Thursday, January 18, 2018

Exclusive: Trump denies the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem in a year

US President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned transfer of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected to be transferred by that date. US Secretary of State Rex...

Seven Buddhist demonstrators killed by Burmese police in Rakhine

Burmese police opened fire on angry demonstrators in the western part of the country on Tuesday evening, killing seven people in the tense state of Rakhine, the scene of violence against the Muslim minority of the Rohingya. It occurred at a gathering of some 5,000...

Taliban leader agreed to a meeting to revive Afghan peace talks

A delegation endorsed by the movement's top leader visited the Pakistani capital this week for talks aimed at exploring prospects for resuming peace negotiations to end the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, senior Taliban officials said. This was reported by Reuters news agency. It was not clear...

12 killed and 48 injured in a suicide attack in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers blew themselves up in an attack in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing 12 people and injuring 48 on Wednesday, officials from the emergency management agency in Borno state said. The suicide bombers carried out the attack in the Mona...

Netanyahu says the US embassy can be moved to Jerusalem within a year

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the United States could move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within a year, Israeli media reported. "The embassy will be moved to Jerusalem faster than you think, within a year from now," the media quoted...

Russia criticizes Britain for describing it as an aggressor

Russia criticized Britain on Wednesday for describing it as an aggressor and said British Prime Minister Theresa May was more interested in public discourse than on dealing with the real dangers facing the West, reports Reuters. A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense said that...

Gold production in Mali rises 5% to 49.6 tons in 2017

The output of industrial gold miners rose to 49.6 tons in 2017, up 5 percent from a year earlier, a senior official in Mali's mining ministry said on Wednesday. Mali is the third largest gold producer in Africa after South Africa and Ghana, producing 46.9...

Eurozone inflation slows in December

Lower prices for phone calls, clothing and vegetables have slowed consumer price growth in December as expected, despite rising fuel and cigarette prices in the euro area, data showed on Wednesday. According to the data, the core inflation rate monitored by the ECB remained flat. Consumer...

Petroleum Institute: US crude oil inventories fall 5.1 million barrels

US crude inventories fell last week, while gasoline inventories and distillates rose, data from the US Petroleum Institute showed on Wednesday. The API said US crude inventories fell 5.1 million barrels in the week ending Jan. 12 to 411.5 million barrels, while analysts had forecast...

A flood of sexual assaults in America

Hotline phones have not stopped reporting sexual abuse in the United States, and casualty reports have reached record numbers thanks to the momentum of the MeToo social movement to raise awareness about harassment and abuse. The number of calls rose when the movement began in...

Turkey says it will take steps in the Syrian border area if its demands are not met

Turkey will not hesitate to take steps in Afrin and other areas across the border with Syria to maintain its national security if its demands are not met, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday. "The formation of a terrorist corridor and a terrorist army...

Dow Jones index closes above the 26,000 level for the first time

US stocks jumped on Wednesday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to close above 26,000 points for the first time ever, boosted by gains in various sectors sparked by investors' expectations of higher corporate profits. The Dow Jones ended the day's trading session with a...

Turkey says it will immediately respond to any threats from western Syria

Turkey will immediately respond to any threats from western Syria that could harm the state or its citizens, the Turkish National Security Council said on Wednesday. Ankara was angered by the announcement by the US-led coalition in northern Syria that it was working with Syria's...

Gold falls with dollar recovery from 3-year low

Gold prices eased gains in early trade on Wednesday, with the precious metal ending the session lower as the dollar recovered from a three-year low against a basket of currencies. Spot gold fell 0.77 percent to $ 1328.20 an ounce late in the session after...

Oil rises before weekly data for US stocks

Oil prices closed higher on Wednesday ahead of US data on oil inventories expected to show the ninth consecutive weekly decline in US crude inventories. Key factors led to higher prices for Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude traders, about 13 percent above the levels...

Trump says Russia helps North Korea avoid sanctions

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia was helping North Korea obtain supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang was "getting closer" to having a long-range missile capable of reaching the United States. This was reported by Reuters. "Russia is not helping us...

Italy approves military mission in Niger and increases its forces in North Africa

Italy's parliament agreed on Wednesday to increase its military presence in Libya and deploy up to 470 troops in Niger to combat illegal immigration and human trafficking to Europe. At the end of last year, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he would redeploy some troops...

Syrian opposition coalition condemns US announcement to form a border security force

The National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian opposition on Wednesday condemned Washington's attempt to form a border security force in Syria, voicing its rejection of Kurdish fighters' control of areas where the Islamic state was expelled. The US-led coalition announced Sunday that it...

Pentagon says it does not create a regular “border guard” force in Syria

The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was not creating a new army or a regular border guard force in Syria after Turkey reacted angrily to US plans to train fighters, including Syrian Kurds, for internal security. "The United States continues to train local security forces...

Juncker hopes Britain will return to the EU after BREXIT

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday welcomed any British attempt to rejoin the European Union after hints of a second referendum on London's exit from the bloc. Juncker's statement on the possibility of London's return to the European Union came after European Council President...