Middle East

FILE -- A member of U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) watches over people who were evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants, outside Baghouz, Syria, March 5, 2019.
Political representative for US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led military alliance, says now that US has helped defeat IS militarily, its Syria policy needs to reflect the new dynamics on the ground
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June 25, 2019
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
Saudi military spokesman says June 3 operation resulted in 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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By Reuters
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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By VOANews
June 25, 2019