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Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes

- Associated Press

Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense James Mattis as Mattis looks up at the Pentagon upon his arrival, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

U.S. denies cooperation with Russia in Syrian airstrikes

- The Washington Times

The Trump White House and the Pentagon on Monday sent mixed signals over potential U.S. military cooperation with Russian forces in Syria, amid claims by Moscow that American commanders had provided intelligence to their Russian counterparts in the civil war.

Vice President Mike Pence, right, swears in CIA Director Mike Pompeo, left, as Pompeo's wife Susan, center, watches in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate confirms Mike Pompeo to lead CIA

- The Washington Times

The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to be the new CIA chief Monday and cleared the way for a vote later this week on Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s pick to lead the State Department, as Republicans pushed through Democrats’ roadblocks.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on the third day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

U.K. government loses Brexit case, must consult Parliament

- Associated Press

Britain’s government must get parliamentary approval before starting the process of leaving the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to trigger negotiations by the end of March.

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari advises critics of President Trump to give his foreign policy a chance. (Associated Press)

Pakistan’s former president urges Trump to send envoy to region

- The Washington Times

President Trump should quickly appoint a high-level envoy to South Asia to underscore U.S. leadership in the region and seize an opportunity missed by the Obama administration to coordinate a top-level response to the regional terrorist threat, said former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

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