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pakistan army unlikely to allow strategic shift in ties with india: report


by: pti | washington | published:march 23, 2017 3:40 pm the foreign relations expert said questions plague any discussion of pakistan’s foreign and defence policies.the “controlling influence” of pakistan army and intelligence services on islamabad’s “core state policies” is unlikely to allow any strategic shift in its ties with india, a top expert on south asia has suggested. “us policymakers, for their part, have come to terms with the reality of pakistan’s deep state. as a practical matter, they find it nearly impossible to get anything important done on security issues without working through the pakistani military and intelligence services,” daniel markey, from the council on foreign relations, wrote in an op-ed piece in the cipher brief.this, he said, has been ...






saudi fm in landmark visit to iraq


first visit to baghdad by a saudi foreign minister since 2003, marking a key step in efforts to mend frosty bilateral relationsbaghdad: saudi foreign minister adel al jubeir was in baghdad for talks on saturday, the first such visit by a chief diplomat from the kingdom in years, iraqi officials said.he met his iraqi counterpart ibrahim al jaafari, a foreign ministry official told afp on condition of anonymity.another government official said it was the first visit to baghdad by a saudi foreign minister since 2003, marking a key step in efforts to mend frosty bilateral relations.“this visit is to reestablish relations in a more stable way than previously,” a senior government official said. “it’s the first visit of its kind.”iraq prime minister haider al abadi, who has been at the...






boris johnson to visit moscow in coming weeks


foreign secretary boris johnson is to visit moscow.the move signals a potential thaw in anglo-russian relations after years of antagonism.johnson will be the first minister to travel to moscow for an official visit in more than five years.a foreign office spokeswoman said: “the foreign secretary has accepted an invitation from russian foreign minister sergey lavrov to visit moscow in the coming weeks.” sergei supinsky via getty images boris johnson is to visit russia in the coming weeks, the foreign office has announced the spokeswoman added: “the prime minister and the foreign secretary have made clear that our policy towards russia is to ‘engage but beware’, and the visit is entirely consistent with this approach.“discussions will focus on the uk-russia relationship an...






doctors describe horrific conditions in war-torn syria


obstetrician testifies to seeing body parts scattered in the streets and “blood everywhere”doctors rajab, abdulkhalek and farida look on during a senate foreign relations hearing on the conflict in syria on capitol hill in washington, d.c., u.s. march 15, 2017.reuterswashington: doctors who risked their lives working in syrian hospitals described horrific conditions in the war-torn country and pleaded with us lawmakers to protect and save millions of people from an escalating humanitarian crisis.they testified wednesday before the senate foreign relations committee on the sixth anniversary of syria’s bitter civil war, which has killed more than 400,000 people, displaced millions of others, and contributed to europe’s worst refugee crisis since world war ii.a doctor identified only ...






democrats not expected to support trump pick for ambassador to israel


a pro-palestinian demonstrator interrupts david friedman, the trump administration’s nominee to be u.s. ambassador to israel, at a hearing before the senate foreign relations committee in washington on feb. 16, 2016. (photo by michael robinson chavez/the washington post)president trump’s controversial pick to serve as u.s. ambassador to israel will likely earn the committee approval thursday necessary for his nomination to proceed — but without much, if any, democratic support.the impending split over his nomination — punctuated by an announcement wednesday by sen. benjamin l. cardin (md.), the senate foreign relations committee’s top democrat, that he would not vote in favor of new york lawyer david m. friedman’s bid — will not be enough to stymie confirmation, if senate...






egypt’s intelligence agencies hire lobbyists to boost image


cairo — egyptian intelligence has hired two u.s. public relations firms in washington to lobby on the country’s behalf and boost its image, the first such engagements by the country’s powerful security apparatus to be made public and a rare move by a foreign intelligence body. filings dated jan. 28 and seen by the associated press on the department of justice website sunday showed that the general intelligence service has hired public relations firms weber shandwick and cassidy & associates inc. the registrations by one of egypt’s feared, competing intelligence agencies, known as the mukhabarat, were released publicly to comply with the u.s. foreign agents registration act (fara) of 1938. the contracts show that the companies will assist egypt in promoting its “strat...






egypt’s intelligence agencies hire lobbyists to boost image


cairo — egyptian intelligence has hired two u.s. public relations firms in washington to lobby on the country’s behalf and boost its image, the first such engagements by the country’s powerful security apparatus to be made public and a rare move by a foreign intelligence body. filings dated jan. 28 and seen by the associated press on the department of justice website sunday showed that the general intelligence service has hired public relations firms weber shandwick and cassidy & associates inc. the registrations by one of egypt’s feared, competing intelligence agencies, known as the mukhabarat, were released publicly to comply with the u.s. foreign agents registration act (fara) of 1938. the contracts show that the companies will assist egypt in promoting its “strat...






riyadh reaches out to baghdad at opportune time


saudi arabia wants to take advantage of a us president who wants to limit iranian influence to court iraqiraqi prime minister haidar al abadi (right) meets with saudi foreign minister adel al jubeir in baghdad. al jubeir’s visit is the first by a chief diplomat from the kingdom since 2003.dubai: saudi foreign minister adel al jubair’s rare visit to baghdad on saturday was meant to dismiss iranian claims that saudi arabia has shunned iraq, political analysts speaking to gulf news have said.al jubeir’s visit, which is also the first by a saudi foreign minister since 1990, also reflects a shift in saudi foreign policy in the past months, they added.“iraq is one of the main countries in the regional arab bloc,” mohammad ezz al arab, an expert on arab and foreign relations at the cair...






abdullah bin zayed meets us officials


washington: shaikh abdullah bin zayed al nahyan, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, on wednesday held separate meetings with paul ryan, speaker of the us house of representatives, and ed royce, chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, in washington dc.during the two meetings, the parties discussed means of boosting bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields in the interest of their peoples and reviewed a number of regional and international issues of common concern.shaikh abdullah highlighted the uae’s interest in strengthening the strategic ties between the uae and the united states.ryan and royce welcomed the visit of shaikh abdullah, commending the strategic relations between the two countries. the us officials also commended the ua..






trump’s pick for israeli ambassador clears key senate panel


a pro-palestinian demonstrator interrupts david friedman, the trump administration’s nominee to be u.s. ambassador to israel, at a hearing before the senate foreign relations committee in washington on feb. 16, 2016. (michael robinson chavez/the washington post)president trump’s controversial pick to serve as u.s. ambassador to israel earned the support of the senate foreign relations committee on thursday with all but one democrat opposed to his nomination.david m. friedman’s bid to serve as the next ambassador to israel will now go to the full senate.but the 12 to 9 split over his nomination in committee is a sign that partisan divisions will hang over friedman’s confirmation process going forward, and possibly his expected tenure as ambassador as well.only one democrat — sen....






trump’s pick for israeli ambassador clears key senate panel


a pro-palestinian demonstrator interrupts david friedman, the trump administration’s nominee to be u.s. ambassador to israel, at a hearing before the senate foreign relations committee in washington on feb. 16. (michael robinson chavez/the washington post)president trump’s controversial pick to serve as u.s. ambassador to israel earned the support of the senate foreign relations committee on thursday with all but one democrat opposed to his nomination.david m. friedman’s bid to serve as the next ambassador to israel will now go to the full senate.but the 12 to 9 split over his nomination in committee is a sign that partisan divisions will hang over friedman’s confirmation process going forward, and possibly his expected tenure as ambassador as well.only one democrat — sen. rober...






senators agree on iran sanctions measure


chairman of the senate foreign relations committee bob corker (r-tenn) speaks with sen. marco rubio (r-fla.). both are sponsoring a new bipartisan bill to impose sanctions on iran. epa/michael reynoldsafter more than a year of wrangling, senators announced a bipartisan bill thursday to impose mandatory sanctions on iran over its spate of ballistic missile tests and support for a group that president trump may soon dub a terrorist organization.the measure from top republicans and democrats on the senate foreign relations committee comes despite iranian ayatollah ali khamenei’s repeated warnings that expanding sanctions against iran would jeopardize the nuclear deal struck in 2015 – a deal that trump promised to undo during his presidential campaign.leading democrats resisted an effort ...






relief emerges from china treaty bungle


the turnbull government has bungled its attempts to have parliament ratify the australia-china extradition treaty – following a decade of delays for what were, on the face of it, very sound reasons.the government failed this week on political, diplomatic, judicial, timing and good policy grounds. prime minister malcolm turnbull and foreign minister julie bishop have overseen a significant embarrassment in australia-china relations.  photo: andrew mearesit's fair to assume that prime minister malcolm turnbull and foreign minister julie bishop, who drove the push, were influenced by a range of factors.these included the visit of chinese premier li keqiang last week; the desire for a free-trade deal and closer relations; the wish to improve cross-border anti-terrorism cooperation; and...






upset at trump, mexico voices ‘worry and irritation’ to us envoys


by: reuters | mexico city | published:february 24, 2017 7:51 am u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson, left, shakes hands with mexico’s foreign relations secretary luis videgaray at the foreign affairs ministry in mexico city, thursday, feb. 23, 2017. mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over president donald trump’s immigration crackdown are looming over a thursday meeting between tillerson, homeland security secretary john kelly, and mexican leaders that the u.s. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. (ap photo/rebecca blackwell)mexico on thursday expressed “worry and irritation” about u.s. policies to two of president donald trump’s top envoys, giving a chilly reply to the new administration’s hard line on immigration, trade and se...






abdullah: uae stands by yemen


emirates' historic affinity towards yemen and commitment to support the country’s legitimacy stressedabu dhabi: shaikh abdullah bin zayed al nahyan, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, emphasised the historic stand of the uae towards the people of yemen and its commitment to support the country’s legitimacy.this stand, he said, would contribute to restoring security and stability, and safeguard yemen’s sovereignty and unity.he also stressed the strong relations between the two countries.the uae minister made the remarks on thursday when he met with abdul malik abdul jalil al mukhlafi, yemen’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.both sides discussed the latest developments in regional and international arenas and exchanged views on a number of issues






pakistan appoints aizaz ahmad chaudhry as new ambassador to us


islamabad: pakistan today appointed foreign secretary aizaz ahmad chaudhry as its new ambassador to the us. "ambassador aizaz ahmad chaudhry will join his new assignment in washington, dc next month," foreign office (fo) said in a statement. he will replace outgoing ambassador jalil abbas jilani. chaudhry, 58, is a career foreign service officer with over 36 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in the field of diplomacy. he is presently serving as the foreign secretary of pakistan since december 2013. earlier he had served as the spokesperson of the foreign ministry. in the ministry of foreign affairs, chaudhry has served as additional foreign secretary for un and disarmament affairs, and director general for relations with south asian countries, in which capacity he has remaine






saudi minister in landmark visit to iraq


move seen as a positive step to launch a direct dialogue with riyadh amid existing divergencesa handout picture released by the iraqi foreign ministry's press office on february 25, 2017 shows iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi (r) meeting with saudi foreign minister adel al-jubeir in the capital baghdad.  manama: saudi foreign minister adel al jubeir held talks with iraq’s leadership in baghdad yesterday, the first visit by a senior saudi official since 2003, signalling a thaw in the frosty bilateral relations.iraqi prime minister haider al abadi received al jubeir and his delegation, and both sides “discussed cooperation in various fields, including the fight against the daesh gangs”.the saudi foreign minister, who also met his counterpart ebrahim al jaafari, told reporters aft...






indian foreign secretary to visit bangladesh next week


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 15, 2017 9:23 pm foreign secretary s jaishankar (file photo)foreign secretary s jaishankar will travel to dhaka on a two-day visit from february 23 during which discussions on several bilateral issues, including high-level visits, will take place. jaishankar will visit the country despite bangladesh prime minister sheikh hasina’s delayed visit — hasina was expected to travel to india in december but her visit was postponed. “foreign secretary will pay a visit to dhaka on february 23-24, 2017. this visit is at the invitation of bangladesh foreign secretary shahidul haque.watch what else is making news“the two foreign secretaries will review areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, including high level visits. during the visit, the i






us: first senior chinese official visits washington in donald trump era


by: ap | beijing | published:february 27, 2017 9:59 am chinese state councilor yang jiechi speaks during a cooperation conference with vietnamese foreign minister pham binh minh in hanoi, vietnam. (ap photo/tran van minh, file)china is sending its first senior official to visit the united states since president donald trump took office, amid uncertainties over trade relations and new security tensions in east asia. the foreign ministry said state councilor yang jiechi was scheduled to “exchange views on bilateral ties and issues of mutual concern” in meetings with high-ranking u.s. officials during his visit on monday and tuesday. yang is chinese president xi jinping’s top foreign policy adviser and a familiar face in washington. he has served as foreign minister and ambassador ...






turkey slams dutch as ‘fascists’ after foreign minister blocked


rotterdam, netherlands — the escalating dispute between turkey and the netherlands spilled over into sunday, with a turkish minister unable to enter her consulate after the dutch had already blocked a visit by the foreign minister, prompting turkish president recep tayyip erdogan to call the dutch fascists and "nazi remnants." from keeping foreign minister mevlut cavusoglu from landing in the netherlands in the morning to turkish officials closing off the dutch embassy in the evening and calling its ambassador no longer welcome, relations between the two sank ever deeper in the diplomatic standoff over the right of turkish officials to speak about their political plans at rallies in europe. outside the turkish consulate in rotterdam, about 1,000 pro-turkish protesters refu...






turkey slams dutch as ‘fascists’ after foreign minister blocked


rotterdam, netherlands — the escalating dispute between turkey and the netherlands spilled over into sunday, with a turkish minister unable to enter her consulate after the dutch had already blocked a visit by the foreign minister, prompting turkish president recep tayyip erdogan to call the dutch fascists and "nazi remnants." from keeping foreign minister mevlut cavusoglu from landing in the netherlands in the morning to turkish officials closing off the dutch embassy in the evening and calling its ambassador no longer welcome, relations between the two sank ever deeper in the diplomatic standoff over the right of turkish officials to speak about their political plans at rallies in europe. outside the turkish consulate in rotterdam, about 1,000 pro-turkish protesters refu...






mohammad bin rashid meets philippine foreign minister


shaikh mohammad and perfecto yasay review a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern and discussed ways to boost cooperationdubai: his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, received on friday perfecto yasay, minister of foreign affairs of the philippines.during the meeting, which was attended by shaikh maktoum bin mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, deputy ruler of dubai, shaikh mohammad and yasay reviewed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern and discussed ways to boost cooperation and friendship relations through state visits.stressing the importance of relations binding the uae and philippines, shaikh mohammad reviewed the results of the meeting held on thursday between






turkey says eu exercising democracy selectively, wrong to stand by netherlands


ankara: turkey’s foreign ministry on tuesday said the european union was exercising democratic values selectively and that it should not be standing by the netherlands, which it accused of violating human rights and european values.ankara has suspended high-level diplomatic relations after dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate turks, worsening a row between the nato allies.in a joint statement on monday, eu’s foreign policy chief federica mogherini and enlargement commissioner johannes hahn called on turkey to refrain from “excessive statements” to avoid further escalating the dispute.“eu counterparts are exercising democratic values and basic rights and freedoms selectively,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. “it is very gra...






pakistan appoints aizaz ahmad chaudhry as new ambassador to us


by: pti | islamabad | published:february 15, 2017 8:47 pmpakistan on wednesday appointed foreign secretary aizaz ahmad chaudhry as its new ambassador to the us. “ambassador aizaz ahmad chaudhry will join his new assignment in washington, dc next month,” foreign office (fo) said in a statement. he will replace outgoing ambassador jalil abbas jilani.chaudhry, 58, is a career foreign service officer with over 36 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in the field of diplomacy. he is presently serving as the foreign secretary of pakistan since december 2013. earlier he had served as the spokesperson of the foreign ministry.watch what else is making news:in the ministry of foreign affairs, chaudhry has served as additional foreign secretary for un and disarmament affairs, and director






teaching our kids, and ourselves, that ‘if you think you can’t, you’ll be right’


(istock)a college student looked at me, disappointed. she wanted to study international relations, and had just realized it would require that she show mastery in at least two languages. “i love traveling, and i think it would be an amazing major, but i need to pick something more practical,” she said to me. “i can’t learn a foreign language. i’ve never been any good at it.”the conversation took place last summer, as i was working as a faculty adviser at my university, helping incoming freshmen choose a major and embark on their academic journey.i asked the student some follow-up questions. she explained that as a ninth-grader, she had enrolled in a high school french class and had struggled all semester. she dropped out of the course and hadn’t taken a foreign language since...






there’s no place for trump’s hyperbole in the oval office


richard haass is president of the council on foreign relations and the author of “a world in disarray: american foreign policy and the crisis of the old order.” president harry s. truman once predicted that his successor, dwight eisenhower, would have a rough time in the white house. “he’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘do this! do that!’ and nothing will happen. poor ike — it won’t be a bit like the army. he’ll find it very frustrating.” (adriana usero/the washington post)what truman was getting at is that all presidents bring to the oval office an outlook shaped by their unique personal and professional experiences — and that these experiences can become something of a liability if a president assumes that what worked in one context will automatically translate into a...






there’s no place for trump’s hyperbole in the oval office


richard haass is president of the council on foreign relations and the author of “a world in disarray: american foreign policy and the crisis of the old order.” president harry s. truman once predicted that his successor, dwight eisenhower, would have a rough time in the white house. “he’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘do this! do that!’ and nothing will happen. poor ike — it won’t be a bit like the army. he’ll find it very frustrating.”what truman was getting at is that all presidents bring to the oval office an outlook shaped by their unique personal and professional experiences — and that these experiences can become something of a liability if a president assumes that what worked in one context will automatically translate into another.president trump is no excepti...






trump & the madman theory of foreign relations


at the heart of donald trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. on the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream american internationalism as practiced since 1945. practically every member of the team — the heads of state, homeland security, the cia, and most especially defense secretary james mattis and national security adviser h.r. mcmaster — could fit in a cabinet put together by, say, hillary clinton. the commander in chief, on the other hand, is quite the opposite — inexperienced, untraditional, unbounded. his pronouncements on everything from the “one china” policy to the two-state (arab-israeli) solution, from nato obsolescence to the ravages o...






trump & the madman theory of foreign relations


at the heart of donald trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. on the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream american internationalism as practiced since 1945. practically every member of the team — the heads of state, homeland security, the cia, and most especially defense secretary james mattis and national security adviser h.r. mcmaster — could fit in a cabinet put together by, say, hillary clinton. the commander in chief, on the other hand, is quite the opposite — inexperienced, untraditional, unbounded. his pronouncements on everything from the “one china” policy to the two-state (arab-israeli) solution, from nato obsolescence to the ravages o...






which classic work of international relations offers the most pertinent descript


u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson and egyptian foreign minister sameh shoukry discuss syria and other regional issues during a meeting at the state department. (reuters)spoiler alerts is pretty fond of classic works of international relations. over the past half-year, it’s been interesting how certain classic workscome to mind in trying to think about where we are today.trying to get a grip on the current moment is difficult. it seems as though we are poised uneasily between the existing liberal international order and whatever team trump and the populist legion of doom manages to stumble into create while in office. the stock market seems perfectly unruffled about this; i am not so sanguine.as i try to figure what’s going on, there are three quotes from three classic works that i ...






russia’s foreign minister to meet us counterpart rex tillerson tomorrow


by: ap | moscow | published:february 15, 2017 5:29 pm united states secretary of state rex tillerson,(source: ap)russia’s foreign minister sergei lavrov plans to meet his us counterpart rex tillerson for the first time on thursday in germany, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said on wednesday. “the meeting with secretary of state mr tillerson has been planned and is being prepared” on february 16, when both diplomats will be in bonn for the g20 ministerial talks, spokeswoman maria zakharova was quoted by russian agencies as saying.watch what else is making newslavrov will also hold his first meeting with german foreign minister sigmar gabriel, who was appointed last month.the first meeting between us and russian senior diplomats comes as russian officials appear increasingly concerned at th






mexican foreign secretary to meet un secretary-general over crisis with donald t


published:february 3, 2017 7:37 am president trump and his mexican counterpart enrique pena nieto.mexican foreign relations secretary luis videgaray is on his way to new york, where he plans to meet with un secretary-general antonio guterres amid the diplomatic crisis with us president donald trump’s administration. videgaray plans to meet “with the secretary-general of the united nations (un), antonio guterres, in an effort to address mexico’s priorities at the un and discuss the organi ion’s role in light of the challenges in the current international context,” the foreign relations secretariat said on thursday.watch what else is making newsthe mexican official also plans to meet with americas society/council of the americas (as/coa) members to discuss mexican-us relations, efe news rep






aizaz chaudhry to be pakistan’s new envoy to us


islamabad: pakistani foreign secretary aizaz chaudhry, who is set to be replaced with envoy to india abdul basit, is headed for washington — as islamabad seeks to boost its ties with the donald trump administration.pakistan prime minister nawaz sharif is understood to have cleared the two top diplomatic posts during a meeting on urday, geo news reported.both the two top diplomatic picks have worked with india closely — basit as the high commissioner to india since 2014, while chaudhry as foreign secretary held talks with his indian counterpart s. jaishankar a few times and also visited india last year.chaudhry would replace syed jalil abbas jilani, who had earlier served as foreign secretary.chaudhry’s posting as amb ador to washington has been okayed by the government, a foreign office sp






india and china to hold first strategic dialogue on february 22


by: express news service | new delhi | updated: february 17, 2017 4:59 am foreign secretary s jaishankar and executive vice foreign minister zhang yesui will co-chair the meet (source: pti photo/file)india and china will hold their first strategic dialogue on february 22 in beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual “concern and interest”, including “friction points”. foreign secretary s jaishankar and executive vice foreign minister zhang yesui will co-chair the meet to discuss “all issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional and international domain”, the ministry of external affairs spokesman vikas swarup said on thursday.saying that there are “friction points” in india-china ties, swarup said the dialogue will strive to take a holistic view of the relati






5 things you need to know thursday


secretary of state-designate rex tillerson testifies on capitol hill in washington at his confirmation hearing before the senate foreign relations committee.(photo: steve helber, ap) 19 connect 1 linkedinemailmoretop u.s. officials to meet with mexican presidentu.s. secretary of state rex tillerson and homeland security secretary john kelly plan to meet with mexican president enrique peña nieto on thursday, one day after mexican foreign minister luis videgaray said the country would not accept unilateral u.s. immigration proposals. videgaray threatened to take the issue to the united nations to protect rights of immigrants, and he said the treatment of mexican migrants in the u.s.  would top nieto’s agenda in the meeting. the u.s. department of homel...






5 things you need to know thursday


secretary of state-designate rex tillerson testifies on capitol hill in washington at his confirmation hearing before the senate foreign relations committee.(photo: steve helber, ap) 28 connect 3 linkedinemailmoretop u.s. officials to meet with mexican presidentu.s. secretary of state rex tillerson and homeland security secretary john kelly plan to meet with mexican president enrique peña nieto on thursday, one day after mexican foreign minister luis videgaray said the country would not accept unilateral u.s. immigration proposals. videgaray threatened to take the issue to the united nations to protect rights of immigrants, and he said the treatment of mexican migrants in the u.s.  would top nieto’s agenda in the meeting. the u.s. department of homel...






belarus waives visas for bahrainis


manama: belarus has allowed visa-free entry to bahrainis with effect from thursday.“the republic of belarus has exempted bahrainis from visa requirements to enter its territories as of february 9, 2017, provided they enter the country via the international airport in minsk and their stay does not exceed five days,” bahrain’s foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website.“bahrainis will also have to provide a valid p port or any other acceptable travel documents, a minimum sum of 125 euros for five-day stay, and a health insurance with cover of at least 10,000 euros to avail the visa-free entry.”“the visa exemption procedures do not apply to flights departing or coming from russia through minsk international airport,” the bahrain foreign ministry said. “considered domestic flig






israel announces plan to build 3,000 homes in west bank settlements, report says


israel announced plans tuesday to build 3,000 more settlement homes in the west bank settlements, reuters reported, marking the third time the country announced similar plans since president trump was sworn in.while trump has signaled that he will be far more tolerant of israeli settlement construction than his predecessors, he also has expressed a desire to broker a peace accord between israel and the palestinians, and siding closely with israel on such a contentious matter could hurt u.s. credibility.israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu repeatedly clashed with president obama over settlement construction.obama, like the rest of the international community, considered the building of settlements on occupied lands claimed by the palestinians to be an obstacle to peace. those tensions