German coalition talks collapse as FDP quits

German coalition talks collapse as FDP quits

Berlin, Nov 20: High-stakes talks to form a new German government collapsed as the pro-business FDP party walked out, plunging Europe`s biggest economy into a political crisis and potentially precipitating the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel`s career. After more than a month of gruelling negotiations, Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democratic Party said there […]

Afghanistan trying to make peace with Pakistan: Ghani

Afghanistan trying to make peace with Pakistan: Ghani

Kabul, Nov 20: Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that his government has taken necessary steps to maintain peace with Pakistan. According to the Khaama Press, speaking to local residents and elders of southern Zabul province, President Ghani said the perceptions that the government`s strategies regarding peace efforts are not clear are baseless. However, […]

Palestinians to suspend US ties if PLO office closed

Palestinians to suspend US ties if PLO office closed

  Jerusalem, Nov 19: Palestinian officials have warned that they will freeze all communication with the US, following steps by the Trump administration to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) office in Washington, DC. Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the PLO had been informed by the US State Department of a decision not […]

Amidst US shadow, nearly 200 nations pledge climate action

  Bonn, Nov 19: Amidst the shadow of the US decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, nearly 200 nations pledged to launch a process next year to start reviewing existing plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions. A set of decisions to accelerate actions to minimise emissions ahead of 2020 included allocation […]

Argentina says it may have received signals from missing submarine

Argentina says it may have received signals from missing submarine

Argentina, Nov 19: Argentina’s Navy detected seven brief satellite calls that officials believe may have come from a submarine with 44 crew members that hadn’t been heard from in three days. The communication attempts “indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact, so we are working to locate the source of the emissions,” the […]

After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

  Paris, Nov 19: Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon`s prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said that he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week. Hariri`s resignation on Nov. 4 threw Lebanon into political crisis and put it centre-stage in the Middle East`s overarching rivalry between Sunni Saudi […]

19 killed, 8 injured in Beijing house fire

19 killed, 8 injured in Beijing house fire

Beijing, Nov 19: A devastating fire ripped through a house in Beijing’s southern Daxing district, leaving at least 19 people dead and eight others injured, the state media said on Sunday. The inferno was reported around 6.15 pm (local time) from the house in Xinjian village, prompting authorities to rush fire tenders to the spot. […]

Russia blocks bid to probe Syria chemical weapons use

Russia blocks bid to probe Syria chemical weapons use

United Nations, Nov 17: A UN inquiry into chemical weapons use in the war in Syria is set to expire after Russia vetoed a US-sponsored resolution that would have extended its mandate. The mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), an inquiry launched jointly by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical […]

Trump says Chinese envoy to North Korea ‘a big move’

Trump says Chinese envoy to North Korea ‘a big move’

Washington, Nov 17: US President Donald Trump praised China’s decision to send a special envoy to its wayward ally North Korea days after he had pressed Beijing to do more to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear threats. “China is sending an Envoy and Delegation to North Korea – A big move, we’ll see what happens!” he tweeted. […]

Zimbabwe President makes first public appearance since army takeover

Zimbabwe President makes first public appearance since army takeover

Harare, Nov 17: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has appeared in public for the first time since the army’s takeover earlier this week. Mugabe, who was believed to be under house arrest, attended a university graduation ceremony in Harare on Friday, where he was welcomed by a cheering crowd of supporters. Dressed in a blue academic […]