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Two conferences spotlight Muslim world’s struggle to counter militancy

By James M. Dorsey Two conferences this week spotlight the Muslim world’s struggle to come to grips with extremism and militancy. The conferences, the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh and a gathering in East Java of youth leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim …

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Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer: Trump

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”. In stressing threats from Iran, Trump echoed a theme laid …

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Saudi Arabia needs ballot boxes not arms:Rouhani

TEHRAN – Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday criticized Saudi Arabia after it signed a huge arms deal with the U.S., saying “ballot boxes” are more vital than arms for the Arab country. The kingdom “has never seen a ballot box”, Rouhani told …

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Missile tests will continue ‘if necessary’:Irani President

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Iran does not need the permission of the United States to conduct missile tests, which would continue “if technically necessary”. “Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive. Know that while there is …

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Trump ‘conveys US message of love’ to Muslim states

RIYADH – US President Donald Trump told dozens of Muslim leaders Sunday he brought “a message of friendship and hope and love”, in a keenly awaited speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia. He urged Muslim countries to ensure that “terrorists find no sanctuary on their …

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Arab-US summit: King Salman vows to eliminate IS

RIYADH -UNS/AFP – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday accused regional rival Iran of exporting extremist movements to the world and vowed to eliminate the Islamic State group. “The Iranian regime has been the spearhead of global terrorism since the (Ayatollah Ruhollah) Khomeini revolution” in …

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Anti-terror fight ‘not a battle between different faiths: Trump

RIYADH -UNS : US President Donald Trump will launch an appeal to confront extremism on Sunday, telling dozens of Muslim leaders in a speech that the fight against terror “is not a battle between different faiths.” The president, who is in Saudi Arabia on his …

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Iran’s Rouhani draws fire from US after election win

TEHRAN -UNS: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani was still celebrating his resounding re-election victory on Saturday when he came under pressure from the country’s long-standing foe the United States. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, said Iranians had …

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KSA, US sign deals ‘in excess of $380 bln’: Saudi FM

Agreements worth more than $380 billion have been signed between Riyadh and Washington on the first day of US President Donald Trump’s visit, the Saudi foreign minister said on Saturday. “The two countries signed a series of agreements,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters at a joint …

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Traveling abroad, Trump struggles to escape crisis

President Donald Trump was taking off on Air Force One when the latest bad news pinged into the inboxes of his besieged staff – a report that he had told Russian officials that fired FBI Director James Comey was “a nut job”. Officials on board …

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