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Blinken says US-Saudi pacts could be ‘weeks away’ from completion

By Humeyra Pamuk, Simon Lewis and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday said the United States and Saudi Arabia were very close to concluding a set of agreements on nuclear energy, security and defense cooperation, which are part of a wider normalisation deal with Riyadh and Israel. Speaking at …

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New routes planned for halted Gaza aid from US-built pier

(This May 21 story has been refiled to clarify hostage numbers in paragraphs 16 and 17) By Michelle Nichols and Idrees Ali UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United Nations has planned new routes within the Gaza Strip to transport aid from a U.S.-built floating pier after crowds of desperate Palstinians intercepted 11 trucks, causing a …

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Russia dismisses U.S. claim that Moscow put an anti-satellite weapon in space

By Guy Faulconbridge MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s top arms control diplomat on Wednesday dismissed as fake news an assertion by the United States that Russia had launched a weapon into low-Earth orbit that was capable of inspecting and attacking other satellites. The Kremlin has flatly denied assertions by U.S. officials that Moscow is developing a …

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Norway, along with Ireland and Spain, to recognise Palestinian state

By Nerijus Adomaitis and Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) -Norway will recognise an independent Palestinian state in the hope that this will help to bring peace with Israel, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said on Wednesday. Ireland and Spain will also announce the recognition of a Palestinian state, sources said on Wednesday. European Union members Slovenia …

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Russian patriotic bloggers express anger at arrest of former commander

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian patriotic bloggers expressed anger on Wednesday over the arrest of the former commander of Russia’s 58th army, who was detained for fraud, and cast him as a talented general who had the courage to speak the truth to incompetent superiors. Russia’s state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday that Major General …

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Israeli army raids West Bank’s Jenin, Palestinians say seven killed

By Ali Sawafta JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) -Israeli forces raided the West Bank city of Jenin on Tuesday, killing seven Palestinians, including a doctor and a teenager, during a major operation that involved dozens of vehicles and continued into the night, witnesses and Palestinian health authorities said. The Israeli military said the operation targeted armed …

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Macron heads to riot-hit New Caledonia as Australia, NZ evacuate tourists

By Kirsty Needham and Dominique Vidalon SYDNEY/PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to the Pacific island of New Caledonia late on Tuesday, his office said, just over a week after riots erupted in the French overseas territory, killing six. Australia and New Zealand were evacuating tourists from the island as the violence left …

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Russia says U.S. subcritical experiment does not violate nuclear test ban treaty

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said that a U.S. subcritical experiment aimed at giving data on the behaviour of the materials used in nuclear warheads did not violate the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said it had successfully executed a subcritical experiment on May 14 at the PULSE underground …

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US says it was ‘unable’ to provide Iran assistance after helicopter crash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday said it had been unable, due largely to logistical reasons, to accept an Iranian request for assistance following a helicopter crash over the weekend that killed President Ebrahim Raisi, as Washington offered its condolences. The rare request from Iran, which views the United States and Israel as …

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