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Turkey’s lira hits a record low against US dollar amid possible American sanctions

  • 1 August 2018 - 20:54
Turkey’s lira hits a record low against US dollar amid possible American sanctions

Turkey’s lira has weakened to a new record low against the dollar after a media report indicated that the US could be laying the groundwork for possible sanctions amid a diplomatic row between the two countries. The lira extended its fall to touch a new record of 5.00 against the dollar on...

After deal with Russia, France sends medical aids to Syria’s regime

  • 21 July 2018 - 16:26
After deal with Russia, France sends medical aids to Syria’s regime

France sent 50 tonnes of medical aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta in Syria on Friday after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery, raising hopes for future aid efforts, French officials said. The aid, which will arrive on a Russian plane to a Russian military base in north-western...

All children rescued out of Thai cave in a miraculous operation

  • 10 July 2018 - 15:24
All children rescued out of Thai cave in a miraculous operation

All the trapped boys have been rescued from a cave in Thailand after an ordeal lasting more than two weeks. 12 boys have been rescued from Tham Luang cave so far amid public euphoria. The young football team have been trapped underground for more than a fortnight. At roughly 10am UK time...

Boris Johnson steps down as British Foreign Minister

  • 9 July 2018 - 20:35
Boris Johnson steps down as British Foreign Minister

Boris Johnson stepped down as Britain’s foreign minister on Monday, warning that Britain will end up like a colony to the European Union after the government announced plans for a close trading relationship with the bloc after Brexit next year. Reuters reported his resignation letter as...

Four boys out of 12 trapped in Thai cave saved, the rest wait for rescue to resume Monday

  • 8 July 2018 - 22:07
Four boys out of 12 trapped in Thai cave saved, the rest wait for rescue to resume Monday

Four of 12 Thai schoolboys were rescued from a flooded cave on Sunday in a daring and dangerous operation to save the children and their soccer coach who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks. The operation to rescue the remaining eight boys - some as young as 11...

Israeli missiles strike Damascus airport surrounding, SANA says

  • 26 June 2018 - 11:26
Israeli missiles strike Damascus airport surrounding, SANA says

Two Israeli missiles struck targets near Damascus airport early on Tuesday, Syrian state media said. The Syrian state news agency, Sana, said "two Israeli missiles came down near Damascus international airport". Syrian opposition sources told DPA news agency that the midnight attack targeted an...

Erdogan claims victory as President of Turkey

  • 24 June 2018 - 23:41
Erdogan claims victory as President of Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on late Sunday declared victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. “Our nation has given me the duty of the presidency and executive power,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul citing unofficial results, which would make him Turkey's first...

US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council to defend Israel

  • 20 June 2018 - 22:27
US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council to defend Israel

The United States announced Tuesday that it was leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley,...

Iraq ballot boxes storage set ablaze amid cllas of a re-run

  • 10 June 2018 - 20:34
Iraq ballot boxes storage set ablaze amid cllas of a re-run

A storage site housing half of Baghdad’s ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary election in May has caught fire, Reuters reported. This came just days after parliament demanded a nationwide recount of votes, drawing calls for the election to be re-run. An Interior Ministry spokesman said...

Tunisian Interior Minister sacked after deadly migrant boat incident

  • 7 June 2018 - 20:54
Tunisian Interior Minister sacked after deadly migrant boat incident

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednedsay fired Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem, a government statement said, after one of the worst migrant boat accidents in recent years. The boat packed with some 180 migrants sank on Sunday off Tunisia's coast. The death toll has risen to at least 68,...

Venezuela expels US envoy over new sanctions

  • 23 May 2018 - 15:06
Venezuela expels US envoy over new sanctions

President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela’s widely-condemned election. The United States was among a string of countries that did not recognize Sunday’s vote. The 55-year-old...

EU mulls Iran central bank transfers against US sanctions

  • 19 May 2018 - 15:55
EU mulls Iran central bank transfers against US sanctions

The European Commission is proposing that EU governments make direct money transfers to Iran’s central bank to avoid U.S. penalties, an EU official said, in what would be the most forthright challenge to Washington’s newly reimposed sanctions. The step, which would seek to bypass the U.S....

Bloc of Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s wins Iraq election

  • 19 May 2018 - 15:25
Bloc of Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s wins Iraq election

A political bloc led by populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday, Reuters reported. Sadr himself cannot become prime...

New US sanctions hit Hezbollah financiers

  • 17 May 2018 - 20:48
New US sanctions hit Hezbollah financiers

The United States sought to further choke off funding sources for Iranian-backed Hezbollah on Thursday, sanctioning one of its financiers and its representative to Iran, as well as five entities based in Europe, West Africa and the Middle East. It imposed sanctions on Hezbollah’s financier,...

US moves embassy to Jerusalem as Gaza furious in protest

  • 14 May 2018 - 12:03
US moves embassy to Jerusalem as Gaza furious in protest

Thousands of Palestinians marching in protest as United States is set to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem. Gaza's Health Ministry says a 21-year-old Palestinian has been killed in the area of protests near the Israel border . Anas Qudeih was shot dead east of Khan Yunis in...

Trump reportedly withdrew US from Iran nuclear deal: New York Times

  • 8 May 2018 - 21:25
Trump reportedly withdrew US from Iran nuclear deal: New York Times

President Trump declared on Tuesday that he was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, unraveling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and isolating the United States among its Western allies. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever...

Iran won’t renegotiate nuclear deal with US, says Zarif

  • 3 May 2018 - 21:04
Iran won’t renegotiate nuclear deal with US, says Zarif

The Iranian foreign minister said on Thursday US demands to change its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers were unacceptable as a deadline set by President Donald Trump for Europeans to “fix” the deal loomed. Trump has warned that unless European allies rectify the “terrible flaws”...

Trump eyes a visit to Jerusalem for US embassy moving

  • 1 May 2018 - 23:29
Trump eyes a visit to Jerusalem for US embassy moving

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he may go to Jerusalem, where the United States is moving its embassy from Tel Aviv later this month after Trump broke with other world powers last year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to Reuters. Trump made the comment to...

Iran threatens ‘severe consequences’ if US pulls out of nuclear deal

  • 24 April 2018 - 14:27
Iran threatens ‘severe consequences’ if US pulls out of nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday of “severe consequences” for the U.S. should it withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, a step President Donald Trump has indicated he will take if certain changes to the agreement are not made. “I am telling those in the White House that if...

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam received 20-year jail time in Belgium

  • 23 April 2018 - 22:25
Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam received 20-year jail time in Belgium

Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris attacks, has been jailed for 20 years in Belgium over a gunfight that led to his arrest. Abdeslam, 28, and co-defendant Sofien Ayari were both convicted of terror-related charges of attempted murder, according to a report by the...