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U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states

U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab statesBy Lesley Wroughton and Justyna Pawlak WARSAW (Reuters) – A U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference aimed at building a coalition against what Washington sees as the threat posed by Iran also produced signs of a warming of ties between Israel and some Arab countries on Wednesday. Foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries were gathering for the conference in Warsaw, which was starting on Wednesday evening and whose agenda included Iran, conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Israeli-Palestinian peace. …



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Bruce McArthur: Serial killer who shaved victims' heads and kept hair in sealed bag was in middle of murder when police knocked, court hears

Bruce McArthur: Serial killer who shaved victims' heads and kept hair in sealed bag was in middle of murder when police knocked, court hearsA serial killer who has admitted eight murders was in the middle of another killing when police knocked on his door, a court has heard. Bruce McArthur, who killed eight gay men over seven years, had taken another intended victim back to his apartment in Toronto, Canada. When they arrived, they found McArthur had chained the man – identified in court only as John – to a four-poster bed and placed a black bag over his head.



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Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemployment

Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemploymentPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight. But for some of them, it has been an exercise in confusion and frustration.



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From Trump tweets to Pentagon leaks, infighting leaves US Middle East policy in tatters

From Trump tweets to Pentagon leaks, infighting leaves US Middle East policy in tattersUS Middle East policy was plunged into fresh chaos on Monday following a pair of confusing, menacing tweets on Syria and Turkey by Donald Trump and a string of leaks from State Department and Pentagon officials targeting the hardline White House national security adviser John Bolton over Iran. In a pair of Sunday afternoon tweets, Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it were to attack Syria’s Kurds, advocated the creation of a 20-mile buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border, and seemed to imply that Russia, Iran and the Damascus regime of Bashar al-Assad will take up the anti-Isis fight as the US withdraws troops from northern Syria.



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Pope Francis issues plea for peace in the Middle East in Christmas Day address

Pope Francis issues plea for peace in the Middle East in Christmas Day addressPope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day address urging people to overcome their religious and cultural differences to end conflict in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East. Delivering his sixth “Urbi et Orbi” address to 50,000 people gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Tuesday, the pope said Jesus Christ had given the world “fraternity”  and differences should not be seen as a “detriment or a danger” but “a source of richness”. “My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity,” the pope said. “All of us are brothers and sisters in humanity.” Just days after Donald Trump, the US president, announced he would withdraw American troops from Syria and urged Saudi Arabia to help rebuild the country, the pope called for an urgent political solution that would allow millions of Syrian refugees to return home. “May the international community work decisively for a political solution that can put aside divisions and partisan interests, so that the Syrian people, especially all those who were forced to leave their own lands and seek refuge elsewhere, can return to live in peace in their own country,” the pope said. "Urbi et Orbi" means "to the city and the world". Pope Francis waves after delivering the "Urbi et Orbi" message from the main balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica  Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi The 82-year-old pontiff delivered his message as thousands of pilgrims gathered in brilliant sunshine to celebrate the birth of Christ amid tight security at the Vatican. Last week police in southern Italy arrested a Somali man suspected of having been a member of Islamic State and who had threatened to bomb churches in Italy, including St. Peter’s Basilica. After appealing for peace in Syria, the pope also called for a resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and a political solution in Yemen. Members of the Swiss Guard were present during the "Urbi et Orbi" message at the Vatican Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi “My thoughts turn to Yemen, in the hope that the truce brokered by the international community may finally bring relief to all those children and people exhausted by war and famine,” the pope said. Francis also turned his attention to other hotspots in the world, calling for further rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula and peace in Ukraine which he said was “yearning to regain a lasting peace that is slow to come”. He also appealed for “social harmony” in Venezuela and reconciliation in Nicaragua. The pope’s concern for migrants and refugees was not overlooked. He called for an end to conflict in Africa “where millions of people are refugees, or displaced or in need of humanitarian assistance and food security”. Pope Francis prays in front of a Nativity scene Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP On Christmas Eve the pope expressed his concern about the widening gap between rich and poor and the damage caused by “insatiable greed”. "An insatiable greed marks all human history, even today, when, paradoxically, a few dine luxuriantly while all too many go without the daily bread needed to survive," the pope said.



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Former officers charged after leaked video shows them slamming middle school student

Former officers charged after leaked video shows them slamming middle school studentFormer Louisiana officers are facing minor charges after a video surfaced showing a violent encounter with a 14-year-old middle school student.



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Middle School Student Dumps Trump From His Name After Relentless Bullying

Middle School Student Dumps Trump From His Name After Relentless BullyingA middle school student in Delaware has been allowed to change his surname



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Scott Stearney, Top U.S. Naval Commander In Middle East, Found Dead In Bahrain

Scott Stearney, Top U.S. Naval Commander In Middle East, Found Dead In BahrainVice-admiral Scott Stearney, the head of U.S. Navy operations in the Middle



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Khashoggi killing undermines stability in the Middle East, warns US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis

Khashoggi killing undermines stability in the Middle East, warns US Defence Secretary Jim MattisUS Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi threatened the stability of alliances in the Middle East, as the kingdom’s foreign minister claimed the ongoing global outcry had become “hysterical”. Speaking at a conference in Bahrain on Saturday, Mr Mattis said Washington would take “additional measures” against those found responsible.



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No evidence backs up Trump’s claim of ‘unknown Middle Easterners' in migrant caravan

No evidence backs up Trump’s claim of ‘unknown Middle Easterners' in migrant caravanThe White House can’t provide evidence to back up President Trump's recent claim that Middle Easterners are part of the migrant caravan heading through Mexico to the U.S.



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