Saturday, November 18, 2017

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...

George Soros foundations now control $18 billion

Investor George Soros has transferred about $18 billion, the majority of his estimated fortune, to his Open Society Foundations, making them the second largest philanthropic grant-making group in the United States, according to media reports on Tuesday. Reuters -- The foundations already controlled billions of...

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,...

CIA says mistakenly ‘shredded’ massive Senate torture report — but the copy had not been lost at all

The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on...

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...

Forbes magazine published a list of the richest Americans

Bill Gates for the 24th time in a row became the richest man in the US, leading the rating published by Forbes magazine. The state of the head of Microsoft reaches 89 billion dollars. The head of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, was the second with 81.5 billion...

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...

12 people injured in bomb attack in southern Turkey

At least 12 people have been injured in the bomb attack in the city of Mersin in southern Turkey, local media reported on Tuesday. The blast reportedly took place after an explosive device, which was planted in a garbage can, was activated by a remote...

Israel will refuse negotiations with Palestinian govt if Hamas involved — Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday will refuse negotiations with the Palestinian government if Hamas plays any role in talks. In a statement released by his security cabinet, it was underscored the Israeli government “will not hold political talks with a Palestinian government...

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...

Renegotiation of NAFTA is set to extend into 2018

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA*) is set to extend into 2018, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday after concluding the fourth round of negotiations. Despite initially hoping...

Spanish constitutional court nullifies the Catalan referendum law

The standoff between the Spanish government and the regional government of Catalonia shows no sign of ending. Now the Spanish constitutional court nullifies the Catalan referendum law. The law that was ratified by the Catalan parliament paved the way for holding the October first referendum...

Humanitarian challenges in Kirkuk as thousands of people displaced — UN

Kurdish provinces in northern Iraq face new humanitarian challenges as thousands of people are displaced from Kirkuk, following the central government's control of the diverse area on Monday. "Our humanitarian colleagues in Iraq tell us that military movements in northern Iraq have displaced of thousands...

Kurdish secession referendum is now ‘a thing of the past’ — Iraqi PM

The Iraqi prime minister says the Kurdish secession referendum is now over and it is “a thing of the past”. Haider al-Abadi was speaking at a press conference in Baghdad. He called for dialogue under the Iraqi constitution to resolve the row over the...

Rohingya crisis

Human Rights Watch has released new satellite images that show some 300 villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have been partially or totally burned down. The destruction since August 2017 includes tens of thousands of structures, primarily homes inhabited by Rohingya Muslims. The HRW says images...

Cochran returns to Senate after spending weeks at home recovering from medical issues

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran has returned to Washington after spending several weeks at home recovering from medical issues, he said in a statement Tuesday, as reported by Politico. “I am pleased to be back in Washington where I look forward to continuing work...

Afghanistan attacks — Taliban killed at least 69 people, wounded 200 others

The death toll from the Taliban attacks in Afghanistan has risen to 69, with over 200 people wounded across the war-torn country. The Interior Ministry has issued a statement saying a bomber detonated his car near a police training center, trying to enter the attached...

Kurdish bomb attacks in northern Iraq killed 4 Turkish soldiers, injured several others

Suspected Kurdish bomb attacks in northern Iraq have left at least four Turkish soldiers dead and several others injured. Turkish armed forces say the blasts were caused by improvised explosive devices planted by militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK. Officials say the explosions occurred...

Trump’s travel ban blocked by a US judge in Hawaii

A federal judge in Hawaii has granted a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban, saying it was violating immigration law. federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday issued an order blocking major parts of President Trump’s newest travel ban, suggesting it violated...

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