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Pentagon: a “comprehensive battle” against ISIS would be soon

The United States has conducted its first drone strike into northern Syria from a base in Turkey, the Pentagon said Wednesday, ahead of what Ankara said would soon be a “comprehensive battle” against ISIS militants there. Also Wednesday, Syria’s foreign minister said Damascus would support efforts against ISIS, as long as the fight is coordinated with the Syrian government. Ending ...

Obama defends Iran nuclear deal against a furious lobbying effort

President Barack Obama defended the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday against a furious lobbying effort by political opponents and Israel, and said abandoning the agreement would open up the prospect of war. Invoking the Cold War peacemaking initiatives of former Presidents John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Obama said that if the U.S. Congress blocked the deal it would accelerate Tehran’s path ...

The defense minister extends terms of Army commander

The defense minister Wednesday night extended the terms of the Army commander, chief of staff and Intelligence head for more than one year each, political sources said, in a move likely to draw the ire of MP Michel Aoun, who has been pressing the government to appoint new military and security chiefs.

Tony Smith early front runner to replace Bronwyn Bishop

The Liberal Party has no intention of allowing the Nationals Bruce Scott become Speaker while Philip Ruddock lacks support as the jostling begins in earnest to replace Bronwyn Bishop. Sources have told The Australian Financial Review that the position will be filled by a Liberal and that the party room, not the Prime Minster, will decide. Early frontrunners include Victorian MPs Tony ...

Netanyahu slams Abbas after attack on Palestinian family

PM says Israel ‘condemns’ such violence, while the PA ‘names public squares after the murderers of children’ Speaking in the wake of a firebombing attack in the West Bank that left a Palestinian toddler dead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday lashed out at Mahmoud Abbas, accusing the Palestinian Authority president of failing to condemn acts of Palestinian terrorism. Netanyahu, ...

Lebanon: tourists seemingly undeterred by trash crisis

Jean Abboud, president of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, denied claims that the trash crisis in Lebanon has discouraged tourists from coming to the country this summer. Speaking to the Central News Agency, Abboud said that contrary to these claims, there were solid bookings up to the month of September. “If that happens [cancellation of bookings], we would ...

Kerry says US, Egypt return to ‘stronger base’ in ties

The United States and Egypt are returning to a ‘stronger base’ in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. “Egypt remains vital … to engagement and stability in the region as a whole,” said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009. ...

Shorten: new Speaker mustn’t be partisan

Labor has urged the Abbott government to pick a new speaker who doesn’t have “the same hyper partisanship” as Mrs Bishop, as Bill Shorten accused the veteran Liberal MP of making parliament a “laughing stock”. The Opposition Leader threw his support behind the likes of Mr Scott and Dr Stone for the speaker role and said he hoped Mr Abbott ...

Egypt and Saudi Arabia sign pact to boost military ties

Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a pact in Cairo Thursday aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies. Relations have warmed since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with Saudi Arabia offering billions in aid to Egypt and Cairo participating in a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. On Thursday, a Saudi ...

Obama in call to arms: Stop big money from quashing nuke deal

President tells supporters of accord the agreement with Tehran is not ‘the best of bad alternatives but actually a very good deal’ President Barack Obama rallied supporters of the Iran nuclear deal in a conference call Thursday evening, urging them to make their voices heard in the effort to convince Congress to ratify the agreement. According to participants in the ...