Israel destroys anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fires at IDF jets

Israeli Air Force jets attacked an anti-aircraft battery well inside Syria on Monday morning, after the surface-to-air system launched a missile at a different plane over the skies of Lebanon, the army said. A military spokesperson said that “a number” of Israeli planes were flying over Lebanon as part of a “routine reconnaissance mission” on early… Continue reading “Israel destroys anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fires at IDF jets”

Double standards: ‘Why aren’t we all with Somalia?’

Almost 300 people were killed when a powerful bomb blast ripped through Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, on Saturday. The attack marked the deadliest assault the country has ever witnessed. Somalia has entered a three-day national mourning period for the victims, with around 300 more people also injured in the blast. Dozens are missing, hospitals are running out… Continue reading “Double standards: ‘Why aren’t we all with Somalia?’”

Rohingya: Even babies were not spared by the army

The Myanmar army has been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings in the restive Rakhine region, with residents and activists accusing soldiers of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children and carrying out arson attacks. Authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday when armed men, reportedly from the… Continue reading “Rohingya: Even babies were not spared by the army”

Erdogan: Assad is a terrorist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad a “terrorist” and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him, Reuters reported. Syria”s foreign ministry fired back, accusing Erdogan of himself supporting terrorist groups fighting Assad in Syria”s civil war. Erdogan has continuously been openly critical of Assad. He… Continue reading “Erdogan: Assad is a terrorist”

Saudi-led air raids kill 68 Yemen civilians in one day: UN

Sixty-eight Yemeni civilians were killed in two separate air raids by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in one day, the UN humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said on Thursday. The first air strike on Tuesday hit a “crowded popular market” in Taez province, killing 54 civilians including eight children, and wounding 32 others, he said in… Continue reading “Saudi-led air raids kill 68 Yemen civilians in one day: UN”

‘I fear being shot’: A Palestinian paramedic’s account

Silwad, occupied West Bank – Working as a paramedic, Yehya Mubarak has only one thing on his mind. “My goal is to take the patient to the hospital,” the 47-year-old, who has been working with the ambulance service for 12 years, says without hesitation. However, that’s far from an easy task in the occupied West Bank.… Continue reading “‘I fear being shot’: A Palestinian paramedic’s account”

Turkey sends more troops to Qatar

A new batch of Turkish soldiers have arrived at Turkey’s military base in Qatar as part of a joint defence agreement between the two countries. Qatar’s defence ministry announced on Tuesday the arrival of the fresh reinforcement at the Al Ubeid airbase in the capital, Doha. The group, including soldiers from the Turkish Joint Forced Command,… Continue reading “Turkey sends more troops to Qatar”

China Seemingly Brokers New Afghanistan-Pakistan Talks

Chinese diplomacy apparently has succeeded in persuading Afghanistan to begin a wide-ranging dialogue proposed by Pakistan for mending strained bilateral relations. The decision came at Tuesday’s first trilateral talks Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted in Beijing between his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts. Last month, Islamabad shared with Kabul what it called an “Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan… Continue reading “China Seemingly Brokers New Afghanistan-Pakistan Talks”

Russia Will Retaliate After U.S. Supplies Lethal Weapons To Ukraine

Last week, the Trump administration agreed to send lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. The order, packaged by the State Department as an affirmation of Ukraine’s right to defend itself against Russian-backed aggression, was greeted on Capitol Hill as a logical step in confronting what many lawmakers view as Vladimir Putin’s expansionist foreign policy. Proponents of this… Continue reading “Russia Will Retaliate After U.S. Supplies Lethal Weapons To Ukraine”

Israel behind ‘Christian exodus’ from Palestine

Beit Jala, Palestine- The Israeli occupation of Palestine is the main factor behind the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the region, according to a new study. The research carried out by the Dar al-Kalima University in the occupied-West Bank town of Beit Jala, concluded that only small percentage of Christians had left Palestine because of concerns… Continue reading “Israel behind ‘Christian exodus’ from Palestine”

Palestine refugees world’s most tear-gassed: Report

Aida Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank is the most exposed place to tear gas on the planet, according to a ground-breaking new study. The report by the Human Rights Centre of the University of California at Berkeley finds that Israel’s security forces are guilty of carrying out “widespread”, “frequent” and “indiscriminate” use of tear… Continue reading “Palestine refugees world’s most tear-gassed: Report”

Zimbabwe ex-army chief who helped oust Mugabe sworn in as VP

Zimbabwe’s former army commander who led a military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule was Thursday sworn in as one of the country’s two vice presidents. General Constantino Chiwenga, 61, took the oath of office in Harare, pledging to be “faithful” to Zimbabwe and to “obey, uphold and defend the constitution”. “I will discharge… Continue reading “Zimbabwe ex-army chief who helped oust Mugabe sworn in as VP”

Somalia 2017: New President, Old Problems With Terrorism, Drought

In 2017, Somalia elected a new president as it battled severe drought and a resurgent al-Shabab. In October, the worst terror attack in the country’s history killed more than 500 people. Meanwhile, the U.S. military is ramping up its military operations as the African Union draws down its 10-year-old peacekeeping mission. After months of political wrangling… Continue reading “Somalia 2017: New President, Old Problems With Terrorism, Drought”

Iraqi Yazidis accused of abducting, killing civilians

A human rights organisation has accused Yazidi fighters in Iraq of forcibly kidnapping and killing 52 civilians from the Imteywit tribe earlier this year. Human Rights Watch(HRW), a US-based rights group, said in a report on Wednesday that Yazidi forces detained and executed men, women and children from eight different families the Imteywit tribe in June.… Continue reading “Iraqi Yazidis accused of abducting, killing civilians”

‘Bruised and denied care’: Fawzi al-Junaidi out on bail

A 16-year-old Palestinian boy, shown in a photo that was condemned as representative of the Israeli army’s use of excessive force, has been released on bail after being detained for three weeks. Fawzi al-Junaidi, who was photographed blindfolded and surrounded by more than 20 Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, was charged… Continue reading “‘Bruised and denied care’: Fawzi al-Junaidi out on bail”

Iran Recognizes Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital

In a symbolic pushback to President Donald Trump’s declaration on the status of Jerusalem, Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to recognize the contested city as the capital of the Palestinians. The Iranian parliament voted in favor of a bill that recognized the city as the Palestinian capital, or the capital of the “State of Palestine,” the… Continue reading “Iran Recognizes Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital”

US sanctions two N.Koreans over ballistic missile program

The United States sanctioned two North Korean officials on Tuesday over the development of ballistic missiles, as Russia and America’s top diplomats held talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Tensions have escalated after the isolated but nuclear-armed regime staged a series of atomic and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, most recently on November 28. US President Donald… Continue reading “US sanctions two N.Koreans over ballistic missile program”

Firebombs on Joshua’s Tomb

IDF security forces on Wednesday night secured the entrance to Joshua’s Tomb, allowing 1,000 Jews to pray at the site. The tomb is located in Kafr Kifl Haris, an Arab village in the Efraim Region of Samaria. As the Jews prayed, Arabs rioted outside, throwing firebombs at security forces. Aftewards, things continued calmly. Separately, while searching… Continue reading “Firebombs on Joshua’s Tomb”

US ‘Maximum Pressure’ N. Korea Policy Yielded Mixed Results in 2017

With a tweet in early January saying, “It won’t happen!” Donald Trump, who had not yet been inaugurated president of the United States, set upon a confrontational course to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. During the presidential campaign, Trump unnerved allies in Asia with his “America… Continue reading “US ‘Maximum Pressure’ N. Korea Policy Yielded Mixed Results in 2017”

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels in biggest prisoner swap since 2014

Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels Wednesday began to exchange more than 300 prisoners in the war-torn east of the country, the largest such swap since the insurgency broke out in 2014. The swap between the Kiev army and rebels from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics took place at a checkpoint close to the town of… Continue reading “Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels in biggest prisoner swap since 2014”

US Airstrike Kills 13 al-Shabab Militants in Somalia

The U.S. military said Wednesday that an airstrike in Somalia killed 13 al-Shabab militants. Officials in the Lower Jubba region confirmed the strike hit militants in the rural Beerhani area, about 50 kilometers northwest of Kismayo, in southern Somalia. “The strike targeted the militants as they mobilized to launch an attack against our base. Fortunately, the… Continue reading “US Airstrike Kills 13 al-Shabab Militants in Somalia”

UNICEF: Children suffer at shocking scale in conflicts

Children in conflict zones around the world suffered “at a shocking scale” in 2017 as they became front line targets, used as human shields, killed, maimed and recruited to fight, the United Nation children’s agency said. UNICEF said that rape, forced marriage, abduction and enslavement of children have become standard tactics in conflicts from Iraq, Syria… Continue reading “UNICEF: Children suffer at shocking scale in conflicts”

Honduras opposition demands annulment of president’s re-election

The Honduras opposition said Wednesday they filed an appeal with election officials demanding that President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s re-election be annulled because the recent vote was marred by fraud. Election officials declared Hernandez the victor after narrowly defeating leftist opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla in the controversial November 26 vote. Nasralla conceded on December 22 shortly after… Continue reading “Honduras opposition demands annulment of president’s re-election”

10 hurt in Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing

A homemade bomb blast at a supermarket in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg injured 10 people Wednesday, officials said, sparking a probe into attempted murder. “According to preliminary information, an explosion of an unidentified object occurred in a store,” a spokeswoman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, Svetlana Petrenko, said in a statement. The blast was caused… Continue reading “10 hurt in Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing”

IS Fighters Fleeing to Assad-controlled Parts of Syria     

Islamic State fighters are trying to make their way to parts of Syria controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, where they are apparently able to operate freely. “We are seeing the movement of limited numbers of ISIS militants westwards,” said British Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney, deputy commander of Strategy and Support for the U.S.-backed coalition to defeat… Continue reading “IS Fighters Fleeing to Assad-controlled Parts of Syria     “

Russia Says U.S. Training ISIS to Return Under New Name

One of Russia’s highest ranking military leaders has accused the U.S. of using its base in Syria to train fighters of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), further destabilizing the war-torn country for which Moscow has led peace talks. General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian military’s general staff and deputy defense minister,… Continue reading “Russia Says U.S. Training ISIS to Return Under New Name”

Spain pulls police reinforcements from Catalonia

Spain on Tuesday began to pull the police reinforcements it had sent to Catalonia ahead of a contested independence referendum in the region on October 1, the government said. Officers from Spain’s National Police and Guardia Civil forces sent to the northeastern region at the end of September “will be gradually withdrawn until Saturday”, a spokesman… Continue reading “Spain pulls police reinforcements from Catalonia”

Incitement in PA schools led to attack at J’lem bus station

An indictment was filed against the terrorist Yassin Abu al-Keraa, who carried out the stabbing attack at the central bus station in Jerusalem during which guard Asher Elmaliach was seriously wounded. The 24-year-old terrorist, a resident of the village of Wadi Farah near Shechem, was illegally residing in Israel using an entry permit to the seam… Continue reading “Incitement in PA schools led to attack at J’lem bus station”

Timeline of IS-claimed attacks in Kabul

Around 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast targeting Shiites in Kabul Thursday in the latest attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the war-torn Afghan capital. IS, or Daesh as it is locally known, has carried out several spectacular attacks in the east of the country since it was… Continue reading “Timeline of IS-claimed attacks in Kabul”

How North Korea Would Wage War Against the U.S.

If North Korea launched a war against the U.S. it would not begin with a direct hit against the U.S., its territory or bases, but would most likely occur in the form of an assault on American allies––possibly with chemical and nuclear weapons––in an effort to complicate the U.S. response, according to Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas,… Continue reading “How North Korea Would Wage War Against the U.S.”

Egypt sentences 9 ISIS terrorists to death

A military court in Egypt on Wednesday sentenced to death nine members of the Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis terrorist group, which is also known as the Sinai Province. Another member of the group was given a 15-year sentence, according to Egypt Today. Sinai Province is the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State (ISIS) group. The ten members… Continue reading “Egypt sentences 9 ISIS terrorists to death”

America First? Trump Struggles to Implement Campaign Promises on Military

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised a radically different approach to foreign intervention than that of his predecessors. At campaign events, Trump railed against U.S. military intervention so frequently that it eventually became a part of his stump speech. “We’ve spent $6 trillion in the Middle East,” Trump repeatedly lamented. “We could have rebuilt our… Continue reading “America First? Trump Struggles to Implement Campaign Promises on Military”

From Trump to Jerusalem: The year that was 2017

As the year 2017 draws to a close, few following the events of the past 12 months would wager with certainty on how the coming year will unfold. It was a year defined by unpredictability and the breaking of long-established convention, most frequently in the form of the 45th US president, Donald Trump. The crowds at… Continue reading “From Trump to Jerusalem: The year that was 2017”

Ukraine, Pro-Russia Rebels Begin Prisoner Exchange

Ukrainian authorities and Russia-backed rebels began exchanging prisoners in eastern Ukraine Wednesday, the first major transfer in months and the largest such swap since a pro-Russian uprising erupted in that part of the former Soviet republic in 2014. The agreement requires Kyiv to hand over 306 prisoners to the rebels and receive 74 prisoners in return.… Continue reading “Ukraine, Pro-Russia Rebels Begin Prisoner Exchange”

Taliban Suicide Bombers Attack Afghan Army Base

A suicide car bombing at a military base in southern Afghanistan Wednesday killed at least two soldiers and wounded 15 others. The attack happened in Lashkargah, capital of restive Helmand province, and targeted a contingent of Afghan National Army soldiers who were about to leave the base for a counter-Taliban operation in a nearby district. A… Continue reading “Taliban Suicide Bombers Attack Afghan Army Base”

State Department: US, Russia Agree to Continue Diplomacy Over N. Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have “agreed to continue to work toward a diplomatic solution to achieve a denuclearized Korean peninsula,” the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. A U.S. statement said the two spoke by phone Tuesday to discuss concerns related to North Korea’s “destabilizing nuclear program and emphasized… Continue reading “State Department: US, Russia Agree to Continue Diplomacy Over N. Korea”

US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strike

The United States carried out an air strike on Christmas Eve against the Shabaab Islamist group that left 13 dead, according to a statement released Wednesday. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on the morning of Dec. 24, 2017, in southern Somalia, killing 13 terrorists,” read… Continue reading “US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strike”

Israel applauds Egyptian writer’s remarks on Jerusalem

The Israeli embassy in Cairo has expressed gratitude at an Egyptian writer’s controversial remarks about the status of Jerusalem. The embassy was referring to an interview that was broadcast on Sunday, in which Youssef Ziedan, an Egyptian novelist and scholar, said t hat the al-Aqsa mosque is not located in Jerusalem’s al-Haram al-Sharif compound, and that… Continue reading “Israel applauds Egyptian writer’s remarks on Jerusalem”

Russian Foreign Minister Defends Syria Peace Conference

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that next month’s Russia-led peace talks in Sochi have “broad support” among the Syrian people and are meant to lay the groundwork for a U.N.-brokered peace process. Lavrov’s comments come after a collection of 40 Syrian rebel groups said Russia was trying to circumvent the U.N. peace process and… Continue reading “Russian Foreign Minister Defends Syria Peace Conference”

Hundreds of ISIS Fighters Are Hiding in Turkey

Hundreds of Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighters from Britain are hiding in Turkey, according to Syrian Kurdish intelligence, adding to fears of an increased threat of extremist attacks on European soil. Ciwan Xhalil, a Syrian Kurdish intelligence officer who collaborates with western intelligence agencies over foreign ISIS fighters, told The Times of London that most… Continue reading “Hundreds of ISIS Fighters Are Hiding in Turkey”

Putin Says St. Petersburg Supermarket Blast was Terrorist Attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin says an explosion in St. Petersburg Wednesday was an act of terrorism. Putin made the assertion Thursday at the Kremlin during an awards ceremony for Russian servicemen who served in Syria. Putin did not provide any further details about the blast. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks while visiting the Military Academy of… Continue reading “Putin Says St. Petersburg Supermarket Blast was Terrorist Attack”

Liberians hopeful of first democratic handover since 1944

Liberians were waiting Wednesday to find out who will succeed Africa’s first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, marking the country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades. Initial provisional results of the presidential run-off poll, pitting former international footballer George Weah against Vice President Joseph Boakai, are expected to be announced on Thursday,… Continue reading “Liberians hopeful of first democratic handover since 1944”

Palestinian teen in ‘slap video’ back at centre of propaganda war

Ahed Tamimi is only a teenager, but has repeatedly been at the centre of the seemingly endless propaganda war between Israelis and Palestinians, with a video of her slapping soldiers the latest example. Tamimi, 16 and recognisable by her shock of blonde hair, has been held up by Palestinians and other supporters as a brave opponent… Continue reading “Palestinian teen in ‘slap video’ back at centre of propaganda war”

Turkey ‘laughed off’ demand to arrest Sudan leader

Turkey “laughed off” a demand from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest Sudan’s wanted leader when he attended a summit in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Thursday. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes, on December 13 attended a summit of Islamic nations called… Continue reading “Turkey ‘laughed off’ demand to arrest Sudan leader”

When slavery and the Holocaust visited American living rooms

Aired on television within months of each other, 40 years ago ‘Roots’ and ‘Holocaust’ broke cultural taboos by depicting some of history’s worst atrocities Four decades ago, a pair of television miniseries shattered widespread reluctance to discuss two of history’s most traumatic chapters: the role of slavery in building America, and the Nazis’ genocide of European… Continue reading “When slavery and the Holocaust visited American living rooms”

No safe places left for children in global conflicts, warns Unicef

Children living in conflict zones around the world have come under attack at a “shocking scale” in 2017, the United Nations children’s agency has warned. In a statement, Unicef said parties to conflicts were “blatantly disregarding” international laws designed to protect the most vulnerable, with children used as human shields, killed, injured and recruited to fight.… Continue reading “No safe places left for children in global conflicts, warns Unicef”

US Experts: Strike on North Korea Would Not Need Seoul’s OK

South Korea’s president says military action against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats cannot be carried out on the Korean peninsula without his government’s consent, but former U.S. military commanders and analysts have a different reading of the situation. For weeks, tit-for-tat threats exchanged by U.S. President Donald Trump and the Kim Jong Un regime have… Continue reading “US Experts: Strike on North Korea Would Not Need Seoul’s OK”

Refugees in Kenya Caught Between Ration Cuts and War At Home

Somali refugees in Kenya are free to choose whether to go home, a top U.N. official said on Tuesday, despite many families saying debts accumulated to feed their children after cuts in rations are forcing them to return to a war zone. In October, a funding crisis forced the U.N. World Food Programme to cut basic… Continue reading “Refugees in Kenya Caught Between Ration Cuts and War At Home”

Philippines: Indigenous people seek peace after attacks

Davao Del Norte, Philippines – Up on the verdant mountains of Talaingod, a young swine squeals as four men grab its legs and a freshly sharpened bolo readies to slash its throat. Dahosay Ansam-on, 77, utters a prayer to the magbabaya, or the “supreme being” in Ata Manobo language. As they return to their homes, the… Continue reading “Philippines: Indigenous people seek peace after attacks”

More North Koreans Defect To The South

Gunfire crackled across both sides of the Demilitarized Zone as yet another North Korean soldier reportedly made a spirited run to freedom into South Korea early Thursday. The “low-ranking” soldier appeared in front of a guard post at around 8:04 a.m. amid thick fogs in an apparent defection, according to Yonhap New—but the simple act was… Continue reading “More North Koreans Defect To The South”

‘Thunderous silence in the Arab world’

Prof. Efraim Inbar, president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, told Arutz Sheva on Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will eventually have to accept the United States” recognition of Jerusalem as Israel”s capital. “This is an important declaration, because the president of the most important country in the world says that he recognizes Jerusalem… Continue reading “‘Thunderous silence in the Arab world’”

Kosovo signs deal with US firm for billion-euro power plant

Kosovo on Wednesday signed a deal with US power generator ContourGlobal for the construction of a 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant that aims to provide energy independence for the Balkan country. “This project will represent the largest foreign investment in Kosovo’s history,” said the US ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, at the signing ceremony. Kosovo’s government said… Continue reading “Kosovo signs deal with US firm for billion-euro power plant”

Hanukkah menorahs lit at sites of terrorist attacks around the world

World Bnei Akiva emissaries lead lighting ceremonies in Amsterdam, Germany, Manchester and Jerusalem Young Jews in several countries lit Hanukkah menorahs at sites targeted by terrorist attacks to signal their solidarity with victims and celebrate resilience. The ceremonies, organized by members of the World Bnei Akiva youth movement, included one lighting at the HaCarmel kosher restaurant… Continue reading “Hanukkah menorahs lit at sites of terrorist attacks around the world”

Israel ‘will not tolerate’ Gaza rocket fire: Lieberman

Israel is ready to pay the price for the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as its capital but will not accept Palestinian rocket fire, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s December 6 decision to recognise Jerusalem and move the US embassy there has led to near-daily protests in the Palestinian territories, with at… Continue reading “Israel ‘will not tolerate’ Gaza rocket fire: Lieberman”

IDF chief visits Gaza attack tunnels, amid lingering tensions

After defense minister says period of near-daily rocket fire is over, Eisenkot heads to southern Israel to meet with, congratulate his generals IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot on Wednesday toured two of the recently discovered attack tunnels dug by Palestinian terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip into Israel The visit came amid lingering tensions with… Continue reading “IDF chief visits Gaza attack tunnels, amid lingering tensions”

Forum Aims to Restore Peace

A high-level forum to revive South Sudan’s 2015 peace agreement is underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – and the stakes could not be higher. The internal conflict that began four years ago has driven two million people from the country and left more than a million others a step away from famine, according to the United… Continue reading “Forum Aims to Restore Peace”

Hamas Gaza warns: Don’t visit Israeli Foreign Ministry webpage

On Wednesday Hamas’s internal security agency in Gaza warned surfers against viewing the Israeli Foreign Ministry Arabic Facebook account. According to the agency, the Facebook page contains new ways in which Israeli intelligence recruits and operates civilians. One method mentioned is referring to sites on different communication platforms that were created for that purpose. “The methods… Continue reading “Hamas Gaza warns: Don’t visit Israeli Foreign Ministry webpage”

Warring Parties May Sign Cease-fire Friday

Members of South Sudan’s many warring factions are gathered at a forum in the hope of working out a cease-fire as soon as Friday. More than 100 members of various groups are attending talks in Addis Ababa, sponsored by Intergovernmental Authority on Development, that are aimed at revitalizing a 2015 peace deal. Representatives of both armed… Continue reading “Warring Parties May Sign Cease-fire Friday”

Catalonia’s Independence Movement Draws on History in Bid to Break From Spain 

In the heart of Barcelona lies a foreboding reminder of Spain’s past. La Modelo prison is located just a few blocks from the Catalan capital’s main railway station and many of the city’s major tourist attractions. The jail housed political prisoners during the 40-year dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. More than 1,000 were executed. Barcelona was… Continue reading “Catalonia’s Independence Movement Draws on History in Bid to Break From Spain “

President Hails Chiwenga On 44-Yr Illustrious Career

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Dominic Chiwenga yesterday officially handed over the reins to General Philip Valerio Sibanda, marking an end to his 44-year illustrious military career. The colourful handover and takeover grand parade was held at Commando Regiment and was witnessed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Emmerson Mnangagwa.… Continue reading “President Hails Chiwenga On 44-Yr Illustrious Career”

State agents, militia ‘planned’ DRC massacres: rights group

Security forces and an army-backed militia planned massacres in an opposition stronghold in the Democratic Republic of Congo, human rights activists charged Wednesday, calling the killings “crimes against humanity”. The southern Kasai region suffered “one of the worst human rights crises in the world” between March and July, the Paris-based International Human Rights Federation (FIDH) said… Continue reading “State agents, militia ‘planned’ DRC massacres: rights group”

Trump, Saudi king blame Iran for missile attack on Saudi palace

President Trump spoke by phone Wednesday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia following a foiled ballistic missile attack against the king’s palace, with both leaders agreeing on the need to hold Iran accountable for the attack. The White House said the missile, which was intercepted Tuesday, “was enabled by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps” that… Continue reading “Trump, Saudi king blame Iran for missile attack on Saudi palace”

IDF arrests another Palestinian woman for hitting soldiers in video

Nour Tamimi joins her cousin, Ahed, in custody for ‘assault and incitement’; Israeli troops clash with Palestinians while escorting worshipers to Nablus holy site The army arrested a second Palestinian girl from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh early Wednesday morning, in connection with an incident last week in which she and her cousin filmed… Continue reading “IDF arrests another Palestinian woman for hitting soldiers in video”

US Readies North Korea Pre-Emptive ‘Bloody Nose’ Strike: Report

The White House is preparing a North Korea option that would include a “bloody nose” targeted preemptive military strike to knock out its nuclear weapon program, according to a Wednesday report by the at. A strike could involve targeting a launch site before it launches a ballistic missile test or targeting North Korea weapons stockpiles. “The… Continue reading “US Readies North Korea Pre-Emptive ‘Bloody Nose’ Strike: Report”

Air strikes kill 19 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Overnight air strikes killed 19 civilians, seven of them children, in a residential district of a town in northwestern Syria, a monitor said on Wednesday. “Suspected Russian air strikes targeted several houses in Maarshurin,” a rebel-held town in Idlib province, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He said 13 members… Continue reading “Air strikes kill 19 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor”

Pentagon works to ‘understand’ missile strike on Saudi

The Pentagon said Tuesday it was working with Saudi Arabia to determine events surrounding the latest missile launch from Yemen, but it did not immediately point fingers at Iran. Saudi Arabia earlier said it had shot down a ballistic missile over Riyadh that was fired from Yemen by Iran-backed Huthi rebels. The rebels said they targeted… Continue reading “Pentagon works to ‘understand’ missile strike on Saudi”

Number of cholera cases in Yemen hits one million

The number of cholera cases in Yemen has hit one million people according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a new milestone for what was already one of the fastest growing outbreaks of the deadly disease in modern history. After almost three years of war between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels, more… Continue reading “Number of cholera cases in Yemen hits one million”

Kremlin brands US sanctions against Chechen strongman ‘illegal’

Russia on Thursday branded US sanctions against Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov “illegal and unfriendly” after Washington accused the key Kremlin ally of involvement in murder and torture. On Wednesday, the US Treasury hit the Chechen leader with financial sanctions under the 2012 Magnitsky Act, accusing Kadyrov of personal involvement in repression, torture and extra-judicial killings. “We… Continue reading “Kremlin brands US sanctions against Chechen strongman ‘illegal’”

Trump Will Cut Aid to Opponents of His Jerusalem Move

President Donald Trump has threatened to cut financial aid to any country opposed to his decision to name the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as the U.N. General Assembly prepared to vote on a resolution condemning the U.S. leader’s controversial move. Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday that he would… Continue reading “Trump Will Cut Aid to Opponents of His Jerusalem Move”

Trump’s War On Terror Sees Airstrikes Double

U.S. air strikes aimed at countering extremist organizations in Africa and the Middle East more than doubled under President Donald Trump, according to a new report. On Tuesday, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism released its annual report, which showed that strikes under Trump have dramatically increased since he took over from his predecessor Barack Obama. These… Continue reading “Trump’s War On Terror Sees Airstrikes Double”

U.S. Marines to Focus on Russia and North Korea Threats

The United States Marines are looking at pulling back from the Middle East to refocus on threats coming from Russia and the Pacific region, the corps’s commandant has told troops stationed in Europe. General Robert Neller spoke to troops at the Vaernes Garrison in Norway, holding a town hall-style meeting with Marines during his multi-country Christmas… Continue reading “U.S. Marines to Focus on Russia and North Korea Threats”

Row over oil money to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria

Nigeria’s opposition has rejected a plan to spend a billion dollars of oil money to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in the country’s volatile northeast. Last week, the governor of the southern state of Edo, Godwin Obaseki, told reporters the federal government had been given the nod to withdraw the cash from the country’s Excess Crude… Continue reading “Row over oil money to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria”

‘International community must pressure Hamas’

The United Nations Security Council will meet on Friday for a special session on the civilians and the remains of Israeli soldiers held in the Gaza Strip. The United States and Ukraine, members of the Security Council, are co-hosting the “Arria-Formula” session – a special informal meeting of the Council. Dr. Leah Goldin, the mother of… Continue reading “‘International community must pressure Hamas’”

Has the Yemen campaign achieved its goals?

For many the war in Yemen has become a story of numbers. At least 10,000 people killed, two million displaced from their homes, and millions more on the brink of famine. Now, 1,000 days since the start of the conflict, Houthi rebels say they launched a ballistic missile targeting a royal palace in the Saudi capital… Continue reading “Has the Yemen campaign achieved its goals?”

HRW calls for UN to sanction Saudi crown prince

Human Rights Watch has called on the UN to place sanctions on Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over abuses carried out in Yemen. In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, the rights group’s deputy UN director, Akshaya Kumar, said the heir to the Saudi throne was behind abuses at home and bore responsibility… Continue reading “HRW calls for UN to sanction Saudi crown prince”

Fresh S.Sudan fighting casts doubt on peace talks

As South Sudan’s warring parties met for peace talks this week, dozens of refugees streamed into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, fleeing what they said was a fresh government offensive. The push to recapture a key rebel stronghold came shortly before mediators tabled a ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa, raising serious doubts over the government’s commitment… Continue reading “Fresh S.Sudan fighting casts doubt on peace talks”

Santos names ex-VP as chief negotiator with Colombia rebels

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday named a former vice president as chief negotiator in peace talks with rebels from the National Liberation Army (ELN). In a meeting with journalists, Santos said Gustavo Bell would replace Juan Camilo Restrepo after the latter announced that he would step down in January when a ceasefire with Colombia’s… Continue reading “Santos names ex-VP as chief negotiator with Colombia rebels”

Two Palestinian women in court over Israeli soldier slap video

Two more Palestinian women appeared in an Israeli military court Thursday after a viral video of an alleged assault on Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, an AFP journalist said. Nariman Tamimi, 43, and Nour Naji Tamimi, 21, were detained in a case that has set Israeli and Palestinian social media alight. The video filmed… Continue reading “Two Palestinian women in court over Israeli soldier slap video”

Official version of who killed UN experts in DR Congo in doubt

State employees of the Democratic Republic of Congo helped organise the mission trip of two UN experts to the central Kasai region where they were killed, according to a Reuters and Radio France Internationale (RFI) report. The revelation that “four state agents and associates” may have been involved in the murders appears to contradict the official… Continue reading “Official version of who killed UN experts in DR Congo in doubt”

South Sudan Forum Aims to Restore Peace

A high-level forum to revive South Sudan’s 2015 peace agreement is underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – and the stakes could not be higher. The internal conflict that began four years ago has driven two million people from the country and left more than a million others a step away from famine, according to the United… Continue reading “South Sudan Forum Aims to Restore Peace”

Nablus: Qusra village sees no end to settler violence

The killing of a Palestinian farmer by Israeli settlers in a northern West Bank village last month has left his family in mourning, while fighting an ongoing legal battle to save their home, which is slated for demolition. Mahmoud al-Zaal’s eight-member family live in Qusra, a village encircled by illegal settlements and outposts south of the… Continue reading “Nablus: Qusra village sees no end to settler violence”

Bahrain warns against challenging US over ‘side issues’

Bahrain’s foreign minister has said it is unhelpful to “pick a fight” with the United States over “side issues”, while there is a threat from Iran. Khalid al -Khalifa tweeted to his 460,000 followers on Wednesday: “It’s not helpful to pick a fight with the USA over side issues while we together fight the clear and… Continue reading “Bahrain warns against challenging US over ‘side issues’”

New peace talks on Syria begin in the Kazakh capital

A new round of Syria peace talks backed by powerbrokers Russia, Iran and Turkey kicked off in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana Thursday, the Central Asian country’s foreign ministry said. Delegations from Russia, Iran and Turkey along with Syrian regime representatives and a 20-strong opposition delegation had all arrived in Astana for two days of talks, a ministry… Continue reading “New peace talks on Syria begin in the Kazakh capital”

Saudi King supports eastern J’lem as Palestinian state capital

Saudi King Salman on Wednesday pledged the kingdom’s support for eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian Arab state during talks in Riyadh with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The monarch asserted “the legitimate right of the Palestinian people in establishing their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” the SPA official news agency… Continue reading “Saudi King supports eastern J’lem as Palestinian state capital”

France urges Libya to act on UN peace plan

France’s foreign minister on Thursday urged Libya’s unity government to act on a United Nations plan for 2018 elections and a national dialogue to stabilise the war-torn country. “This calendar is the indispensable political solution for Libya and it must be implemented now with the utmost speed,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said after talks in Tripoli with… Continue reading “France urges Libya to act on UN peace plan”

U.S. Soldiers Training To Capture North Korean Nukes

The U.S. military is conducting exercises to prepare for the infiltration of North Korea and the removal of its nuclear missiles, according to reports. Hundreds of troops from the U.S. and South Korea conducted a joint training exercise dubbed “Warrior Strike” last week, South Korean military sources told the country’s Yonhap News Agency. The drill, which… Continue reading “U.S. Soldiers Training To Capture North Korean Nukes”

Somali Police Celebrates 74 Years of Existence

The Somali Police force marked its 74th anniversary with its leadership announcing a raft of reforms, aimed at strengthening its capacity to restore the country’s security. The ceremony held at the Police Training Academy in Mogadishu was attended by President Farmajo and attended by several government officials as well as AMISOM commanders. President Farmajo, who is… Continue reading “Somali Police Celebrates 74 Years of Existence”

North Korea Is Trying to Fit Its Missiles With Anthrax

The North Korean regime has started tests with a view to loading intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with anthrax, according to regional media reports. Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday that Pyongyang had undertaken heat and pressure resistance tests, citing an intelligence source in South Korea. The spy source told the newspaper that Kim Jong Un’s regime… Continue reading “North Korea Is Trying to Fit Its Missiles With Anthrax”

Villages Burned After Separatist Attacks

Several villages are said to have been set ablaze in Cameroon’s English speaking southwestern town of Mamfe after armed separatists attacked military installations and killed four soldiers. The Cameroon government says it has seized three of the armed separatists’ training camps. Cameroon communication minister and government spokesperson Issa Tchiroma says for the past two weeks, military… Continue reading “Villages Burned After Separatist Attacks”

U.S. Military Compared to Russia, China, North Korea

President Donald Trump has unveiled his premier National Security Strategy, a plan that promised to put “America First” by challenging leading competitors Russia and China and confronting what he considered aggressions by other states, especially nuclear-armed North Korea. While each has traditionally been seen as inferior to the U.S. in terms of strength, all three nations… Continue reading “U.S. Military Compared to Russia, China, North Korea”

Suspected cholera cases reach one million in Yemen

The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has reached one million, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday. “Yemen suspected cholera cases has reached the threshold of one million, amplifying the suffering of the country caught up in a brutal war,” the ICRC said on its Yemen Twitter account. The WHO… Continue reading “Suspected cholera cases reach one million in Yemen”

After 1,000 days of civil war in Yemen, violence has become ‘normalized’

Yemeni culture has become increasingly divided by civil war. But it retains qualities that hold the promise of reconciliation, if only the war were to stop. On March 26, 2015, a coalition of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia, with support from the United States and Great Britain, began a bombing campaign in Yemen. It was… Continue reading “After 1,000 days of civil war in Yemen, violence has become ‘normalized’”

‘Rockets are being fired at Arabs, by Arabs’

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai on Thursday morning posted on his Arabic-language Facebook page about the rockets fired recently from Gaza. “Good morning to Gaza’s citizens, and a slightly less good morning to Khan Yunis resident Faissel Kadiah,” Mordechai wrote. “This morning, Faissel Kadiah’s home in Khan Yunis was harmed by… Continue reading “‘Rockets are being fired at Arabs, by Arabs’”

Increase in North Korean Defections Could Reflect Sanctions Impact

Another North Korean soldier and two fishermen defected to South Korea on Thursday, which could be a sign that international sanctions intended to punish the leadership in Pyongyang are imposing harsh economic hardships on ordinary people. South Korean guards fired up to 20 warning shots at North Korean troops that were in pursuit of the soldier… Continue reading “Increase in North Korean Defections Could Reflect Sanctions Impact”

US drone strike kills Qaeda propaganda chief in Yemen

The propaganda chief of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was among six jihadists killed in two separate US drone strikes in Yemen, tribal sources said on Thursday. The Wednesday evening strikes came as Washington revealed that US forces have carried out more than 120 air strikes against jihadists in Yemen this year as part of a… Continue reading “US drone strike kills Qaeda propaganda chief in Yemen”

Palestinian girl who slapped soldier ordered held for another 6 days

Military juvenile court judge says concern that teen would obstruct investigation justifies keeping her in prison even though she poses no danger The remand of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was filmed slapping IDF soldiers in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh was extended for six additional days on Wednesday. Explaining her decision, Judge Lidor… Continue reading “Palestinian girl who slapped soldier ordered held for another 6 days”

Liberia’s wartime ghosts return to haunt election

Dekergar Duko, a lean father-of-two who crushes rocks for a living, often reminisces during his days of backbreaking labour about his life under Liberia’s warlord-turned-president, Charles Taylor. Living in a hovel metres (yards) away from the so-called “College of Knowledge” where the dreaded strongman trained child soldiers to kill, Duko recalls when times were so much… Continue reading “Liberia’s wartime ghosts return to haunt election”

Fresh protests hit Iraqi Kurdistan

Hundreds of protesters faced off with security forces in Iraqi Kurdistan for a fourth day Thursday, demanding the resignation of politicians accused of graft. Police deployed en masse in the town of Rania, where five demonstrators were shot dead and dozens wounded Tuesday amid public anger over an economic crisis partly triggered by an independence vote.… Continue reading “Fresh protests hit Iraqi Kurdistan”

Top Trump Administration Diplomat Addresses Africa’s Toughest Issues [press conference]

The current U.S. administration’s top diplomat on African affairs, Acting Assistant Secretary Don Yamamoto, recently completed a 10-day trip to Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda which included talks on a wide range of issues with the African Union. Upon his return to Washington, D.C., he was questioned by African journalists in a telephone news conference. Excerpts:… Continue reading “Top Trump Administration Diplomat Addresses Africa’s Toughest Issues [press conference]”

U.S. Military to Spend $200 Million on Europe Airbases

The U.S. military is dedicating more than $200 million to upgrade its air bases in Europe as part of the broader effort to deter Russian aggression in the region. On December 12, President Donald Trump signed a $700 billion defense bill, which includes approximately $214 million for the U.S. to construct installations in Iceland, Norway and… Continue reading “U.S. Military to Spend $200 Million on Europe Airbases”