World leaders remember 9/11 victims and survivors

World leaders sent messages of solidarity Saturday on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, saying the attackers had failed to destroy Western values. Here are a few reactions:“We can now say with the perspective of 20 years that they (the extremists) failed to shake our belief in freedom and democ

Former Afghan president Karzai meets Taliban faction chief — group official

A Taliban commander and senior leader of the Haqqani Network militant group, Anas Haqqani, has met former Afghan President Hamid Karzai for talks, a Taliban official said on Wednesday, amid efforts by the Taliban to set up a government. Karzai was accompanied by the old government’s main pe

Taliban announce ‘general amnesty’ for Afghan government officials; central bank chief flees

The Taliban announced Tuesday an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government, trying to calm nerves across a nervous capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as people tried to flee their rule. The comments by Enamullah Samangani, a member

UK Parliament recalled to discuss Afghanistan crisis

Nobody should bilaterally recognise the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, adding it was clear that there would be a new administration in the country very shortly."We don't want anybody bilaterally recognising the Taliban," Johnson said

Tunisia's Ennahda leader backtracks, announces party support for president

Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, backtracked his previous stance from President Kais Saied and announced his party’s support for the Tunisian leader.  “We wil support President Kais Saied and do what contributes to his success, including our wi

Tunisia’s president says there is ‘no turning back’

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied said on Thursday there was “no turning back” from his decision to freeze parliament and assume executive power, moves his opponents have branded a coup.Speaking in a video published by his office, Saied also rejected calls for talks over the crisis,

Tunisia leader fires ambassador to US in rash of dismissals

 A day after naming a new economy minister, President Kais Saied on Tuesday added Tunisia’s ambassador to the United States to a rash of dismissals.Yet he has to say who will replace the prime minister he fired less than two weeks ago or when.Saied, who took on executive powers July 25

Turkey fires: coastal residents flee by boat as death toll rises to 8

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said at least 27 people affected by the fires were still receiving treatment in hospital while hundreds of others had been released. The fires had already claimed the lives of five people in Manavgat and one person in Marmaris in recent days. The fires forced the ev

US presses Tunisia’s president for swift return to democratic path

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan urged Tunisia's president on Saturday to outline a swift return to the "democratic path" following his seizure of governing powers last Sunday, the White House said.Tunisian President Kais Saied invoked a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic a

Tunisia President Kais Saied appoints new head of interior ministry

Five days after dismissing the government and freezing parliament, the president of Tunisia, Kais Saied, appointed and swore in his national security adviser, Ridha Gharsallaoui, to run the Ministry of the Interior. The move is considered controversial, because Tunisia's constitution puts the pow

Tunisia: Europeans call for respect for state institutions and parliament

The European Union called yesterday for the Tunisian constitution and state institutions to be respected, Anadolu has reported. Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Nabila Masrali said that the bloc is following developments in the North African country "closely". The Ge

EU mulls ways to help defuse Israel-Palestinian fighting

European Union foreign ministers debated Tuesday how to use the 27-nation bloc’s political clout to help diplomatic efforts to end the fighting between the Israeli armed forces and Palestinian militants.The EU has been united in its calls for a cease-fire and the need for a political solutio

US working 'intensively' to bring Israeli-Palestinian violence to an end — Blinken

 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday urged all parties in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to protect civilians and said the United States is working intensively to an end to the violence.“We have been working around the clock through diplomatic channels to tr

Israel targets Gaza tunnels, Palestinian rocket attacks persist

Israel fired artillery and mounted extensive air strikes on Friday against a network of Palestinian militant tunnels under Gaza that it dubbed “the Metro,” amid persistent rocket attacks on Israeli towns.An Israeli military spokesman said that while ground forces had taken part in the

‘Let the guns fall silent’: Pope Francis shares message of hope on Iraq visit

Pope Francis on Friday called for an end to violence in Iraq as he arrived in the country for a historic visit. The 84-year-old pontiff said he is making the trip, which has been planned for several years, as a "pilgrim of peace". "Let the guns fall silent,” he said during a

Biden calls pro-Trump mob ‘terrorists’ as Democrats push for Trump removal – live updates

Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, forcing a lockdown on the Hill as Congress debated certifying the presidential election results. Legislators reconvened late on Wednesday night after the Capitol was secured and eventually certified Joe Biden’s pres

Trump asserts he will soon file 'big cases' challenging 2020 election results

U.S. President Donald Trump asserted on Twitter on Sunday he would soon file “big cases” challenging the 2020 election results in which Joe Biden defeated him, even after his campaign has lost numerous court battles over the results. Trump did not specify if his campaign would file ne