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‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Caribbean Island

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Winds of up to 185mph (297kph) have hit Barbuda as Hurricane Irma passed directly over the Caribbean island. The most powerful storm ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean is “potentially catastrophic” according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Keep Reading

‘Dreamer’ issue adds to packed U.S. congressional agenda

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The U.S. Congress, back from vacation on Tuesday, already had its plate full with urgent fiscal and disaster relief issues when President Donald Trump saddled it with deciding the fate of people brought illegally to the United States as children. Keep Reading

Saudi Arabia and the United States provide “IS” with Bulgarian weapons

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In its official statements, the Bulgarian government referred to the countries that bought arms from them, which were exported by countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Egypt, Russia, Afghanistan, Croatia and India reported in the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. Keep Reading

More than 3800 civilians have been killed to date in US-led coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq

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According to reports at least 3,800 civilians have been killed to date in US-led coalition bombing against ISIS across its territory in Syria and Iraq.

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Gulf diplomatic crisis: Arab powers sever diplomatic ties with Qatar

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, three out of six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in addition to Egypt, have broken off relations with Qatar, in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades.

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US lawmakers work to overturn Trump’s $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia

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U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump’s multibillion sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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Twitter suspends the page of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

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The official account of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was suspended by Twitter without any explanation.

The social network Twitter has suspended the account of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian spiritual guide, on which one could find news and events in Arabic concerning his personality, informs the Iranian news agency Mehr.

European intelligence source revealed to RadioØsten claiming that the Saudi Arabia have direct pressed and supported the suspends the twitter page of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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Trump’s presidential approval rating within first 100 days in office lowest since 1945

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As President Donald Trump is approaching the 100-day benchmark in the White House, his approval rating has hit a historical low of 42 percent. Twelve of his predecessors averaged 61-percent at this point, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed.

An average of 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove. Past presidents’ ratings averaged 69 percent approval and 19 percent disapproval by their 100th day in office, the poll shows.

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Saudi king’s son who ‘bombed Yemen’ named as ambassador to US

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his son, Prince Khaled bin Salman, as the country’s ambassador to the US, in a move said to point to strengthening ties to President Donald Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks with Mohammed bin Salman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and minister of defense, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Trump’s administration may resume selling weapon guidance systems to Saudi Arabia that was halted by former President Barack Obama in December, according to the Wall Street Journal. Photographer: Mark Wilson/Pool via Bloomberg

Prince Khaled is an Air Force pilot who has taken part in operations in Yemen, AP reports. The prince, who studied military aviation in the US and briefly attended both Harvard University and Georgetown, has been working as an adviser at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington since last year.

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haled’s position will allow Trump a direct line to the Saudi monarchy, further signalling warmer relations between the two powers after a cooling following the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with regional rival Iran.

Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, and another of King Salman’s sons, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met with Trump in the White House in March.
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Bomb blast occurs near army base in Afghanistan

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A car bomb explosion has hit an area near a military camp in Afghanistan’s Khost Province, officials say.

A spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of the Interior said the car bomb was detonated near the Campaign military camp in Khost on Monday, Khaama Press reported.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The blast came on the same day that two of Afghanistan’s highest-ranking officials in charge of security resigned over an earlier militant attack on an army base.

Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down on Monday over apparent security loops that led to massive casualties in a Taliban raid on the Afghan National Army’s 209th Corps military base in Maza-i-Sharif on Friday. Some 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in that attack.

In March, another brazen Taliban attack killed dozens at the country’s largest military hospital in the capital, Kabul.

The Monday explosion also came as US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit.

The US has thousands of military forces in Afghanistan. It led an invasion of the country that toppled a Taliban regime in 2001.

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