Turkey’s Erdogan to discuss US missile purchase with Trump

Turkey’s Erdogan to discuss US missile purchase with Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss buying US-made missiles with President Donald Trump this month despite ongoing tension with Washington sparked by Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defence system. In an interview with Reuters news agency on Friday, Erdogan said he discussed buying the surface-to-air Patriot missiles in a phone call with Trump two…
Spain election: Socialist PSOE wins but no clear majority

Spain election: Socialist PSOE wins but no clear majority

Madrid, Spain - The governing Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) has won the country's general election with 123 seats after 99.9 percent of the votes were counted. PSOE's historical centre-right rival, the People's Party (PP), won 66 seats in Sunday's election in Spain. Speaking to supporters in Madrid, PSOE leader and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said…
Japan Emperor’s abdication: What you need to know

Japan Emperor’s abdication: What you need to know

Japan's 85-year-old Emperor Akihito will end his three-decade reign on Tuesday when he abdicates to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. He's the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years. The last abdication by a Japanese monarch was in 1817. Naruhito will become emperor on Wednesday, but his formal enthronement will take place at a more…
Yazidis to accept ISIL rape survivors, but not their children

Yazidis to accept ISIL rape survivors, but not their children

Children born to Yazidi women raped by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) fighters will not be permitted to join the community in northern Iraq, the minority sect's faith leaders have said. In a statement late on Saturday, the Yazidi Supreme Spiritual Council said an earlier declaration stating "all survivors" of…
Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup

Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised following the publication of a photograph that showed him wearing brownface make-up at a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to a re-election campaign dogged by controversy. Time magazine published the photograph on Wednesday, one week into a federal…
Khashoggi killing: UN rapporteur Callamard to present report

Khashoggi killing: UN rapporteur Callamard to present report

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, is set to present her report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Callamard's presentation before the UN Human Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva is set to start at 13:00 GMT on Wednesday, and will be followed by a news conference. In…
FBI: US soldier discussed killing activists, bombing network

FBI: US soldier discussed killing activists, bombing network

A United States Army soldier shared bomb-making instructions online and also discussed killing activists and bombing a news network, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. Jarrett William Smith, a 24-year old private first-class infantry soldier stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, was charged with one count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of…
Israel arrests Palestinian minister in Jerusalem

Israel arrests Palestinian minister in Jerusalem

Israel has detained and questioned the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs, Israeli police have said. Palestine's Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Fadi al-Hadami was detained for "activities in Jerusalem", Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told AFP on Sunday. Palestinian media reported that Israeli police had arrested al-Hadami from his home in Jerusalem in the early hours…
Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran, targets supreme leader

Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran, targets supreme leader

US President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that targets Iran's supreme leader and associates with additional financial sanctions. Trump said the action follows a series of aggressions by Iran, including last week's downing of an unmanned US surveillance drone. Tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered…
US House passes $4.5bn emergency border aid bill

US House passes $4.5bn emergency border aid bill

Washington, DC - Setting up a policy confrontation with US President Donald Trump over his administration's handling of the surge of migrants at the US southwest border, the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives approved a $4.5bn emergency border aid bill late on Tuesday. The 230-195 vote follows an outcry over reports of inhumane conditions for children…

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