Palestinian official says US Vice President ‘not welcome’

Palestinian official says US Vice President ‘not welcome’

  Jerusalem, Dec 8: A senior Palestinian official said that US Vice President Mike Pence was “not welcome in Palestine” during his upcoming regional visit after a White House decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “The American vice president is not welcome in Palestine,” Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s […]

UN reports let-up in Yemen combat, says 230 reportedly dead

  United Nations, Dec 8: Six days of intensified conflict in Yemen’s capital that reportedly killed 230 people and injured over 400 has ended — at least for the last day, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in the war-ravaged country said. Jamie McGoldrick told reporters at UN headquarters in a phone call from Sanaa that there […]

Pak air force gets shoot at sight orders for foreign drones

Pak air force gets shoot at sight orders for foreign drones

Islamabad, Dec 8: Pakistan’s Air Chief has reportedly instructed forces to shoot down any drones which are found to be intruding the country’s air space. In what is being seen as a message primarily directed towards the US which uses drones on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said that his forces would […]

China jails 21 people for 2015 nursing home fire

  Shanghai, Dec 8: China has jailed 21 people for their roles in a deadly fire that killed 39 elderly people at a private nursing home two years ago, reports said on Friday. Xinhua said the nursing home in the central Henan province had been illegally extended and flammable materials had been used on the […]

North Korea says war is just a matter of when, it’s inevitable

North Korea says war is just a matter of when, it’s inevitable

  Seoul, Dec 7: North Korea says a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continued to lash out at a massive joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea involving hundreds of advanced warplanes. In comments attributed to an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman, […]

Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California

Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California

  Los Angeles, Dec 7: Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to fan several relentless wildfires in southern California on Thursday, where hundreds of houses have burned and tens of thousands have fled their homes around Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city. The winds, which blow westward from the California desert, were forecast to […]

Rohingya refugee crisis ‘grave security risk’ ICG warns

Rohingya refugee crisis ‘grave security risk’ ICG warns

  Dhaka, Dec 7: Prolonged displacement of Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladeshi camps poses a “grave security risk”, conflict analysts ICG warned Thursday, raising the spectre of militants recruiting among the displaced and launching cross-border attacks on Myanmar. Raids by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25 sparked the vicious Myanmar army response […]

Erdogan arrives in Greece for two-day visit

Erdogan arrives in Greece for two-day visit

  Athens, Dec 7: Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan met his Greek counterpart, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, in Athens on Thursday, marking the first time a Turkish president has visited Greece since 1952. Erdogan’s two-day trip to Greece has been billed as a landmark visit that could see the two countries boost relations despite several long-standing disagreements. […]

20 Houthi gunmen killed, 11 captured in clashes near al-Khoukha

Yemen, Dec 7: Around 20 Houthi militiamen were reported killed and 11 others were captured following violent clashes with the Yemeni army on the outskirts of al-Khoukha city, south of Hodeidah. A military source said the Yemeni army, supported by the popular resistance, purged several areas south of Hodeidah, and attacked the militias’ posts from […]

Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital

Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital

  Washington, Dec 6: President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel`s capital and set in motion the relocation of the US Embassy to the ancient city, senior U.S. officials said, a decision that upends decades of US policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East. Facing an outcry of opposition from Arab capitals, […]