Donald Trump demands Europe take hundreds of ISIL fighters

Donald Trump demands Europe take hundreds of ISIL fighters

Europe must take in hundreds of ISIL fighters captured in Syria or else the United States may be forced to release them, US President Donald Trump warned. He made the comments in a series of tweets on Saturday demanding that Britain, France, Germany and other European allies put more than 800 detained cadres from Islamic State of Iraq and the…
Israeli ‘centrism’ and what it means for Palestinians

Israeli ‘centrism’ and what it means for Palestinians

With less than two months until Israel holds an election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party is maintaining a strong lead in the opinion polls. His main rival - and currently the only plausible threat to another Likud-dominated government - is former Israeli military chief Benny Gantz and his newly-formed party Hosen L'Yisrael (Israel…
Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse at ‘yellow vest’ protest

Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse at ‘yellow vest’ protest

French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Semitic abuse directed towards a prominent intellectual by "yellow vest" protesters on Saturday. "These abuses are the absolute negation of what makes France a great nation. We won't tolerate them", Macron said on Twitter. Alain Finkielkraut was walking on the fringes of a demonstration in central Paris on Saturday when…
Dutch Palestinians remain disappointed after birthplace ruling

Dutch Palestinians remain disappointed after birthplace ruling

The man whose case led to the Netherlands recognising the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, as official birthplaces, said he is still dissatisfied because the new ruling avoids the word Palestine and therefore fails to acknowledge his identity. Emiel de Bruijne, who was born in East Jerusalem in 1992 and has Dutch citizenship,…
Rouhani to unveil Iran’s cruise missile-equipped submarine

Rouhani to unveil Iran’s cruise missile-equipped submarine

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to unveil a "state-of-the-art" domestically produced submarine, which the defence ministry said is capable of firing cruise missiles. Rouhani is in the southern province of Hormozgan on Sunday to introduce the latest addition of the naval fleet. Dubbed the Fateh, or Conqueror, it is the country's first semi-heavy submarine,…
US planes carrying aid for Venezuela land in Colombia

US planes carrying aid for Venezuela land in Colombia

US military transport planes carrying humanitarian aid intended for Venezuelans have landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta. The food and medicines are being stored there as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro refuses to allow aid to enter the country.  Saturday's 180-tonne shipment includes high-energy food products and hygiene kits of soap, toothpaste and other goods for…
Fear grips Kashmiris living in India after deadly suicide attack

Fear grips Kashmiris living in India after deadly suicide attack

Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir - Thursday's suicide attack on Indian forces in India-administered Kashmir has triggered a wave of hate and revenge attacks against Kashmiris residing in different parts of mainland India. Passions have been running high against Kashmiri Muslims since Thursday when 20-year-old Adil Dar rammed his car filled with explosives into a convoy carrying…
Heather Nauert ends bid to be next US ambassador to UN

Heather Nauert ends bid to be next US ambassador to UN

US President Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn from consideration for the job for family reasons, according to the State Department. Nauert was State Department spokeswoman when Trump chose her for the UN position; prior to that, she had been a host on the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel. She…
China, US continue tit-for-tat row over Huawei

China, US continue tit-for-tat row over Huawei

A senior Chinese official has dismissed concerns raised by US Vice President Mike Pence over telecommunications giant Huawei, rejecting allegations the company might covertly collect data and report it to Beijing. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, top diplomat Yang Jiechi also urged European leaders to ignore Washington's calls for Huawei to be banned from…
Nigeria elections: A battle for the youth vote

Nigeria elections: A battle for the youth vote

A broken economy and the civil conflict are two of the biggest issues on Nigerians' minds as they head to the polls on Saturday to choose a new president. Although there are more than 70 candidates running, two lead the race: 76-year-old incumbent Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, and 72-year-old Atiku Abubakar from the People's…

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