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Iran’s Rouhani Criticizes Trump, Recent Saudi Summit

Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Iran’s relationship with the U.S. is a “curvy road,” and called President Donald Trump’s summit in Saudi Arabia this past weekend “just a show.” Rouhani also said that stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without his country’s help. “The Americans do not know our religion, that’s what the catch is,” Rouhani said in response to a question from AP. Rouhani said he hopes the Trump administration will “settle down” enough for his nation to better understand it. Rouhani…

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Trump Becomes First US President to Visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall

U.S. President Donald Trump touched the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, the first visit at the Jewish holy site by a serving American leader, and one that is steeped in the centuries-old conflicts of the Middle East. Trump, a Christian wearing a black yarmulke, walked alone to the massive stone wall after hearing a brief history of the holiest site in Judaism. He placed his right hand on the wall for about 30 seconds and then, as is custom, tucked a small prayer note into a crevice. The U.S….

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Trump to Make Understated Vatican Visit

When U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive Wednesday at the Vatican for a planned 20-minute audience with Pope Francis and Roman Catholic Church leaders they will be received with far less pomp than in Saudi Arabia. Their arrival at the Vatican will be via what’s in effect a side-entrance to the Holy See, Porta del Perugino, a consequence of the pope’s request the faithful not be disturbed in St. Peter’s Square on the eve of Ascension Day. The pope is scheduled to hold his regular general audience…

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Trump: ‘Rare Opportunity’ to Bring Security to Middle East

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday there is now a “rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace” to the Middle East, as he arrived in Israel for his first visit there as the U.S. leader. Speaking at a welcome ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Trump said the opportunity involved defeating terrorism and that it can only be achieved by “working together.” He arrived on a historic direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel after a giving a speech Sunday in Riyadh on the need for a…

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