Nukes, climate change, Russia: Tillerson says ready to oppose Trump on key policies

Nukes, climate change, Russia: Tillerson says ready to oppose Trump on key policies

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state signaled Wednesday he is prepared to diverge from the US president-elect on numerous key issues, notably nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and Russia, which he branded a “danger.” Despite accusations of being too cozy with the Kremlin, former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson told skeptical senators at his confirmation hearing […]

UN says it is ready to resume Syria aid convoys

UN says it is ready to resume Syria aid convoys

The UN said Wednesday it was ready to resume humanitarian convoys in Syria after an attack on aid trucks and a warehouse, which left 20 people dead, triggered a suspension of deliveries. “The preparation for these convoys has now resumed and we are ready to deliver aid to besieged and hard-to-reach areas as soon as […]

North Korea ‘ready to carry out new nuclear test’

North Korea ‘ready to carry out new nuclear test’

North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea’s defence ministry said Monday, just days after Pyongyang sparked worldwide condemnation with its fifth and most powerful test. “An additional test could be conducted in a tunnel that branches off from the second tunnel or in the third tunnel, where preparations […]

Saudi hospitals at the ready as millions of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Mecca

Saudi hospitals at the ready as millions of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Mecca

A year after a stampede killed some 2,300 people at the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi hospitals are preparing for the annual influx of visitors while authorities have begun issuing identification bracelets for those taking part. The bracelets are an attempt to offer reassurance to some pilgrims, though their distribution has been far from systematic […]