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Kenya’s Opposition Leader Calls Mass Protests On Election Day


Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called Wednesday for mass protests on the day of the October 26 presidential election, which he has refused to take part in. “​Protests will go on, on the 26th (it) will be the biggest demonstrations in the whole country,” he told a rally of thousands of supporters in a suburb of Nairobi.   <<punch>> Read More »

Saudi’s Flynas Makes First Commercial Flight To Baghdad After 27 Years


Saudi budget carrier flynas on Wednesday made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighbouring Iraq show signs of improvement. “Our first flight took off today from Riyadh to Baghdad,” the company wrote on Twitter, posting pictures of the cabin crew and passengers. Tickets for the maiden flight were advertised for as low as $7 (six euros) excluding taxes ... Read More »

Xi Jinping: ‘Time For China To Take Centre Stage’


China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he told the Communist Party congress. The closed-door summit determines who rules China and the country’s direction for the next term. Mr Xi has been consolidating power and ... Read More »

Kirkuk: Iraqi Government Forces Enter Disputed City


Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk, residents say, after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Witnesses told the BBC they saw federal forces entering the provincial government building. Clashes were reported south of Kirkuk earlier in the day, while thousands of residents fled the city. It comes three weeks after the Kurdistan region held a controversial independence referendum. While Kirkuk ... Read More »

Russia’s Putin Signs Decree Imposing Restrictions On North Korea


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution. Russian President Putin The resolution, about special economic measures, was a response to Pyongyang’s missiles tests in late 2016. Read More »

Portugal And Spain Wildfires: Dozens Dead And Injured


A spate of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 31 people, civil defence authorities say. Dozens of the 145 fires still raging are considered serious, a spokeswoman said. To the north, fires which broke out across the border in Spain’s Galicia region claimed at least three lives. Thousands of firefighters are battling the flames, which erupted ... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Deal: Donald Trump ‘decertifies’ 2015 Pact

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US President Donald Trump has refused to certify Iran’s compliance with a landmark 2015 deal curtailing Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. Trump – who opposed the agreement between Iran and world powers, including the US, from the outset – on Friday said that Iran was not living up to the spirit of the accord, despite the UN nuclear watchdog repeatedly confirming that ... Read More »

Kurds On High Alert As Iraqi Forces Mass Near Kirkuk


The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has deployed thousands of troops around the disputed oil city of Kirkuk for fear of an attack by Iraqi government army and militia, a senior official said. “Thousands of heavily armed peshmerga units are now completely in their positions around Kirkuk,” a top aide to KRG President Masoud Barzani posted on social media on Friday. “Their order is to defend ... Read More »

Turkish Troops Enter Northern Syria In New Operation


Turkish troops travelling in a convoy of 12 armoured vehicles have entered northern Syria in a new military operation. Turkish news media reported that the vehicles carrying the troops crossed into Idlib province late on Thursday. The development came after Turkey said it was sending troops into Syria to enforce a de-escalation zone in Idlib, which is largely controlled by the Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) ... Read More »

23 dead in ‘catastrophic’ California wildfires


More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 23 people dead and thousands homeless. “This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event,” California fire chief Ken Pimlott told reporters. “We’re not going to be out of the woods for a great number of days to come.” ... Read More »

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