Friday, September 22, 2017

Yemen revolution

In the Yemeni capital Sana’a, hundreds of thousands of people have gathered to mark the third anniversary of the country’s September 21 Revolution. Large crowds from across the country have been flocking to Sana'a since Thursday morning. They’ve reaffirmed their commitment to the government in...

Cholera outbreak killed 52 people in Chad and infected over 312 others

The Chadian government says more than 50 people have died of cholera in the country since authorities declared an outbreak of the disease. "We count 312 cases, including 52 deaths," said Health Ministry secretary general Hamid Djabar on Thursday. Authorities declared a cholera outbreak on...

Boat sinks off Libya leaving 8 people dead and almost 90 others missing

A ship full of asylum-seekers heading for Europe has capsized off the Libyan coast, leaving at least eight people dead and almost 90 others missing. Eight bodies were found and 35 migrants rescued on Tuesday and Wednesday, Seddik al-Jayach, an official in Zuwara, told AFP...

Thousands protest arrests by Spain over Catalonia vote

Thousands gathered Thursday at the gates of Catalonia’s judicial body in Barcelona to demand the release of a dozen officials arrested in connection with a vote on independence that Spanish authorities are challenging as illegal. The demonstrators answered a call by pro-independence civic groups to...

Israeli Air Force bombed Damascus international airport — reports

Israeli Air Force has bombed the Damascus international airport, say reports on early Friday.  According to reports earlier the Syrian Air Defense has shot down an Israeli drone.

UN votes to help Iraq collect evidence against Islamic State

U.N. investigators can help Iraq collect evidence to build potential war crimes cases against Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) extremists, the Security Council decided Thursday. The council unanimously passed a resolution that asks the UN to establish an investigative team to help Iraq preserve evidence “that...

Kim Jong Un calls Trump “deranged,” says he will “pay dearly” for his threats — KCNA

​North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calls U.S. President Donald Trump "deranged," on Thursday as cited by state news agency. Kim Jong Un also vows to make President Trump 'pay dearly' for threatening North Korea, the agency reported.

Death toll climbs to 273 in M7.1 Mexico earthquake

The death toll in the Mexico City magnitude7.1 earthquake has risen to at least 273, Mexican presidency have said on Thursday. The death toll from Tuesday's 7.1-magnitude earthquake in central Mexico has climbed to 273, the government said on Thursday. Half of those deaths occurred in the capital...

Tens of thousands mark 3 years since rebel takeover of Yemen capital

Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen’s Houthi rebels and their allies gathered in Sanaa on Thursday to mark three years since the rebel takeover of the capital. The Houthis and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh captured Sanaa on September 21, 2014,...

Facebook will turn over Russian-linked ads to congress

Facebook will turn over Russian-linked ads to congress, according to reports. Under growing pressure from Congress and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on Facebook, the company said on Thursday that it was turning more than Russia-linked 3,000 ads...

Iraq launches offensive on ISIS-held region near oil city Kirkuk

Iraq launched an offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) from Hawija, an area located west of the oil city of Kirkuk. The offensive, announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, comes four days before a referendum on Kurdish independence due to be held...

Buddhist protesters in Myanmar try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, before police fired in the air to disperse them.

Puerto Rico obliterated by Hurricane Maria — Trump

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Hurricane Maria "totally obliterated" the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico with its electrical grid destroyed.

Trump to add sanctions on North Korea, but not on oil

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea, while U.S. allies have called for enforcing existing international sanctions as the best way to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program, told Reuters. President Donald...

China reiterates calls for South Korea to remove THAAD

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated to his South Korean counterpart Beijing’s demand for the removal of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. Wang made the comments during a meeting with Kang Kyung-wha on the sidelines...

Pope promises ‘firmest measures possible’ against pedophiles

Pope Francis promised Thursday to respond with the “firmest measures possible” against priests who rape and molest children, and said bishops and religious superiors who cover up for them will be held accountable. Francis met for the first time with his sex abuse advisory commission,...

Israeli fighter jet targeted positions in Syria’s occupied Golan Heights

An Israeli fighter jet has targeted positions in Syria’s occupied Golan Heights after a Patriot missile allegedly intercepted and shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle purportedly operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement. Beirut-based and English-language Daily Star reported that the aerial assaults targeted a...

Turkey jails 14 lawyers representing imprisoned hunger strikers

A Turkish court on Thursday jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown. The case of Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca has become a rallying cause for...

Iran nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated – Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and six world powers is good and cannot be renegotiated. Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions. US President Donald...

US-backed force clearing last IS fighters from Rapqa

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) clearing last Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) fighters from Rapqa, a monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.  

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