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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Tillerson: US Has Opened Direct Line of Communication With North Korea

US Has Opened Direct Line of Communication With North Korea
The United States has opened a direct channel of communication with North Korea and is investigating whether the government of Kim Jong Un is interested in pursuing talks to give up its nuclear weapons, according to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in Beijing Saturday seeking China's cooperation on a “maximum pressure” campaign against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Friday, 29 September 2017

UN to send war crimes investigators to Yemen

war crimes investigators to Yemen
The UN Human Rights Council agreed Friday to send war crimes investigators to Yemen, overcoming resistance from Saudi Arabia which sought to fend off an independent international probe.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Turkey halts flights to northern Iraq, issues travel warning

Turkey halts flights to northern Iraq
Turkey has issued a new travel warning to Turkish nationals after Turkey’s consulate in Arbil announced that Turkish airline companies will halt flying to northern Iraq after 6:00 p.m. on Friday Sept. 29 until further notice at the request of Baghdad, following a referendum for independence held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Russian Defense Ministry: Russian strategic bombers destroy positions for ISIS and al-Nusra terrorists in Deir Ezzor and Idleb

Russian Defense Ministry
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that Russian strategic bombers have carried out strikes on positions of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations in Deir Ezzor and Idleb provinces in Syria.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Reports disagree whether North Korea quake was man-made

The tremor occurred at 5:29 p.m., some 20 kilometers southeast of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test
A 3.0 magnitude earthquake detected near North Korea's nuclear test site Saturday is presumed to have been a natural quake, South Korea's weather agency said.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Lavrov: Eliminating terrorists in Syria requires coordination between Russia and US, but Washington rejects that

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that eliminating terrorists in Syria requires military coordination between Russia and the US, but Washington rejects that, noting that this coordination is blocked by the US Congress that doesn’t care about resolving conflicts.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

En attendant Godot: French president asks Kurd leader to delay region poll

French president asks Kurd leader to delay region poll
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday asked Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani to postpone next week’s controversial referendum on Kurdish regional independence.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

US Defenseless Against Ballistic Missiles as Trump Threatens to Destroy N Korea

THAAD systems
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if Pyongyang does not stop its nuclear and missile tests. In fact, the US missile defense system is incapable of shooting down North Korean missiles, according to American expert on nuclear weapons Joe Cirincione.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

US F-35s, B-1B Lancers Conduct Flybys to Show ‘Military Options' to Pyongyang

B-1B Lancers
The US has “pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the [UN] Security Council at this point,” Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, said Sunday regarding North Korea’s continued missile tests, adding she would be “perfectly happy” to pass the situation onto Pentagon chief James Mattis who has “plenty of military options.”

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Pentagon: Russia knowingly hit US-backed SDF in Syria

Russia knowingly hit US-backed SDF in Syria
Russian air strikes have targeted US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisers east of the Euphrates River in Syria's Deir Az Zor province, according to the Pentagon.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Iraq’s Kurdish parliament approves September 25 independence referendum

an independent Kurdish state could fuel separatism among their own Kurdish populations
Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region's parliament approved a plan to hold a Sept. 25 referendum on independence, ignoring Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish opposition as well as U.S and Western concern that the vote could cause new conflicts in the region.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Spain summons Catalan mayors over independence vote

Spain's Constitutional Court
Spain's state prosecutor has ordered a criminal probe of all 700-plus Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, as Madrid seeks to block the separatist vote it deems illegal.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

North Korea sanctions 'nothing compared to what will have to happen', Trump

nothing compared to what will have to happen
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the latest U.N. sanctions on North Korea were only a very small step and nothing compared what would have to happen to deal with the country's nuclear program.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Friday, 8 September 2017

36 dead as strong earthquake strikes near Mexico

strong earthquake strikes near Mexico
At least 36 people died when the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in over eight decades tore through buildings, forced mass evacuations and triggered alerts as far away as southeast Asia.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Syria urges UNSC to take decisive measures to halt repeated Israeli aggressions on the country

UN Security Council
Syria demanded UN Security Council to condemn the Israeli repeated aggressions on the country and take an immediate and decisive measure to halt them in accordance with its resolutions related to combating terrorism, warning of the catastrophic consequences of such attacks which complement the ISIS crimes and practices to escalate the situation and fuel the region and the world.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

North Korea says it has 'gift packages' for US

reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK
Amid international uproar over North Korea's latest and biggest nuclear weapons test, one of its top diplomats has said it is ready to send "more gift packages" to the United States.

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