Middle East

The Latest: Palestinians condemn Israeli settlement plans

The Palestinians are condemning Israel’s latest plans to build new settlement homes. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Israeli plans announced Tuesday deal a new blow to attempts to bring peace to the region and will promote extremism and terrorism. Nabil Abu Rdeneh says the decision “disregards” international opposition to the settlements …

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Harsh exchanges make for a rocky start to latest Syria talks

By PHILIP ISSA Negotiators for the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions traded accusations of terrorism after their first face-to-face meeting on Monday, as talks in Kazakhstan arranged by Russia and Turkey got off to a rocky start. The gathering in Astana, the Kazakh capital, is the latest in a long line of diplomatic …

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Trump offers scattershot response to global protests

By LISA LERER and JONATHAN LEMIRE President Donald Trump on Sunday offered a scattershot response to the sweeping post-inauguration protests against his new administration, sarcastically undermining the public opposition and then defending demonstrators’ rights a short time later. “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these …

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US bombers strike Islamic State camps in Libya

By ROBERT BURNS U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers attacked a pair of Islamic State military camps in Libya, killing more than 80 fighters in an unusual mission that may have marked the final demonstration of military force of President Barack Obama’s global counterterrorism campaign. The militants targeted in the airstrikes included Islamic State members “actively …

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Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters

By AMIR VAHDAT and NASSER KARIMI A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the Iranian capital’s sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency …

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Reports: Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 captured

By AYSE WIETING AND SUZAN FRASER A gunman suspected of killing 39 people during a New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday. The suspect was captured in a special operations police raid on a house in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, private NTV television …

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Trump has taken few steps to disentangle from private empire

By JULIE BYKOWICZ and CHAD DAY President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. With less than two weeks until his inauguration, he hasn’t stepped very far. Trump has canceled a handful of international deals and dissolved a few …

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Suspect in Istanbul club attack who killed 39 still at large

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and SUZAN FRASER A manhunt is on in Turkey for an assailant who unleashed a salvo of bullets in front of and inside a crowded Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations Sunday, killing at least 39 people before fleeing. Foreigners were among the fatalities, including an 18-year-old Israeli woman, three Indian citizens, …

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In parting shot, Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW DALY Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Israel’s government accused Kerry of a skewed attempt to blame Israel …

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