UN's Griffiths Says Yemen at Critical Juncture

The United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said that the country is a critical juncture, calling for silencing the guns to avoid slipping back into conflict and chaos. “Yemen is at a critical juncture: it will either silence the guns and resume the political process, or we will slip b

Russia’s Putin tells Syria’s al-Assad ceasefire will stabilize Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a phone call on Friday that agreements reached between Russia and Turkey at recent talks would stabilize the situation in Syria’s Idlib province, the Kremlin said. “Bashar al-Assad rated the outcome of the talks b

Coronavirus boosts UK holiday bookings as demand for flights slows

The rise of the staycation is a perennial story. In the past five years, heatwaves, Brexit, the weak pound, overseas terrorist attacks and, more recently, the climate crisis have all boosted UK holiday bookings. This year, coronavirus looks set to do the same as British travellers swap holidays abro

Watch: Clinic in Iran torched, believed to be coronavirus quarantine

A clinic in the Iranian city of Bandar Abbas was torched on Friday because some people believed that coronavirus patients from another city were quarantined in it, according to Iranian media reports. Rumors spread that 10 infected people were transported from the city of Qom, the epicenter of the v

UN demands 'unfettered access' for China Uighur region visit

A team preparing for the United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet's possible visit to the tightly controlled Muslim-majority Chinese region of Xinjiang this year should be given "unfettered access", she said on Thursday. "We will seek to analyse in-depth the human rights situation in China,

Islamic Jihad announces renewed rocket fire from Gaza at Israel

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad announced renewed Gaza rocket fire at Israel on Monday after earlier announcing that it had ended its “military response” against Israel after two days of Gaza rockets and Israeli air strikes. The group’s armed wing said it had halted i

Syrian capital rocked by explosions as Israel claims responsibility

Syria’s capital was rocked by multiple explosions late on Sunday, and the country;s air defenses fired back in the latest attack by Israel on targets in Syria.   State media said air defenses confronted a wave of “enemy rockets” coming from the direction of the Israeli-occup

Assange's fate hangs in balance as UK court considers U.S. extradition bid

Almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret U.S. documents, a London court will begin hearings on Monday to decide whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States.A hero to admirers who say he has exposed abuses of power, Assange is cast by criti

Hanau attack reveals 'poison' of racism in Germany, says Merkel

Angela Merkel has said the murder of nine people in a shooting rampage by a suspected rightwing extremist has revealed the “poison” of racism and hate in Germany. The man, identified as Tobias Rathjen, 43, carried out attacks at two shisha bars in Hanau, a commuter town near Frankfurt,

'Hit with a truck' - How Iran's missiles inflicted brain injury on U.S. troops

In the wee hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated over the U.S. killing of Iran’s most powerful general by bombarding the al-Asad air base in Iraq. Among the 2,000 troops stationed there was U.S. Army Specialist Kimo Keltz, who recalls hearing a missile whistling through the sky as he lay on th

Trump claims he has 'legal right' to intervene in criminal cases

Donald Trump has ignored a plea from his attorney general, William Barr, to not tweet about ongoing legal cases, by using his Twitter account to say he has a “legal right” to do so. Barr delivered a remarkable public rebuke of the president just hours earlier, saying that Trump’s

German court sentences Syrian man for war crime

German judges on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to three and a half years in prison for crimes including posing with the head of a decapitated corpse in his home country. Identified only as Kassim A., the 34-year-old received one and a half years from the superior state court in Koblenz for the wa

Canadian lawyers file lawsuit against Iran over victims of downed Ukrainian plane

Canadian lawyers, who previously successfully sued Iran, are seeking class action status in a lawsuit on behalf of victims aboard a Ukrainian plane shot down over Tehran last month, looking for at least C$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion) in compensation.The suit names Iran, its supreme leader, the elite R

Russia and Turkey’s strained relations in Syria, Libya

Russia and Turkey have engaged in a war of words over the ongoing clashes in Syria’s Idlib province, where the Russian-backed Syrian regime is bombarding Turkish-backed opposition groups in the strategic city of Saraqib. The two countries have previously cooperated in Syria despite supporting

Trump touts stock market's record run, but who benefits?

Donald Trump loves to trumpet the hot U.S. stock market as a key achievement of his presidency, and he was in full self-congratulatory mode on that front during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. “All of those millions of people with 401(k)s and pensions are doing far better th

Trump impeachment trial day 12: All the latest updates

The impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump enters its 12th day on Monday, following a Senate vote that rejected calling new witnesses, and all but assures an acquittal for the president. The House managers and Trump's defence team will present up to four hours of closing argument on Monda

Senate races toward Trump acquittal as hopes for new witnesses fade

An effort to call witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump appeared on the verge of failure Thursday night after at least one of four Republican senators that Democrats needed to open the way said he opposed the idea. The setback for Democrats on the witnesses question meant that T

Ivanka Trump attacks 'smug elites' of CNN in row over viral clip

Ivanka Trump has waded into a row over a CNN segment in which host Don Lemon laughed as two guests ridiculed supporters of her father.The president’s daughter said: “The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘real elites’ is disgusting.” A

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