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On first foreign trip, Trump to wade into Middle East politics

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month, kicking off his first foreign trip where he will work to reinvigorate traditional alliances in the region.

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The ‘Butcher of Kabul’ is welcomed back in Kabul, Afghanistan

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a notorious Afghan warlord known as the “Butcher of Kabul,” returned to the city he so often attacked with rockets and was welcomed Thursday by President Ashraf Ghani, who thanked him for “heeding the peace call.”

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Trump meets with Mahmoud Abbas at White House, expresses enthusiasm for peace deal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time. In their preliminary statements, Trump declared that he is committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement and claimed that no accord can be imposed by a third party.

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ISIS leader abandons fight for Mosul, is now hiding in the desert

U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival.

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Is Turkey’s European history coming to an end?

The accusation by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey that Germany perseveres in “Nazi practices,” after a Turkish minister was forbidden from campaigning in Germany, is the latest instance in the perennially tense bilateral relation between Turkey and Europe. The incident also happens to take place one year after the European Union struck a landmark…

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Israel moves forward with plan to mute Muslim prayer calls despite protests

A law to muffle mosques’ amplified calls to prayer in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem won preliminary approval on Wednesday in a charged parliamentary session where Arab legislators denounced the measure as racist.

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Yemen air raid kills eight women, child at funeral

An air strike killed eight women and a child at a funeral reception near the Yemeni capital, witnesses said Thursday, adding to the conflict’s mounting civilian death toll.

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Israelis unsure about what Trump just said about the future of their country

Just minutes after President Trump made his first detailed remarks on the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Israelis began debating exactly what the new American leader meant.

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At least 45 people killed in bombing at popular car market in Baghdad

At least 45 people were killed and dozens more ­injured when a bomb detonated Thursday evening at a popular car market in southwestern Baghdad, the deadliest in a series of recent attacks in the Iraqi capital blamed on the Islamic State ­militant group, the Interior ­Ministry said. 

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