Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Taliban increases control over territory in Afghanistan : US watchdog

Taliban increases control over territory in Afghanistan
The Taliban has increased the amount of territory it has influence in or controls in Afghanistan in the past six months, a US watchdog agency said on Tuesday.

Ousted Catalan leader in Brussels to apply for political asylum: media

Ousted Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont
Ousted Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont, as well as five of his advisers, is in Belgium, amidst speculation he could apply for political asylum, local media reported on Monday.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Israël dit avoir fait exploser un tunnel entre Gaza et son territoire, trois Palestiniens tués

tunnel entre Gaza et Israël
Trois Palestiniens ont été tués et plusieurs autres blessés lundi dans le bombardement par Israël d'un tunnel reliant la bande de Gaza au territoire israélien, selon un nouveau bilan du ministère de la santé du Hamas, mouvement contrôlant l'enclave palestinienne.

Saudi women to be allowed access to sports stadiums from next year

Saudi women
Saudi Arabia will allow women into three sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities have said, in a landmark move that would open up the previously male-only venues to families.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Thousands attend Barcelona rally for unity in Spain

rally for unity in Spain
Hundreds of thousands gathered in Barcelona on Sunday to call for unity and show support for the Spanish government's reaction to Catalonia's push for independence.

Russian space corporation promotes Baikonur as UNESCO object

Baikonur cosmodrome
Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos addressed the Foreign Ministry asking to promote the Baikonur cosmodrome is put on UNESCO’s world heritage list as a joint nomination of Russia and Kazakhstan, Secretary of the Russian commission on UNESCO affairs Grigori Ordzhonikidze said on Saturday.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

European Parliament votes to strengthen EU border security

EU border security
New measures to strengthen security at the European Union (EU)'s external borders and speed-up entry and exit checks have been given the green light Wednesday by the European Parliament during its plenary session in Strasbourg.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Germany expels 14 Afghans amid protests

Germany expelled 14 rejected Afghan asylum seekers
Germany expelled 14 rejected Afghan asylum seekers, the interior ministry said Wednesday, amid angry protests that the war-ravaged country is unsafe for returnees.

Italy ready to discuss more autonomy for Lombardy and Veneto ‘within the law’ : PM

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni
Rome is ready to begin discussions on greater autonomy for the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Tuesday while visiting an oil refinery near Venice.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Israeli AG decries bill to protect prime minister from prosecution

Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit criticized a bill Tuesday that would grant serving prime ministers immunity from criminal prosecution as "unacceptable."

Abadi tells Tillerson: PMF is hope of Iraq and region

Iranian-backed fighters
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has rejected a call by Washington for Iranian-backed fighters to leave Iraq at a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Baghdad.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Italy's northern regions back greater autonomy

Italy's northern regions back greater autonomy
The leaders of Italy's two wealthiest northern regions have claimed victory in a non-binding referendum, seeking greater autonomy from the central government in Rome.

Aussie airport workers to face stricter security tests

Workers at Australia's airports
Workers at Australia's airports, including baggage handlers, aircraft engineers and caterers, will face tougher security screenings before commencing their work, in a crackdown the government said will better protect airports from 21st-century security threats.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

UN Grills Australia Over Refugees, Indigenous People

UN Grills Australia Over Refugees, Indigenous People
The United Nations Human Rights Committee for a second day in Geneva grilled a delegation from Australia over the country’s human rights record, slamming the government’s policies toward refugees and its indigenous population.

Precondition of no boycott Israel for Harvey relief applicants causes controversy

Texas is requiring applicants to certify they will not boycott Israel
A Harvey relief application for residents in Dickinson, Texas is requiring applicants to certify they will not boycott Israel, which caused disputes.

Friday, October 20, 2017

EU states to pump "sufficient" money to stem illegal migration: Tusk

 illegal migration from North Africa
Member states of the European Union (EU) will pump "sufficient" money into a trust fund to stem illegal migration from North Africa, European Council President Donald Tusk said  on Thursday.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

EU Calls on Israel to Stop Plans for New West Bank Settlements

West Bank Settlements
Israel must halt new building plans for settler homes in the West Bank, the European Union’s Foreign Service said in a statement on Wednesday, warning that such settlements threatened any future peace deal with the Palestinians.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia as deadline passes

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia
Spain's government set the clock ticking Monday on imposing direct rule over Catalonia, after the region's leader missed a deadline to clarify whether he had declared independence.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Iran Condemns Somalia Terror Attacks

Somalia Terror Attacks
Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned bloody terrorist bombing attacks in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu that has killed nearly 190 people.

Govt urges for immediate withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syria

Turkish forces SYRIA
The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Saturday urged for the immediate withdrawal of Turkish forces from areas they entered in Idlib province, according to state news agency SANA.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trump's Iran decertification announcement again rattles world

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump's Friday decertification of Iran's compliance with the landmark nuclear deal has provoked wide disturbances and fury in and outside the United States.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Juncker "ne souhaite pas" une indépendance de la Catalogne

un effet domino en Europe
Le président de la Commission européenne Jean-Claude Juncker a déclaré vendredi qu'il ne souhaitait pas que la Catalogne devienne indépendante, craignant un effet domino en Europe.

Two Italian regions to hold autonomy referendums late October

Two Italian regions to hold autonomy referendums late October
Italy's northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are set to hold referendums to request more autonomy from central government on Oct. 22.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

US Withdraws from UNESCO

UNESCO
The US withdrew from the UN's cultural and educational agency Thursday during a contested race for the director general position, a source said.

EU Putting Thousands of Lives at Risk With 'Illegal Deportations' to Afghanistan

EU Putting Thousands of Lives at Risk With 'Illegal Deportations' to Afghanistan
Amnesty International is calling for a moratorium on deportations from Europe to Afghanistan, warning that the security situation there has become worse rather than better in recent years and deportees seriously risk being tortured, kidnapped or murdered, the NGO's Afghanistan expert Horia Mosadiq told Radio Sputnik........https://sptnkne.ws/fEvB

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tear Gas Used in Paris as Strike against Macron’s Labor Reforms Grips France

Tear Gas Used in Paris
Police used tear gas in Paris on Tuesday to disperse a demonstration, part of nationwide strike against President Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms. The reforms especially affect public sector workers, and over 200,000 hit the streets across the country.

15 million people suffer from mental diseases in Pakistan

15 million people suffer from mental diseases in Pakistan
About 15 million people suffer from different mental problems in Pakistan, experts have said in a seminar.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

UNICEF Warns of Nutrition Crisis Affecting 165,000 Children in Mali

Nutrition Crisis Affecting 165,000 Children in Mali
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned that a nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali.

UN concerned over fate of civilians in Kirkuk province of Iraq

Kirkuk province of Iraq
The United Nations has expressed deep concern for the safety of the civilian populations in the Hawiga region of Kirkuk Governorate after the Iraqi military secured the area from Islamic State terrorist fighters over the weekend.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Thousands Rally in Barcelona against Catalonia's Secession

Thousands Rally in Barcelona
Thousands of people were rallying Sunday in downtown Barcelona to protest the Catalan government's push for secession from the rest of Spain.

Car Accident Outside London's Museum Has No Terror Background : Police

Metropolitan Police
An incident that involved a car ramming into pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum in London is not treated as a terror attack, London's Metropolitan Police said on Saturday.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Poll shows majority of Germans want cap on refugees

The CSU wants to limit the annual number of asylum seekers to Germany to 200,000
A majority of Germans want a cap on the number of asylum seekers taken in each year, according to the results of a poll published on Friday by German press agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Chilly reception from NATO to ICAN Nobel Peace Prize win

ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize win
NATO, which has three of the world’s nuclear powers in its ranks, gave a chilly reception on Friday to nuclear disarmament group ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize win, AFP reports.

15 killed, 20 injured as suicide blast hits shrine in SW Pakistan

15 killed, 20 injured as suicide blast hits shrine in SW Pakistan
At least 15 people were killed and over 20 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate of a shrine in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Thursday evening, officials said.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

European nations urged to stop repatriating Afghans to their 'deeply unsafe' home country

Afghans have been among the main groups of asylum seekers in Europe
Amnesty International has urged European nations to stop sending Afghans who do not qualify for asylum back to their "deeply unsafe" home country. The human rights group says the policy risks causing serious harm to those affected.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

You Don't Understand Libya: Boris Rebuffs Critics Over 'Dead Bodies' Remark

Gaffe-prone Boris Johnson
Gaffe-prone Boris Johnson has brushed off calls for him to be sacked as UK Foreign Secretary over remarks about Libya's tourism potential and the need to clear away the "dead bodies" to fulfill it.

Mexican Senators call on US Congress to pass gun control legislation

Las Vegas massacre
Mexican Senator Marcela Guerra on Tuesday called on the US Congress to analyze initiatives to control the sale of weapons following the US city of Las Vegas massacre that left 59 dead and over 500 injured Sunday night.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

‘Double standard & hypocrisy’: Serbian president on EU denouncement of Catalan referendum

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has accused the EU of hypocrisy and double-standards following its denouncement of the Catalonian referendum as illegal, while acknowledging the independence of the breakaway province of Kosovo.

Monday, October 2, 2017

50 dead, hundreds hurt at Vegas concert in deadliest mass shooting in U.S.

50 dead, hundreds hurt at Vegas concert
More than 50 people were killed and hundreds were injured late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip -- in what is now the deadliest shooting attack in United States history.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tunisia Rescues 140 Migrants Off Its Coast

Migrants
The Tunisian navy rescued 98 Tunisians fleeing to Europe when their boat started to sink off Kerkenah on the southeast coast late on Saturday, the national guard said.

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.