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Airstrikes kill five pro-Iran fighters in Syria: Monitor

 Beirut - Airstrikes by unidentified warplanes have killed five pro-Iran fighters in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor near the Iraqi border, a Britain-based war monitor said on Sunday 12-8-2019. The strikes late Saturday targeted “positions of Iranian forces and allied militi

Hezbollah operative gets 40 years in prison for plotting terror in New York

NEW YORK - An American of Lebanese decent was convicted of providing material support to Hezbollah by seeking targets in New York City for terrorist attacks. He was sentenced, December 3, to 40 years in prison. Ali Kourani, 35, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein

US urges probe of ‘excessive’ use of force in Iraq

Washington - The US on Monday 3 December 2019 called recent violence in Nasiriyah, Iraq in which at least 29 people died “shocking and abhorrent,” calling on the Iraqi government to investigate and punish those responsible for the “excessive” use of force. Iraqi security for

Pamela Geller: Purveyor of anti-Muslim prejudice

DUBAI - A once unknown former financial analyst and associate publisher, Pamela Geller was one of the most vocal critics of Islam following the 9/11 attacks, becoming infamous for her extremist anti-Muslim views and activism. In 2010, Geller co-founded the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)

Israeli attack aimed to get Netanyahu out of the jam

AMMAN - Pundits and politicians appear to agree that the assassination of Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu Al-Atta and his wife in Gaza, as well as the failed attack in Damascus against Akram Ajoury was committed to assuage domestic Israeli political tensions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facin

Trump: US, Turkish National Security Teams Will 'Immediately' Work to Solve S-400 Issue

US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a press conference on Wednesday 11-13-2019 following their meeting in the US capital.The agenda of the talks is the situation in Syria, as well as trade issues and combatting terrorism. Earlier, Trump stressed that the S-400 a

Spain votes as Catalonia tensions mount

Spain voted Sunday in its fourth general election in as many years with heightened tensions over Catalonia's separatist push in the foreground, an issue that has fuelled a surge in support for upstart far-right party Vox. The repeat polls were called after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez failed to sec

India’s court set to deliver verdict on temple dispute

 New Delhi - India’s security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict on Saturday in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, spar

US mediation looks to break Egypt-Ethiopia dam deadlock

WASHINGTON - After months of deadlock over the highly anticipated Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agreed to continue negotiations in Washington. Talks are to resume December 9 and January 13 and a final resolution target date is set for January 15. A statement from Ethio

China jails nine for selling fentanyl into US

China on Thursday jailed nine people for selling fentanyl to Americans, the result of a landmark joint probe, and pledged further co-operation following President Donald Trump's fury at Beijing's perceived inaction against Chinese suppliers fuelling the deadly US opioid crisis. Despite Trump's cr

Rebuke for Trump in races seen as barometers for 2020 election

Democrats celebrated big election wins in two US states seen as a test of President Donald Trump's strength ahead of the 2020 elections, while Republicans held fast to a governorship in traditionally conservative Mississippi, results showed Wednesday. In a sign of trouble for Trump, Democratic chal

Trump invites ASEAN leaders to US meet after skipping summit

Nonthaburi - President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders to a “special summit” in the United States early next year after skipping their ongoing annual summit in Thailand. Robert O’Brien, the national security adviser Trump sent in his stead, included the invitation

Vietnam arrests eight in connection with UK truck deaths

 Hanoi - Police in Vietnam have arrested eight people in relation to the discovery of 39 dead Vietnamese in a truck near London last month, state media said on Monday 11-4-2019. British police last week charged two men with manslaughter over the deaths of the group, whose bodies were found ins

ISIS names Baghdadi successor, threatens US

ISIS confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and named his replacement as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, the extremist terror group said a statement released Thursday 31 October 2019 . “We mourn you... commander of the faithful,” an audio statement read by Abu Hamza

Schumer warns Trump may shut down the government over impeachment

By Burgess Everett It's a nightmare scenario for Washington: A government shutdown smack in the middle of the House's impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. And Chuck Schumer says he's "increasingly worried" that it might come to fruition. As he and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell battle

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: What his death means for IS in Syria

The death of Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US military raid has been announced with great fanfare by President Donald Trump. Dr Lina Khatib, director of the Middle East programme at the international relations think-tank Chatham House, explains what is likely to happen ne