Thursday, October 19, 2017

Israel to build over thirteen-hundred new settler units in occupied Palestinian territories

Israel has approved the construction of over thirteen-hundred new settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories despite international criticism. According to a settlement watchdog, the plan brings to over two-thousand six hundred the total number of settler units approved this week. Israeli officials have been quoted...

Nuclear war can begin at ‘any moment’ — North Korea

Nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles are needed by Pyongyang for self-defense, and the DPRK will not abandon them, as long as the threat from the United States remains, North Korea's deputy consul to the UN said. The DPRK supports the idea of ​​a complete ban...

The war in Afghanistan will continue until the US leaves the country — Russia

The civil war in Afghanistan will continue until American forces leave there, RIA Novosti reports a statement by former head of the Joint Intelligence Directorate of Pakistan Lieutenant-General Asad Durrani. He said this at a meeting with cadets and teachers of the Military University of...

Raqqa liberation — What is going on with the Syrian city

The administrative status of Raqqa continues will remain a matter of vital importance after the city’s liberation, Semyon Bagdasarov, Head of the Center for the Middle East and Central Asia Studies, told Russian TASS. "Now that Raqqa has been liberated, the key issue is what...

Al-Nusra militant group releases video of leader apparently ‘in good health’

Two weeks after Russia said it had critically injured the leader of the Tahrir al-Sham* (al-Nusra Front) militant group in Syria, an undated video was published on Wednesday, purporting to show its leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani, apparently in good health, reported Reuters. The video showed...

Somali president declares war on al-Shabab after the attack killed over 300 people

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has vowed to step up the fight against the al-Shabab terrorist group following the weekend truck bombing that claimed the lives of over 300 people in the capital Mogadishu. Mohamed, better known by his nickname Farmajo, made the remarks during...

UN has yet to decide if violence against Rohingya in Myanmar constitutes genocide

The United Nations (UN) has yet to decide if violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar constitutes genocide, Jyoti Sanghera, Asia Pacific chief at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday. https://twitter.com/VOP_Today/status/920393254331387904 Human Rights Watch has released new satellite images that...

Myanmar committing crimes against humanity — Int. rights group

An international rights group on Wednesday accused Myanmar’s authorities of committing crimes against humanity in the western Rakhine state. https://twitter.com/VOP_Today/status/920393254331387904 “The attack on the Rohingya population has been both systematic and widespread, constituting serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity under international law,” said a...

Multiple people shot at business park in Edgewood, Maryland — officials

Multiple people were shot at a business park in Edgewood, Maryland on Wednesday morning, reported NewsChannel 5. Five people have been shot at an office park in the Maryland community of Edgewood, and the shooter is believed to be on the loose, a deputy with the...

Campaign against IS in eastern Syria will accelerate now the jihadist group defeated in Raqqa

The campaign against Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) in eastern Syria will accelerate now that the jihadist group has been defeated in its former capital Raqqa, Reuters quoted a spokesman for U.S.-allied Syrian militias as saying on Wednesday. The previous day, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)...

Senior leader of Syrian Army, Isam Alzahradin killed in Deir Ezzor, Syria — reports

The head of the Syrian regime’s military operations in Deir Ezzor was killed in a landmine explosion. The army forces, led by Zahr al-Din, broke the siege of its besieged forces inside the city of Deir Ezzor last Tuesday, in addition to the lifting of...

Amnesty International accused Myanmar for committing crimes against humanity

An international rights group on Wednesday accused Myanmar’s authorities of committing crimes against humanity in the western Rakhine state. “The attack on the Rohingya population has been both systematic and widespread, constituting serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity under international law,” said a...

6 policemen killed, 8 injured following an explosion in Quetta, NW Pakistan

At least six policemen were killed and eight more people were injured in an explosion in the city of Quetta in northwestern Pakistan, Dawn reported.

Over 400 Islamic State members — including foreign fighters — recently surrendered in Raqa: US

More than 400 Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) members -- including foreign fighters -- have in recent weeks surrendered to U.S.-backed forces in the jihadists' former Syrian stronghold Raqqa, reported AFP news agency citing a U.S. military official as saying on Tuesday. Colonel Ryan Dillon, a...

Iraqi forces regain areas in Nineveh province in northern Iraq

Iraqi forces on Tuesday took control of previously Kurdish-held areas around Mosul in Nineveh province, northern Iraq, according to a Wednesday military statement as cited by Reuters. The Mosul Dam, to the north-west of the city, is among the positions retaken from Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The...

US to ‘clear rubble’, restore basic services after the fall of ISIS in Raqqa — State Dep.

The United States will take the lead in helping to clear rubble and restore basic services after the fall of Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, told Reuters citing the U.S. State Department as saying on Tuesday. "We will assist and take, essentially,...

Drone footage shows thousands more Rohingya Muslims entering Bangladesh

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Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are continuing to fleeing large-scale violence in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in overcrowded camps to escape large-scale violence, according to UNHCR. The UN organization released a drone video on Monday...

Iraq to build new refinery in oil-producing Kirkuk

The Iraqi oil ministry announced on Tuesday plans to construct a new refinery in the Kirkuk region, the site of recent clashes between federal government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. According to the minister of oil Jabar al-Luaibi, the government in Baghdad intends to increase...

Russia completed testing new missile for Iskander missile system

Tests of the new missile for the Iskander operational-tactical missile system were completed at the Kapustin Yar test site, his chief, Major-General Oleg Kislov, told reporters, as cited by Russian Ria. "Of the most significant events that have been carried out recently, we can note...

At least 3,250 — including 1,130 civilians — killed in SDF offensive to seize Raqqa

A Britain-based monitoring war group in Syria said on Tuesday at least 3,250 people dead, more than a third of them civilians, have lost their lives ever since militants from U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an operation to retake the northern Syrian city...

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