Syrian opposition seeks direct Geneva talks with regime

Syrian opposition seeks direct Geneva talks with regime

  Syria, Dec 13: The Syrian opposition has said it wants direct talks with the government, as it attends a fresh round of meetings in Geneva to discuss political transition. Reports from the Swiss city, said that the Syrian opposition perceives what was left of the Geneva talks as an opportunity to engage in direct […]

Democrat Doug Jones wins US Senate seat in Alabama

  Alabama, Dec 13: Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama`s election for the US Senate, scoring an upset victory in a deeply conservative state against a Republican candidate who was backed by President Donald Trump, US media said. Jones, 63, a former federal prosecutor, prevailed over Roy Moore, whose campaign was dogged by allegations of sexual […]

Tillerson calls on North Korea to engage in US talks

  Washington, Dec 13: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the United States is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without “precondition”. Tillerson, speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, stated the US “cannot accept” a nuclear-armed North Korea but called on the two countries to begin a […]

Philippines extends martial law to ‘eradicate’ ISIL

  Manila, Dec 13: The Philippines’ Congress has approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law until the end of 2018 in the country’s southern region of Mindanao to “totally eradicate” ISIL supporters and communist fighters. Wednesday’s move was approved by 226 legislators in the House of Representatives against 23 objections. In the Senate, […]

Trump wants tightened immigration laws after NYC attack

Trump wants tightened immigration laws after NYC attack

  Washington, Dec 12: US President Donald Trump has said America must “fix” its immigration system following a bomb attack in New York City, which has left at least four people injured. Trump called on Congress to revise the country’s chain migration policy, which allows immigrants to sponsor other relatives’ entry into the US, in […]

Man arrested for trying to climb Buckingham Palace wall

Man arrested for trying to climb Buckingham Palace wall

  London, Dec 12: London Police on Tuesday said they have arrested a man for allegedly trying to climb a wall outside Buckingham Palace, noting that it was not a terrorism-related incident. Buckingham Palace is the official home of 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty […]

Ukraine authorities to appeal Saakashvili’s release

  Ukraine, Dec 12: Ukraine’s prosecutor general has said Kiev court’s decision to free opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili from pre-trial detention will be appealed. Saakashvili, who was Georgia’s president before he entered Ukrainian politics, must be placed under house arrest, said Yuri Lutsenko, Ukraine’s prosecutor general. “I can’t imagine a country where a stateless person […]

Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

  Washington, Dec 12: US President Donald Trump directed NASA to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at the White House as he […]

Japan picks ‘North’ as 2017 symbol amid N Korea threat

Tokyo, Dec 12: Japan has chosen the Chinese character for “North” as its traditional defining symbol of 2017 after a series of launches of North Korean missiles, several of which plunged into the Pacific Ocean near Japan’s territorial waters. Japanese TV stations on Tuesday broadcast the annual announcement, in which Seihan Mori, master of the […]

US Jerusalem move: Fury spreads from Jakarta to Rabat

US Jerusalem move: Fury spreads from Jakarta to Rabat

  Rabat, Dec 11: A wave of anger against a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has spread from Asia, through the Middle East, to North Africa, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets to denounce the controversial move. Protesters filled central avenues and squares in a number of major […]

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