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John Kerry said “All diplomacy is still alive” after meeting with Sergei Lavrov

  • 3 December 2016 - 13:18
John Kerry said “All diplomacy is still alive” after meeting with Sergei Lavrov

Reuters - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged continued efforts to secure peace in Syria on Friday, on a trip to Rome where he met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Pope Francis. Seated at a table with Lavrov on the sidelines of a forum attended by foreign ministers and energy...

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn announced King of Thailand

  • 1 December 2016 - 20:12
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn announced King of Thailand

BBC - Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, has become the country's new king, succeeding his much-revered late father King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He accepted the throne in a televised broadcast following an invitation from parliament, formalising his accession. King Bhumibol, the world's...

UN: Syria’s Aleppo will be giant graveyard if world remains silent

  • 1 December 2016 - 17:18
UN: Syria’s Aleppo will be giant graveyard if world remains silent

A top UN envoy has warned the Syrian city of Aleppo risks becoming "one giant graveyard" as the government advances on rebel-held areas, BBC reported. Stephen O'Brien pleaded with UN Security Council members to protect civilians "for the sake of humanity". At least 34 people died in the...

Alwaleed bin Talal urges Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers

  • 1 December 2016 - 17:16
Alwaleed bin Talal urges Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers

BBC - An influential Saudi prince, the billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, has called on his country to lift its ban on women driving cars. He said it was a matter of economic necessity as well as women's rights to lift restrictions. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where...

Almost 20.000 people fled Aleppo in three days amid government army advance

  • 30 November 2016 - 18:50
Almost 20.000 people fled Aleppo in three days amid government army advance

Al Jazeera - Up to 20,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo over the past 72 hours as Syrian government forces continued to advance in the rebel-held part of the city, according to the Red Cross. Situation is Aleppo is a ‘human catastrophe’ Terrified civilians have fled empty-handed into...

IS terror group claims responsibility for Ohio State University attack

  • 29 November 2016 - 22:55
IS terror group claims responsibility for Ohio State University attack

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University in Columbus that injured 11 people and left the suspect dead. The claim was made through the group's news agency. The attack in the state of Ohio “is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the...

UN sets alarm over Syria’s Aleppo annihilation and displacement waves

  • 29 November 2016 - 19:31
UN sets alarm over Syria’s Aleppo annihilation and displacement waves

BBC - Up to 16,000 civilians have been displaced by the Syrian government's advance into besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, the UN says. Humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said thousands more were likely to flee if the fighting continued to spread and intensify in the coming...

Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia

  • 29 November 2016 - 19:27
Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia

BBC - A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia. Colombia's civil aviation body says only six people survived the crash, that occurred on a mountainside. The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via...

South Korean Prisedent says he will resign

  • 29 November 2016 - 19:24
South Korean Prisedent says he will resign

BBC - South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down. Ms Park faced growing calls to resign amid an investigation into whether she allowed a long-time friend to influence political decisions for personal gain. She said she would...

More than third of Aleppo captured by Syria government troops, civilians flee

  • 29 November 2016 - 19:19
More than third of Aleppo captured by Syria government troops, civilians flee

Syrian government forces captured more than a third of opposition-held eastern Aleppo on Monday, touching off a wave of panic and flight from the besieged enclave as rebel defenses in the country’s largest city rapidly collapsed. CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer says the gains could...

Fall of Aleppo won’t put fight to rest, Syrian opposition says

  • 29 November 2016 - 19:11
Fall of Aleppo won’t put fight to rest, Syrian opposition says

The fall of rebel-held eastern Aleppo would not mean the end of the fight against President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian opposition's senior negotiator has told the BBC. George Sabra added, however, that it would make any hope of a peace deal more difficult. Syrian forces backed by heavy air...

Israeli warplanes bomb IS militants inside Syria

  • 28 November 2016 - 21:14
Israeli warplanes bomb IS militants inside Syria

The Israeli Air Force has bombed a building used by Islamic State (IS) militants in the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights, Israel's military says, according to the BBC. The BBC added that the air raid targeted an abandoned UN peacekeeping facility used as a base for an attack on Sunday...

Gunman shot dead after injuring eight at Ohio State University

  • 28 November 2016 - 20:16
Gunman shot dead after injuring eight at Ohio State University

BBC - A suspect has been shot and killed after a campus rampage in Ohio that left at least eight people injured. A spokesman for Ohio State University said some of the victims had been stabbed and hit by a vehicle. The alert began at around 10:00 local time when the college warned...

Syrian army seizes key area in Aleppo, splits rebel-held territory

  • 28 November 2016 - 12:00
Syrian army seizes key area in Aleppo, splits rebel-held territory

BBC - Syrian government forces have captured a key part of eastern Aleppo, splitting rebel-held territory. Both state TV and the monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that the district of Sakhour had fallen to the Syrian army. The Syrian army and their allies...

Thousands forced out of eastern Aleppo as Syrian army captures rebel-held districts

  • 28 November 2016 - 09:52
Thousands forced out of eastern Aleppo as Syrian army captures rebel-held districts

BBC - Thousands of civilians have left rebel-held eastern Aleppo districts, as the Syrian army continues its offensive to take full control over the city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said as many as 10,000 residents fled to government-controlled western areas and a Kurdish-run...

Syrian government retakes key rebel-held districts in Aleppo

  • 27 November 2016 - 17:43
Syrian government retakes key rebel-held districts in Aleppo

BBC - Syrian government forces have retaken a second rebel-held district in eastern Aleppo, military sources say. They say the army and its allies had "fully recaptured" Jabal Badro. Hours earlier, rebel sources confirmed that neighbouring Hanano district had fallen and was now under...

Syrian forces advance into rebel-held east Aleppo

  • 26 November 2016 - 21:25
Syrian forces advance into rebel-held east Aleppo

Reuters - Syrian government and allied forces seized large parts of an important district in rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Saturday but fierce fighting for control of the residential area continued, rebels, pro-government media and a monitor said. Government forces have advanced with a ground and...

Hundreds of thousands South Koreans protest against Presidents for fifth week

  • 26 November 2016 - 19:51
Hundreds of thousands South Koreans protest against Presidents for fifth week

Reuters - Hundreds of thousands rallied in central Seoul on Saturday for a fifth week of protests against President Park Geun-hye, in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations in the country since the 1987 movement to democratize South Korea. Park's presidency has been rocked by allegations...

US service member killed in northern Syria, officials said

  • 26 November 2016 - 10:51
US service member killed in northern Syria, officials said

CNN - A US service member was killed in northern Syria Thursday from wounds sustained in a blast from an improvised explosive device, according to the US-led coalition fighting ISIS. This marks the first time a US service member has been killed inside Syria since a small number of US Special...

EU freezes talks over Turkey’s European membership

  • 24 November 2016 - 18:46
EU freezes talks over Turkey’s European membership

CNN - European lawmakers voted Thursday for a temporary halt to talks on Turkey joining the European Union, citing concerns over a crackdown by the Turkish government since an attempted coup in July. In a statement released by the European Parliament, MEPs condemned the "disproportionate...