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US Syria Withdrawal Risks Vital Strategic Interests

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment and likely put at risk vital national security interests, according to some analysts. “I guess the problem is that whereas our involvement doesn’t necessarily make things better, our lack of involvement doesn’t either,” said Mark Katz, ...

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US Syria Withdrawal Risks Vital Strategic Interests

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment, but it will also likely put at risk vital national security interests. VOA's Brian Padden reports that move could increase the threat of terrorism at home, emboldened Iran and Russia, and lead to conflict with Israel and even a regional ...

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Lebanon arrests US man for crossing illegally from Israel

The army says the man, whom it named as Colin Emery, is suspected of crossing illegally from Israel.

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Israeli exchange student killed in Australia

Australian police say the killing of Israeli university student Aiia Maasarwe was "random and opportunistic".

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Aiia Maasarwe: Israel student killed in Melbourne while on phone with sister

Australian police say the killing of Israeli university student Aiia Maasarwe was "random and opportunistic".

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Giuliani: Trump Campaign May Have Colluded With Russia, but Not Trump

Rudy Giuliani, one of U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers, is acknowledging that some officials with Trump's 2016 campaign may have colluded with ...

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Parkland Pushes Back Against Arming Teachers

Parents, teachers and students are pushing back on a report released recently in Parkland, Florida — the site of a mass shooting at a high school last February — that recommends arming teachers to secure schools. “I don’t agree we should arm ...

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How a hacked phone may have led killers to Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi probably thought his messages to a dissident were cloaked in security. In reality the messages were compromised -- along with the rest of the phone, which was allegedly infected with a piece of malware made in Israel but linked to a growing number of countries.

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Congo President Didn’t Run for Re-election, but He’s Still in Control

In the absence of intense international pressure or a public uprising, neither of which seems imminent, the outgoing president may be outgoing in name only.

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Israel to scour Danube in search for Holocaust remains

Hungary and Israel aim to recover remains of Jews murdered and thrown into the river in 1944.

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Trump: I Never Worked for Russia'

U.S. President Donald Trump declared Monday, "I never worked for Russia," days after news reports suggested he might be beholden to Russia and ...

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Trump Dismisses New Allegations He Is Beholden to Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump is dismissing news reports suggesting he is beholden to Russia and President Vladimir Putin or hiding accounts of his private talks with the Russian leader the five times they have met, including at their July summit in ...

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US Says Time for New Government in Venezuela

The United States stepped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday with an explicit call for the formation of a new government in the South American country. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that it stood behind the head of Venezuela’s opposition-run congress, Juan Guaido, who said on Friday that he was ...

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New Florida Governor Suspends Sheriff Over School Massacre

New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Republican governor flew to Fort Lauderdale three days after taking office to remove the Democratic sheriff, appointing a former police sergeant to serve as acting sheriff. ...

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Gonen Segev: Israel ex-minister admits spying for Iran

Gonen Segev faces 11 years in jail after pleading guilty to passing information to Israel's enemy.

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Senate Democrats Boost Pressure on Trump, Republicans to End Shutdown

As President Donald Trump prepares to pressure Democrats on border wall funding with a nationally televised address Tuesday night, Senate Democrats ...

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Israel election campaign: Polls, rumors and upheaval

The scene that played out in the cramped meeting room at the Israeli parliament building on Tuesday could have been scripted by Hollywood.

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Framework for US Withdrawal from Syria 'Approved'

U.S. forces in Syria have a plan in place for their much talked about withdrawal, but it will likely not see all of them leave the fight against the Islamic State terror group anytime soon. The 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria as part of the fight against the Islamic State terror group have "an approved framework for the withdrawal," Pentagon ...

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Moshe Arens, Israeli Statesman and Ex-Defense Minister, Dies at 93

Mr. Arens, who also served as foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, remained until his last days a beacon of Israel’s ideological right.

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US: No Abrupt Withdrawal of Troops from Syria

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Sunday that U.S. withdrawal of its 2,000 troops in Syria will not be abrupt and also will be conditioned on Turkish assurances that it will not target Kurdish fighters allied with American forces. John Bolton, during a visit to Israel for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

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Egypt Tried to Block Broadcast of CBS Interview With President Sisi

CBS said President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi acknowledged that his military cooperated with Israel, and refused a request by Egypt to stop the broadcast.

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A Day, a Life: When a Medic Was Killed in Gaza, Was It an Accident?

When an Israeli soldier killed Rouzan al-Najjar, Palestinians called her an innocent martyr. Israel portrayed her as a threat. The truth is more ...

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Starlings swirl through Israeli skies

Migratory starlings wintering in Israel put on spectacular aerial displays.

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Pompeo Says Cooperation with Israel Over Syria, Iran to Continue

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the United States would continue to cooperate with Israel over Syria and in countering Iran in ...

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US, Israel Pull Out of UNESCO, Claiming Bias

The United States and Israel officially quit of the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the U.S. ...

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Top US Senator Upbeat on Syria Troop Withdrawal After Trump Meeting

A senior Republican U.S. senator said he emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria. Senator Lindsey Graham had warned that removing all U.S. forces from Syria would hurt national security by allowing ...

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Lebanon and Russia condemn Israeli airstrikes against Syria

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry Wednesday condemned Israeli airstrikes against Syria carried out one day earlier, and said it filed a complaint to the United Nations accusing Israel of threatening the stability of the region.

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