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...

North Korean hydrogen bomb test threat over Pacific would be ‘shocking’ — Mattis

It would be “a shocking display of irresponsibility” for North Korea to go ahead with its threat to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on...

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".

Russia denies it bombed US-backed SDF in Syria

The Russian Defence Ministry on Monday denied its planes had bombed U.S.-backed militias in Syria's Deir Ezzor province earlier in the day, saying it was always careful to ensure its air strikes were accurate, the Russian RIA news agency reported, as cited by Reuters.

Iraq hangs 42 Sunni militants convicted of terrorism

Iraq on Monday executed 42 Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs.

Aerial footage indicates US Forces present in ISIS-held areas — Russia

Aerial footage indicates U.S. Forces present in ISIS-held areas, said Russian Ministry of Defense on Monday as cited by Sputnik news. The photographs that the Russian Defense Ministry published on Sunday on its Facebook page provide compelling evidence that the Syrian Democratic Forces and the...

Russian ‘cannibal man and woman’ detained after ‘eating’ up to 30 victims

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Russia’s southern Krasnodarsky Region has awoken to horrifying news about a pair of cannibals that could be responsible for up to 30 grisly murders, local media report citing police. Parts of some of the victims were reportedly stored for later consumption. The couple – a...

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...

Turkey to take ‘all measures’ if Kurdistan poll tensions rise — ministry

Turkey will take “all measures” if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday generates threats to Turkey’s national security, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. It issued the statement as voting started in northern Iraq in a referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government...

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...

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.

Iranian drones destroy Daesh bases in Syria’s Deir Ezzor

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) drones have destroyed several Daesh bases on the Syrian border with Iraq. According to an IRINN TV report on Sunday, during the IRGC operations carried out in Syria’s eastern Dayr al-Zawr province, many terrorists were killed in the attacks,...

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...

Russia registered 9 ceasefire violations in 3 Syrian provinces past 24h

Russia registered nine ceasefire violations in three Syrian provinces over the last 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday. The violations were recorded in the provinces of Aleppo (1), Hama (4) and Damascus (4), the ministry said in its daily bulletin.

US issues new travel ban on N Korea, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen

Trump issues new travel restrictions for N Korea, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen. 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...

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