German Foreign Ministry calls in Turkish ambassador over journalist detention

German-Turkish politician of the Green party Ozcan Mutlu protests the detention of German journalist Deniz Yucel in front of Turkish embassy in Berlin on February 28, 2017. The German Foreign Ministry has called in Turkey’s ambassador in protest at Ankara’s provisional detention of a journalist with Germany’s Die Welt newspaper over terrorism-related accusations. On Tuesday, the ministry initially […]

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hits back at former premiers over Brexit remarks

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks at the British Chambers of Commerce conference in London on February 28, 2017. (Photo by AFP) British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he is becoming “impatient” with those projecting doom and gloom for Brexit, lashing back at two former prime ministers who rebuked the government’s approach towards leaving the […]

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Russia won’t support Western-backed UN motion on Syria: Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and his Kyrgyzstan counterpart, Almazbek Atambayev, shake hands in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, February 28, 2017. (Photo by AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced a draft United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that would impose sanctions on the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons, stressing that Moscow will […]

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Time running out for UK to stop Scotland independence bid: Sturgeon

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (L) and UK Prime Minister Theresa May The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May is pushing Scotland towards another independence bid, says Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, warning London that “time is running out” for making amends. In an article for the Times newspaper, Sturgeon said last year’s vote by 52 […]

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Barack Obama behind protests, White House leaks: US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump (L) and former president Barack Obama talk on the steps of the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies, Washington, January 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP) US President Donald Trump says his predecessor Barack Obama is personally behind the growing intelligence leaks and nationwide protests against his administration. During a Fox News interview […]

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US President Donald Trump’s policies may cause ‘enormous damage’ to US economy: American economist and former US treasury secretary Larry Summers

Former US treasury secretary Larry Summers American economist and former US treasury secretary Larry Summers has warned about the economic policies of President Donald Trump, calling the new administration’s pronouncements on trade for instance “wildly irresponsible” and “potentially very dangerous.” Summers, who is currently an economics professor at Harvard University, made the comments on Monday […]

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European Union lawmakers legislators consider abolishing Marine Le Pen’s immunity over Daesh images

French far-right Front National (FN) party candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen (Photo by AFP) European Union lawmakers will soon decide whether to strip France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen of the EU Parliament immunity for tweeting graphic images of despicable crimes committed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. Le Pen, also […]

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Russia, China block anti-Syria United Nations Security Council resolution

Russia and China have vetoed a Western-proposed draft United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons. On Tuesday, the measure, drafted by Britain, France and the US, got the minimum nine “yes” votes. However, Russia, China and Bolivia opposed the resolution while Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Egypt […]

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Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declares ‘national disaster’ amid drought

Servicemen walk past a flock of dead goats in a dry area close to Dhahar in Puntland, northeastern Somalia, on December 15, 2016. (Photo by AFP) Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has declared a “national disaster” due to severe drought in the country. A statement from the presidency issued on Tuesday said the declaration was ‘‘to deal […]

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