Category: World News

IS prisoners in NE Syria: What we know 0

IS prisoners in NE Syria: What we know

Beirut (AFP) The prospect that thousands of the world’s most fanatic jihadists could break out in the chaos caused by Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria is causing widespread alarm. The Kurdish administration guarding those...

Pompeo swipes at hawkish lawmakers who ‘grandstand’ on Iran sanctions 0

Pompeo swipes at hawkish lawmakers who ‘grandstand’ on Iran sanctions

By John Hudson April 13 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. lawmakers calling for an even harder sanctions policy against Iran were grandstanding and vowed that the State Department would ultimately “get it...

By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America 0

By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America

  By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America Washington’s extraordinary unilateralism is cracking the foundation of its global financial power. BY HENRY FARRELL, ABRAHAM NEWMAN | APRIL 24, 2019, 5:29 AM   Last week,...

Israel arrests Jerusalem Islamic Waqaf head over Al Aqsa protests 0

Israel arrests Jerusalem Islamic Waqaf head over Al Aqsa protests

Israeli police have arrested the head of the Islamic authority that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem following protests at the Al Aqsa Mosque. A senior member of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf body said...

After days of restraint, Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser 0

After days of restraint, Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser

SOUTHAVEN (UNITED STATES) (AFP) –  Donald Trump on Tuesday openly mocked the university professor who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, joking about her inability to remember details surrounding the night of...

Turkish troop convoy enters Syria rebel zone 0

Turkish troop convoy enters Syria rebel zone

KAMMARI (SYRIA) (AFP) –  A Turkish military convoy entered rebel-held northwestern Syria early on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent reported, as the deadline for establishing a buffer zone between rebel and government forces draws closer. At...

Iraq’s president to take office, independent tapped as PM 0

Iraq’s president to take office, independent tapped as PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s new president is set to take office after tapping an independent Shiite lawmaker for the post of prime minister. Barham Salih, a longtime Kurdish politician, will assume power in a...

UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions 0

UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations’ highest court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on Iran that affect imports of humanitarian goods and products and services linked to the...

NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges 0

NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright...

Saudi-led coalition seizes main road linking Yemen’s Hodeidah to Sanaa 0

Saudi-led coalition seizes main road linking Yemen’s Hodeidah to Sanaa

ADEN (Reuters) – Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized the main road linking the port city of Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa, blocking a supply route for the Houthi group that controls...

U.S. marines conduct big drills with rebels in southern Syria 0

U.S. marines conduct big drills with rebels in southern Syria

AMMAN (Reuters) – A Syrian rebel commander said on Thursday rare military exercises with U.S. marines in southern Syria sent a strong message to Russia and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend...

Palestinian mission shuttered in Washington 0

Palestinian mission shuttered in Washington

WASHINGTON (AFP) –  The Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington ceased operations on Thursday following a demand by the United States to shut down but expressed hope the closure would be short-lived. State Department officials on...

US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea report 0

US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea report

UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) (AFP) –  Several paragraphs referring to Russian oil trade in a United Nations report about sanctions on North Korea have been removed at Moscow’s urging, sparking US anger on Thursday. Russia...

Two Koreas open joint liaison office in North 0

Two Koreas open joint liaison office in North

KAESONG (NORTH KOREA) (AFP) –  North and South Korea opened a joint liaison office in the Northern city of Kaesong on Friday as they knit closer ties ahead of President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang...

Trump-Kim creations on the menu as Singapore chefs mark summit 0

Trump-Kim creations on the menu as Singapore chefs mark summit

SINGAPORE (AFP) –  From “El Trumpo” and “Rocket Man” tacos to the “Bromance” cocktail, restaurants and bars in food-crazy Singapore are rolling out weird and wonderful creations to mark the approaching US-North Korea summit. The...

US allies ready Trump showdown as trade splits G7 0

US allies ready Trump showdown as trade splits G7

QUEBEC CITY (AFP) –  America’s closest allies braced for a showdown with President Donald Trump at the G7 summit Friday, as anger at being slapped with trade tariffs by their most powerful member threatened to...

Jordan faces tough economic path, after protests scupper tax hikes 0

Jordan faces tough economic path, after protests scupper tax hikes

AMMAN (AFP) –  Jordan’s authorities may have shelved a proposed income tax hike after a week of protests — but they still face the tricky task of balancing popular demands with the need to fix...