Monday, September 25, 2017

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.

Angela Merkel winning fourth term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel wins fourth term as German Chancellor, but exit polls show a lift in support for Germany's far right. CNN -- Exit polls predicted the hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) would become the third-largest group in the national parliament, the Bundestag, as German voters...

Russia, Syria intensify bombing of rebel-held Idlib, Hama provinces

Russian and Syrian jets escalated strikes on rebel-held Idlib and Hama provinces, several days after jihadist rebels opened an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps launches war games near Iraq’s Kurdistan region borders

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched war games on Sunday near the borders with Iraq's Kurdistan region, a day before a Kurdish independence referendum, Iranian State broadcaster IRIB reported. IRIB said military drills, part of annual events held in Iran to mark the beginning...

Russian general killed in IS shelling near Syria’s Deir Ezzor — Russia MoD

Russian lieutenant general killed in shelling by Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) terrorists near Deir Ezzor in northeastern Syria, Defense Ministry says late in Sunday. "As a result of the sudden IS mortar shelling, Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov sustained a fatal injury," Russia's Sputnik news agency...

Merkel on track for fourth term after German election — exit poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives secured a fourth consecutive term in office on Sunday in an election that brought a far-right party into the German parliament for the first time in more than half a century, exit polls indicated.

Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right, reported Reuters.

One French soldier killed in Iraq-Syria area — French Presidency

One French soldier from the 13th regiment of para-troopers was killed on Saturday morning while fighting in the Iraq-Syria region, the French Presidency said on Saturday. "The President has learned with great sadness of the death in the Levant this morning of a (soldier) ......

Soul singer Charles Bradley has died

Soul singer Charles Bradley has passed away at 68 after succumbing to cancer. Diagnosed in 2016, Bradley quickly underwent treatment and was healthy enough to return to the road earlier this year. Sadly, the cancer returned and spread to his liver. Bradley died on...

Syrian army captured 44 towns and villages from IS in less than two weeks

The Syrian army and allied fighters have captured 44 towns and villages in central and eastern Syria from Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) militants since September 10, state news agency SANA reported on Saturday. The military progress has taken place in the countryside of Deir al-Zour Province...

2,617 civilians killed by US-led anti-terror operations in Syria in 3 years, monitor

At least 2,617 civilians have been killed in the U.S.-led anti-terror operations in Syria since late 2014, a monitor group reported Saturday. The death toll includes 615 children and 443 women, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syria’s foreign minister Moualem says victory within reach

Syria's foreign minister said on Saturday that victory was within reach in the country and that Damascus hoped de-escalation zones will help Syria reach a cessation of hostilities.

UNHCR chief meets with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camp

The head of the U.N. refugee agency said on Saturday he was shocked by the "terrible violence" inflicted on Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, and said their suffering would last far longer than the time it took to satisfy their basic needs.

Uber ban petition in London gathers 500,000 signatures

A petition organized by Uber against London's decision not to renew its operating license has gathered 500,000 signatures, little more than 24 hours after the decision was announced, a website monitoring its progress showed on Saturday.