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Trump says US will only give aid ‘to our friends’

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States would only give aid to countries that it regarded as allies. Addressing world leaders at the start of the annual United Nations General Assembly, Trump lashed out at the OPEC oil cartel, China's trade policies and the International Criminal Court which he vowed the United States would never accept. “We will examine what is working, what is not working, and whether the countries who receive our dollars and our protection also have our interests at heart,”…

Trump cuts $25 million in aid for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has ordered that $25 million earmarked for the care of Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals be directed elsewhere as part of a review of aid, a State Department official said on Saturday. Trump called for a review of US assistance to the Palestinians earlier this year to ensure that the funds were being spent in accordance with national interests and were providing value to taxpayers. “As a result of that review, at the direction of the President, we will be redirecting…

Pentagon cancels $300m aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The US military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties. The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced by President Donald Trump at the start of the year, when he accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with “nothing but lies & deceit.” The Trump administration alleges…

US cut in aid amounts to ‘cheap blackmail’: Palestinian

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump's administration is resorting to "cheap blackmail" against the Palestinians with its decision to cut more than $200 million in aid for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday. A State Department official said Friday that the decision, made "at the direction of the president," came after a review of aid programmes to the Palestinian territories. The funding would "now address high-priority projects elsewhere". Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine…

US cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

WASHINGTON: The United States has said that it had canceled more than $200 million in aid for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, leading their ambassador to accuse President Donald Trump's administration of being "anti-peace." A senior State Department official said the decision, made "at the direction of the president," came after a review of aid programs to the Palestinian territories. The funding previously allocated for programs in the West Bank and Gaza will "now address high-priority projects…

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait offer $2.5 bn in aid to crisis-hit Jordan

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA:  Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have offered $2.5 billion in aid for Jordan to ease its economic crisis following a wave of anti-austerity protests, the Saudi Arabian state media announced early Monday. Jordan has been rocked in recent days by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike as the government pushes measures to slash the country's debt, leading to the prime minister's resignation. A four-nation summit in the holy city of Mecca, hosted by Saudi King…