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 […]

US issues travel alert for Europe

US issues travel alert for Europe

Washington, Nov 17: The US has issued a travel alert for Europe, warning its citizens of the “heightened risk of terrorist attacks” throughout the region. Citing recent widely-reported incidents in multiple European countries including France, Britain and Sweden, the State Department said it remained concerned about potential future terrorist attacks, reports said. The incidents demonstrate […]

Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

Baghdad, Nov 17: Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, on Friday, signalling the complete defeat of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. The capture of the town marks the end of Islamic State’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across […]

France makes diplomatic push to solve Lebanon crisis

France makes diplomatic push to solve Lebanon crisis

Paris, Nov 16: France is making a diplomatic push to solve the political crisis caused by the snap resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier this month, as the country’s foreign minister is expected to meet Hariri in Riyadh. According to at least one analyst, however, Paris may have made a “risky bet” by […]

Four suicide bombers kill 18 in northeast Nigeria

Four suicide bombers kill 18 in northeast Nigeria

Maiduguri, Nov 16: At least 18 people have been killed and 29 others wounded in northeast Nigeria after four suicide bombers carried out multiple attacks, state police said. The first explosion took place at a prayer ground in the Muna Gari suburb of the regional capital, Maiduguri. Other attacks followed in the same neighbourhood. “At […]

EU countries pledge to take 34000 refugees

Brussels, Nov 16: EU states have pledged to take 34,000 refugees directly from Africa and the Middle East, officials said after the UN slammed the bloc’s “inhuman” cooperation with Libya to stop migrant boats. Sixteen countries have so far offered places to meet the European Commission’s goal announced in September of taking at least 50,000 […]