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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud welcomes US President Donald Trump during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Bandar Algaloud)

Trump goes on Iran-bashing tour

Monday, May. 22, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Iran has replaced the Islamic State as Donald Trump’s boogeyman during his first trip abroad, to the delight of the Saudis and Israel.

Trump waives nuclear sanctions but slaps Iran on missiles, human rights

Wednesday, May. 17, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The Trump administration sanctioned seven new entities for their alleged role in Iran’s ballistic missile program even as it complied with the letter of the nuclear deal.

Trump expected to waive Iran sanctions today

Wednesday, May. 17, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Issuing the waivers would be a sign of the Trump administration’s begrudging inclination to go along with the nuclear deal, at least for now, even as it huddles with Sunni allies and Israel to push back on Iranian expansionism.

Trump demands Russia, Iran halt Assad atrocities ahead of any deal

Monday, May. 15, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The Donald Trump administration accuses Bashar al-Assad's regime of building a crematorium to cover up evidence of mass murder.

US may waive Iran sanctions in coming days

Sunday, May. 14, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The Trump administration could issue waivers of some Iran nuclear sanctions the week of May 15 as it adheres to the nuclear deal for now while conducting a review of its Iran policy.

Trump and Russia's Lavrov talk Syria at White House

Wednesday, May. 10, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Shadowed by an investigation into Moscow's interference in the US election, US President Donald Trump welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the White House May 10.

White House sees wild-card nature as asset in Trump’s first foreign trip

Thursday, May. 4, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Trump’s first foreign trip as president will be to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome, the holy places for Islam, Judaism and Christianity, as he tries to rally the world to unite against extremism and intolerance, aides say.

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