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Israel installs homes at first new settlement since 1991

Jerusalem: Israel began Wednesday to install houses at its first new settlement in more than 25 years, AFP journalists at the scene said.<br>A number of …

Israel

Al-Shabaab plundering starving Somali villages of cash and children

Defectors reveal crippling extortion by Islamist terror group and ‘brainwashing’ of boys, as it suffers apparent crisis of morale<p>Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as the …

Africa

Prisoners held without charge boycott Israeli courts

Some 450 Palestinian administrative detainees launch open-ended boycott, refusing to attend military court hearings.<p>Hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial have launched an open-ended boycott of Israel’s military courts.<p>In a joint statement announcing Thursday’s …

Israel

South Africa's ruling party finally turns against Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's ruling party on Tuesday disowned President Jacob Zuma after sticking with him through years of scandals, ordering him to resign in an attempt to resolve a leadership crisis that has disrupted government business in one of Africa's biggest economies.<p>The …

South Africa

World chess body has Swiss bank accounts frozen after president accused of links to Isil oil deals

The world governing body of chess has had its financial dealings halted amid allegations its scandal-hit president facilitated the funding of Islamic State terrorists.<p>Fide, the Lausanne-based federation which runs the game, disclosed on Tuesday that Swiss bank UBS closed its accounts after finally …

Vladimir Putin

Israel police recommend corruption charges against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to resign.<p>Netanyahu angrily rejected the …

Israel

Syria war: Israel 'strikes Damascus military complex'

<b>Israeli warplanes have fired missiles at a Syrian military position near the capital, Damascus, Syrian media report.</b><p>A Syrian military statement said its air defence systems blocked most of the missiles, but gave no further details.<p>A monitor said ammunition depots in Jamraya were hit. It is the …

Middle East

Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled

Israel was the main driver behind the 1951 UN Convention on the Rights of Refugees, but after signing it, it has never respected the rights of …

Israel

U.N. Mediator for Yemen Conflict Leaving Post

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen, whose attempts at diplomacy to resolve the devastating war in that country have repeatedly failed, is resigning as of next month, the organization announced Monday.<p>The envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, a veteran diplomat from Mauritania, is the second …

Middle East

Attack under way on Kabul luxury hotel, multiple casualties

At least four gunmen stormed Kabul’s landmark Intercontinental Hotel in a night-time raid on Saturday and opened fire on guests and staff, officials …

Jamaican authorities declare state of emergency over crime

The government of Jamaica has declared a state of emergency after a rise in violent crime. The warnings are echoed on US, UK and Canadian government …

Turkey begins assault on Kurdish-held enclave in Syria

Bombardment risks inflaming relations with US, which has allied with Kurds against Isis<p>The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has said Turkish forces have fired about 70 shells at Kurdish villages in the Afrin region of north-western Syria, as Ankara said its threatened military assault was “de facto” …

Middle East

Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.<p><i>This article was originally</i> …

Turkey to launch imminent Syria operation against YPG

Turkish forces hit Syrian Kurd militia with artillery fire as President Erdogan vows attack on YPG-controlled Afrin.<p>Turkey's president vowed "to purge terrorism" across the border in Syria as Turkish forces pounded US-backed fighters with artillery fire on Sunday.<p>A military operation in northern …

In China, Macron Offers a Horse, and a Vision to Counter Trump

BEIJING — He came bearing gifts, including a brown horse named Vesuvius plucked from the French presidential cavalry. He tried his hand at Mandarin. He journeyed to an ancient capital to pay respects to China’s first emperor.<p>President Emmanuel Macron of France, during a three-day visit to China …

China

UK to PA: Israel will have to share Jerusalem

Britain’s top diplomat vowed that Jerusalem would be the ‘shared capital’ of Israel and a future Palestinian state to be founded as part of a …

Israel

Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrested amid mounting unrest in Iran

<b>The former president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has reportedly been arrested for inciting unrest against the government.</b><p>The controversial …

PA signs 22 international treaties and agreements

Palestine has joined 22 international conventions and treaties, the Palestinian Authority (PA) announced today.In a statement, the PA said that the …

Islamic State declares war on rival Hamas with video execution

JERUSALEM — The extremist Islamic State group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has taken a simmering dispute with the Palestinian Hamas group based in nearby Gaza to new levels, releasing a 22-minute video in which it calls on its followers to attack the group and shows the execution of a man it …

Islamic State (ISIS)

North and South Korea reopen cross-border hotline, paving the way for formal talks

BEIJING — North and South Korea reopened a long-suspended cross-border hotline on Wednesday, conducting a brief conversation to pave the way for official talks between the two sides about sending a delegation from the North to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.<p>Talks, if they take place, …

North Korea

Sweden, Jolted Awake

The defense posture of a ‘peace nation’<p><i>Editor’s Note: Below is an expanded version of a report we published in our December 18, 2017, issue.</i><p>‘An …

Pakistan summons U.S. ambassador after Trump's angry tweet

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's angry tweet about Pakistan's "lies and deceit", while Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed the outburst as a political stunt.<p>David Hale was summoned by the Pakistan foreign office on …

Protests over Iranian government’s handling of economy spread to several cities

Protests over the Iranian government’s handling of the economy spread to several cities Friday, including Tehran, in what appeared to be a sign of …

Mali's Keita names ex-defense and foreign minister as PM

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Saturday appointed Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga - a former defense and foreign minister and intelligence chief - as the new prime minister, according to a decree read on state television.<p>Boubeye Maiga is expected to form a new government in the …

Russia establishing permanent presence at its Syrian bases: minister of defense

LONDON — Russia has begun establishing a permanent presence at two military bases in Syria, the country's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Tuesday.<p>During a conference call with the leadership of the country's armed forces, Shoigu said President Vladimir Putin had approved the structure and staff …

Russia

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: December 16 to December 22

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from December 16 to December 22, …

Jordan: Between the Sunni world’s two poles

As a resource-poor Arab country, Jordan has long relied on wealthy Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states for economic assistance. For decades Amman …

South Sudan: Army and rebels allege truce breaches

Just hours after ceasefire came into effect, rebels and government forces accuse one another of ceasefire violations.<p>South Sudan's army and anti-government rebels have both accused one another of violating a ceasefire just hours after it came into effect.<p>The peace agreement, in place since 00:01 …

Ukraine grateful for US weapons, Russia voices outrage

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's president on Saturday thanked the U.S. for its decision to provide his nation with lethal weapons, while Russian diplomats and lawmakers expressed dismay, warning that it will only fuel hostilities in eastern Ukraine.<p>The angry response from Moscow comes a day after President …

UN Votes 128-9 Against US Action On Jerusalem