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Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight

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SAN FRANCISCO An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. | Video

Thursday Morning Briefing

U.S. Senate Republicans plan to vote on healthcare, Trump weighs whether to scrap the Iran deal and the search continues in Mexico for survivors of the 7.1-magnitude quake.

Palestinian President Abbas says peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace agreement with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to the issue would help create the "deal of the century" in the region.

World, Sep 20 2017

Egypt's Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israelis

UNITED NATIONS Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Palestinians to overcome their differences and be ready to co-exist with each other and with Israelis in safety and security.

World, United Nations, Egypt, Sep 19 2017

Israel shoots down Iranian-made drone over Syrian frontier: military

JERUSALEM Israel shot down a pilotless plane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday and said it was probably an Iranian-built aircraft on a reconnaissance mission for the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group along Israel's frontier with Syria.

World, Sep 19 2017

Egypt's Sisi, Israel's Netanyahu meet for first time in public

CAIRO Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met for the first time in public in what Egypt said was part of an effort to revive the Middle East peace process.

World, United Nations, Egypt, Sep 19 2017

Monday Morning Briefing

North Korea’s nuclear threat looms large this week over the U.N. General Assembly, scores have been arrested at protests in St Louis and Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards.

Mexico accepts Israeli offer to help develop Central America

MEXICO CITY Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday that his country had accepted Israel's offer to help it and the United States develop Central America, as Israel and Mexico seek to deepen business ties.

World, Mexico, Sep 14 2017

Wednesday Morning Briefing

Apple unveiled its latest innovations, North Korea was defiant in the face of new U.N. sanctions and the Supreme Court allowed Trump to broadly implement his refugee ban.

Israel endorses independent Kurdish state

JERUSALEM Israel supports the establishment of a Kurdish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, as Kurds in Iraq gear up for a referendum on independence that lawmakers in Baghdad oppose.

World, Iraq, Sep 13 2017