Syrian rebels freeze talks on peace negotiaions over ceasefire ‘violations’

Syrian rebels freeze talks on peace negotiaions over ceasefire ‘violations’

About 10 Syrian rebel groups announced Monday they were suspending talks about planned peace negotiations this month in the Kazakh capital Astana, due to “violations” by Damascus of a four-day old truce. “As these violations are continuing, the rebel factions announce… the freezing of all discussion linked to the Astana negotiations,” they said in a […]

Israel’s Netanyahu questioned by police in corruption probe

Israel’s Netanyahu questioned by police in corruption probe

Police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours under caution at his official residence in Jerusalem on Monday on suspicion of receiving gifts from businessmen in breach of his role as a public servant. Part of a police statement issued after the questioning ended said that “investigators questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu under caution on […]

Plane carrying expelled Russian diplomats leaves US

Plane carrying expelled Russian diplomats leaves US

A plane carrying 35 Russian diplomats expelled from the United States over Moscow’s alleged interference in the presidential election took off from Washington on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported. “The plane has taken off, everyone is on board,” said the Russian embassy in Washington, quoted by the state-owned RIA Novosti agency. Relatives of the diplomats […]

UN chief Guterres marks start of a new era

UN chief Guterres marks start of a new era

The United Nations is marking the new year with a change in leadership and five new Security Council members. But is it really the start of a new era? At midnight Saturday, Ban Ki Moon relinquished his role as UN secretary general to Antonio Guterres, who then made a global appeal for peace, urging all […]

Dozens killed in New Year’s Eve attack on Istanbul nightclub

Dozens killed in New Year’s Eve attack on Istanbul nightclub

An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations Saturday, killing at least 39 people and wounding close to 70 others, said Turkey’s interior minister. At least one gunman shot his way into an Istanbul nightclub packed with hundreds of New […]

Deal reached to end DRC political crisis

Deal reached to end DRC political crisis

The government and opposition parties in the DR Congo on Saturday clinched a hard-won deal over President Joseph Kabila’s fate, ending a political crisis that sparked months of deadly unrest. Under the terms of the deal, Kabila will stay until the “end of 2017” but a transition council will be established, headed by opposition leader […]

Clashes erupt near Damascus despite Syria truce

Clashes erupt  near Damascus despite Syria truce

Syrian government forces and their allies clashed with rebels near Damascus on Friday, disrupting a nationwide ceasefire that otherwise appeared to hold, monitors and a rebel official said. The clashes took place in a rebel-held valley northwest of the Syrian capital, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has been monitoring the country’s […]

France, Germany and the Netherlands: The elections that could derail the EU in 2017

France, Germany and the Netherlands: The elections that could derail the EU in 2017

After Brexit rattled the European Union in 2016, a string of high-stakes elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands – along with possibly Italy – could bring even greater uncertainty to the bloc in the year to come. Buoyed by a year of electoral revolts on both sides of the Atlantic, Eurosceptic parties will be […]

US set to announce response to Russian election hacking

US set to announce response to Russian election hacking

The Obama administration plans to announce a series of retaliatory measures against Russia over its alleged hacking during the US election in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Both officials declined to specify what actions President Barack Obama has approved, but said targeted economic sanctions, indictments, leaking information […]

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia’s Congress on Wednesday approved an amnesty law to protect thousands of demobilising Marxist guerrilla fighters from prosecution for minor crimes committed during the country’s 52-year war. The law, a key part of a peace deal signed last month between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, will not include fighters […]

Kerry to offer US vision of Israel-Palestinian peace Wednesday

Kerry to offer US vision of Israel-Palestinian peace Wednesday

US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer a “comprehensive vision” of how to revive the Israel-Palestinian peace process in a major speech on Wednesday. President Barack Obama’s administration, including Kerry, is to leave office in four weeks and last week gravely offended Israel by failing to veto a critical UN resolution. But US officials […]

Argentina’s ex-president Kirchner indicted for corruption

Argentina’s ex-president Kirchner indicted for corruption

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez was indicted Tuesday in a corruption case involving public works. Federal Judge Julian Ercolini approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Fernandez, and two former aides: ex-Planning Minister Julio de Vido and former Public Works Secretary Jose Lopez. Also named was businessman Lazaro Baez, whose Austral Construcciones company […]

Obama to welcome Japan’s PM for historic visit to Pearl Harbor

Obama to welcome Japan’s PM for historic visit to Pearl Harbor

US President Barack Obama and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will meet Tuesday at Pearl Harbor, making Abe the first Japanese leader to pay an official visit to the site of the bombing that drew the United States into World War II in December 1941. It will also be the first time that an American president […]

Surveillance video confirms Berlin attacker fled to Italy via Lyon

Surveillance video confirms Berlin attacker fled to Italy via Lyon

Surveillance footage confirms that Anis Amri, the suspected Berlin truck attacker gunned down by Italian police, transited through the French city of Lyon by train, a source close to the investigation said on Monday. “A man corresponding to the killer was spotted on the afternoon of Thursday, December 22, on a platform at the (Lyon-Part-Dieu) […]

Russian military jet crashes en route to Syria with more than 90 people on board

Russian military jet crashes en route to Syria with more than 90 people on board

A Russian military plane crashed Sunday on its way to Syria with no sign of survivors among the 92 people on board, including 64 members of the famed Red Army Choir who were en route to celebrate the New Year with troops. Russian news agencies cited defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying the Tu-154 […]

Dozens killed in attacks amid political unrest in DR Congo

Dozens killed in attacks amid political unrest in DR Congo

Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 34 civilians over the weekend, the army and local activists said, and the violence stoked concerns over political instability. Attacks have surged across the country in the past week alongside violent protests over President Joseph Kabila’s failure to step down at the end of his […]

UN resolution: No love lost between Netanyahu and Obama

UN resolution: No love lost between Netanyahu and Obama

In what many see as a final defiant diplomatic move, US President Barack Obama has allowed a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, a move highlighting the stark deterioration of US-Israeli relations The US abstained from a UN Security Council vote on Friday allowing all remaining 15 members of the Council to pass the first UN […]

Tunisian police arrest nephew of alleged Berlin attacker and two other suspects

Tunisian police arrest nephew of alleged Berlin attacker and two other suspects

Tunisia arrested the nephew of the suspected Berlin truck attacker and two other jihadist suspects who are “connected” to Anis Amri, the interior ministry said Saturday, as German investigators continued their hunt for possible accomplices. A statement said the three suspects, aged between 18 and 27, were arrested on Friday and were members of a […]

UN Security Council demands end to Israeli settlements after US abstains from vote

UN Security Council demands end to Israeli settlements after US abstains from vote

After the United States abstained from voting, the UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding Israel stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, a reversal of the usual US practice of protecting Israel. The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and […]

Syrian troops cement hold on Aleppo, civilians return

Syrian troops cement hold on Aleppo, civilians return

Syrian troops increased their hold on Aleppo on Friday after retaking full control of the city, as residents anxious to return to their homes moved through its ruined streets. Syria’s army announced on Thursday it had recaptured the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo following a landmark evacuation deal that saw thousands of opposition fighters […]

Europe-wide manhunt under way for Berlin truck attacker

Europe-wide manhunt under way for Berlin truck attacker

German prosecutors say they are searching for a 24-year-old Tunisian suspect named Anis Amri after finding an identity document in the truck that ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market on Monday, killing 12 people. The identity document that was found under the truck’s driver’s seat was issued to Anis Amri, born in Tunisia in 1992. […]

Trump picks China critic to head US trade body

Trump picks China critic to head US trade body

In another sign that he intends to shake up relations with China, President-elect Donald Trump named economist Peter Navarro to lead a newly created White House council on trade. In another sign that he intends to shake up relations with China, President-elect Donald Trump named economist Peter Navarro to lead a newly created White House […]

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people and injured 48 others. German police are still hunting for the driver of the truck. “The executor of the operation … in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State [who] carried out […]

Turkey blames US-based cleric Gulen for envoy’s assassination

Turkey blames US-based cleric Gulen for envoy’s assassination

Russian investigators arrived in Turkey on Tuesday to help investigate the assassination of Moscow’s ambassador as the Turkish government pointed the finger of blame at exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who resides in the United States. Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot nine times in the back on Monday by off-duty Turkish policeman Mevlut […]