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New Jerusalem embassy cost could top $1 billion

International | Clashes in the West Bank continue amid furor over President Trump’s announcement
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/08/17, 12:59 pm

ISRAEL: Protesters in the West Bank clashed with Israeli security forces in a third day of demonstrations protesting the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal

International | Plus news from North Korea, Spain, Iraq, Hungary, and Sudan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/13/17, 12:11 pm

IRAN: President Donald Trump is expected today to decertify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, a move that will put pressure on America’s European allies, along with the U.S. Congress, to reinstate sanctions. Some helpful reads: Republicans are divided into two camps: those who want to fix the deal, and those ready to walk away from it.

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U.S. won’t recognize Kurdish independence vote

International | Meanwhile, Iran conducts military exercises at the Kurdish border
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/02/17, 02:40 pm

IRAQ: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced late last week the United States, despite a strong alliance with the Kurds, will not recognize Kurdistan’s vote for independence.

Meanwhile, Iran commenced military exercises at the Kurdish border on Monday.

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