OPEC’s decision to sharply cut output has put more pressure on the already strained ties between the once-close allies. Will this be the end of the strategic partnership in the Middle East?
Amendments, reportedly dropped from Senate's version of annual US defence spending bill, sought to restrict Ankara from using the fighter jets against pro-US militants in Syria or "territorial overflights of Greece."
Several key lawmakers who were instrumental in Ankara's removal from F-35 programme are now potentially inclined to approve the sale of 40 F-16 fighters and 80 kits to modernise Ankara's existing fleet, according to Defense News website.
China carried out military exercises around Taiwan a day earlier as a delegation of US lawmakers reached the island for a visit that Beijing termed a “deliberate provocative action.”
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi is on a three-day visit to the US and experts view it as a much needed outreach for the former military general who's facing international criticism for his increasingly authoritarian approach.
State and Treasury Department officials brief the Senate Foreign Relations Committee behind closed doors following which US lawmakers say they have learned nothing new.
Senior officials of US President Trump's cabinet appeared before Senate ahead of a planned vote on reducing military assistance to Riyadh, blamed for high civilian death rates in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump blasted the Paris accord, and called global warming a hoax aimed at weakening US industry. Pulling the US from the accord could further alienate American allies in Europe.
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