Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Greece plans to fast-track asylum claims to save EU-Turkey deal

European officials are becoming increasingly worried that the EU-Turkey deal could fall apart. With few returns and thousands of people trapped on the Greek islands, the EU is encouraging stronger measures – such as opening more detention centers on the islands to speed up asylum proceedings and facilitate deportations – to rescue the deal.

Trump fires acting attorney general for refusal to enforce 'extreme vetting' order

President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, making Dana Boente, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia the new acting attorney general.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trudeau welcomes refugees after Trump's executive order issued

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Saturday extended Canada's welcome to refugees a day after US President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning people from seven countries from entering the United States.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

UN urges US to continue 'long tradition' of welcoming refugees

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Saturday urged the United States to continue its "long tradition" of accepting asylum seekers, after newly-minted President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new decree to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travelers from seven Muslim countries.

Snowfall disrupts Spring Festival travel in NE China

Snow disrupted the trips of Spring Festival travellers in northeast China on Thursday, causing multiple accidents and temporary closure of an airport and expressways.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Russia: Moscow never proposed Kurdish autonomy in Syrian constitution draft

Russia did not offer to enshrine Kurdish autonomy in the new draft Syrian сonstitution, which was presented at the Astana talks, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told a press briefing on Friday.

Trump’s State Department Freezes Obama’s $221 Million Payout to Palestinians

The State Department has halted hundreds of millions of dollars in assets that the Obama administration previously authorized for the Palestinians in President Obama’s final days in office.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Greece won't extradite soldiers to Turkey to stand trial for coup attempt

Greece's Supreme Court rejected a extradition request from Turkey for eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece during Turkey's 2016 coup attempt.

Trump orders to build wall but Mexican migration to US is plummeting

Migration by Mexicans to the US is at its lowest point since the 1970s, according to Mexican government and international data, despite US President Donald Trump's insistence on building a border wall.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

President Trump Calls for 'Major' Probe Into 'Voter Fraud'

U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for an investigation into voter fraud in November's presidential election, reinforcing his belief that voting by millions of undocumented immigrants cost him a victory in the national popular vote.

EU continues to support Lebanon for refugee crisis

The European Union ambassadors to Lebanon expressed on Tuesday their "full support of Lebanon in its handling of the immense challenge of hosting Syrian refugees since the crisis began."

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Israël sous l'effet Trump annonce 2.500 logements de colonisation en Cisjordanie

Israël a annoncé mardi la construction de 2.500 logements de colonisation en Cisjordanie occupée, la plus importante annonce du genre depuis des années, prenant en compte de nouvelles réalités a priori nettement plus favorables à Washington.

75 arrested in operation against cultural goods theft: Europol

A total of 75 individuals were arrested in Operation Pandora which aimed to tackle the theft and illicit trafficking of cultural goods, the European Police Office (Europol) said Monday.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Israel approves 566 east Jerusalem settler homes

Israeli authorities have approved building permits for 566 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, plans that had been postponed until US President Donald Trump took office.

Indian PM overturns bull-wrestling ban

An Indian state on Saturday lifted a Supreme Court ban on a popular bull-wrestling festival  after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the event should be allowed to go ahead.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

France's Le Pen says Europe must 'wake up'; Brexit domino effect on EU

French far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of the Americans and British and "wake up" in 2017 at a meeting of far-right leaders in Germany.

Chinese Lunar New Year : Travel peak comes as Chinese go home for Spring Festival

Chinese authorities have forecast a peak travel rush in the second week of China's 40-day "Chunyun," starting Friday, as many Chinese people are rushing back home for the Spring Festival.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Russians in icy plunge to celebrate Epiphany

Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day.

US braces for Trump's inauguration amid doubts, protests, partisan fights

Partisan feud fuels, confidence floundering, marches and protests on the way, while hundreds of thousands of supporters for Donald Trump's White House also being rallied to celebrate his Friday inauguration in and outside Washington D.C.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Une démolition tourne mal en Israël: un policier et un villageois tués

La pratique israélienne controversée de démolition de villages bédouins dans le désert du Néguev a mal tourné mercredi avec la mort d'un policier et d'un Arabe israélien dans des circonstances différentes selon les versions.

Fatah and Hamas to form unity government

The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) has agreed to form a unity government with rival organisation Hamas, Al Jazeera has learned.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Yemen: UN Renews Push to End Conflict as Death Toll Passes 10,000

The death toll in the war in Yemen has risen to more than 10,000, according to the UN, with the organization launching a fresh plea for all sides involved in fighting to put an end to the two-tear conflict.

Some two dozen Democrat lawmakers to skip Trump's inauguration

About two dozen US Democratic lawmakers have now said they will break with tradition by skipping US President-elect Donald Trump's Friday inauguration in protest.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

UN reports on humanitarian aid provided to Aleppo residents

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has contributed with access to water supply for over 700,000 people in Aleppo, while Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is providing assistance to refugees in Jibreen district, according to the report on the situation in Aleppo released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Saturday.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Palestinians may reverse recognition of Israel if Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem : Abbas

Palestinians may reverse their recognition of Israel if Donald Trump moves America’s Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said, adding that the move “would destroy the two-state solution.”

Turkey rejects fear of ex-officers, diplomats seeking asylum in Norway

Turkey on Friday rejected the fear of several Turkish officers and diplomats who have applied for political asylum in Norway after a coup attempt took place in their country last year, local newspaper VG reported.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Russia to celebrate its traditional ‘Second New Year’s Eve’ on January 13

On the eve of January 13, Russians will usher in the so-called Old New Year, a unique holiday that offers everyone the chance to celebrate the New Year with those near and dear to them for a second time.

China: Fake terracotta warriors destroyed by police

Authorities in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, on Wednesday evening raided a fake resort and destroyed over 40 copycat terracotta warriors.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

President insists Mexico will not pay for Trump's wall

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has again rejected US Donald Trump's demand that Mexico pay for a wall along the countries’ border, but he vowed to seek good relations with the US president-elect.

Cuba sees 74 pct jump in US visitors in 2016

In 2016, 74 percent more US citizens took advantage of improved bilateral ties to visit Cuba, compared to the year before, the Cuban government announced on Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Afghanistan: UN condemns latest terrorist attacks against civilians and diplomats

The United Nations has condemned yesterday's terrorist attacks near the Parliament in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, and the residence of the Provincial Governor of Kandahar, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Nearly 140,000 people displaced by fighting in Iraq's Mosul: UN

The UN relief wing reported on Tuesday that nearly 140,000 people have been internally displaced as a result of the fighting in Iraq's Mosul where fierce clashes continued to drive out the ISIS terror/militants.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

UAE orders removal of 'Persian Gulf' from school book

The United Arab Emirates has ordered the removal from a textbook of the term "Persian Gulf" for the waterway that is the subject of a bitter naming dispute with Iran, a newspaper reported Monday.

EU condemned truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem

The European Union (EU) on Sunday condemned the truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem which killed four Israeli soldiers and wounded 15 more.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Muslim Migrants Unwilling to Integrate Into European Society : Czech President

Examples all over Europe show that Muslims are not willing to integrate into local communities, living instead in Muslim-dominated no-go zones, Czech President Milos Zeman said Sunday.

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of support for terrorism in region

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday said the support of Saudi Arabia for terrorists is the source of chaos in the Middle East, Press TV reported.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Israel to withhold $6M in U.N. dues after settlement resolution

 Israel announced it will withhold $6 million from its annual United Nations dues in protest of a resolution condemning Israeli settlements built on land disputed with the Palestinians.

Austrian Minister Calls for Headscarf Ban for Public Servants

Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration Sebastian Kurz said on Friday he wanted to ban public servants, including school teachers, from wearing the Islamic headscarf.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Germany sued in US for massacring over 100K people in Namibia in early 1900s

In the US, descendants of Namibia’s Herero and Nama tribes have reportedly filed a compensation lawsuit against Berlin over the tens of thousands of people slaughtered by German troops in the African state early last century.

US embassy issues fresh warning after car bombing in Turkey's Izmir

The US embassy in Turkey on Thursday issued a fresh warning after a car bombing attack left four dead earlier in the day in the country's western city of Izmir.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nigeria: la famine menace des milliers de personnes

Environ un million de personnes ayant fui les violences dans l'État de Borno, engendrées par le conflit entre le groupe armé Boko Haram et les forces armées nigérianes, vivent maintenant à Maiduguri, la plus grande ville du nord-est du pays.

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.