Far-right Israeli parties join forces ahead of March election

Three far-right Israeli political parties joined forces late Wednesday, seeking to strengthen their hand in a coming election after a left-leaning alliance was announced earlier in the week. Israel is gearing up for its third election in less than a year after neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netany

UK PM Johnson condemns Iranian attack on military bases in Iraq

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned on Wednesday the attack by Iran on military bases in Iraq housing western troops in retaliation for the US killing of an Iranian general. “We of course condemn the attack on Iraqi military bases hosting coalition forces. Iran should not repeat th

France not planning to cut troop numbers in Iraq for now: govt source

France has no plans to cut its troop numbers from Iraq for the moment following the killing of a top Iranian military commander that has exacerbated tensions in the region, a French government source said on Tuesday. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Twitter that given the events in Bagh

France says Iran must not retaliate after Iran general Soleimani’s killing

France’s foreign minister said Monday 6 January 2020 that Tehran must not retaliate over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike, amid an escalating war of words between Iranian officials and President Donald Trump. “It is essential that Iran renounce any reprisals

US Embassy in Israel warns citizens to be alert

The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s top general The U.S. Embassy in Israel has issued a warning to Americans to stay on the alert “in the event of mortar or rocket fire.” The embassy’s website said it posted the security ale

Britain's Prince Charles to visit Israel and Palestinian Territories

Britain’s Prince Charles will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz becoming the most senior British royal to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories later this month. Charles will attend the World Holocaust Forum on Jan 23 in Jerusalem, his office said on Monda

Clashes break out at Paris protest against pension reform

Paris - Police on Saturday, 4 January 2020 fired tear gas at demonstrators in Paris’s busy Gare du Nord station, used by tourists taking the Eurostar service, and at the Gare de l’Est, during demonstrations against plans to reform France’s pension system. The demonstrators, who se

Death toll rises to 24 in Cambodia building collapse, some still trapped

At least 24 people were killed and 23 injured after a building in Cambodia collapsed, trapping workers under rubble, officials said on Sunday. The seven-story concrete building collapsed on Friday in the coastal town of Kep, about 160 southwest of the capital Phnom Penh. It came a year after anoth

Battery factory collapses in fire in New Delhi, injuring 14

A factory manufacturing batteries caught fire and collapsed in the Indian capital Thursday, injuring 13 fire officials and one security guard, police said. A fire official said three people were rescued from the debris of the building in Peera Garhi area in western New Delhi. Thirty-five fire engin

For France's Macron, 2020 again brings rocky start, outlook

Emmanuel Macron embarked Wednesday on what is shaping up to be another rocky year for his presidency of France, facing a fresh barrage of anger from critics for using a new year’s address to reaffirm his commitment to fiercely contested pension reforms. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon twee

Police, protesters clash in New Year's rally in Hong Kon

Hundreds of thousands of people packed Hong Kong streets for an annual New Year’s Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extended into 2020 with further violence between police and demonstrators. Police said they arrested some 400 people for unlawful assembly and carrying

Greek PM: Athens to seek world court if talks with Turkey fail

Greece's prime minister said in remarks published on Sunday 21-29-2019 that if Athens and Ankara cannot solve their dispute about maritime zones in the Mediterranean they should turn to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to settle the disagreement. Turkey signed an accord with Li

Israel’s Netanyahu wins ruling party leadership vote

  Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “huge” victory Friday, after winning a leadership primary that ensures he will lead his right-wing Likud party into March elections. Israel’s longest-serving premier, who faces a corruption indictment and a thi

Russian authorities ramp up pressure on Kremlin opponent Navalny and his allies

Russian authorities raided Alexei Navalny's offices on Thursday, just a day after the Kremlin opponent said one of his allies had been forcibly conscripted and sent to serve at a remote Arctic base.Navalny was taken from the office by officers of the federal court bailiffs' service that forced their

162 migrants rescued off Libya land in Italy: NGO

Some 162 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast have disembarked in the southern Italian port of Taranto, the NGO SOS Mediterranee said Tuesday. The migrants, including 50 minors and five pregnant women, “were rescued by the SOS Mediterranee Search and Rescue team in two critical rescues in in

India National Population Register: Database agreed amid protests

The Indian cabinet has approved funds for a census and a population survey to be held next year despite weeks of protests over a citizenship law that critics say is anti-Muslim. Authorities say the updated National Population Register (NPR) will be a comprehensive list of all residents. However, c

India's main opposition party to stage protest against new law

New Delhi - India’s main opposition party will stage a silent protest in the capital on Monday 23 December 2019 against a contentious new citizenship law, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended the legislation at a rally in New Delhi and accused the opposition of pushing the country

Construction at North Korean site, satellite images show, stoking fears of imminent missile test

A new satellite image of a factory where North Korea makes military equipment used to launch long-range missiles shows the construction of a new structure. The release of several images from Planet Labs comes amid concern that North Korea could launch a rocket or missile as it seeks concessions in


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