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Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Envoy After Calls to Free Detained Human Rights Activists

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Envoy After Calls to Free Detained Human Rights ActivistsThe Canadian government urged Saudi authorities to release detained activists



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UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on Hodeida

UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on HodeidaThe UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Saturday for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee to avoid further fighting with advancing government troops which are backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. More than 70 percent of Yemeni imports pass through Hodeida’s docks and the fighting has raised UN fears of humanitarian catastrophe in a country already teetering on the brink of famine.



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Dinner diplomacy: Netanyahu's unusual run-in with UAE envoy

Dinner diplomacy: Netanyahu's unusual run-in with UAE envoyWASHINGTON (AP) — Officially, their governments don't speak. The United Arab Emirates doesn't even formally recognize that Israel exists.



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Philippines demands explanation as Kuwait expels envoy

Philippines demands explanation as Kuwait expels envoyManila demanded an explanation Thursday after its ambassador to Kuwait was expelled, shocking Philippine authorities and deepening a diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers in the Gulf state. The two nations had been working to resolve differences sparked by the murder of a Philippine maid, whose body was found stuffed in her employer’s freezer in Kuwait earlier this year. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano apologised, but Kuwaiti officials announced Wednesday they were expelling ambassador Renato Villa and recalling their own envoy from Manila.



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Israeli envoy says Iran has recruited 80,000 Shiite fighters in Syria

Israeli envoy says Iran has recruited 80,000 Shiite fighters in Syria(Reuters) – Israel’s envoy to the United Nations said on Thursday that Iran had recruited at least 80,000 Shiite fighters which it was training at a base just over five miles from Damascus. Holding up a map, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon told the Security Council that Iran had set up a training base just over five miles from Damascus. “What you can see here is Iran’s central induction and recruitment center in Syria.



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Israeli envoy says Iran has recruited 80,000 Shiite fighters in Syria

Israeli envoy says Iran has recruited 80,000 Shiite fighters in Syria(Reuters) – Israel’s envoy to the United Nations said on Thursday that Iran had recruited at least 80,000 Shiite fighters which it was training at a base just over five miles from Damascus. Holding up a map, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon told the Security Council that Iran had set up a training base just over five miles from Damascus. “What you can see here is Iran’s central induction and recruitment center in Syria.



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Russian envoy plays down tensions with Israel over Syria strikes

Russian envoy plays down tensions with Israel over Syria strikesRussia’s ambassador to Israel on Wednesday played down tensions between the countries over Israeli attacks in Syria, saying they were not the reason for Moscow’s proposed supply of an advanced air defense system to Damascus. Since intervening in Syria’s civil war on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Russia has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli air strikes there against suspected arms transfers and deployments by his Iranian and Hezbollah allies.



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Russia may have tampered with chemical attack site, U.S. envoy says

Russia may have tampered with chemical attack site, U.S. envoy saysBy Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Western countries accused Moscow on Monday of preventing inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground. The United States, Britain and France launched air strikes on Saturday against what they described as three Syrian chemical weapons targets in retaliation for a suspected gas attack that killed scores of people in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7. Syria and its ally Russia deny using poison gas during their offensive this month, in which they seized the town that had been the last major rebel stronghold near the capital.



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The Latest: Syrian envoy says only UN security team at Douma

The Latest: Syrian envoy says only UN security team at DoumaBEIRUT (AP) — The latest on developments in Syria (all times local):



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Russian envoy to Lebanon: Any U.S. missiles fired at Syria will be shot down

Russian envoy to Lebanon: Any U.S. missiles fired at Syria will be shot downRussia’s ambassador to Lebanon said any U.S. missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, a step that could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war. Russian Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin, in comments broadcast on Tuesday evening, said he was referring to a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian armed forces chief of staff. The Russian military said on March 13 that it would respond to any U.S. strike on Syria, targeting any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack.



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