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Jordan water crisis worsens as Mideast tensions slow action – Fox News

SHARHABIL, Jordan –  From a hillside in northern Jordan, the Yarmouk River is barely visible in the steep valley below, reduced from a once important water source to a sluggish trickle overgrown with vegetation. Jordan’s reservoirs are only one-fifth full, a record low, and vital winter rains are becoming more erratic. Jordanians don’t […]

Special US Envoy Reports ‘Important Progress’ in Mideast Peace – Voice of America

WASHINGTON —  U.S. special Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt was in Israel Sunday as part of the Trump administration’s attempt to get Israel-Palestinian peace talks back on track. Greenblatt tweeted that “important progress” was made. “Meaningful steps forward on key economic issues — revenues, customs, and investment — that help support the search for peace,” he […]

Kurdistan fans Mideast flames with independence vote – OCRegister

The people of Kurdistan voted for independence from Iraq. Baghdad retaliated against its rebellious province. Iran and Turkey have responded as well. The U.S. needs to stay out of any new Mideast conflicts. Iraq’s Kurds suffered greatly under Saddam Hussein’s rule. An American “no-fly” zone effectively made Erbil autonomous in 1991. The Kurdish statelet doesn’t […]

US Vows to Help Mideast Christians – Algemeiner

The aftermath of a terrorist attack on Christians traveling in central Egypt. Photo: Screenshot. Lobbyists for Christians in the Middle East say that they’re used to getting a cold shoulder from Washington. But Vice President Mike Pence recently told those gathered in Washington for the In Defense of Christians (IDC) summit that things were changing. Pence contrasted the […]

Kushner visited Saudi Arabia unannounced to discuss Mideast peace – The Jerusalem Post

Kushner visited Saudi Arabia unannounced to discuss Mideast peace – The Jerusalem Post}

MIDEAST STOCKS-Petchems, Saudi Telecom beat lift Riyadh; rest of Gulf sluggish – Reuters

* Petchems boosted by oil’s surge late last week * FTSE Russell launches stand-alone Saudi Arabia indexes * Qatar Gas Transport surges on higher oil prices * Qatar First Bank hit by widening loss * Kuwwait’s Zain sinks after quarterly profit drops By Andrew Torchia DUBAI, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Petrochemical stocks and an earnings […]

100 Years After the Balfour Declaration, a Commemoration … – Wall Street Journal

A controversial banquet in London on Nov. 2 will take place under tight security. It will mark 100 years since the signing of the Balfour Declaration—a promise by the U.K. government to “view with favor” a Jewish “national home” in Palestine. Two descendants of David Lloyd George, the British prime minister at the time of […]

100 Years After the Balfour Declaration, a Commemoration Rekindles Mideast Quarrels – Wall Street Journal

A controversial banquet in London on Nov. 2 will take place under tight security. It will mark 100 years since the signing of the Balfour Declaration—a promise by the U.K. government to “view with favor” a Jewish “national home” in Palestine. Two descendants of David Lloyd George, the British prime minister at the time of […]

In Mideast, Mnuchin Looks to Raise Pressure on Iran, Stem Terror … – Wall Street Journal

RIYADH—U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin kicked off a week of high-level meetings across the Middle East aimed at increasing financial pressure on Iran and cracking down on terror financing in the region. On Wednesday, he launched a new regional antiterror-finance center in Saudi Arabia called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, which brings together the U.S., Saudi […]

In Mideast, Mnuchin Looks to Raise Pressure on Iran, Stem Terror Financing – Wall Street Journal

RIYADH—U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin kicked off a week of high-level meetings across the Middle East aimed at increasing financial pressure on Iran and cracking down on terror financing in the region. On Wednesday, he launched a new regional antiterror-finance center in Saudi Arabia called the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, which brings together the U.S., Saudi […]

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