Wednesday, 22 May 2019

U.S. Says Syria’s President May Be Using Chemical Weapons Again

WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Tuesday that the Syrian government might be renewing its use of chemical weapons, citing a suspected chlorine attack in northwest Syria, and maintaining that any use of such weapons would lead the United States and its allies to “respond quickly and appropriately.” The Trump administration said the suspected […]

Palestinian Business Leaders Reject Trump’s Economic Overture

JERUSALEM — Palestinian businessmen have a message for the White House: Keep your money. Promising tens of billions of dollars in foreign investment as part of its peace plan for the Mideast, the Trump administration announced an “economic workshop” in Bahrain next month to show Palestinian business leaders the potential windfall they would reap under […]

Russia announces unilateral ceasefire by Syrian forces in Idlib

Moscow says government forces halted attacks on last major rebel-held area as opposition activists report more clashes. The Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, have unilaterally ceased fire in the northwestern Idlib province, the last major rebel-held territory, Moscow’s defence ministry said on Sunday. However, opposition activists said shelling and air attacks continued on Sunday despite […]

Explosion hits tourist bus near Egypt's Giza pyramids

Officials say 17 people were wounded after an explosion hits tourist bus near Giza pyramids. An explosion rocked a tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids wounding 17 people, according to officials. The wounded included South African tourists and Egyptians, officials said on Sunday. There were no reports of deaths. Pictures on social media showed at […]

Sudan's military says talks to resume as barricades removed

Generals say negotiations with protest leaders will resume on Sunday following 72-hour suspension over Khartoum unrest. Sudan’s military council has announced plans to resume talks with protest leaders, paving the way for the two sides to iron out differences over an interim body to steer the country towards democratic elections. In a statement on Saturday, the […]

Syria says missiles fired from Israeli-held territory at Damascus

Air defences intercept missiles fired at western Damascus from direction of occupied Golan Heights, state media reports. Syrian air defences have targeted projectiles coming from “occupied territory”, a reference to Israel and the Palestinian territories, and brought some of them down, Syrian state television reported. Loud blasts echoed across Damascus late on Friday, residents said, […]

Iran's Zarif: 'Concrete action' needed to save nuclear deal

Urging ‘friends’ to take action, Zarif said only Russia and China supported Iran and helped keep the nuclear deal going. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged “friends”, including China and Russia, to take “concrete action” to safeguard the 2015 nuclear deal after the United States withdrew from the agreement. On a visit to […]

Germany, Netherlands suspend Iraq training missions

The United States has warned of increasing threats to Western military forces from Iran-allied groups. Germany and the Netherlands have suspended their training of Iraqi soldiers, it emerged on Wednesday. Berlin has about 160 troops in Iraq and Amsterdam has about 50, with both missions based mainly in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region. […]

British Council worker jailed in Iran named

The British Council has said it believes one of its Iranian employees, Aras Amiri, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran for spying. Sir Ciarán Devane, chief executive of the UK cultural organisation, said he was dismayed by the reported sentence and was “profoundly concerned for Aras’ safety and wellbeing”. “We firmly […]