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U.S. not weighing Middle East troop hikes over Iran concerns - Mattis

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday he was not considering hiking the number of U.S. forces in the Middle East to address Iran's "misbehaviour" at this time, but warned that the world would not ignore Iranian activities.


Israel interpret U.S. settlements statement as green light

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli officials welcomed on Friday what they took as U.S. consent to expand existing settlements, after the White House reversed a long-standing policy of condemning building on occupied land.


Trump blast rattles alliance with Australia

SYDNEY: Australia on Friday was scrambling to come to terms with the realisation that decades as one of the closest of US allies may count for little in the “America First” vision of President Donald Trump.


White House says Israeli settlement building may not help peace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Thursday that Israel's building of new settlements or expansion of existing ones in occupied territories may not be helpful in achieving peace with Palestinians, adopting a more measured tone than its previous pro-Israel announcements.


U.S. military probing more possible civilian deaths in Yemen raid

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was looking into whether more civilians were killed in a raid on al Qaeda in Yemen on the weekend, in the first operation authorized by President Donald Trump as commander in chief.


Top Trump aide condemns Iranian ballistic missile test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House put Iran "on notice" on Wednesday for test-firing a ballistic missile and said it was reviewing how to respond, taking an aggressive posture towards Tehran that could raise tensions in the region.


For hardline West Bank settlers, Jared Kushner's their man

BET EL, West Bank (Reuters) - For many in the Israeli settlement of Bet El, deep in the occupied West Bank, Donald Trump's choice of Jared Kushner as his senior adviser on the Middle East is a sign of politics shifting in their favour.


Trump's Supreme Court nominee questions power of administrative agencies

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is known for questioning how far courts should go in deferring to federal agencies on interpreting the law, a view that could be important for U.S. companies and, perhaps, for President Donald Trump.


Israel says will build 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced plans on Tuesday for 3,000 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the third such declaration in eleven days since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.


Netanyahu tweets like Trump. Great idea!

(Reuters) - Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't just appreciate Donald Trump's politics. He is starting to sound like him on Twitter.