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November 8, 2017 10:20 PM Egypt's Sisi against idea of strikes on Iran, Hezbollah

Sharm el-Sheikh - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday he was against the idea of military strikes against Iran or the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as there was enough turmoil already in the Middle East. He was asked what he thought of the prospect of such strikes in a question and answer session with journalists - two days after 549

November 7, 2017 7:55 AM Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for UAE trip

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a political crisis on Saturday by declaring his surprise resignation in Riyadh, has traveled to the UAE, Saudi-owned media said on Tuesday. His resignation has thrust Lebanon back onto the front line of the Middle East's most biting rivalry, pitting a mostly Sunni bloc led by Saudi Arabia 421

November 6, 2017 10:05 AM Saudi king receives ex-Lebanon PM Hariri in Riyadh

RIYADH - Saudi King Salman received former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Riyadh on Monday following his resignation, Saudi media reported. Hariri announced his resignation on Saturday from Riyadh, saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing 412

October 18, 2017 5:33 AM Discussing 'red lines': Israel hedges military options in Syria

In the wake of the alarming exchange between Israel and Syria earlier this week, Israel braces for a possible escalation. Israeli fighter jets on Monday destroyed a Syrian SA-5 anti-aircraft battery east of Damascus, after the missile defense system had fired at Israeli reconnaissance planes conducting routine flights in Lebanese airspace. It reportedly 48

October 13, 2017 9:00 PM Trump set to decertify landmark Iran nuke deal

President Donald Trump is widely expected to decertify a landmark nuclear deal with Iran after the White House yesterday accused Teheran of exporting violence, destabilising its neighbours and sponsoring terrorism abroad. But Mr Trump's decision - which comes despite the fact that Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) 40

October 13, 2017 7:40 PM Trump launches new Iran strategy, leaves nuclear deal hanging

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump launched a tougher strategy to check Iran's "fanatical regime" on Friday (Oct 13) and warned that a landmark international nuclear deal could be terminated at any time. In a much-anticipated White House speech, Trump stopped short of withdrawing from the 2015 accord, but "decertified" his support for the agreement and left its fate in the hands 58

October 13, 2017 11:21 AM Trump plans to alter Iran nuclear deal, which is likely to anger Tehran — and trouble some U.S. allies

President Trump on Friday will propose amending the landmark international nuclear nonproliferation agreement with Iran to toughen restrictions on Tehran and impose new sanctions on the country’s powerful military. Despite his campaign vow to “rip up” the 2015 deal with Iran and six major powers, Trump will not void it but instead will attempt to renegotiate 45

October 12, 2017 9:35 PM Washington's concerns with the Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON: Under US President Donald Trump, Washington's doubts about the virtues of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have risen back to the surface of policy debate. The accord still has many fierce supporters, particularly among veterans of Barack Obama's former administration, but the views of anti-Iran hawks have gained ground. Washington's European allies 34

October 12, 2017 7:17 PM Trump breaks with allies as US goes it alone on Iran

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump will unveil a more aggressive strategy to check Iran's growing might Friday, withdrawing presidential backing for a landmark nuclear deal and targeting the country's missile programme and militia proxies. During a White House speech at 12.45pm (1645 GMT), Trump is expected to declare a 2015 deal, which curbed Iran's nuclear programme 37

October 11, 2017 11:30 PM Coach: Lack of strikers a perennial bane

PETALING JAYA: National team coach Eduardo Vingada is not going to lose any sleep over the team’s winless run in their 2019 Asian Cup Group B qualifying campaign. The 10-man Harimau Malaya suffered their second loss in the group fixtures – going down 2-0 to Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Stadium on Tuesday. Skipper Mohd Safiq Rahim was the villain for Malaysia 126