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Saudi coalition downs Yemen rebel missile near Mecca

28 July 2017

RIYADH (Reuters) - A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels towards the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was shot down late on Thursday, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Qatar seeks options at United Nations to overcome Gulf rift

28 July 2017

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister on Thursday accused Arab states of violating international law in their boycott of the country and described the United Nations as the "right place" for Doha to seek options to overcome measures imposed against it.

U.S. calls Iran space launch provocative

28 July 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran's launch on Thursday of a rocket it says can deliver a satellite into space was a provocative action that violates a U.N. Security Council resolution as well as the spirit of the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. State Department said.

Britain presses Syria, Russia to allow aid access to besieged areas

28 July 2017

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain pressed Syria and its ally Russia on Thursday to allow access to humanitarian aid in the war-torn country as a senior U.N. official told the Security Council that aid convoys had not been able to reach 540,000 people in besieged areas during July.

Middle East adviser departs Trump's National Security Council

28 July 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top adviser on Middle East issues to U.S. President Donald Trump left the National Security Council on Thursday as the White House grapples with internal divisions as well as major policy issues involving Syria, Iran and Iraq.

Al-Jazeera says to fight any bid to shut its Jerusalem office

28 July 2017

JERUSALEM/DOHA (Reuters) - The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news outlet on Thursday vowed a legal fight against Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pursued plans to shut its office in Jerusalem, and it also accused him of supporting a regional blockade of Qatar.

U.S. Senate slaps new sanctions on Russia, putting Trump in corner

27 July 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted almost unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and infuriate his own Republican Party.

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