Palestinians say ready for any ‘fair’ peace initiative

President Mahmud Abbas’s office said Monday the Palestinians are ready to participate in any peace initiative aimed at a “comprehensive and fair solution”, following speculation of a meeting organised by Russia. “We More »

Uzbek president in intensive care after brain hemorrhage

Strongman Uzbek President Islam Karimov is in intensive care after suffering a brain hemorrhage, his younger daughter wrote on social media on Monday. “My father was hospitalized after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage More »

Kerry heads to Bangladesh, India amid South Asian tensions

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s stops in Bangladesh and India come amid increasing concerns about terrorism in both South Asian nations. After talks on Syria with Russian and UN officials, Kerry More »

Saudi deputy crown prince in Pakistan talks

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Pakistan on to kick of an Asian trip that will see him visit China and Japan as well. The Saudi royal met with More »

France urges for UN resolution on Syria chemical use

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he was pressing members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, to condemn the Syrian regime following a report that found Syrian government troops used chemical More »

 

Palestinians say ready for any ‘fair’ peace initiative

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas talks during a meeting with a delegation of Muslim and Christian clerics from Jerusalem, on September 16, 2015, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

President Mahmud Abbas’s office said Monday the Palestinians are ready to participate in any peace initiative aimed at a “comprehensive and fair solution”, following speculation of a meeting organised by Russia. “We are ready to participate in any regional or

Saudi deputy crown prince in China for trade talks

Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched radical reforms designed to develop non-oil industries in Saudi Arabia and attract billions of dollars of foreign investment. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing on Monday as part of a wider Asia trip that included a visit to Pakistan a day earlier. The Saudi royal was greeted at the airport by officials from

Iraq put out fire at four oil wells in freed town

Smoke rises from clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIS militants in the town of Qayyara, Iraq August 23, 2016.

Iraq has put out fires at four oil wells in the oil-producing region of Qayyara which Iraqi forces recaptured from ISIS last week, Reuters reported the oil ministry as saying on Monday. “Work is underway to put out flames in

Houthi delegation meets Iraq’s foreign minister

Iraq’s foreign ministry said a Houthi delegation arrived in Baghdad to discuss the possibility of recognition to the recently-established political council.

Iraq’s foreign ministry said a delegation of Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthis arrived on Monday in Baghdad to discuss the possibility of recognition to the recently-established political council, the ministry said on its website. The delegation – headed by the Houthis’ spokesman,

Turkey hits Kurdish targets in northern Iraq

A Kurdish militia fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) rides on a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon in the Ghwairan neighborhood of Hasaka, Syria, August 22, 2016.

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq Monday, as Ankara pressed its military operation against ISIS militants and a Syrian Kurdish militia in neighboring Syria, state media said. Turkish air force jets launched strikes between 09:30 and 10:55

More than 70 tents burnt down in Iraqi refugee camp: UNHCR

An Iraqi woman, who fled from Mosul due to ISIS violence, washes clothes at a refugee camp in the Makhmour area near Mosul, Iraq, August 6, 2016.

More than 70 tents were destroyed by fire on Monday in the refugee camp of Yahayawa, near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, but no one was injured, the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR said. The ministry of displacement and

France’s Sarkozy says would change constitution to ban burkinis

Positioning himself as a defender of French values and tough on immigration, the conservative said last week that he would impose a nationwide ban on the swimwear.

Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy said on Monday he would change the country’s constitution to ban full-body burkini swimsuits if he is re-elected to his former role in a vote next April. Positioning himself as a defender of French values

US drone enters Iran’s airspace, leaves after warning

Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported that a US drone flew into Iranian airspace but left after warning.

Iran’s military detected a US drone entering Iranian airspace on Monday and warned it toleave, which it subsequently did, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported. “Iran’s army air defence detected and warned an American drone in the eastern airspace of the

Uzbek president in intensive care after brain hemorrhage

Karimov has no obvious successor and the country has never held an election judged free and fair by international monitors.

Strongman Uzbek President Islam Karimov is in intensive care after suffering a brain hemorrhage, his younger daughter wrote on social media on Monday. “My father was hospitalized after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on Saturday morning, and is now receiving treatment

German prosecutors file terror charge against teenage girl

Safia S. seriously wounded a policeman with a kitchen knife at Hannover’s central train station on Feb. 26.

German federal prosecutors have indicted a teenage girl on charges of “attempted murder and supporting a terrorist organization.” Prosecutors say the 16-year-old German-Moroccan citizen was acting on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) when she seriously

Abducted Australian woman set free in Afghanistan

Katherine Jane Wilson was grabbed in the city of Jalalabad, close to the border with Pakistan, in late April.

An Australian aid worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan four months ago has been freed and is “safe and well”, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday. Katherine Jane Wilson, who goes by the name Kerry and is reportedly aged around

False alarm of shots fired at LAX airport

The police said in a second tweet they were searching the airport and that all precautions were being taken to ensure the public’s safety.

Terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were evacuated briefly late on Sunday after reports of gunfire that police later determined were incorrect, in the second recent false alarm at a major US airport. At least two terminals were closed

Belgium arrests five suspects after crime lab blast

A bomb exploded at the Brussels Institute of Criminology in the north of Brussels on Monday but the building was empty and no one was wounded.

Belgian police have arrested five suspects after a blast overnight Monday at the country’s national crime lab just north of Brussels caused major damage but no casualties, prosecutors said. “Five people were arrested in the immediate neighborhood… They are currently

EU nations must not refuse Muslim migrants, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) talks during ARD summer-interview with journalists Tina Hassel and Thomas Baumann in Berlin, Germany, August 28, 2016.

The refusal of some EU countries to accept Muslim refugees is “unacceptable”, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday as Germany called for quotas to divide the influx throughout the bloc. “That’s not right at all that some countries say: ‘generally

Kerry heads to Bangladesh, India amid South Asian tensions

US Secretary of State John Kerry attends a news conference after a meeting on Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, Switzerland, August 26, 2016.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s stops in Bangladesh and India come amid increasing concerns about terrorism in both South Asian nations. After talks on Syria with Russian and UN officials, Kerry planned to depart Geneva later Sunday for meetings

Filipino militants free 8 comrades, 15 others in jail attack

Abu Sayyaf rebels are seen in the Philippines in this video grab .

Muslim extremists supporting the ISIS group freed eight fellow militants in a daring attack that also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from a provincial jail in the southern Philippines, police said on Sunday. About 20 heavily-armed fighters of the

Would-be bomber’s explosives fail in Indonesia church

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has carried out a sustained crackdown on militant networks since the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.

A would-be suicide bomber’s explosives failed to detonate in a packed church in western Indonesia during Sunday Mass, and he injured a priest with an axe before being restrained, police said. The 18-year-old assailant left a bench and ran toward

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seize two villages from Kurdish-allied forces

The SDF includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia, one of the stated targets of Turkey’s intervention in the Syrian war.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels captured two villages from forces allied to the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory said the SDF-allied Jarablus Military Council fighters had withdrawn from

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