Gulf Arabs Relish Tillerson Firing; Iran Weighs Nuclear Deal

Reactions in the Middle East on Wednesday to the firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reflect the volatile divide between Iran, where many fear his departure heralds the demise of the 2015 nuclear deal, and Gulf Arab nations hoping for a more hawkish U.S. stance toward Tehran and Qatar.

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Tillerson Says US Considers Individual Sanctions for Myanmar

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya flee to Bangladesh.

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US Declaration of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in Myanmar on Way

The Trump administration moved toward a condemnation of “ethnic cleansing” against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, as officials were preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to unequivocally use the term for the first time. Angry lawmakers on Tuesday demanded an immediate denunciation as they explored a new, tougher U.S. policy.

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Exxon Asks Judge to Throw Out Climate-Change Class Action

ExxonMobil and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked a Dallas federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss a shareholder class action against them, arguing investors are piggybacking claims by several blue-state attorneys general that the oil giant concealed what it knew about climate change.

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State Department Observers Welcome Move to Ditch Special Envoys

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to eliminate or downgrade special envoy positions at the State Department – against the backdrop of still-unfilled jobs and a summer-long spate of resignations – has caused concern that the department is fast becoming a shell of its former shelf.

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