US says senior al Qaeda leader killed in Syria strike

US says senior al Qaeda leader killed in Syria strike

The US military said Wednesday that it had killed eleven Al-Qaeda operatives, including a veteran leader and suicide-bombing pioneer, in a bombing raid in Syria. The Pentagon said Abu Hani al-Masri, the Qaeda veteran, was one of those killed in the precision airstrikes near Idlib carried out on February 3-4. Al-Masri was an early official […]

Northern Ireland deputy leader Martin McGuinness resigns amid political crisis

Northern Ireland deputy leader Martin McGuinness resigns amid political crisis

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigned from his post on Monday in protest over differences with his power-sharing government partners. The nationalist (Sinn Féin party) deputy leader resigned in protest at his power-sharing government partners’ handling of a botched energy scheme (known as the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’). His resignation plunged Northern Ireland’s government […]

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday dismissed allegations that Russia was behind cyber-attacks during the US presidential elections, a day after America’s top intelligence official said Moscow aggressively interfered in the campaign. Le Pen defended Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump, who beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in November’s elections, […]

DR Congo opposition leader calls for peaceful resistance amid Kabila protests

DR Congo opposition leader calls for peaceful resistance amid Kabila protests

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called on the Congolese people to peacefully resist President Joseph Kabila after Kabila stayed in power on Tuesday despite the expiration of his constitutional mandate. Gunfire could be heard in several districts of Kinshasa early on Tuesday as demonstrators demanded that Kabila step down after his mandate expired at midnight, and […]

Gambian court frees prominent opposition leader, 18 others

Gambian court frees prominent opposition leader, 18 others

A Gambian court freed a prominent lawyer and 18 other political prisoners on bail on Monday pending an appeal of their sentence for “unlawful assembly”, in a sign President Yahya Jammeh’s shock election defeat last week could end years of repression. A Reuters witness was present for the decision to release Ousainou Darboe along with […]

Brazil judge suspends senate leader facing corruption trial

Brazil judge suspends senate leader facing corruption trial

A supreme court judge in Brazil on Monday suspended the Senate’s powerful speaker, a key ally to President Michel Temer, before he goes on trial for alleged corruption. The interim decision to strip Renan Calheiros, 61, of his duties worsens the outlook for Temer as he struggles to lift Latin America’s biggest economy out of […]

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump win ‘good news for France’

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump win ‘good news for France’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Wednesday said Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election was “good news” for France. “I repeat, the election of Donald Trump is good news for our country,” said Le Pen, who will be the anti-immigration National Front’s candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election. Le Pen, 48, was […]

Senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan killed in US drone strike

Senior al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan killed in US drone strike

The US military confirmed Friday it had killed Al-Qaeda’s emir for northeastern Afghanistan during an air strike last month, in a major blow to the group as it seeks to re-establish safe havens in the country. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook described the assault that killed Farouq al-Qahtani as a “precision strike” and said it took […]

IS group leader Baghdadi urges no Mosul retreat, audio message claims

IS group leader Baghdadi urges no Mosul retreat, audio message claims

Jihadist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on his fighters to resist as Iraqi forces were poised Thursday to enter the city of Mosul where he declared a “caliphate” two years ago. The appeal was made in an audio recording released on the Internet and purported to be by the elusive leader of the Islamic State […]

Muslim Brotherhood leader killed in Cairo gun battle with security forces

Muslim Brotherhood leader killed in Cairo gun battle with security forces

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said early on Tuesday that it killed a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader it said was responsible for the group’s “armed wing” and another member of the group in a shootout on Monday Mohamed Kamal, 61, a member of the group’s top leadership, and Yasser Shehata, another leader, were killed. The ministry said […]

Air strike kills senior IS group leader, Pentagon says

Air strike kills senior IS group leader, Pentagon says

A coalition air strike in Syria has killed a senior Islamic State operative considered the group’s information minister, a week after another raid eliminated a top IS strategist, the Pentagon said Friday. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, also known as “Dr. Wa’il”, was killed in a precision strike on […]

Pentagon says not involved in death of Syrian rebel leader

Pentagon says not involved in death of Syrian rebel leader

The Pentagon on Friday said it played no role in the death of Abu Omar Saraqeb, the commander of Syria’s largest rebel coalition, who was killed in an air strike near Aleppo. Saraqeb, the top military commander of the former al-Nusra Front, reportedly died when a strike hit a meeting of rebel leaders on Thursday. […]

Trump praises ‘strong’ leader Putin during defence policy grilling

Trump praises ‘strong’ leader Putin during defence policy grilling

Russian President Vladimir Putin is “far more” of a leader than Barack Obama, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday, echoing previous praise for the Kremlin strongman. Putin is “very much of a leader,” Trump said in a televised interview, where he and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton were separately grilled over their national security and […]

Obama scraps meeting with Philippine leader over ‘son of a whore’ jibe

Obama scraps meeting with Philippine leader over ‘son of a whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a planned meeting with Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte, the White House said Monday, after his Asian ally launched a foul-mouthed tirade against him. Duterte called Obama a “son of a whore” hours earlier, vowing he would not allow the American leader to lecture him on human rights. “President Obama […]

US drone strike kills IS group leader of Pakistan and Afghanistan

US drone strike kills IS group leader of Pakistan and Afghanistan

The Islamic State group’s leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed in July in a strike in the border region between the two countries, a US defense official said Friday. “They got him,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement. The death of Saeed represents a major […]

Egyptian military ‘kills leader of Islamic State group in Sinai’

Egyptian military ‘kills leader of Islamic State group in Sinai’

Egypt’s military said on Thursday it had killed Abu Duaa al-Ansari, whom it identified as the leader of the Sinai branch of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. The military said on its Facebook page that a series of air strikes near Arish, the largest town on the Sinai peninsula, had also killed 45 other […]

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

The Islamic State group’s online weekly Al-Naba has named a new leader for their West African affiliate, fuelling speculation about the fate of Boko Haram’s longtime commander Abubakar Shekau. The jihadist magazine made the announcement on Tuesday in an interview with Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, whom it referred to as the new “governor of West […]

French authorities identify real leader of Paris attacks, report says

French authorities identify real leader of Paris attacks, report says

French authorities say they have identified the commander of the Nov. 13 Islamist militant attacks on Paris and know that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, cornered and killed days later by police, played a lesser role. Newly published official documents cite testimony by Bernard Bajolet,France’s head of external security, to a closed-door parliamentary inquiry into France’s anti-terrorism activities […]

Pro-Brexit MEP Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader

Pro-Brexit MEP Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader

The leader of Britain’s insurgent right-wing populist UK Independence Party said on Monday he was stepping down after realising his ambition to win a vote for Britain to leave the EU, punching another hole in the country’s chaotic politics. The departure of brash former commodities trader Nigel Farage would sideline one of the most outspoken […]

Australians vote in cliffhanger election

Australians vote in cliffhanger election

Polls closed in Australia’s most populous states where Saturday’s national elections are expected to be won or lost, with the outcome between conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull and Labor challenger Bill Shorten too close to call. After an eight-week campaign, a pre-election Newspoll of 4,135 people published in The Australian newspaper showed Turnbull’s Liberal/National coalition 50.5 […]

Scottish leader’s plea to stay in Europe rebuffed in Brussels

Scottish leader’s plea to stay in Europe rebuffed in Brussels

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon got a “sympathetic” hearing in Brussels on Wednesday as she pleaded her case for Scots to stay in the EU, showing how Britain’s vote to leave the bloc could splinter the United Kingdom. But she drew a rebuff from Spain and a mixed response from European officials. EU leaders met for […]

UK’s Labour leader loses confidence vote over Brexit

UK’s Labour leader loses confidence vote over Brexit

LONDON: British Labour Party lawmakers voted massively against their leader on Tuesday amid political turmoil in Britain after a vote to leave the European Union as candidates to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron vied for power behind the scenes. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn lost a non-binding confidence motion, with 172 Labour MPs voting against him and […]

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen stokes Frexit fears as she hails how ‘Britain gave the Europeans a dazzling lesson in democracy’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen stokes Frexit fears as she hails how ‘Britain gave the Europeans a dazzling lesson in democracy’

The leader of the National Front in France has hailed Britain’s decision to leave the EU – and has called for France to hold a similar referendum. Britons went to the polls to vote on the country’s future relationship with the union on Thursday, with 51.9 per cent of more than 33 million votes going […]

‘Why should I do the hard s***?’ Cameron ‘told aides he’d rather quit now than spend six months working on Brexit only to hand over to rival’

‘Why should I do the hard s***?’ Cameron ‘told aides he’d rather quit now than spend six months working on Brexit only to hand over to rival’

David Cameron asked his aides ‘why should I do the hard s***’ as he announced his resignation on Friday following the Brexit vote. The departing Prime Minister reportedly told members of his inner circle that he would rather hand over control sooner than spend time negotiating Britain’s tricky exit from the EU. Mr Cameron then […]

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