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Facebook privacy: MEPs to press Zuckerberg


Facebook has confirmed its chief executive will meet leading members of the European Parliament to discuss privacy concerns in Brussels. The date of the meeting with Mark Zuckerberg has yet to be fixed but the president of the European Parliament said he hoped it would be next week. The talks will be held behind closed doors at a meeting of the Conference of Presidents attended ... Read More »

North Korea summit: US hopeful Trump-Kim meet will go ahead


The Trump administration is hopeful its summit with North Korea will go ahead, despite threats of cancellation. A White House spokesperson said the US president remained ready. Hours earlier, North Korea released an angry statement saying it might pull out of the meeting if the US insisted it gave up its nuclear weapons. The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ... Read More »

North Korea Threatens To Cancel Trump Summit


North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it gives up its nuclear weapons. The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is due to take place on 12 June. But in an angry statement, North Korea’s vice-foreign minister accused the US of making reckless statements and of harbouring ... Read More »

Guatemala Opens Embassy In Jerusalem After US Move


Following in US’ footsteps, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem, despite international condemnation. Guatemala has opened its embassy in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of the United States, which inaugurated its embassy in the city two days prior, in a move that has triggered international condemnation. Wednesday’s development comes amid widespread anger and protests in the occupied Palestinian territories, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe. ... Read More »

Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim Released After Getting Full Pardon

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Former deputy prime minister arrives at the royal palace to meet with king after being released from prison. Malaysia’s former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has been released from prison after receiving a full pardon from the king on Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference after being freed following the royal pardon, he thanked the Malaysian people for standing by “the principles of democracy and freedom”. “Now ... Read More »

North, South Korea to Hold High-level Talks May 16


North Korea and South Korea agreed on Tuesday to hold high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16 to discuss steps needed to uphold the pledge to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said. The meeting will discuss specific plans needed to carry out the April 27 inter-Korea summit declaration, which includes pledges to finally end a seven-decade war this year, and pursue “complete denuclearisation”. “The South and North ... Read More »

Iraq Election: Shia Leader Muqtada Al-Sadr Alliance Set To Win

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With 91 percent of ballots counted, alliance of Muqtada al-Sadr is in the lead in six provinces, including Baghdad. The Sairoon Alliance of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadris set to win Iraq’s parliamentary elections in a remarkable comeback after being sidelined for years by Iranian-backed rivals. With over 91 percent of votes counted in 16 of Iraq‘s 18 provinces, Iran-backed Shia militia chief Hadi al-Amiri’s Fatah (Conquest) Coalition ... Read More »

Gaza Killings: New Yorkers Call For Justice In Nakba Protest


About 300 activists demand Israel be brought to justice for rights violations after scores were killed in Gaza Strip. New York City, United States - Chanting slogans, raising placards and singing resistance songs, about 300 people marched through Brooklyn in New York on Monday to commemorate the 70th year since the Nakba, or catastrophe, in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homes ... Read More »

Tensions rise ahead of US embassy opening in Jerusalem


A US delegation has flown to Israel amid rising tensions ahead of planned protests against the controversial move of the American embassy to Jerusalem and rallies calling for the Palestinians’ right of return to the homes from which they were expelled from in 1948. Several US officials, joined by President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband and senior adviser Jared Kushner, will attend the ... Read More »

Turkey targets French studies ‘due to Quran row and reciprocity’


Turkish universities will no longer admit new students to French language departments, Turkey’s Higher Education Board has ruled, the latest development in the strained ties between Turkeyand France. The decision came in response to a manifesto signed by prominent French figures, calling for the removal of certain passages from the Quran, and as a reciprocal measure over the “lack of Turkish studies departments in the European ... Read More »

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