Monday, September 25, 2017

3 Kurdish fighters killed, 5 wounded in blast S of Kirkuk

Three Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed and five wounded on Saturday when an explosive device blew up near their vehicle south of the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, reported Reuters citing security sources said.

3 Kurdish fighters killed, 5 wounded in blast S of Kirkuk

Three Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed and five wounded on Saturday when an explosive device blew up near their vehicle south of the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, reported Reuters citing security sources said.

Germany votes as history beckons for Merkel, and far-right

Germans vote in a national election on Sunday that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a historic fourth term and a far-right party enter parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Six people believed injured in suspected London acid attack

Six people were believed to have been injured on Saturday after a group of males reportedly sprayed a noxious substance in a number of attacks in an area around a shopping center in east London, police said.

Iran tests new missile after US criticizes arms program

Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop.

21 US states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 election

Wisconsin, a key state in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said on Friday it was one of the 21 states that the federal government notified were targeted by Russian government hackers but no votes were changed. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified...

Macron signs French labor reform decrees

President Emmanuel Macron formally signed five decrees overhauling France’s labor rules on Friday, the first major economic reforms since he took power in May. The new rules, discussed at length in advance with unions, will cap payouts on dismissals that are judged unfair, while also...

Spain sends more police to Catalonia to block referendum

Spain’s Interior Ministry said on Friday it was sending more state police to Catalonia to maintain order and make sure a banned referendum on independence does not take place. Catalonia, which wants to hold a vote on October 1 to split from Spain, has its...

Germany limits export guarantees for Turkey trade amid rift

The German government has capped the amount of “Hermes” export guarantees it provides for trade with Turkey at €1.5 billion ($1.80 billion), a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday, as a rift between the two NATO powers deepens. The “Hermes” guarantees provide German government protection...

North Korea quake not nuclear explosion — China

China's Earthquake Administration said on Saturday that a small earthquake recorded earlier in the day shaking North Korea by a magnitude 3.4 was not a nuclear explosion and had the characteristics of a natural tremor, reported Reuters. The administration had said earlier the magnitude 3.4...

Germany expels 2nd Vietnamese diplomat over ‘Cold War-style’ abduction

Germany said on Friday it had ordered a second Vietnamese embassy official to leave the country, after the alleged kidnapping of a Vietnamese businessman who had applied for asylum and was facing corruption allegations back home. Germany last month accused Vietnam’s intelligence agency of kidnapping...

Cholera outbreak kills 52 people in Chad and infected over 312 others

The Chadian government says more than 50 people have died of cholera in the country since authorities declared an outbreak of the disease. "We count 312 cases, including 52 deaths," said Health Ministry secretary general Hamid Djabar on Thursday. Authorities declared a cholera outbreak on...

Iraq, Iran, and Turkey renewed their strong opposition to the Kurdistan referendum

Iraq, Iran, and Turkey have renewed their strong opposition to the planned referendum for secession in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region. Foreign ministers of the three countries issued a joint statement against the move after a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly...

Mexico quake’s homeless gather in tent village, toll reaches 286

Desperate residents left homeless by Mexico's deadliest earthquake in a generation gathered in a tent village in the south of the capital on Friday, as the death toll climbed to 286 and signs of exhaustion gripped rescuers three days after the tremor.

Two seismic events in North Korea unlikely man-made — CTBTO

Nuclear proliferation watchdog CTBTO said on Saturday it had detected two seismic events in North Korea on Saturday but they were probably not deliberate explosions in the isolated country.

Small North Korean quake likely natural, not nuclear test — experts

A small earthquake near North Korea’s nuclear test site on Saturday was probably not manmade, the nuclear proliferation watchdog and a South Korean official said, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one. Chinese earthquake officials said the magnitude...

USGS says cannot confirm if North Korea quake natural or manmade

The United States Geological Survey said on Saturday it could not conclusively confirm whether a magnitude 3.5 earthquake detected in North Korea was manmade or natural.

US-backed SDF forces capture big gas field in Syria’s Deir Ezzor

U.S.-backed forces on Saturday seized a major natural gas field in Syria's Deir Ezzor province from Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) militants after days of fighting close to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, told Reuters citing a group commander.

New quake spreads alarm, sends Mexicans into streets

An magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday and was felt in the capital, where seismic alarms sounded, residents ran into the streets and rescuers briefly stopped combing the rubble left by a bigger tremor earlier this week.

India using chili sprays, stun grenades to dissuade Rohingya influx

India has stepped up security along its largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using “chili and stun grenades” to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in their homeland of Myanmar, officials said on Friday. Border forces in Hindu-majority India, which...