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Macron predicts Islamic State group will be defeated in Syria by February
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday predicted the Islamic State group would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government and opposition to come together for fresh peace talks early next year.

Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption prince buys $300 million French chateau
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been revealed as the owner of a French chateau described as the world's most expensive home, according to a report in the New York Times.

New clashes as deadly fallout over Jerusalem continues
Palestinian protesters clashed anew with Israeli forces on Friday as the fallout continued from US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Gaza.

Ex-minister Tzipi Livni calls for freeze on Israeli settlements
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Israel's former foreign minister Tzipi Livni called for a freeze on Israeli settlements and a revival of the peace process with the Palestinians. "Peace is in the Israeli interest," she told Antoine Mariotti in Tel Aviv.

‘Trump still committed to a two-state solution,’ says Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said his country had pledged $100 million to support the G5 Sahel coalition and show its commitment to fighting terrorism. He stressed that Saudi Arabia condemned the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and denied claims that there was Saudi support for the move.

Muslim leaders urge world to recognise East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine
Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned the United States no longer had any role to play in the peace process.

Game changer? Middle East diplomacy after Trump's Jerusalem move
Since Donald Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week, the entire Middle East appears on the verge of bursting into flames. Meanwhile, against the backdrop of the ongoing crisis in Jerusalem, Russia's leader Vladimir Putin has kicked off an historic visit to Turkey and Egypt. Could Russia take a leading role in peace negotiations in the Middle East, as the US role recedes in the region?

Putin orders partial withdrawal of Russian troops in Syria
President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.

Macron urges Netanyahu to 'show courage' over Palestinian peace process
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a trip to Europe on Sunday facing widespread criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and pressure to engage in the peace process.

UN Security Council rebukes US over Jerusalem decision
One by one, 14 members of the U.N. Security Council spoke out against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at an emergency meeting on Friday, some with regret and some with anger at the 15th member, the US.

Clashes erupt in the West Bank over US Jerusalem move
Clashes, Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air strikes killed at least two people and wounded dozens of others on Friday in violence linked to US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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