Pompeo’s ‘terror hub’ remarks upset Bangladesh

DHAKA: Bangladesh has criticized remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo labeling the country as a place where “Al-Qaeda cells have carried out attacks.” In comments published on the State Department website on Tuesday, Pompeo listed several countries, including Banglade


U.S. to designate Yemen's Houthi movement as foreign terrorist group

The outgoing U.S. administration is to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, a move the United Nations warned could undermine peace talks and make it harder to feed Yemenis enduring the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. A leader of the Iranian-align


Republican U.S. senator joins calls for Trump resignation as Democrats prepare to impeach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second Republican U.S. senator called for President Donald Trump to resign on Sunday, saying he could face criminal liability after the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. The remarks by Senator Pat Toomey, a conservative supporter of Trump until recent


Biden’s fine with Trump skipping swearing-in ceremony

WASHINGTON: President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said he has no issue with President Donald Trump not attending his inauguration  as the 46th US president on January 20. Trump had earlier said he would skip Biden's inauguration, refusing to fulfill the outgoing president’s traditio


Reaction from leaders pours in after mob breaks into Capitol

A mob of violent protesters made its way into the US Capitol on Wednesday, forcing police to evacuate lawmakers and delaying the constitutional process to affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the November election. Some of the reaction from around the United States and the world:British Prime Minis


Global leaders react to storming of US Capitol by Trump supporters

World leaders expressed outrage at the violent mob of Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol building in an attempt to stop a peaceful transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she was “furious and saddened” by the violence an


US envoy to Syria: Trump's Syria policies have bipartisan support

It seemed a mission impossible for a cohort of resilient and seasoned diplomats from major regional and international powers, as well as the United Nations: ending a war that erupted in Syria almost ten years ago. And for the incumbent US special envoy for Syria, Joel D. Rayburn, he has inherited


Trump pressures Georgia elections chief: ‘Find 11,780 votes’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state’s presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims of fraud and raising the prospect of a “crimin


Trump, on tape, presses Georgia official to ‘find’ him votes to overturn Biden win

ATLANTA: President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state’s presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims of fraud and raising the prospect of “criminal offense&r


Iranian Defense Minister: Trump assassinated Qassem Soleimani for this reason … and we will avenge his blood

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami vowed to avenge the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, with the anniversary of the one-year anniversary of his death on January 3, 2020, following an American strike at Baghd


‘Cowardly’ Aden airport attack draws regional, global condemnation

 A rocket and gunfire attack on Aden airport in Yemen, targeting the country’s newly formed government and claiming dozens of lives, has drawn global condemnation from political, diplomatic and non-governmental figures. Saudi Arabia strongly condemned the “treacherous&r


Turkey to Greece: Act responsibly

Turkey on Saturday urged Greece to act in a common sense and responsible manner, responding to a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) recently issued by Greece for a vast area in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, reports Anadolu Agency. "We see that Greece continues her provocative and escalator


Biden likely to follow Obama's approach towards Iran

Recently the IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi in surprise remarks called for a new nuclear agreement between Iran and the US under the Biden administration. Following his unexpected remarks, Iran has called on the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) to remain professional a


UN says Mladenov unable to take up role as UN Libya envoy

Bulgarian diplomat Nickolay Mladenov has told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres he will be unable to take up the role as United Nations Libya envoy next year due to "personal and family reasons," a UN spokesman said on Tuesday, reports Reuters. Mladenov has been the UN Middle East envoy


Pompeo: Russia 'pretty clearly' behind major cyberattack on US

Russia was "pretty clearly" behind a devastating cyberattack on several US government agencies that also hit targets worldwide, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Microsoft said late on Thursday that it had notified more than 40 customers hit by the malware, which security experts say could all


European Parliament calls for review in relations with Egypt

The European Parliament called on its member states to conduct a "deep and comprehensive" review of relations with Egypt in light of the deteriorating human rights situation there. In a statement issued late on Wednesday, the European Parliament called for more transparency in all forms of financ


Breaking norms, Jared Kushner scores late-term success in push for stalled Mideast peace process

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is getting top-of-the-line fighter jets. Morocco is winning recognition for decades-old territorial claims. And Sudan is coming off the US terrorism blacklist.The Arab nations are suddenly achieving long-sought goals after agreeing to normalize ties with Israel, in a


U.S. steps closer to vaccine as Britain starts first COVID-19 shots

U.S. regulators stepped closer to approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday as a 90-year-old British woman became the first person outside of trials to receive the shot, offering hope of slowing a pandemic that has pushed hospitals to the brink. Meanwhile, the Trump administration sought t




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