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Lebanon sets May date for first parliamentary vote in nearly a decade

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BEIRUT Lebanon has set a date of May 6 next year to hold its first legislative election in nearly a decade, potentially transforming the politics of a country caught in a confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Yemen's Houthis say Iranian missile charges a distraction from Jerusalem decision

DUBAI A spokesman for Yemen's Houthi group on Thursday dismissed U.S. accusations that Iran had supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia last month, saying it was an attempt to divert attention from the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Saudis welcome U.N. report, U.S. stand on Iran's missile supplies to Houthis: agency

DUBAI Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed a United Nations report and a U.S. stand on Iran's missile supplies to Yemen's Houthis and demanded immediate action to hold Tehran accountable for its actions, state news agency SPA reported.

World, United Nations, Yemen Dec 14 2017

Iran says weaponry displayed by Haley is 'fabricated'

UNITED NATIONS Iran rejected as unfounded a U.S. accusation on Thursday that it supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen on Nov. 4, describing weaponry displayed by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as "fabricated."

World, Yemen, United Nations, Dec 14 2017

Defiant Syrian envoy blames West, Saudis and U.N. as peace talks end

GENEVA Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari accused its opposition, backed by Western countries and Saudi Arabia, of sabotaging a round of U.N.-led peace talks that ended in Geneva on Thursday without any results.

World, Syria Dec 14 2017

Arms supplied by U.S., Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say

BAGHDAD Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups frequently ended up in the hands of Islamic State, an arms monitoring group that analyzed weapons found on the battlefield said on Thursday.

World, Syria Dec 14 2017

Saudi-backed military alliance to help G5 Sahel fight: minister

PARIS A Saudi-backed Islamic military coalition will provide logistical, intelligence and training to a new West African counter-terrorism force that is struggling to get off the ground, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said.

Russia, Saudi Arabia sign atomic energy cooperation roadmap

MOSCOW Russia and Saudi Arabia have signed a roadmap for cooperation in the atomic energy sector, Russian state nuclear company Rosatom said on Thursday.

World, Dec 14 2017

Saudi King Salman says determined to confront corruption

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Wednesday his government was determined to confront corruption with "justice and decisiveness", signalling continued support for a crackdown on sleaze involving mass arrests of top Saudis including royals. | Video

World, Dec 13 2017

Be careful, murdered Iranian activist's daughter tells European exiles

THE HAGUE The daughter of an Iranian Arab activist killed in the Netherlands last month linked his death to political conflict in the Middle East, and warned other exiles in Europe to be on their guard.

World, Dec 12 2017
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Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks

UNITED NATIONS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a "sustained cessation" of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. | Video