'terrorist' attack on foreign guest house.

Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US.

China sidesteps Duterte claim of war threat over sea row.

China to host global meeting of Antarctic Treaty.


Leader of Nigeria's ruling APC party warns of coup threat.

Gambian authorities seize ex-president Jammeh's bank accounts.

Tunisia protester death raises fears of more unrest.

Cape Town region declares drought disaster.

South Sudan's Kiir declares unilateral ceasefire, prisoner release.

Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad area.

Tunisian forces clash with protesters at oil fields.

Italy inks deal with Libya neighbours to block migrants.

Zambia considers treason charge against opposition leader Hichilema.

Angolan apartheid troops battle to survive in S.Africa.

Quality of life on rise for many Africans, report says.


Belarus backsliding badly on human rights: U.N. report.

Putin to meet Macron during visit to Paris on May 29 – Kremlin. Putin, Macron to discuss Syria and Ukraine at May 29 meeting: Kremlin.

EU nations set tough negotiating mandate for Brexit talks. EU's Barnier refuses to imagine UK Brexit talks walkout.

Rattled UK PM May forced into 'dementia tax' U-turn after poll lead halves.

Germany, France pledge new efforts to strengthen eurozone.

German foreign minister calls for Greek debt relief.

Germany urges Iran to stop supporting militants in Syria and Iraq.

Spanish Socialists re-elect Pedro Sánchez to lead party.


Trump says he didn’t mention Israel in meeting with Russians. Trump: 'Never mentioned' Israel in Russia meeting.

Trump becomes first sitting US president to visit Western Wall.

Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment. Flynn cites 'public frenzy' in refusal to comply with subpoena: report.

More Puerto Rico agencies enter bankruptcy.

Turkey slams US over ‘aggressive’ acts against bodyguards.

Venezuela prosecutor decries Maduro's new congress plan.

Death toll rises as protests continue in Venezuela.

Venezuela: Thousands cross bridge into Colombia for better opportunities.

Brazil's President Michel Temer wins time in corruption crisis. Brazil President Temer says 'I won't resign, oust me if you want'.


ISIS wants to attack the West's food supply, practiced by poisoning prisoners in Iraq.

ISIS fanatics are plotting to blow up British ports by planting bombs on UK-bound fuel tankers.

Trump tells Middle East to 'drive out' Islamist extremists.

West Africa hit with spate of suicide bombings.

Japan protests against U.N. expert's queries on bill to fight terrorism.


Wall Street ends up; defense, tech stocks a boost.

Iraq agrees to nine-month extension of OPEC production cut: minister.

Apple is nearly 40% more valuable than the city of Chicago.

Boeing expands business ties with Saudis.

China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, Airbus.

EU to conclude Google antitrust cases in next few months.

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