Putin orders beginning of withdrawal from Syria

Putin orders beginning of withdrawal from Syria

  Moscow, Dec 11: Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to a Russian base in Syria and ordered his troops to start withdrawing from the war-torn country. Syrian state TV reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Putin at Khmeimim Air Base, southeast of Latakia, on Monday morning. Russia’s state news […]

Netanyahu seeks EU support on Jerusalem status

  Jerusalem, Dec 11: As protests spread from Asia, through the Middle East, to North Africa against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Brussels, seeking the support of European ministers. At a joint news conference with the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, Netanyahu on […]

Israel strikes Hamas sites across Gaza after rocket attacks

  Jerusalem, Dec 11: Israeli forces destroyed a “significant” cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which the military said was being dug by the enclave`s dominant Islamist group, Hamas. The announcement, cleared by Israeli censors who had previously barred reports of detection work around the central Gaza frontier, followed a surge of Palestinian unrest […]

Syrian government returns to Geneva talks

  Geneva, Dec 11: The Syrian government`s delegation returned to Geneva for the resumption of talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week`s absence, but Western diplomats voiced scepticism about its willingness to engage. Bashar al-Ja`afari, Syria`s ambassador to the UN and chief negotiator in talks aimed at finding a […]

Palestinians clash with police at US Embassy in Lebanon

Palestinians clash with police at US Embassy in Lebanon

  Awkar, Dec 10: Lebanese security forces fired tear gas at protesters near the US Embassy in Lebanon during a demonstration against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Protesters threw stones at security forces who had barricaded the main road leading to the US Embassy in the Awkar area, […]

Abbas snubs US Vice President Pence over Jerusalem move

  Jerusalem, Dec 10: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet US Vice President Mike Pence during the latter’s visit to the region this month, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has said. The snub over the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital came after Egypt’s Coptic Church on Saturday also cancelled an upcoming meeting […]

Jerusalem: Malaysia army ‘ready’ to play role

Jerusalem: Malaysia army ‘ready’ to play role

Kaula Lumpur, Dec 10: Malaysian defence minister has said that the United States’ decision to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel was “a slap in the face for the entire Muslim world”, pointing out that his country’s military is prepared to perform its duty if its services are required. “We have to be prepared for […]

UN, North Korea agree security situation ‘most tense’

  Pyongyang, Dec 10: In a rare show of mutual consent, the United Nations and North Korea have both agreed that the current security situation in the Korean Peninsula is “the most tense and dangerous” in the world today. UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman wrapped up his four-day trip to North Korea, where […]

Bahraini delegation visits Israel

Jerusalem, Dec 10: Amid ongoing controversy over the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, a Bahraini delegation has arrived in Israel to “send a message of peace”, according to media reports. A report in the Times of Israel on Sunday said the visit indicated a warming of ties between the two countries, which […]

Wildfires rage across southern California, one dead

Wildfires rage across southern California, one dead

  California, Dec 8: Firefighters battled raging wildfires across southern California that have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, including residents on the outskirts of Los Angeles, America`s second-largest city. Winds with hurricane-force gusts of up to 80 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour) were fueling the blazes, creating apocalyptic […]