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

Trump asked China’s Xi for US re-election help, claims Bolton

Donald Trump pleaded with China’s leader Xi Jinping for help to win re-election in 2020, the US president’s former national security adviser John Bolton writes in an explosive new behind-the-scenes book, according to excerpts published Wednesday.Bolton alleges in a blistering critique th

Egypt blames Ethiopia for stalled Renaissance Dam negotiations

Ethiopia has been accused of ‘intransigence’ which has lead to the stalling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations, Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation said Saturday. Mohamed Abdel Ati ruled out a breakthrough in the negotiations of the GERD &nda

In the W.H.O.’s Coronavirus Stumbles, Some Scientists See a Pattern

Even as the World Health Organization leads the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is failing to take stock of rapidly evolving research findings and to communicate clearly about them, several scientists warned on Tuesday. In a news briefing on Monday, a W.H.O. official asse

Body of George Floyd arrives in Texas for final funeral

Houston’s police chief says the body of George Floyd has arrived in Texas for a final memorial service and funeral. Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted early Sunday that Floyd’s family also arrived safely. A six-hour viewing for Floyd is planned for Monday in Houston, followed by funeral s

George Floyd death: New charges for all four sacked officers

New charges have been announced against all of the sacked police officers present at the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis. The charge against Derek Chauvin has been elevated to second-degree murder, court documents show. The other three officers face counts of aiding and abett

Five police shot during U.S. protests, Trump says he could bring in military

At least five U.S. police were hit by gunfire during violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody, police and media said, hours after President Donald Trump said he would deploy the military if unrest does not stop. Trump deepened outrage on Monday by posing at a church clutchin

‘We Are All George Floyd’: Global Anger Grows Over a Death in Minneapolis

In many parts of the world, the death of yet another black man at the hands of the police in the United States is setting off mass protests against police brutality and reviving concerns that America is abandoning its traditional role as a defender of human rights. On the streets of Berlin and Vanc

Transcripts of ex-Trump adviser Flynn call with Russian ambassador Kislyak released

Transcripts of phone calls that played a pivotal role in the Russia investigation were declassified and released Friday, showing that Michael Flynn, as an adviser to then-President-elect Donald Trump, urged Russia's ambassador to be “even-keeled” in response to punitive Obama administrat

Israeli PM: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won’t be citizens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley will remain in what he described as an “enclave” after Israel annexes the territory and will not be granted Israeli citizenship.Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with plans to annex

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