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Saturday, 30 December 2017

States hosting expanded NATO forces reduce own level of security : top Russian diplomat

NATO’s military buildup
NATO’s military buildup near Russia’s borders dramatically worsens the security situations in countries where troops and equipment of the alliance are being stationed, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov warns.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Turkey arrests scores 'planning NYE attacks'

Turkey arrests scores 'planning NYE attacks'
Turkish police have arrested at least 75 people for suspected links to the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) group in the capital Ankara and Istanbul, according to state media.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Russia urges US forces to leave Syria

US forces
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that with the terrorist groups completely eradicated in Syria the US forces should leave the country.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Monday, 25 December 2017

Lavrov: Int’l coalition preserves terrorist organizations in Syria for promoting its own agenda

Syria
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, affirmed on Monday that the US-led international coalition does not want to eliminate the terrorist organizations in Syria, but seeks to preserve them for later use in achieving its objectives.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Trump threatens to cut aid over UN Jerusalem vote

the US will be taking names
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut U.S. aid to countries that vote in favor of a UN resolution that denounces his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017

N. Korea needs written guarantees that US will end drills to start talks

N. Korea needs written guarantees that US will end drills
Pyongyang needs written guarantees of security and an end to military drills on the Korean Peninsula from Washington for negotiations between the sides to begin, a senior Russian senator, Vladimir Dzhabarov, has said.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Russia denies jets intercepted by US warplanes in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry
The Russian Defense Ministry released a statement Thursday denying reports of an alleged “intercept” of Russian Su-25s by US F-22 fighter jets in Syria.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Russian diplomat warns US seeks regime change in Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
Russia is concerned by U.S. plans "to stay behind" in Syria, as this proves Washington will not give up the idea of supplanting the government in Damascus, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Tusk Against Refugee Quota System as Consensus Impossible

Tusk Against Refugee Quota System
EU member states leaders will hold talks this week on the bloc's migration policy and prospects of the arrangements regarding combating the refugee crisis.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017

North Korea, United Nations agree to communicate regularly


North Korea, United Nations agree to communicate regularly
North Korea has agreed to communicate regularly with the United Nations at various levels, Pyongyang's state media said Saturday, following a visit by a senior U.N. official.

Friday, 8 December 2017

‘Israel won’t be bullied into agreement by the United Nations’ : US envoy Haley

UN Security Council meeting
Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting, the American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said that "Israel will never be bullied into an agreement by the United Nations” or countries with a disregard for Israel’s security.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

EU takes member states to court for failing to meet migrant quotas

the European Court of Justice
The European Commission on Thursday announced it is taking the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with mandatory quotas for accepting asylum seekers.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Trump tells Jordan's King Abdullah he will move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

he will move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
US President Donald Trump has contacted Jordan's King Abdullah to tell him he intends to proceed with a decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Jordanian palace statement said.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Yemen's Houthi: Ali Abdulla Saleh killed for 'treason'

Yemen's Houthi
The leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has praised the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country's overthrown president, as a victory against a Saudi-led military coalition that Yemen has been battling.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Turkey issues arrest warrant for ex-CIA official over coup attempt

coup attempt turkey
Turkish authorities issued an arrest warrant Friday for an ex-official with the Central Intelligence Agency over his alleged role in a failed coup attempt last year.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Egypt Will ‘Vigorously’ Respond to North Sinai Attack: Sisi

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims after at least 235 people were killed and more than 109 injured in an attack in North Sinai.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Syria congress to go ahead despite Turkey ‘reservations’ over YPG: Kremlin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov
The Kremlin said on Nov. 23 that Turkey’s opposition to the participation of Kurdish militias in Syria’s political process would not stand in the way of a peace “congress” Moscow is seeking to organize in the near future.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

US issues travel warning for Saudi Arabia, citing terror, ballistic missile threats

The U.S. State Department
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday issued a travel warning for its citizens traveling to Saudi Arabia, saying that threats of terror attacks and ballistic missiles persist in the Kingdom.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Merkel in favour of snap poll over minority government

Germany needs stable leadership "that does not need to seek a majority for every decision".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is ready to take her centre-right alliance into a snap election than lead a minority government, as political uncertainty in Europe's top economy rises.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon assisting search for Argentina's missing sub

U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon
A U.S. Navy aircraft is assisting Argentina's naval search for a submarine with a crew of 44 missing since Wednesday off the country's southern coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Belgian judge delays decision on warrant for ex-Catalan leader

ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont
A Belgian judge made no ruling on Friday on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his lawyer said after a court hearing in Brussels, despite Belgian prosecutors demanding the warrant be exercised.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

US Troops' Presence in Syria without Syrian Government's Permission an Aggression on the Syrian Sovereignty

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates
The presence of American or whatsoever troops in Syria without the permission of the Syrian government is an aggression on the Syrian sovereignty and a flagrant violation of UN charter and principles, an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said on Tuesday.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Erdogan calls on Russia, US to pull troops out of Syria

Erdogan calls on Russia, US to pull troops out of Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested Russia and the US should pull their troops out of war-torn Syria after their leaders - Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump - said there was "no military solution" to the country's long-running conflict.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Friday, 10 November 2017

Moscow calls on Kabul to investigate into death of civilians from US airstrikes

death of civilians from US airstrikes
Moscow calls on Kabul and the global community to investigate into the death of civilians in northern Afghanistan in the US airstrikes, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on its web site on Friday.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

UN Urges Saudi Coalition to End 'Catastrophic' Yemen Aid Blockade

blockade of Yemen
The UN on Tuesday urged the Saudi-led coalition to end a blockade of Yemen which has halted the flow of humanitarian supplies into the country, further threatening some seven million people facing famine-like conditions.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Spain issues warrant for Puigdemont

Spain issues warrant for Puigdemont
A Spanish judge has issued European Arrest Warrants (EAW) for sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his allies who went to Belgium.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Spanish judge sends eight former Catalan officials to jail

Spanish judge
A Spanish high court judge on Thursday ordered former deputy Catalan premier Oriol Junqueras and seven other ousted officials jailed, after they were ordered to testify concerning their roles in Catalonia's bid for independence.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

Ex-Catalan president takes refuge in Belgium under threat of charges

Carles Puigdemont
Ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont fled to Belgium Monday after Spain's top prosecutor said charges were coming against he and other pro-independence leaders who were removed from the semi-autonomous region.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Iraqi Kurdish Leader Barzani Says Will Step Down on Nov. 1

I will remain as a Peshmerga (Kurdish fighter)
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani on Sunday confirmed his intention to step down on Nov. 1 and asked the Kurdish parliament to take measures to fill the presidential power vacuum.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Syria Calls for Withdrawal of Turkish Occupying Troops from Syrian Territories

Turkish Occupying Troops in Syrian Territories
Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faisal al-Mikdad has stressed that Syria rejects the aggressive procedures taken by Turkey in Idleb and other Syrian areas, calling for an immediate withdrawal of the occupying Turkish troops from Idleb and stressing that Turkey should respect Syria’s sovereignty as well as the decisions made in Astana meeting on Syrian settlement.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Russia vetoes draft resolution extending UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism mandate in Syria

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya
Russia vetoed a draft resolution submitted by United States to the UN Security Council on extending the mandate of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism in Syria for a extra year.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Iraq dismisses US call for Iranian-backed militias to ‘go home’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
The Iraqi government has dismissed a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped Baghdad defeat ISIS to end operations in Iraq.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

US: Raqqa’s "liberation" marks 'beginning of a new phase'

US-backed forces succeed in making Raqqa 80 percent “uninhabitable”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday congratulated the Syrian people and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the liberation of the city of Raqqa from Daesh.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Spain gives Catalan President new deadline to clarify independence bid

Puigdemont didn't directly address whether or not he declared independence
The Spanish government on Monday gave Catalonia's leader three extra days to formally declare whether his region will seek independence -- a prospect that has been in limbo since last week.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Damascus demands ‘immediate & unconditional’ pullout of Turkish troops from northwest Syria

Turkish troops  northwest Syria
Syria demands an immediate pullout of Turkish troops, whose deployment to Idlib province amounts to “flagrant aggression,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said as quoted by SANA.

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