Obama eases Sudan sanctions, citing ‘positive’ steps on fight against terror

Obama eases Sudan sanctions, citing ‘positive’ steps on fight against terror

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday easing but not eliminating sanctions against Sudan, in an eleventh-hour push to broaden talks with the long-estranged African government. Exactly two decades after the US imposed economic sanctions against Sudan and with barely a week to go before Obama leaves office, the US is starting to […]

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Coalition steps up air strikes as IS group mounts tough defence of Mosul

Iraqi forces advancing on Mosul faced stiff resistance from the Islamic State (IS) group on Monday as the US-led coalition unleashed an unprecedented wave of air strikes to support the week-old offensive. Federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters were moving forward in several areas around the IS group’s Iraqi stronghold in the north of the […]

Trump’s embattled campaign chair steps down amid Ukraine reports

Trump’s embattled campaign chair steps down amid Ukraine reports

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned on Friday in the wake of a campaign shake-up and revelations about his work in Ukraine. In a statement issued as he arrived in Louisiana to tour the flood-ravaged state, Trump said Manafort offered his resignation Friday morning. The billionaire called Manafort “a true professional.” “I am very […]

Netanyahu steps up opposition to French-led Mideast peace initiative

Netanyahu steps up opposition to French-led Mideast peace initiative

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced his support for a 14-year-old Arab peace plan in an apparent snub of a French-led international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict due to start this week. Paris on Friday will host more than 20 foreign ministers, as well as United Nations and European Union diplomats, in what will be […]