Monday, September 25, 2017

North Korea FM said US President Trump had declared war on his country

North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war on his country. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country by tweeting over the weekend that North...

Merkel tries to build coalition after vote that puts far right in parliament

Germany's Angela Merkel began the tough task of trying to build a government on Monday after securing a fourth term as chancellor, urging the center-left Social Democrats not the shut the door on a re-run of their "grand coalition".

Japan PM to dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday — MP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to dissolve the lower house of parliament at the start of the extraordinary session on Thursday, a senior lawmaker of the Liberal Democratic Party said, paving the way for a snap election for the lower house. The extraordinary session...

Russian warplanes attack US-backed forces in Deir Ezzor, Syria — SDF

U.S.-backed Syrian militias said Russian warplanes struck their positions in Deir Ez-zor province on Monday, near a major natural gas field they seized from Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) in recent days, reported Reuters. The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, has been...

Man, 20, arrested in Cardiff in connection with the Parsons Green bomb

A 20 years old man has been arrested in Cardiff in connection with the Parsons Green bomb, the seventh to be held, Scotland Yard says. https://twitter.com/PA/status/912251730175414273 A man has been arrested in Cardiff in connection with the Parsons Green attack. The 20-year-old suspect was detained in a...

Merkel’s coalition wins 33% of votes

Election officials confirmed that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative coalition won a majority in Germany’s national election paving the way for her fourth term as country’s leader. The Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union won combined 33% of the vote, eight poll points...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a snap election to be held next month, more than a year earlier than expected, AFP reported on Monday. Voters in Japan are expected to hit the polls on October 22 while the lower house of parliament will...

US-led airstrikes killed at least 84 civilians, 30 children among them in Raqqa, Syria in March — HRW

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) in Syria killed at least 84 civilians, 30 children among them, when it carried out two lethal airstrikes near Raqqa in March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, adding that “no precautions” to minimize civilian losses were...

Merkel’s party 1st in German election, official

Official count confirms Merkel's party 1st in German election; anti-refugee party 3rd biggest in parliament. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s has won the mandate to form Germany’s central government for a fourth consecutive term in office. The polls showed that for the first time in more than...

Iraqi Kurds begin to vote in historic independence referendum

Iraqi Kurds begin on Monday to vote in historic independence referendum.

Turkey closes border for land arrivals from northern Iraq over Kurdish vote

Turkey said on Monday it will take "every measure" under int'l law if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum endangers national security.

Nearly 50,000 residents flee amid fears of volcanic eruption on Bali

Nearly 50,000 residents flee amid fears of volcanic eruption on Bali, officials say on Monday.

Kushner using private email account with other White House officials for official business

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has been using a private email account along with some other White House officials to conduct official business, his lawyer says. White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has used the personal account to talk about different issues with figures such...

US issues new travel ban on North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 other countries

President Donald Trump announced new restrictions on travel to the United States for eight countries as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries was set expire Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect. Trump kept restrictions on five of the six country --...

Turkish parliament extends mandate on troop deployment in Iraq, Syria

Turkey’s parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, two days before a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region. Turkey said earlier it would take security, political and economic steps...

Moscow, Riyadh ‘work closely’ on fight against terrorism — Saudi FM

Moscow and Riyadh are working closely in fight against terrorism, and share similar views on challenges in the region, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told RIA Novosti ahead of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s visit to Russia. “We are closely working in the field...

US State Dept. ‘seems ready’ to improve relations with Russia — Ambassador to US

Russia’s recently appointed ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said he is receiving signals from representatives of the US State Department of a willingness to improve relations between Moscow and Washington. “I’ve had many contacts with my colleagues from the State Department,”Antonov told NTV channel...

Police have thwarted 7 attacks since March — London mayor

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said police had thwarted seven attacks by militants since March this year, describing the increase in the number as a shift rather than a spike. Speaking at the annual conference of his opposition Labour Party, Khan also said the police needed...

Myanmar’s army discovered the bodies of 28 Hindus, including women and children

Myanmar's army said Sunday it had discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 Hindus, including women and children, in violence-wracked Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya militants.

3 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali’s troubled north

At least three U.N. peacekeepers were killed Sunday when their vehicle hit an explosive device in Mali's troubled north, the U.N.'s mission to the conflict-torn country said.

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