Court hears 3rd day of testimony from grief stricken relatives of Christchurch’s slain

NEW ZEALAND: Three days of frequently wrenching victim-impact statements from survivors of last year’s attacks at two mosques in the New Zealand city have ended at the Christchurch’s High Court.   The court has heard testimony from the victims who survived Brenton Tarrant’s


Read the full statement by the US, Israel and UAE on normalizing Israel-UAE relations

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalize relations, US President Donald Trump announced Thursday.According to a lengthy joint statement between the US, UAE and Israel, posted on the website of the US Embassy in Israel and tweeted by Trump, the agreement calls for the "full norm


Israel freezes Palestine annexation for UAE ties

  Israel will halt all annexation of Palestinian territories in exchange for establishing diplomatic ties with the UAE, the countries announced on Thursday.   The agreement, known as the Abraham Accord, came in a joint call between Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dha


Agonized Families of Beirut Blast Victims Await Fate of the Missing

Three days after the explosion that rocked Beirut, dozens of people are still searching for their missing relatives, going from one hospital to the next. They gather at the point nearest to the explosion site at the port, pleading with officials, without receiving clear answers, especially concern


Beirut explosion: How the port blast will hit Lebanon's economy

The huge explosion at Beirut’s port is a crippling blow to a country that had been reeling from a political and financial crisis, a depreciating currency and the Covid-19 pandemic. Economic damage from the blast is being estimated in the billions of dollars.“It’s hard to imagine


This is one of the most unpatriotic moments in Trump's presidency

As Americans are finding out, intelligence is a two-way street. And Donald Trump is a dead end. For years, the President has abused intelligence to fit his personal needs. For years, the President has clothed himself in a blindfold and earplugs whenever he meets intelligence that he finds inconve


WHO Says COVID-19 Pandemic is 'One Big Wave', Not Seasonal

A World Health Organization official on Tuesday 7-28-2020 described the COVID-19 pandemic as “one big wave” and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer since the infection does not share influenza’s tendency to follow seasons. WHO officials have been at pains


Hezbollah fighter killed in Israeli strike near Damascus

 A Hezbollah fighter was killed in an Israeli attack in Syria, the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite group’s first declared casualty there since its leader warned last year that further killings of its members in Syria would face retaliation.Ali Kamel Mohsen, from south Lebanon, was killed b


Nile dam dispute poses a thorny challenge for Ethiopia and Egypt

When Egyptian, Ethiopian and Sudanese officials meet to resolve their differences on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile, they instantly run into many thorny issues. These disputes run deeper than technical matters and the sharing of water, exper


Egypt seeks clarification on word of Ethiopia filling dam

 Egypt has asked Ethiopia for urgent clarification on whether it had started filling its Grand Renaissance dam on the Blue Nile, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.It was Cairo's first official reaction after Ethiopia's water minister said earlier in the day that Addis Ababa had begun the f


UN Chief Condemns 'Unprecedented' Foreign Interference in Libya

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday 7-8-2020 that foreign interference in the Libya conflict has reached "unprecedented levels," with sophisticated equipment and mercenaries involved in the fighting.Guterres denounced the situation during a ministers-level UN Security Council video


Western powers seek condemnation of Syria over sarin attacks

THE HAGUE - Western countries pushed members of the global chemical weapons watchdog Tuesday to formally condemn Syria after a probe explicitly blamed Damascus for nerve gas attacks for the first time. A report in April by a new investigations team at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemica


EU threatens escalation in tariff fight over Boeing and Airbus subsidies

The EU says it will act "decisively" if the US goes ahead with a threat to put new tariffs on its goods. It is latest twist in a long-running row with Washington over subsidies granted to the planemaker Airbus. For more than a decade, the EU and US have accused each other of propping up their home


Turkish minister in Libya for defense cooperation talks

Turkey’s defense minister and military chief visited war-torn Libya’s capital on Friday, the country’s Government of National Accord (GNA) said, the second visit in weeks by a minister from its main international backer.Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Chief of General Staff Yasar


Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation through the November election. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order for the material to be t


US ambassador appears on Lebanese TV despite court-imposed ban

Lebanese media broadcast interviews with the US ambassador on Sunday, ignoring a ruling by a judge who banned the diplomat from television for a year over remarks that criticized the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah.Hezbollah is the main political force behind the Lebanese government. Washington c


Revealed: data shows 10 countries risking coronavirus second wave as lockdown relaxed

Ten countries currently facing serious increases in coronavirus infections are among those nations with less stringent approaches to managing their outbreaks. Guardian analysis of coronavirus data, in combination with the University of Oxford’s coronavirus government response tracker, has ide


Egypt is committed to a diplomatic solution to Ethiopia’s dam crisis: El-Sisi

Egypt is committed to using diplomacy to resolve a crisis with Ethiopia over its construction of a giant hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said on Saturday, addressing stalled talks on the issue.The talks were halted once again on Wednesday, this time only about a fo



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