Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Germany Cancels Flight Deporting Migrants to Afghanistan after Blast: Media

The German government has cancelled a flight planned for Wednesday to deport rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan after an explosion killed at least 80 people in the Afghan capital Kabul, broadcaster ARD cited the interior minister as saying.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Macron Seeks to Extend State of Emergency to November

France's new president is seeking to extend the country's state of emergency until at least November 1, according to a statement from the president's office.

Aussie terror warning to remain at "probable" in wake of Manchester terror attack: PM

Australia's terror threat level will remain at "probable," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday, despite Britain raising its threat level from "severe" to "critical" following the terrorist bombing which occurred in Manchester on Monday evening.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Paris's Eiffel Tower to go dark for Manchester dead

The Eiffel Tower's lights will be turned off at midnight Tuesday in homage to victims of the Manchester Arena attack that claimed at least 22 lives, the Paris mayor said.

Manchester Arena: Major terror attacks in Europe in recent years

The police confirmed early Tuesday that 19 people were killed and 50 more were injured in a blast that occurred outside Manchester Arena right after the end of a concert late Monday night.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Trump, premier président américain en exercice au mur des Lamentations

Donald Trump s'est recueilli lundi en milieu d'après-midi devant le mur des Lamentations, à Jérusalem, devenant le premier président américain en exercice à se rendre sur ce haut lieu du judaïsme.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

US, Saudi Arabia ink deals worth blns USD

The United States and Saudi Arabia signed on Saturday defense and business deals worth billions of US dollars as part of the US President Donald Trump's visit.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

35 killed in ISIS attacks in Iraq

Suicide bombings at checkpoints in Baghdad and south Iraq claimed by the so-called Islamic State militant group have killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens more, officials said this morning.

Not all issues discussed at latest round of Syria peace talks: UN envoy

The UN Special Envoy for Syria announced Friday that the latest round of Syria peace talks ended, and he hopes to resume negotiations between warring factions "sometime in June" to address all the critical issues which had not been touched upon this week.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wave of ‘more dangerous, skilled’ ISIS jihadists bound to hit Europe : UN counterterrorism chief

Europe will have to come to grips with an exodus of “dangerous and disillusioned” Islamic State jihadists, defeated in Syria and Iraq earlier this year and possibly seeking revenge, the head of the UN Security Council's counterterrorism agency has warned.

Japan's Cabinet approves bill for abdication of emperor

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday approved a bill to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne and hand his duties over to Crown Prince Naruhito.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national

The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and terrorism, in a case that has further strained relations between the Asian neighbors.

UN Says 200,000 More People Could Flee Mosul as Fighting Intensifies

The United Nations said on Thursday up to 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as Iraqi forces push into the last districts held by Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.

Germany to introduce border controls for G20 Summit

German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere announced a plan to introduce controls at German borders during the upcoming G20 summit, German newspaper Die Welt reported Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Austrian Parliament passes burqa ban

Austria's parliament voted to ban women from wearing full face coverings in public, part of a package of reforms aimed at integrating Muslim asylum seekers.

If Britain limited EU immigration, this would have its price: Merkel

Britain would have to pay a price if it put limits on the free movement of European Union citizens after its departure from the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told trade unionists on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Some Turks try to lynch Afghan man in Istanbul

Some Turks try to lynch Afghan man in Istanbul
A group of Turks on Monday attempted to lynch an Afghan man in Istanbul over the killing of a Turkish young man, local media reported.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Germany and Italy want to take control of Libya-Niger border to stem flow of migrants

The interior ministers of Germany and Italy have written to Brussels urging the creation of an “EU Mission” at the border between Libya and Niger “as soon as possible,” after over 40,000 people traveled through the North African country into Europe this year.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Iran to provide Hajj pilgrims with electronic bracelets for safety

Iranian pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj ceremonies will be kitted up with electronic bracelets to "avert possible problems," Tasnim news agency quoted an official as saying on Saturday.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thousands in Madrid demand end to bullfighting in Spain

Thousands of animal rights activists protested Saturday in Madrid to demand an end to Spain's long tradition of bullfighting.

Egypt uncovers chamber of mummies

Egypt has unearthed an ancient burial site containing at least 17 mummies, most fully intact.

West Bank Palestinians vote in local elections

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are going to the polls for the first time since 2012 to vote in local and municipal elections.

UNHCR opens 12th refugee camp in Iraq to shelter families fleeing Mosul

The UN refugee agency UNHCR this week opened a new camp in northern Iraq to shelter the increasing number of Iraqi families fleeing the fighting in western Mosul, UNHCR said on Friday.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Austria Convicts Former FSA Member to Life in Jail for Killing 20 Syrian Soldiers in Homs

A former member of ‘Free Syrian Army’ sneaking into Austria among Syrian refugees was sentenced to life in jail in the Austrian city of Innsbruck, after the regional court found the man guilty of having murdered 20 captured Syrian Army soldiers in Syria’s Central province of Homs.

622,000 Iraqis displaced by Mosul military operations: UN

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that some 622,000 people have been displaced from the north Iraqi city of Mosul since the start of the military operations by the Iraqi government forces to drive out the terrorist Islamic State (IS) terrorists, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at UN headquarter Wednesday.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Pilots who took part in Syrian operation to fly over Red Square on May 9

Almost all the pilots who will take part in the upcoming Victory Day parade, have participated in the Syrian operation, Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Israeli cabinet approves defining Israel as Jewish nation-state

Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved legislation that officially defines the country as a Jewish nation-state.

Dozens of Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram released

Boko Haram militants have released dozens of schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, officials said today.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Egypt Reopens Rafah Crossing with Gaza in One Direction for 3 Days

Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for three days starting on Saturday to allow hundreds of stranded Palestinians to return home, officials said.

Poll shows 40% of Ukrainians condemn decommunization

More than 40% of Ukraine’s citizens are opposed to the decommunization process launched by the Ukrainian government two years ago, a survey conducted by the Sociopolis research center showed on Saturday.

Death toll of Venezuelan protests climbs to 37

Venezuela confirmed Friday the death of a 20-year-old man during an opposition protest not far from the capital city Caracas, bringing the death toll to 37 since the protest broke out early April.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Juncker says influence of English language is fading

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at Britain, saying he would not give a speech in English because the language was becoming less significant following Brexit.

Saudi women to get state services without male guardian’s permission

Saudi women will no longer need a male guardian’s consent to receive state services. The new decree comes after Riyadh, which has been slammed for a poor women’s rights record and gender inequality, was appointed to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Palestinians concerned over Trump's Mideast peace vision

The first meeting of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with US President Donald Trump in the White House on Wednesday apparently focused on the upcoming US action to resume the peace process in the Middle East which has been stalled since April 2014, analysts said.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Austria wants to change Schengen border rules

Austrian ministers said Thursday that they want to change the rules governing Europe's passport-free Schengen zone so they can extend border controls that expire later this year.

'Choice between plague & cholera': 29% of French voters plan to abstain in presidential runoff

Only a few days before France heads to the polls for a crucial vote to choose its next president, surveys show there are millions of people who are undecided who to vote for, or intend to abstain rather than support either of the two candidates.

Public trust in US gov't remains near historic low

Americans' trust in federal government remains near historic low after last year's general election, with only one in five saying they trust the government all the time or most of the time, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Unique funerary garden unearthed in Thebes

During excavation work in the area around the early 18th Dynasty rock-cut tombs of Djehuty and Hery (ca 1500­‐1450 BCE) in Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, a Spanish archaeological mission unearthed a unique funerary garden.

Hillary Clinton says Russia and FBI cost her US election success

Hillary Clinton has said she was on the path to victory in the 2016 US presidential election until late interference by Russian hackers and FBI Director James Comey scared off some potential supporters.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Belgium urged diplomats to vote for Saudi Arabia in UN women’s rights commission : leaked emails

Leaked emails show that the Belgian delegation was instructed in advance to vote for the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and to make sure its support was known to the Saudis, UN Watch reports.

Hamas softens stance towards Israel

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has unveiled a new policy document easing its stance on Israel after having long called for its destruction.

US issues Europe travel alert, citing continued terrorism threat

The US State Department on Monday issued a travel alert to US citizens concerning continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.

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.