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Three Years Later, Families Remember Those Lost on Downed MH17 Flight

Relatives and friends of people killed three years ago when a surface-to-air missile blew a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet out of the sky over Ukraine gathered Monday to mark the anniversary at a new memorial near the Amsterdam airport from which the plane departed. (more…)

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In Diplomatic Crisis, Qatar Hires Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft

Qatar has paid $2.5 million to the law firm of a former attorney general under U.S. President George W. Bush to audit its efforts at stopping terrorism funding, a matter at the heart of the Gulf diplomatic crisis that erupted last week. (more…)

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North Korea’s Antiship Missile Test Meant to Show It Can Repel Assault

Just days after a flotilla of American and Japanese warships left the sea between Japan and Korea, where they had been deployed in a show of force toward Pyongyang, North Korea tested missiles designed to hit such ships. (more…)

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Filipino Lawyer Asks The Hague to Charge Rodrigo Duterte With Mass Murder and Crimes Against Humanity

A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday to charge President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other Philippine officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands of people over three decades. (more…)

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China and South Korea Reportedly Agree to Impose Tougher Sanctions on North Korea If It Carries Out Nuclear Tests

China and South Korea agreed on Monday to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests, a senior South Korean diplomat said, as the United States increased its pressure on the North by moving a Navy carrier strike group toward the Korean

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China Suspends All Imports of Coal From North Korea

China said on Saturday that it was suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of its effort to implement United Nations Security Council sanctions aimed at stopping the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program. (more…)

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Iran’s Khamenei Thanks Trump for Revealing ‘the Real Face’ of America

As Iran tries to calibrate how to deal with President Trump, its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in caustic comments to air force commanders, thanked the new American leader for revealing “the real face” of the United States. (more…)

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Iran Refuses to Confirm Whether Country Conducted Missile Test

Iran's foreign minister on Tuesday refused to confirm whether his country recently conducted a missile test, saying the Iranian missile program is not part of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (more…)

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Obama Plans Farewell Address From Hometown of Chicago

President Obama will give a farewell address next week from Chicago, his hometown, most likely his last chance to defend his legacy directly to the country before Donald J. Trump is sworn in, the White House announced on Monday. (more…)

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power (center) abstained from a vote condemning Israeli settlements on Friday, ending America's longstanding practice of vetoing such measures.

Inside the Coming War Between the United States and the United Nations

Even before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, Congress is planning to escalate the clash over the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel resolution into a full-on conflict between the United States and the United Nations. If Trump embraces the strategy — and all signals indicate he will — the battle could become

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US President Barack Obama holds a year-end press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 16, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON)

White House says Israel’s Leaked Transcript Alleging U.S. Role in UN Condemnation of Settlements is ‘Total Fabrication’

The White House on Wednesday denied any coordination with the Palestinians over the formulation of Friday’s United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlements, and called recently leaked transcripts of conversations between top US and Palestinian officials, published by an Egyptian newspaper, a “total fabrication.” (more…)

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Undeterred by the UN, Israel Prepares to Move Ahead With New Settlements

Undeterred by a resounding defeat at the United Nations, Israel’s government said Monday that it would move ahead with thousands of new homes in East Jerusalem and warned nations against further action, declaring that Israel does not “turn the other cheek.” (more…)

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Israel to Share ‘Evidence’ With Trump That Obama Administration Was Behind UN Resolution That Condemned Settlements

Israel’s ambassador the United States says his country will share evidence with President-elect Donald Trump that the Obama administration was behind a United Nations Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory, though the ambassador did not offer the evidence when pressed in a CNN interview. (more…)

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U.N. Approves Resolution Against Israeli Settlements as U.S. Breaks Long-standing Tradition of Defending Israel by Abstaining From Vote

Defying extraordinary pressure from President-elect Donald J. Trump and furious lobbying by Israel, the Obama administration on Friday allowed the United Nations Security Council to adopt a contentious resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction. (more…)

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A Jewish man covered in a prayer shawl, prays Sunday in the Jewish settler outpost of Amona in the West Bank. Photo: BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

UN Postpones Vote On Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements

A potential collision between the Obama administration and the incoming team of President-elect Donald Trump was avoided when the United Nations Security Council postponed a vote on a resolution criticizing Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. (more…)

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United Nations Security Council Approves Plan to Monitor Aleppo Evacuations

The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously approved a plan to quickly send U.N. monitors to oversee evacuations from eastern Aleppo, which Syrian government forces are close to recapturing from rebels. (more…)

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