Friday, September 22, 2017

Iraq begins offensive to retake Islamic State bastion Hawija — PM

Iraqi prime minister says on Thursday Iraqi forces have begun operation to retake town of Hawija from Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) group. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday announced the launch of a new offensive to drive out Islamic State militants from the city...

Palestinian rights groups handed 700-page dossier on Israel to Int. Criminal Court

Four Palestinian human rights organizations have handed a 700-page dossier on Israel to the international Criminal Court. The human rights lawyers have accused Israeli authorities of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied West Bank including Jerusalem al-Quds. One of the Palestinian rights groups...

IS terrorists attacked an Iranian convoy trying to deliver humanitarian aid to people in eastern Syria

An Iranian aid convoy has come under attack by Daesh terrorists in eastern Syria. The Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) terrorists shelled the convoy as it entered the city of Deir Ezzor. Mortar shells injured one person; but the convoy, carrying over one-thousand tons of aid,...

US ‘strongly opposes’ Iraqi Kurdish independence vote

The United States "strongly opposes" the planned independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds and urges Iraqi Kurdish leaders to engage in negotiations with the Baghdad government instead, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. https://twitter.com/VOP_World/status/910647387089244161

‘Ignorant, absurd and hateful’ — Iran’s President slams Trump’s UN address

Iran will "respond decisively" to any violation of the Iranian nuclear agreement, the country's President has warned, while slamming US President Donald Trump's "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" yesterday about Iran being unfit to be heard at the United Nations. Trump's "rhetoric against Iran was ignorant...

Senior French cardinal to face trial for not reporting historical child abuse, reports

A senior French cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, is to be tried on charges of not reporting historical child abuse, according to reports. The clergyman, who is also the Archbishop of Lyon, was once tipped as a successor to Pope Francis. But he and six other priests have...

US will consider resuming halted military aid to Egypt — Trump

The United States, which last month decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million over human rights concerns, will consider resuming some suspended military assistance, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. Asked if he would restart military...

Mexico quake death toll climbs to 230, at least 100 killed in Mexico City

The total number of victims claimed by a devastating quake that struck Mexico on Tuesday has risen to 230, the head of Mexico Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente, reported on Twitter. The death toll in the capital, Mexico City, meanwhile, has reached 100 people, he...

Turkish attacks in Duhok, Iraq’s Kurdistan region, killed 3 civilians — report

Iraq’s al-Sumaria news website on Wednesday quoted a media official in the province as saying  that the Turkish aerial bombing that targeted the border area of Saidan of Amadiya city in Duhok province, left three civilians dead and an unspecified number of people injured. Eyewitnesses...

Palestinian leader urged UN to end the “apartheid” regime imposed by Israel in Palestine

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday urged the United Nations to end what he described as an "apartheid" regime imposed by Israel in the Palestinian territories, told AFP news agency. Abbas, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, warned that if the two-state solution were to...

UN should be “prepared to take all necessary measures” to exert pressure on North Korea — UK PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told on Wednesday the United Nations that Security Council members should be "prepared to take all necessary measures" to exert pressure on North Korea.

Iranian President Rouhani calls Trump’s threats ‘ignorant’

Iran will respond to any new US sanctions, Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani fired back at President Trump on Tuesday, saying his country would “respond decisively” if the United States violated the nuclear agreement signed during the Obama administration, wrote Fox News. Rouhani's comments came a day after Trump’s speech to the United National...

Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is ‘genocide’ — Macron

Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is 'genocide', France President Emmanuel Macron says, as cited by AFP.

Time for talk is over on North Korea — Japanese PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. “Now is not the time for dialogue. Now is the time to apply pressure,” Abe told...

Trump urges ‘strong and swift’ UN action to end Rohingya crisis – Pence

US President Donald Trump is urging the United Nations Security Council to take “strong and swift action” to bring Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis to an end, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday. Speaking at the UN, Pence reiterated a call for Myanmar’s military to...

France President Macron says mistake to pull out of Iran nuclear deal

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French President Emmanuel Macron said it would be a mistake to pull out of the 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and world powers after the Trump administration indicated it had objections to aspects of the deal. “According to me we have to keep the 2015...

British arms companies profiteering from the deaths of children in Yemen — report

A UK-based charity has found out that British arms companies have earned more than eight-billion dollars from their trade with Saudi Arabia during the ongoing war on Yemen. War Child says the revenue is almost double an official figure recently announced. The charity accused British private...

Trump made decision on Iran nuclear deal but does not reveal it

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether or not the United States will remain in a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, but he declined to reveal it. President Trump said Wednesday he has decided...

ISIS targets Iranian aid convoy in the area controlled by Syrian Army in eastern Syria

Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) mortar shells on Wednesday targeted an Iranian aid convoy to areas recently captured by the Syrian army and its allies in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, a military media unit run by the government's ally Hezbollah said. The mortar injured one...

UN to investigate reports of mass killings, torture, sexual violence, use of landmines and burning of villages in Rakhine state

UN human rights investigators have called for full and unimpeded access to Myanmar to probe alleged violations and abuses in Rakhine state. Head of the U-N fact-finding mission, Marzuki Darusman, urged the Myanmar government to rethink its rejection of the probe. He said there is...

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