Turkey Warns Syrian Army Against Supporting Kurds in Afrin

20 Feb, 2018

Turkey launched a cross-border operation on January 20 in the town of Afrin to expel the Kurdish YPG group from the border area. While President Bashar al-Assad's government and the YPG espouse different visions for Syria's future and their forces have clashed at times, they have mostly avoided direct conflict.


Federal Bureau of Investigation says U.S. man stole thumb of Chinese terracotta warrior statue

20 Feb, 2018

Delaware-resident Michael Rohana was arrested last week, United States officials said, accused of stealing the thumb in December during an ugly sweater party hosted by the museum. He grabbed the left hand of the statue, which is valued at $4.5 million, and broke off its thumb. An official from the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre, the agency that arranged for the loan of the statues, seeks a "severe penalty" for the perpetrator, according to the South China Morning Post .


Russian news agency reports 4 dead in church shooting

19 Feb, 2018

According to Kadyrov, it is important to find out who encouraged the shooter to carry out the attack. The Russian Investigative Committee says the gunman has been identified as a local resident in his early 20s. "A bearded man ran towards the church shouting "Allahu Akbar" ('God is greatest') and killed four people", Father Pavel told RBK. A spokesman for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill strongly condemned the attack, branding it a "monstrous crime" aimed at "provoking a confrontation ...


66 people feared dead in plane crash

19 Feb, 2018

Eyewitnesses told local media that the aircraft was attempting to make an emergency landing, but instead hit the Dena mountain range. The deal for the 60 aircraft is estimated to be worth $3bn. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement: "The very tragic incident of a passenger plane crashing on Tehran-Yasuj route, which led to the death of a number of our fellow Iranians, caused great grief and sorrow".


Netanyahu visits memorial for Israeli athletes murdered at 1972 Olympics

19 Feb, 2018

Netanyahu also called on world powers to scrap the 2015 Iran deal which eased economic sanctions on Iran in return for curbing its nuclear weapons program. You should, it's yours. Zarif on Sunday dismissed Netanyahu's stunt as "a cartoonish circus . which does not even deserve the dignity of a response".


Israeli military: 4 soldiers wounded in Gaza border blast

18 Feb, 2018

Following the explosion, the Israeli army fired a shell at an observation post, run by al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, near the eastern border of Abasan al-Jadeeda town, east of Khan Younis. But the rocket did not explode on impact, according to Israeli news reports. Israel, however, has begun to soften its line of late, appealing for worldwide aid, and may be less inclined to strike hard militarily, even if targeted by rocket fire and border attacks.


Ethiopia says state of emergency after PM resigned will last six months

18 Feb, 2018

However, "the state of emergency will be declared this morning as the security situation in the country is getting volatile", said the source. Ethiopia's Council of Ministers Friday declared a six-month state of emergency for the country, effective immediately, a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced he is resigning.


Israelis, Palestinians don't want peace

15 Feb, 2018

The full interview with Trump was published in Israel Hayom's Sunday edition. And we are planning to move toward national elections in which all Palestinians , including our diaspora, can take part, with the goals of better representation, more support for our refugees and strengthening our people's steadfastness under occupation.


Iranian scholar and environmental activist dies in prison

12 Feb, 2018

Iran does not recognize dual nationality and treats those arrested as Iranian citizens. Prison authorities insist that three prisoners who died after they were arrested during nationwide street protests in December also committed suicide, although many Iranians have challenged those conclusions.


United Kingdom charity responds to Haiti misconduct claims

12 Feb, 2018

Penny Mordaunt , the global development secretary, said the charity had lied to her department. "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, we can not have you as a partner", she said. The British Red Cross told the paper there had been a "small number of cases of harassment reported in the UK". In a sign of widening fallout, the Sunday Times reported more than 120 workers for Britain's leading charities were accused of sexual abuse in the past year, "fuelling ...


Olympics Opening Ceremony (SPOILERS): A unified Korea, oiled-up Tongan, fake Trump

11 Feb, 2018

The sight of North and South Koreans marching together for the first time in a decade was the culmination of months of work by Seoul . The South is still technically at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, and the United States and North Korea have recently swapped nuclear threats.


FSB detains Sarov nuclear center engineers for cryptocurrency mining

11 Feb, 2018

The number of scientists has not been specified, but they are understood to have worked at the restricted Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF), located in the city of Sarov, Nizhny Novgorod. During the Cold war era, when Joseph Stalin was ruling the USSR, it was a Savrov where technicians manufactured the first nuclear bomb. It's also tightly guarded, surrounded by barbed wire fencing, and allegedly where the radioactive polonium-210 used to kill ex-FSB agent ...


McDonald succeeds Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein president

11 Feb, 2018

The Sinn Fein leader, who will step down tomorrow after three-and-a-half decades at the forefront of Irish politics, said it was important not to inextricably link Brexit with Irish unification. The region has been without an executive and sitting assembly for more than a year since Sinn Fein withdrew from the power-sharing government, saying it was not being treated as an equal partner by the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party.


Modi blames Congress for partition

10 Feb, 2018

Shedding light on UID, Modi pointed out that Aadhaar is not a new concept. Sonia Gandhi , the widow of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has been of late being unwell and was hospitalised a number of times in the past three years.


Tonga's oiled-up flag bearer will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics

10 Feb, 2018

The closest I had come to succeeding was within 30 points. He announced in December 2016 he was taking a break from taekwondo in an attempt to qualify for the Winter Games, despite having no prior ski-ing experience. "This year [we've had] so many challenges - we sacrificed everything to be here". It may not be possible to catch all the best moments in a single day of the Olympic Games, but we're going to try.


Trump On Rob Porter's Resignation: 'We Wish Him Well'

10 Feb, 2018

President Donald Trump expressed concern for Tom Porter, his former staff secretary who resigned following domestic abuse allegations. Pence told NBC in an interview on Friday that he was "appalled" by the allegations against Porter. The comments came the day after White House chief of staff John Kelly tried to assure staff that the Trump administrations takes domestic violence "very seriously" amid mounting questions about how Porter managed to maintain a position of high influence ...


Taiwan natural disaster: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts

10 Feb, 2018

Taiwanese broadcasters say two Canadians are among those killed in the quake that hit the country this week. Fu Kun-Chi, head of Hualien County, said at a news briefing that the rescue work faces great difficulties with very limited space for rescuers to enter.


South Korean president to meet Kim Jong Un's sister during Olympics

09 Feb, 2018

She will be the first member of the ruling North Korean Kim family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Then came the announcement that a North Korean propaganda band would play concerts around the Olympics, and that Pyongyang would also send a 200-strong cheerleading squad.


New budget barrier: Pelosi opposes pact if no 'Dreamer' help

09 Feb, 2018

On Capital Hill as the deal was being made protesters were making the same demands. "The longer @NancyPelosi bloviates on the House Floor against the deal-the more I'm inclined to support it", tweeted Republican Congressman Mark Walker , who had expressed reservations toward the initial budget deal , while two other Republicans told Politico's Jake Sherman that they thought her speech would help them rally votes for their version of the bill.


Bermuda becomes first country to repeal same-sex marriage law

09 Feb, 2018

In a historic move , Bermuda has become the first country in the world to first legalize same-sex marriage, and then revoke it. Same-sex marriage was initially legalized in the British island territory's Supreme Court in May 2017, and has been repealed less than a year later.


Trump extols 'bombshell' Federal Bureau of Investigation texts on Hillary email probe

08 Feb, 2018

Despite the ambiguity over the context of the text, President Donald Trump seized on the news Wednesday, tweeting that the "NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!" Conservatives - including the president- quickly pounced on the texts. For example, on April 10, 2016-after Strzok expressed his frustration about being "left out of the loop"-he wrote to Page: 'Gmailed you two drafts of what I'm thinking of sending Bill, would appreciate your thoughts".


Northern Irish economy faces 12 percent hit with no UK Brexit deal

08 Feb, 2018

And those are the words used, "commitments" and "guarantees", and they are there in black and white. "Our region is not prepared to take this hit, especially in the context of ceasing to be the beneficiary of vital European Union funding that has helped North East economy for many years".


Britain Must Make a Choice

07 Feb, 2018

Britain, Davis said, wants a comprehensive free trade agreement and a customs agreement to make trade as frictionless as possible while being free to strike free trade deals with swiftly growing countries across the world. Under the agreement of European Union , all countries had a common external tariff on goods imported to EU. Many of those who favour remaining in the customs union fear an increase in red tape and checks between borders may inflame tensions between Northern Ireland and ...


In Chicago, Kashmiris Assured Of Pakistan's Support Until Freedom From India

07 Feb, 2018

Even Yasin Malik was tortured in the Indian jails whereas several Kashmiri freedom fighters had been hanged without due process of law. "I fail to understand as to why Islamabad is ignoring the sacrifices of Kashmiri people". On this occasion, Khan called upon the worldwide community to take awareness of the dilemma of the Kashmiri people who have been subjugated by Indian occupation.


Snow and ice warning issued for Northumberland

07 Feb, 2018

Met Eireann's general forecast states: "Today will be cold and frosty this morning with icy patches". Lower down outbreaks of sleet or wet snow are possible with any accumulations gradually thawing. Air temperatures will fall back to -3° or -4°, with it expected to be coldest away from the Atlantic, and even colder over lying snow. According to the Met Office , travel plans may be affected due to icy conditions during the yellow-level weather alert.



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