Monday, May 22, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 22, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) sits next to Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Israel'sPresident Reuven Rivlin during a welcoming ceremony to welcome Trump at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

DW: Trump, Israeli leaders pledge Middle East cooperation

US President Donald Trump has landed in Israel as part of his first foreign trip since taking office. Trump arrived fresh from inking a 12-figure arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

President Reuven Rivlin told his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that Israel was honored on Monday to welcome a partner in both business and peace.

"We created a miracle, a technological miracle, a human miracle, and, even during our most difficult times, we never gave up," Rivlin said, describing Israel's seven-decade expansion. However, he said, "we have not yet achieved our mission of living in peace with our neighbors: the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world."

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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.

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.


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.


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.


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 becomes first sitting US president to visit Western Wall.

Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment.

More Puerto Rico agencies enter bankruptcy.

Turkey slams US over ‘aggressive’ acts against bodyguards.

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'.


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.


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.


Publius said...

WNU Editor,

Today's Wall Street Journal has an article reporting that Cuba has sent military advisers to Venezuela. The report states that, so far, the advisers' mission is (1) to spy on the Venezuelan brass, to discourage them from defecting from Maduro, and (2) to "buck up" the Venezuelan police and military, which are showing signs of weakening loyalty to the regime. The report did not say that Cuban forces have directly commenced operations against the demonstrators.

I thought that this story was interesting, and that you would also be interested if you have not already seen it.

War News Updates Editor said...

Thank you Publius I have not seen it (its a national holiday in Canada today .... so I am taking things easy). I already have my posts lined up, but I am definitely going to investigate this story.).