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US air strike destroys vehicle bomb outside Mogadishu

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

US forces in Somalia conducted an air strike Tuesday against a bomb-laden vehicle outside Mogadishu that was deemed an “imminent threat” to the capital, officials said.The strike occurred about 65 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu and comes after as many as 512 people were killed in a massive truck bombing in October.“In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike against an al-Shabaab vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in the ...

Syrian opposition says government obstructing Geneva talks

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward. Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi said on Tuesday that the Damascus delegation told UN envoy Staffan de Mistura they won't negotiate directly. He said de Mistura told them about the government's stance. Aridi says the opposition delegates "consider this to be a precondition." There was no immediate response from the government team in ...

Two Palestinians killed in Gaza, Israel denies claim of attack

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Two Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday with authorities in the Hamas-run territory blaming an Israeli strike, but Israel's military immediately denied the claim, AFP reported.Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP the two men were killed "in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza after an Israeli strike targeted a motorcycle."The Israeli army immediately denied it, saying in a statement "contrary to Palestinian reports earlier today, the (army) did ...

Israeli minister Lieberman calls Arab MPs ‘war criminals’

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Israel’s defense minister on Monday called Arab MPs “war criminals”, a day after he urged a boycott of Israeli Arabs living near the scene of clashes over the US president’s Jerusalem declaration. Avigdor Lieberman was speaking in a televised parliamentary debate on a motion of no confidence in the right-wing government filed by the mainly Arab Joint List alliance. Presenting the motion, Joint List lawmaker Hanin Zoabi said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “should ...

On Russia’s Syria pullout claims, Pentagon voices skepticism

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Pentagon on Monday voiced skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he had ordered the partial withdrawal of troops from Syria.Putin visited the war-torn nation Monday and said a “significant part” of the Russian troop contingent in Syria is heading home after their mission had been largely completed.But Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said such declarations were not necessarily reflected by action.ALSO READ: Putin orders ...

Trump says New York attack highlights need for immigration reform

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

President Donald Trump said on Monday the homemade bomb attack in New York City that authorities said was carried out by a Bangladeshi man highlights the “urgent need” for Congress to enact immigration reform legislation.Trump said in a statement the suspect had entered the United States on a family immigrant visa, benefiting from a US policy known as chain migration, which the president said “is incompatible with national security.”The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was taken to ...

Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause of heightened tension in the Middle East and derail the peace process. "Russia and Turkey believe that this decision does not help stabilize the situation in the Middle East, but on the contrary, it adds to an already complex situation," Putin said. Speaking Monday after a ...

Egypt's President Sisi receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday to discuss the repercussions of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Ambassador Bassam Radi, the spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency, said that a lengthy session of talks was held between the delegations of the two countries to review the latest developments. Egypt asserted keeping the historical and legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of the ...

Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after rocket fire

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Israeli military said it hit the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers with tank and aircraft fire after Palestinians launched rockets at southern Israel on Monday.At least two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, with the second intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, the army said.After the first rocket was fired, the army issued a statement saying that in response, “a tank and the Israel Air Force targeted Hamas military posts in the southern Gaza ...

ICC reports Jordan to UN Security Council for not arresting Sudan's Bashir

Monday, 11 December 2017

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday it would refer Jordan to the UN Security Council for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited Amman in March. The court issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010 over his alleged role in war crimes including genocide in Sudan's Darfur province. Jordan, as a member of the ICC, is obliged to carry out its arrest warrants. Sudan is not a member of the Hague-based permanent ...

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