Sunday, December 31, 2017

Nouvel An en Allemagne : la liberté des femmes remise en cause après le traumatisme de Cologne ?

la soirée de la Saint-Sylvestre à Berlin
Pour la soirée de la Saint-Sylvestre à Berlin, la police mettra en place une zone sécurisée réservée aux femmes, dans le but d'éviter les agressions sexuelles. Mais des voix s'élèvent contre «le message dévastateur» qu’enverrait cette mesure.

UN decries ‘deepening catastrophe’ in Yemen after milestone 1,000 days of bloodshed

Yemen after milestone 1,000 days of bloodshed
Three-quarters of Yemenis, including over 11 million children, are in a desperate need of humanitarian aid while over a half are suffering dire food and water shortages, UN agencies are reporting, fearing the worst is yet to come.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Bedouin tribe fights for indigenous land as Israeli govt demolishes their village for 122nd time

Bedouins
A Bedouin elder has been given ten months in prison and a hefty fine for trespassing on land his tribe claims to have lived on for 750 years. RT traveled to the disputed village, leveled by Israeli authorities 122 times.

Pro-Gov't Rallies Vow Vigilance against US Plots to Stir Dissent in Iran

Pro-Gov't Rallies iran
Iranian people in Tehran and other cities across the country underlined in resolutions issued at the end of their gatherings and rallies (held to commemorate the 8th anniversary of mass rallies held on December 30, 2009) on Saturday that they would not allow the US to stir unrests and protests in Iran.

UN chief warns about grave dangers threatening world

dangers threatening world
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a new year message expressed his deep concern over big dangers lurking around every corner in the world.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Egypte : une attaque contre une église copte au Caire fait au moins neuf morts

église copte au Caire
Neuf personnes ont péri au sud du Caire lors d'une attaque contre une église menée par un homme armé. Depuis décembre 2016, des dizaines de chrétiens ont été tués dans des attaques ciblées en Egypte.

Poverty in Ukraine sharply down in 2017 due to higher incomes: minister

Poverty in Ukraine
The poverty in Ukraine has declined in 2017 due to the higher incomes of people, the country's Social Policy Minister Andriy Reva said here on Thursday.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

US Renews Pledge to Help Afghans Defeat Terrorists After Deadly Attack in Kabul

US Renews Pledge to Help Afghans Defeat Terrorists
A terrorist bombing on a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday prompted a renewed pledge from the United States to continue backing Afghanistan’s government until the nation is safe and at peace, US Ambassador John Bass said in a statement.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Israel to name Jerusalem train station after Trump

Western Wall
A new train station set to be built in Jerusalem will be named after President Donald Trump, Israel's transportation minister said Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Ministry views US statements on Navalny as election meddling

Russian Foreign Ministry
In a recent Twitter post, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described US Department of State’s comments on the rejection of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny's presidential bid as "meddling in the Russian elections."

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Syrian refugees in Lebanon drop below 1mn for first time since 2014 – UN

Syrian refugees in Lebanon drop below 1mn for first time since 2014
The number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon has dropped to below 1 million for the first time since 2014, AFP reported on Tuesday, citing the UN.

S. Korean foreign minister sees lack of communications with sex slavery victims in deal with Japan

comfort women
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Tuesday that the agreement with Japan in December 2015 lacked communications with South Korean victims who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Transfert de l'ambassade du Guatemala: un "acte honteux et illégal", pour les Palestiniens

Transfert de l'ambassade du Guatemala: un "acte honteux et illégal",
Les Palestiniens ont qualifié lundi "d'acte honteux" et hostile la décision du Guatemala de transférer son ambassade à Jérusalem comme les Etats-Unis.

Christian denominations in Syria celebrate Christmas

Christian denominations in Syria
Christian denominations in Syria celebrated Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, the messenger of love and peace, on Monday by holding masses and prayers in churches.

Spanish king urges Catalan lawmakers to avoid confrontation in Christmas speech

King Felipe VI
King Felipe VI used his traditional Christmas Eve address Sunday night to call on Catalonia’s newly elected parliament to renounce further moves toward secession from Spain.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

German communities should be paid for taking in refugees

Berlin’s immigration policy
Local communities should be appropriately paid for taking in refugees to reduce social tensions, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, adding that Germany is becoming “a land of desire” like the US was in the 19th century.

Israel quits UNESCO over ‘attacks’ months after US withdrawal

UNESCO
Following in the footsteps of the US, Israel announced its exit from UNESCO, citing the it's “attacks” on the Jewish state. The move comes after 128 UN members voted to reject the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Abbas says Palestinians will not accept US peace plan

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that his people would "no longer accept" any peace plan proposed by the US following its decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

UN General Assembly adopts resolution on status of Jerusalem

adopted 128-9 with 35 abstentions
The General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution on the status of Jerusalem that will make U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital have no legal effect.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New Year Celebrations on the central Taksim Square Canceled Over Terrorist Threat

New Year Celebrations on the central Taksim Square Canceled Over Terrorist Threat
The administration of Istanbul's central Beyoglu district canceled New Year's celebrations on the central Taksim Square and touristic Istiklal Street due to a terrorist threat, Beyoglu police chief Ismail Kilic said Wednesday.

UN Jerusalem vote: US 'will be taking names'

UN Jerusalem vote
The US says it "will be taking names" during a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution criticising its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ukraine: Russia's withdrawal of truce monitors undermines peace deal

Russia's withdrawal of truce monitors
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Monday it was "outraged" by Russia's withdrawal from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) in Ukraine's eastern conflict-hit region of Donbas.

Monday, December 18, 2017

French cities overwhelmed by refugee flow, govt must step in urgently

The mayors of seven major French cities say they have been “backed up against a wall” by an unending influx of refugees. Paris must address the strain on the areas, which are struggling to accommodate new arrivals, they wrote.

Macron’s birthday celebration in lavish palace draws ire in France

Macron’s birthday celebration in lavish palace
Emmanuel Macron, who has been already dubbed “the President of the Rich” for his lavish high-class lifestyle, once again angered his critics in France who this time slammed his royal birthday celebration.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

More Than Half of Britons Now Want to Stay in EU: Poll

A poll has found that 51 percent of Britons would now keep European Union membership
A poll has found that 51 percent of Britons would now keep European Union membership while 41 percent want to leave the bloc, a near reversal of last year’s referendum result.

China, Mekong countries to have more pragmatic cooperation

China, Mekong countries to have more pragmatic cooperation
Senior foreign affairs officials from China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam on Friday agreed to deepen pragmatic cooperation to benefit their people.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Russian MoD accuses US-led coalition of creating militant ‘New Syrian Army’

Russia’s Reconciliation Center for Syria
Russia’s Reconciliation Center for Syria has issued a statement accusing the US-led coalition of creating the so-called ‘New Syrian Army.’

Four more Palestinians killed in backlash over US’ Jerusalem decision

A fresh wave of violence broke out across the West Bank
A fresh wave of violence broke out across the West Bank and along Gaza’s border on Friday. At least four Palestinians were killed in continued fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Friday, December 15, 2017

UN Security Council may study resolution on Jerusalem on December 18

UN Security Council
The Arab countries may submit a draft resolution against recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to the UN Security Council on December 18, diplomats said at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday.

Palestine calls for international protection amid heightened tensions over Jerusalem

Six Palestinians were killed and more than 1,500 injured
The Palestinian government called Thursday for international protection of the the Palestinian people over "the continued escalation due to the occupation."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

EU 'has east-west split' on migrant quotas

migrant quotas
EU leaders are bitterly divided over a quota scheme for housing migrants, as they begin a summit in Brussels.
Summit chairman Donald Tusk called mandatory EU-wide quotas "ineffective". He spoke of a split "between east and west" over asylum policy.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

OIC Declares East Jerusalem Capital of Palestine, Urges US to Withdraw from Peace Process

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in a statement issued following an extraordinary summit in Turkey's Istanbul on Wednesday, declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine "under occupation" and urged the US to withdraw from the peace process and back down from its Jerusalem decision.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

French govt rules out concessions to Corsica nationalists over autonomy

Corsica
France’s government on Tuesday ruled out any major concessions on Corsican autonomy, after the island’s nationalists won a regional election last Sunday, Reuters reports.

European governments 'complicit in abuse of migrants'

abuse of migrants
Amnesty International has accused European governments of "complicity" in the detention under horrific conditions of migrants in Libya, especially through their assistance to the Libyan coastguard implicated in people trafficking.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Coalition to Continue to Support "Partners" in Syria Amid Russian Troops' Pullout

Coalition to Continue to Support "Partners" in Syria
A representative of the Pentagon and the press office of the US-led coalition have commented on the Russian troops' withdrawal from Syria announced by President Putin earlier in the day, while visiting the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia.

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018
Saudi Arabia has announced it will lift a ban on commercial cinemas that has lasted more than three decades.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Two Pharaonic tombs discovered in Egypt's Luxor

Egypt's Luxor
Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khalid El-Anany announced Saturday the discovery of a new tomb and the re-discovery of an older one in the heritage-rich Luxor province in Upper Egypt.

Friday, December 8, 2017

America's richest 1% owns 40% of country's wealth : study

America's richest 1% owns 40% of country's wealth
America's richest one percent own a whopping 40 percent of the country's wealth, a new study has revealed. The finding marks a widening gap between rich and poor in the United States.

Israeli police allow access to Jerusalem mosque despite Palestinian ‘day of rage’

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
Israeli police preparing for a Palestinian “day of rage” on Friday have imposed no special restrictions on access for worshippers to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hamas has urged Palestinians to abandon peace efforts

Hamas has urged Palestinians to abandon peace efforts
The Islamist group Hamas has urged Palestinians to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2 men charged with plotting to kill British PM

plotting to kill British PM
Two men are to appear in a London court Wednesday for charges of plotting to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May, media reports said early Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Greek islanders, officials protest in Athens over migrant overcrowding

migrant overcrowding
Residents and officials from three eastern Aegean Greek islands have gathered outside the country’s Ministry for Migration, protesting against increasingly overcrowded conditions for newly arriving migrants and refugees.

Germans: US President Bigger Problem Than North Korea

US President
According to a survey, Germans see US President Donald Trump as a bigger challenge for German foreign policy than authoritarian leaders in North Korea, Russia or Turkey.

More than 60 Japanese MPs visit controversial Yasukuni shrine

Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine
A group of more than 60 Japanese MPs on Tuesday visited Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, linked to the country's militaristic past, and which has been a source of diplomatic tension between Japan and its Asian neighbors for years.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

German Police Step Up Presence at Christmas Markets After Potsdam Bomb Alarm

German Police Step Up Presence at Christmas Markets
 The incident triggered a mass evacuation and raised concerns over possible terror attacks in the country.
German police are increasing their presence at Christmas markets following a bomb alarm on Friday when a suspicious package was found in Potsdam's downtown neighborhood, Deutsche Welle reported.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

‘Bloodthirsty tirade’: Russian FM decries US threats to destroy North Korea

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley
US military action against North Korea would be a big mistake, Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, warned, adding that Washington is itself provoking Pyongyang to make new reckless moves by drills with South Korea and aggressive rhetoric.

Five million of our brothers: It is Turks who will shape Europe's future

Europe's future depends on the Turks who live there, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a large public rally on Thursday.