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Kushner kicks off Middle East peace conference

by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/25/19, 01:03 pm

The Trump administration began hosting a conference in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain on Tuesday to promote its plan for peace in the Middle East. The two-day “Peace to Prosperity” gathering is an effort to convince countries in the region and investors to send $50 billion over 10 years to the Palestinian territories and surrounding areas in an “economy first” approach. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner leads the effort.

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Scorched earth tactics

International | ISIS burns crops across Syria and Iraq
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/30/19, 12:55 pm

IRAQ AND SYRIA: Farmers expected a good wheat and barley harvest after years of drought and war, but fires have scorched thousands of acres of grain fields, part of the latest strategy by ISIS factions and, in some areas, Syrian forces, to drive residents from their land.

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Israel faces second election after coalition talks fail

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/30/19, 10:17 am

Israeli lawmakers dissolved the country’s parliament on Thursday and scheduled a new election after President Benjamin Netanyahu missed the midnight deadline to form a coalition government. The snap vote, scheduled for Sept. 17, marks a major setback for Netanyahu, who claimed victory in the April 9 election but failed to secure a majority. Negotiations for a unified government reached a stalemate after former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party refused to join the coalition.

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