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French defense minister: Iran engaged in destabilizing ballistic and regional activities

Friday, 20 October 2017

France wants to take action to tackle Iran’s missile program and “destabilizing” behavior, but believes scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal would help hardliners and be a step towards future war, France's defense minister said on Friday. “We need the JCPOA. Scrapping it would be a gift to Iran’s hardiners, and a first step towards future wars,” Florence Parly said in a speech at a Washington think tank, referring to the nuclear deal known as the Joint ...

Gargash: Doha seeking the satisfaction of Washington, Iran

Friday, 20 October 2017

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday that Doha’s opportunism is out in the open, and that Qatar is floundering in its own contradictions, appealing to Washington’s satisfaction and strengthening ties with Iran.He tweeted on his official Twitter account: “Doha is once again floundering in its contradictions, seeking the satisfaction of Washington and Tehran, the turmoil will not be covered by the pricey media attacking its neighbors, opportunism ...

Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds

Friday, 20 October 2017

Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad’s wishes. ...

Yemeni minister slams UN for ‘rewarding’ Houthi crimes

Friday, 20 October 2017

Yemeni’s Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani criticized the UN for providing Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh with $14 million to remove mines. Iryani said in a statement published by the Yemeni news agency SABA that this aid is tantamount to a reward to their crimes and murder of civilians as it encourages them to plant more mines which killed and injured thousands of civilians, including women and children. Yemeni news outlets reported that the ...

Egyptian father beats toddler to death for not completing homework

Friday, 20 October 2017

A 5-year-old Egyptian girl died after being beaten by her father for failing to do her nursery homework. Police in Giza, south of Cairo, received a notification from the Boulaq Ad Dakrour Hospital two days ago to inform them that a 5-year-old was transferred to hospital with bruises all over her body including on her head and chest. After investigating the incident, it turned out that her’s father assaulted her using a plastic pipe because she failed to do her homework. Neighbors ...

Saudi minister says terror groups will be eliminated just like ISIS

Friday, 20 October 2017

Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan said on Thursday that just like ISIS was defeated, other terrorist organizations and parties will be eliminated as well. “Just like ISIS was eliminated, its brothers will be eliminated too, God willing,” he wrote on Twitter. He also slammed parties with evil schemes and wrote: “Speak with all your energy and mobilize all your plans, silence will fall soon and terrorism and (those behind it) will meet their inevitable ...

CIA to publish documents revealing Iran's relations with al-Qaeda

Friday, 20 October 2017

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that the CIA will soon publish documents revealing Iran’s work with al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Pompeo described the connection between Iran and al-Qaeda as an “open secret”. “It’s an open secret and not classified information that there have been relationships, there are connections,” Pompeo said during an event held by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on Thursday in Washington DC. “There have been ...

Putin calls for an all-Syrian conference

Friday, 20 October 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an all Syrian conference to be held that includes representatives of all ethnic groups.Speaking at the Valdai forum in Sochi, Putin stressed that Moscow and Washington are cooperating in a stable manner on Syria.“The peace process in Syria is developing positively, although there are still problems,” he said. “We have every reason to believe that we will defeat the terrorists in Syria soon.”“We are concerned about the slow ...

Israeli tanks fire into Syria after shell hits Golan

Friday, 20 October 2017

Israeli tanks fired into Syria on Thursday after a Syrian mortar shell landed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.“In response to the projectile that hit Israel earlier today, the Israel Defense Forces targeted the sources of fire in the Syrian Golan Heights,” the Israeli Army said in an English-language statement.It did not identify the sources of the Syrian fire nor say whether it considered it to be a deliberate attack or unintentional spillover from the Syrian civil war, as in ...

Russia’s Putin: Trump’s foes have blocked his agenda

Friday, 20 October 2017

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump’s political foes in the US have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises. Asked at a forum of foreign policy experts if Russia is annoyed with Trump’s unpredictability, Putin said that it’s linked to a “strong resistance inside the country.” Russia rejoiced at Trump’s victory in the 2016 US election, but its ...

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