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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry hold a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Monday Jan. 30, 2023. (Khaled Desouki/Pool via AP)

Blinken urges Israel-Palestinian calm as violence soars

- Associated Press 0 minutes ago

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to ease tensions following a spike in violence that has put the region on edge.

Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the U.S. gestures while speaking during a round-table discussion on the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) ** FILE **

Russia accuses U.S. of ‘escalating’ conflict with tank deal for Ukraine

- The Washington Times

Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. on Thursday accused the Biden administration of trying to inflict “strategic defeat” on Russia with the decision to provide Ukraine with a battalion’s worth of its top-of-the-line M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, in an escalating war of words over Western military support for Kyiv.

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at the CHEY Institute in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Seoul comes under pressure to arm Kyiv

- The Washington Times

Visiting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday urged industrial powerhouse and U.S. ally South Korea to join the other democracies arming embattled Ukraine.

FILE - Syrians walk through destruction in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2018. A report published Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, by a team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons established there are “reasonable grounds to believe” Syria's air force dropped two cylinders containing chlorine gas on the city of Douma in April 2018, killing 43 people. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Drones attack convoy in east Syria coming from Iraq: Report

- Associated Press

Drones attacked a convoy of trucks in eastern Syria Sunday night shortly after it crossed into the country from Iraq, Syrian opposition activists and a pro-government radio station said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, on March 2, 2019. North Korea condemned on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 the decision by the United States to supply Ukraine with advanced battle tanks to help fight off Russia's invasion, saying Washington is escalating a sinister “proxy war” aimed at destroying Moscow. The comments by the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un underscored the country’s deepening alignment with Russia over the war in Ukraine. (Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP, File)

North Korea rips U.S. over decision to send tanks to Ukraine

- Associated Press

North Korea condemned on Friday the decision by the United States to supply Ukraine with advanced battle tanks to help fight off Russia's invasion, saying Washington is escalating a sinister "proxy war" aimed at destroying Moscow.