Middle East

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks to the foreign media in Ramallah, in the Israel-occupied West Bank, June 23, 2019.
White House initiative calls $50 billion in investment, but Palestinians insist prosperity cannot happen without political settlement
Patsy Widakuswara, Senior White House Correspondent
June 25, 2019
FILE - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
Palestinians are boycotting event, charging that it ignores their national aspirations
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June 25, 2019
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, June 13, 2019.
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US president says any military attack on 'anything American' would draw an 'overwhelming response'
Steve Herman
June 25, 2019
Sana'a, Yemen Map
A Saudi military spokesman says the June 3 operation resulted in the arrest of Yemen's IS leader, known by his moniker as Abu Osama Al-Muhajir, along with the group's chief financial operator in Yemen
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June 25, 2019
Palestinians walk next to closed shops in Gaza City, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, during a general strike against this week's economic conference in Bahrain that will kick off the Trump administration's plan for Mideast peace.
At this week’s conference, the Trump administration hopes to draw pledges from business leaders and wealthy Gulf states to fund its economic plan, which calls for $50 billion of investment and infrastructure projects in the West Bank, Gaza and neighboring Arab countries
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June 25, 2019
FILE - Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, gives a statement during a hearing about human rights situation in the Arab Peninsula at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
Appeal comes days after U.N. investigator's report concluded Saudi Arabia is responsible for killing
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June 25, 2019
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 file photo, a mosque's minaret is seen backdropped by the United States consulate building in Istanbul.
Court ruled, however, that Nazmi Mete Canturk should continue to be barred from leaving the country pending the outcome of his trial
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June 25, 2019