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Pence starts Middle East tour in Egypt amid Arab anger over Jerusalem
US Vice President Mike Pence kicked off a trip to the Middle East on Saturday with a visit to Egypt, where he pledged firm US backing to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the nation's fight against militants.

Egypt's President Sisi says he will stand for re-election
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Friday that he will be a candidate in a presidential election due to take place in March.

Chief Palestinian negotiator: 'Trump is burying two-state solution'
In an interview with FRANCE 24, the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat slammed US President Donald Trump's recent decisions on Middle East policy, saying they "bury" the two-state solution and "destroy" the beliefs of those Palestinians "who believe in negotiations". Erekat also called this Israeli government "the most extremist since 1948".

UN chief wants Security Council to revive Syria gas attacks probe
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged the Security Council to revive efforts to punish those responsible for chemical weapons use in Syria after Russia killed off a UN probe of the gas attacks.

Rise of sandstorms plagues Middle East
Sandstorms have long been known to cause chaos in the Middle East - blocking out the sun in the middle of the day, or leaving passenger jets grounded on the airport tarmac. But the phenomenon is becoming increasingly common, with both the effects of global warming and local conflicts having an important impact. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with Alex Jennings.

US to maintain open-ended military presence in Syria, says Tillerson
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that US troops will remain in Syria not just to fight jihadists but also to counter the power of Bashar al-Assad and his ally Iran.

Israel's Netanyahu says US embassy could move to Jerusalem within a year
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he believed the US embassy in Israel could be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within a year, contradicting statements from US officials.

Saudi Arabia transfers $2 billion to shore up Yemen's ailing currency
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered a deposit of $2 billion to be paid into Yemen’s central bank on Wednesday to shore up the weak Yemeni currency, the Saudi government said.

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