• Turkey not eyeing Syrian territories: President Erdogan

    Turkey’s president said on Monday that Turkey is not eyeing Syrian territories and that the ongoing operation in Afrin will end as soon as its objectives are met. “Turkey has no design on the territories of another country. The operation in Afrin will end when its aims are fulfilled, like Operation Euphrates Shield,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan at an awards ceremony in the capital […]

    Turkey not eyeing Syrian territories: President Erdogan
  • ‘Shoot me’ if I become a dictator: Philippine leader tells troops to protect constitution

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday instructed the army and police to shoot him if he became a dictator and stayed on beyond his term, a scenario his foes are warning against, amid moves by his loyalists to change the constitution. The firebrand leader sought to dispel speculation he had ordered loyalists in Congress to change the constitution to introduce […]

    ‘Shoot me’ if I become a dictator: Philippine leader tells troops to protect constitution
  • EU to support peace negotiations for Jerusalem

    The EU’s foreign policy chief on Monday said a realistic solution for Jerusalem “has to come through direct negotiations.” Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Federica Mogherini said Jerusalem has to be capital of the two states of Israel and Palestine. She added that ways in which the EU can support the restart of the peace […]

    EU to support peace negotiations for Jerusalem
  • Czech presidential challenger Drahos ahead of incumbent Zeman in poll

    Independent challenger Jiri Drahos holds a narrow lead over Milos Zeman, the incumbent president of the Czech Republic, before this weekend’s election, but undecided voters could tilt the balance, an opinion poll showed on Monday. Drahos, a soft-spoken academic, is hoping to unite liberal, pro-western Czech voters alienated by Zeman’s blunt and occasionally vulgar style and preference for Russia and […]

    Czech presidential challenger Drahos ahead of incumbent Zeman in poll
  • Jordan’s king tells Pence U.S. must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision

    Jordan’s King Abdullah told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday he looked to Washington to rebuild “trust and confidence” in moving toward a two-state solution in Israel after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the country’s capital. With Pence sitting across from him in the royal palace, King Abdullah said Jordan viewed the Israel-Palestinian conflict as a “potential major […]

    Jordan’s king tells Pence U.S. must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision
  • Japan’s Abe avoids timeline for amending pacifist constitution

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened a new session of parliament on Monday with familiar promises for economic reform and stronger defense, but steered clear of setting a timeline for his goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution. The push by the conservative Japanese leader to fulfill his long-held ambition coincides with rising concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile […]

    Japan’s Abe avoids timeline for amending pacifist constitution
  • ‘Fake news’ crutch used by SE Asian leaders to control media, critics charge

    Governments across Southeast Asia have a history of using laws and the judiciary to curb press freedoms – now, they have found a handy crutch to lean on as they intensify clampdowns: U.S. President Donald Trump’s “fake news” mantra. Most worrying to media rights advocates is that several countries are promoting new legislation or expanding existing regulations to make publishing […]

    ‘Fake news’ crutch used by SE Asian leaders to control media, critics charge
  • Pence arrives in Israel on visit overshadowed by Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began a visit to Israel on Sunday after being praised as a “great friend” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and shunned by the Palestinians over U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It is the highest-level U.S. visit to the region since President Donald Trump made his declaration on Dec. 6 and promised to begin […]

    Pence arrives in Israel on visit overshadowed by Trump’s Jerusalem declaration
  • Trust in U.S. institutions plunges in Trump’s first year

    Trust in U.S. institutions, particularly the government, has plunged in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, according to a leading survey released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The annual Edelman Trust Barometer showed overall trust in the four institutions it measures – the government, media, business and non-governmental organizations – falling more steeply in […]

    Trust in U.S. institutions plunges in Trump’s first year
  • Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip

    Pope Francis ventured into the Amazon to demand rights for indigenous groups, decried the scourge of corruption afflicting the region’s politics and denounced a culture of “machismo” in which violence against women is too often tolerated. Yet his latest visit to South America is likely to be remembered most for 27 dismissive words that sparked outrage among Chileans already angry […]

    Dismissive words on abuse scandal cast pall over pope’s trip

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Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

January 22, 2018 at 10:45 am

A day before Donald Trump’s Jan. 12 ultimatum to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal, European powers met Iran’s foreign minister to show support for it, but the effort failed...

Africa »

Mines still claim legs and lives in Libya’s Benghazi, months after war ceased

Mines still claim legs and lives in Libya’s Benghazi, months after war ceased

January 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm

As military deminers warily picked their way through streets wrecked by war in Benghazi, a loud blast rang out – a familiar sound in the Libyan city, areas of which...

Asia »

Hong Kong pro-independence protest leader pleads guilty to assault of police officer

Hong Kong pro-independence protest leader pleads guilty to assault of police officer

January 22, 2018 at 11:11 am

Hong Kong’s high court on Monday remanded in jail a young protest leader calling for independence from China after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer...

Economy »

UK economy will cope with Brexit hit as global economy grows

UK economy will cope with Brexit hit as global economy grows

January 22, 2018 at 11:16 am

Britain’s economy is likely to do better in 2018 than many forecasts suggest and the benefits of global growth in the coming years will “easily dwarf” any hit from leaving...

Europe »

Austria to sue EU over allowing expansion of Hungary nuclear plant

Austria to sue EU over allowing expansion of Hungary nuclear plant

January 22, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Austria said on Monday it planned to sue the European Commission for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks atomic plant, saying it did not view nuclear energy as the way to...

Middle East »

Iraq parliament approves May 12 for elections

Iraq parliament approves May 12 for elections

January 22, 2018 at 2:29 pm

The Iraqi parliament on Monday approved May 12 as the date of the country’s upcoming general elections.  Speaking to Anadolu Agency, MP Emad Yohana said the date had...

UK »

Rex Tillerson visits new U.S. embassy in London that Trump criticized

Rex Tillerson visits new U.S. embassy in London that Trump criticized

January 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the new $1 billion U.S. embassy in London on Monday, just days after his boss Donald Trump criticized the move to new diplomatic...

Energy »

Philadelphia Energy Solutions to file for bankruptcy – memo

Philadelphia Energy Solutions to file for bankruptcy – memo

January 22, 2018 at 9:41 am

Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the owner of the largest U.S. East Coast oil refining complex, announced to its employees on Sunday that it plans to file for Chapter 11...

Entertainment »

With a lighter touch, SAG Awards follows a familiar script

With a lighter touch, SAG Awards follows a familiar script

January 22, 2018 at 11:37 am

 Hollywood seems like it has hit cruise control with its Time’s Up reckoning, at least as far as awards shows are concerned. The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild...

Technology »

Aston Martin hit by Daimler steering-column recall

Aston Martin hit by Daimler steering-column recall

January 22, 2018 at 2:17 pm

 Aston Martin has become the latest carmaker to be caught up in a major recall of faulty Daimler (DAIGn.DE) steering-column components that can cause unintended airbag deployments. The...

Prima TV »

Protest in Gaza

Protest in Gaza

January 19, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Palestinians hold banners during a protest against US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency, which is responsible for helping some 5.3 million Palestinian refugees, in front...

Sport »

Dutch football veteran van Persie returns to Feyenoord

Dutch football veteran van Persie returns to Feyenoord

January 22, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Dutch football veteran Robin van Persie completed his move to Dutch club Feyenoord on Monday, signing an 18-month deal. The Rotterdam-based club said in a written statement...

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Iraq parliament approves May 12 for elections

Iraq parliament approves May 12 for elections

The Iraqi parliament on Monday approved May 12 as the date of the country’s upcoming general elections.  Speaking to Anadolu Agency, MP Emad Yohana said the date had been approved by a majority of lawmakers attending Monday’s session; 206 MPs of the 328-member parliament attended the session.  Last week, a major Sunni coalition called for postponing the polls, citing that the […]

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Dutch football veteran van Persie returns to Feyenoord

Dutch football veteran van Persie returns to Feyenoord

Dutch football veteran Robin van Persie completed his move to Dutch club Feyenoord on Monday, signing an 18-month deal. The Rotterdam-based club said in a written statement on its website that the 34-year-old had formalized his return to Feyenoord. Van Persie joined his new club on a free transfer from Turkish Super Lig’s Fenerbahce, said the statement. Having come up through the Feyenoord youth academy, […]

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Aston Martin hit by Daimler steering-column recall

Aston Martin hit by Daimler steering-column recall

 Aston Martin has become the latest carmaker to be caught up in a major recall of faulty Daimler (DAIGn.DE) steering-column components that can cause unintended airbag deployments. The British sports car maker is recalling all 3,873 DB11 coupes built since late 2015, when production of the flagship model began, sources with knowledge of the matter said. Aston Martin spokesman Kevin […]

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Mines still claim legs and lives in Libya’s Benghazi, months after war ceased

Mines still claim legs and lives in Libya’s Benghazi, months after war ceased

As military deminers warily picked their way through streets wrecked by war in Benghazi, a loud blast rang out – a familiar sound in the Libyan city, areas of which are riddled with deadly explosives and booby traps. On this occasion, it was a 27-year-old man returning to his home before it was declared safe to do so who had […]

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Congolese security forces kill three while dispersing anti-Kabila protest

Congolese security forces kill three while dispersing anti-Kabila protest

 At least three people were killed when Congolese security forces fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse a protest against President Joseph Kabila organized by the Catholic church on Sunday, a local watchdog said. Seventeen other people were wounded, it said. A Reuters witness saw police and paramilitary troops fire volleys of tear gas and shoot into the air […]

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Failure to launch: Egypt opposition hits roadblock on path to presidency

Failure to launch: Egypt opposition hits roadblock on path to presidency

Six months into laying the groundwork for his presidential bid, Egyptian hopeful Mohamed Anwar Sadat hit a snag: he could not find a hotel prepared to hire him a space to launch his campaign. “One said they were completely booked for a year … another told us they got instructions from security agencies not to hold a conference for this […]

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Tunisia forces kill the new leader of local branch of al-Qaeda

Tunisia forces kill the new leader of local branch of al-Qaeda

Tunisia special forces killed a local leader in al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) during an operation in which a top aide to the group’s leader died, the interior ministry said on Sunday. Security forces killed Bilel Kobi, the top aide to Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, in an ambush near the Algerian border when he was on a mission to reorganize […]

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Rex Tillerson visits new U.S. embassy in London that Trump criticized

Rex Tillerson visits new U.S. embassy in London that Trump criticized

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the new $1 billion U.S. embassy in London on Monday, just days after his boss Donald Trump criticized the move to new diplomatic premises as part of a bad deal agreed by the administration of Barack Obama. Trump earlier this month canceled a trip to London to open the new embassy, saying he did […]

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AU leader calls for visa free travel for Africans

AU leader calls for visa free travel for Africans

The African Union chairman has called on African states to allow visa free travel for Africans as the continental body is preparing to issue a pan-African passport. Moussa Faki Mahamat made the remarks at the opening of the African Union Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) meeting held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday in preparation for the 30th leaders’ […]

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Kurdish member of the Free Syrian Army

Kurdish member of the Free Syrian Army

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