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Pompeo to discuss efforts versus Iran with Saudi crown prince

The U.S. Secretary of State will meet with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in Jeddah on Wednesday to discuss the attack on Aramco installations and coordinate efforts against “Iranian aggression”, the U.S. Mission to the United Arab Emirates said.

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Parliament suspension not a matter for judges, UK Supreme Court told

Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament is a political issue and not a matter for judges, a lawyer for the prime minister said on Wednesday as he sought to persuade the British Supreme Court that the five-week shutdown was lawful.

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France wants facts before commenting on Saudi attack – foreign ministry

France will not rush into commenting on who was behind an attack on Saudi oil installations, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

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Youth climate activists to join Sweden’s Thunberg in protest at U.S. Supreme Court

Seven young Americans who have sued the U.S. government for failing to take action on climate change will join Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on the steps of the Supreme Court on Wednesday to urge political leaders and lawmakers to support their legal fight and take action to phase out the use of fossil fuels.

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EU warns Britain heading for a no-deal Brexit

The European Union warned on Wednesday that Britain was headed for a damaging no-deal Brexit, with London’s ideas for solving the contentious issue of the Irish border still unlikely to unlock a deal just six weeks before Britain is due to leave.

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UK could challenge Brexit delay act in court – lawyer says he has heard

The British government could go to court to challenge an act brought by opposition lawmakers that forces it to ask for an extension to Brexit if it has not agreed a deal, a lawyer who has led an alternative challenge said.

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JPMorgan says UK unlikely to get a Brexit deal at October summit

U.S. investment bank JPMorgan said on Wednesday it was negative about the prospects of Prime Minister Boris Johnson striking a Brexit deal at the Oct. 17-18 EU summit.

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Israel’s Netanyahu left teetering after close election

Israel’s election was too close to call on Wednesday, with a partial vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz.

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Britain to investigate $5 billion U.S. takeover of defense firm Cobham

Britain will investigate the national security impact of the purchase of defense company Cobham by U.S. private equity firm Advent International, potentially delaying or even blocking the $5 billion deal.

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France’s Macron to meet Qatari emir in wake of Saudi oil attack

President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Thursday, the French presidency said.

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EU warns Britain it is heading for a no-deal Brexit

The European Union delivered a stark warning on Wednesday that Britain was headed for a damaging no-deal Brexit, with London’s ideas on replacing the contentious backstop to unlock an accord falling short just six weeks before Britain is due to leave.

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Iran’s Zarif rejects as ‘distraction’ U.S. accusations over Saudi attacks: ISNA

Iran dismissed U.S. accusations over weekend attacks of Saudi Arabia’s oil sites as a distraction from the realities in the Middle East, Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Wednesday.

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Saudi Arabia promises concrete proof Iran behind oil attack

Saudi Arabia said it would produce evidence on Wednesday linking regional rival Tehran to an unprecedented attack on its oil industry that Washington believes originated from Iran in a dangerous escalation of Middle East frictions.

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Iran seeks de-escalation but will give crushing response to any attack: security official

Iran wants to reduce tensions in the Middle East after attacks on oil sites in Saudi Arabia, but any aggression will meet a crushing response, a senior security official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

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Saudi crown prince requests help from South Korea to strengthen air defenses: Yonhap

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has requested help from South Korea to strengthen the country’s air defense system after attacks on two oil plants initially halved the country’s oil production, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.

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Iran tells U.S.: Response to any attack ‘won’t be limited to its source’

Iran’s retaliation to any military attack will not be “limited to its source,” Tehran said in an official note to Washington, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

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JPMorgan says UK PM Johnson unlikely to get a Brexit deal at October summit

U.S. investment bank JPMorgan said on Wednesday it was negative about the prospects of Prime Minister Boris Johnson striking a Brexit deal at the Oct. 17-18 EU summit.

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No deal Brexit ‘a big significant risk’: Scotland’s Sturgeon

There is still a big risk of Britain crashing out of the European Union without reaching a deal with the bloc, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday.

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EU should only agree to Brexit extension if London has a plan: BDI

The European Union should not agree to another Brexit extension unless Britain underpins such a request with a proposal on how to unlock a domestic deadlock and avoid a no-deal Brexit, Germany’s powerful BDI industry association said on Wednesday.

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Do not underestimate no-deal Brexit, EU’s Barnier warns

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator warned on Wednesday not to underestimate the consequences of any no-deal Brexit and said issues raised by Britain’s exit from the EU would still need addressing before a future relationship could be agreed.

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As China sway grows, U.S. to confront it on Uighur issue at U.N.

The United States is considering how to confront China during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations next week over its detention of some 1 million Muslims in a remote region, as some diplomats warn that U.S. leadership in global institutions is waning and China’s influence is growing.

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Attack on Saudi a ‘real test’ of global will to act: crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday the attack on the kingdom’s oil infrastructure posed a “real test of the global will” to confront subversive acts that threaten international stability, state media reported.

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Saudi Finance Minister: still considering secondary options for Aramco IPO – Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia is still considering secondary locations for the flotation of oil giant Aramco after primary location Riyadh, Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday.

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Iran’s Rouhani blames U.S., Saudi for conflict in region

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Iran did not want conflict in the region while Defense Minister Amir Hatami said Tehran had no involvement in the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil installations, media said.

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U.S. citizens warned over traveling to Saudi Arabia: State Department

The U.S. State Department called on American citizens to “exercise increased caution” while traveling to Saudi Arabia, a travel advisory posted on its website said on Wednesday.