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Germany cool on Trump appeal to take back IS fighters from Syria2/17/2019 3:45:45 PM Germany can take back Islamic State fighters captured in Syria only if the suspects have consular access, the interior ministry said on Sunday, playing down the likelihood of Berlin meeting demands made by U.S. President Trump to his European allies.Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour in Pakistan amid India tensions2/17/2019 3:38:57 PM Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday kicked off his tour of South Asia and China with a high-profile visit to Pakistan, but the trip risks being overshadowed by escalating tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.European car imports no threat to U.S. national security: VDA2/17/2019 3:37:16 PM Car imports from Europe do not endanger U.S. national security, German car lobby the VDA said on Sunday, echoing comments by Chancellor Angela Merkel a day earlier.Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall2/17/2019 3:19:58 PM Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.Russia's Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela's PDVSA: source2/17/2019 3:09:06 PM Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday.UK's May to speak to every EU head in bid for Brexit deal changes2/17/2019 3:04:07 PM Britain's Theresa May plans to speak to every European Union leader and the European Commission chief to seek changes to her EU withdrawal agreement, days after another defeat from her own lawmakers and as businesses brace for a no-deal Brexit on March 29.Airbus warns of no-deal Brexit, says has spent tens of millions preparing2/17/2019 1:30:27 PM Airbus said on Sunday it would have to make "difficult decisions" about future investment if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, adding it had already spent tens of millions of euros in preparations.Saudi crown prince departs for Pakistan: Saudi TV2/17/2019 1:20:55 PM Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman departed on Sunday for a tour of Pakistan, India and China, Saudi state TV al-Ekhbariya said, citing the royal court.Rouhani says Iran ready to improve ties with Gulf states2/17/2019 12:46:29 PM Iran is ready to work with all of its neighbors to secure peace in the Middle East in the face of U.S. and Israeli aggression, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, in his latest attempt to weaken ties between regional rival Saudi Arabia and America.Iran's Zarif accuses Israel, U.S. of seeking war2/17/2019 12:29:04 PM Iran's foreign minister on Sunday accused Israel of looking for war and warned that its actions and those of the United States were increasing the chances of a clash in the region.Fiascos and fumbles: Oscar organizers stumble to restore glory2/17/2019 12:03:06 PM First it was the furor over a proposed new "popular" film category, then it was the fiasco over planned host Kevin Hart, and last month the organizers of the Oscars were accused of intimidating celebrities not to present at rival award shows.China surveillance firm tracking millions in Xinjiang: researcher2/17/2019 11:44:35 AM A Chinese surveillance firm is tracking the movements of more than 2.5 million people in the far-western Xinjiang region, according to a data leak flagged by a Dutch internet expert.President Trump receives update on China trade talks2/17/2019 11:27:02 AM President Donald Trump received an update on trade talks with China on Saturday at his Florida retreat after discussions in Beijing saw progress ahead of a March 1 deadline for reaching a deal.IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more2/17/2019 11:04:40 AM U.S.-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State's last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of "100 percent victory".Timeline: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria2/17/2019 11:04:40 AM Islamic State faces the total defeat of its self-proclaimed caliphate. This timeline chronicles its lightning rise, cruel reign and stubborn fall.In Iraq visit, U.S. general eyes longer-term Islamic State threat2/17/2019 10:36:47 AM The general overseeing U.S. forces in the Middle East flew into Iraq on Sunday for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials expected to focus on ensuring that Islamic State cannot stage a resurgence after U.S. troops withdraw from neighboring Syria.Iran government faces angry online backlash over activists' abuse claims2/17/2019 10:13:21 AM In early January, labor activist Esmail Bakhshi posted a letter on Instagram saying he had been tortured in jail, attracting support from tens of thousands of Iranians online.Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador withdraws: State Department2/17/2019 9:12:06 AM U.S. President Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn from consideration for the job for family reasons, the State Department said on Saturday.Trump urges Europe to 'take back' hundreds of captured IS fighters2/17/2019 4:21:28 AM U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States was asking European allies to "take back over 800" Islamic State fighters captured in Syria and put them on trial.Illinois factory gunman obtained firearm permit despite felony conviction2/17/2019 4:03:38 AM The gunman who killed five co-workers and wounded five policemen at an Illinois factory was a violent felon who nevertheless obtained a state permit to buy a firearm despite being legally barred from owning one, authorities said on Saturday.