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There are very high, very scary stakes in the Trump-Kim faceoff

Talk about a made-for-TV moment. The surprise announcement made Thursday night at the White House that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had invited President Donald Trump for a sit-down meeting — and that Trump had accepted — sets the stage for a historic gathering between two leaders who appeared to be at a nuclear-warheads draw not six months ago. (No sitting ...

Former Australian prime minister Keating says Trump ‘surprisingly’ good at foreign policy

Donald Trump is “surprisingly” good at foreign policy, according to former Australian prime minister Paul Keating, who says the United States was directionless under the previous three administrations. As the US president accepted an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for talks, Keating said he had not expected Trump to have “such a pragmatic” foreign policy and urged the president ...

Brexit warning from US senator who brokered Northern Ireland peace

The former American senator who brokered peace in Northern Ireland has warned there could be “serious trouble ahead” if border checks were reinstated because of Brexit. George Mitchell, who worked with Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern to strike the peace deal in 1998, said he did not think a return to violence was inevitable in the region. But he said “the risk ...

Graham returns from Israel: We must ‘stop the Iran-Assad machine’

War between Israel and Iranian proxy forces is imminent, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday after a trip to the Middle East last week. “Any time you leave a meeting where the request is ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, that’s probably not good,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of a meeting with Israeli officials. Graham is the Senate’s lead appropriator ...

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday, in his first visit back to the country since he announced his resignation in the kingdom. Hariri announced on November 4 that he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, only to rescind it the following month after France intervened. Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA said ...

Why a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is closer than you think

As President Trump welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House next week, opinions have never been more dour about the possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The Trump administration says it is working on a plan, but its intended transfer of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and its open criticism of ...

UAE building armies to divide Yemen, minister says

Transportation Minister Saleh al-Gabwani denounces Abu Dhabi’s moves to set up ‘tribal and regional armies’. A Yemeni government minister has accused the United Arab Emirates of trying to fragment the country by creating regional and tribal armies in the south. Yemen’s Transportation Minister Saleh al-Gabwani said the UAE-backed troops cut off his convoy on Sunday while he was en route ...

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique ‘thrilled’ to create World Cup of Tennis

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said he is excited to be the driving force behind International Tennis Federation (ITF) plans to revamp the Davis Cup. Pique’s company, Kosmos, will invest $3 billion into the sport over the next 25 years to not just help transform the Davis Cup into the World Cup of Tennis, but also to help develop the game ...

Hillary Clinton heads to Australia and NZ

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia and New Zealand to talk about her experiences during the 2016 US presidential election. Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. The former Democratic presidential candidate is expected to give a candid account of the ...

‘Screaming Mummy’ displayed in Egypt museum

Cairo (AFP) – The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has put on display the “Screaming Mummy” of the son of a pharaoh who may have been hanged for plotting his father’s murder. Dubbed “the unknown man E”, the mummy which is not usually exhibited appears to be of a man who died an agonising death. Egypt’s antiquities ministry has said DNA ...