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Iraqi PM wants full disclosure about 2003 US-led invasion

Haider al-Abadi told reporters on Tuesday that he would like to see a "thorough investigation" of America's decision-making that took the U.S. forces from "liberating" the country from "Saddam (Hussein's) terrorist regime" to "occupying" Iraq.

Al-Abadi says the invasion in fact unleashed instability and "led to chaos" that persists to this day.

He added that America's involvement in Iraq opened the doors for "all terrorist groups from all over the world to enter" the country — something Iraqis "paid dearly" for.

Israel's Netanyahu mired in series of corruption allegations

Instead, the long-serving leader is mired in a series of eye-popping corruption investigations in a country that has already jailed a prime minister and president.

Police have interrogated Netanyahu several times "under caution" over questionable ties to top executives in media, international business and Hollywood, whipping up a sense that he might actually be driven from office. The latest scandal, involving secret negotiations with the publisher of a critical newspaper, is proving especially embarrassing.

In talks with Palestinians, Vatican cites sacred Jerusalem

The developments came as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis and inaugurated the Palestinian embassy to the Holy Sea.

Abbas said he had only heard through news reports of the proposal by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

The Palestinians strongly oppose the embassy move, saying it would kill any hopes for negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement and rile the region by undercutting Muslim and Christian claims to the holy city.

Paris draft: 2-state solution best for Israel, Palestinians

The countries will call for the establishment of a Palestinian state as "the only way" to ensure peace in the region.

France is hosting more than 70 countries on Sunday at a Mideast peace summit, in what will be a final chance for the Obama administration to lay out its positions for the region.

According to a draft statement obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the conference will urge Israel and the Palestinians "to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution."

Trump's pick for top diplomat calls Russia a 'danger'

He said Russia poses a "danger" to the nation.

A friend of the Kremlin and foe of sanctions in his corporate life, Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he would help usher in a new era of U.S. leadership on the global stage as America's top diplomat.

Unlike Trump, who has played down the allegations of Russian malfeasance in the presidential campaign, Tilllerson said recent Russian actions "disregarded American interests" and alarmed U.S. allies, even if cooperation between Washington and Moscow remained desirable on a range of issues.

Vote on Israel could spur further action _ or trouble for UN

But it also poses dangers for the United Nations with the incoming Trump administration and may harden Israel's attitude toward concessions.

The Obama administration's decision to abstain and allow the U.N.'s most powerful body to approve a long-sought resolution calling Israeli settlements "a flagrant violation under international law" was a sharp rebuke to a longstanding ally and a striking rupture with past U.S. vetoes.

UN diplomats welcome Haley pick, puzzle over Trump policy

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said he looked forward to working closely with Haley, praising her track record "as governor of South Carolina."

France's Ambassador Francois Delattre called Haley "a highly regarded, very respected professional," adding that he had "very good contact" with her when he served in Washington.