UNSG concerned about military developments in Syria

14 October 2019, 9:08 PM
Brexit hangs in the balance as EU doubts a deal this week 14 October 2019, 1:03 PM

A deal to smooth Britain’s departure from the European Union hung in the balance on Monday after diplomats indicated the bloc wanted more concessions from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and said a full agreement was unlikely this week.

Japan rescuers wade in muddy waters to find typhoon survivors 14 October 2019, 9:44 AM

Rescue workers waded through muddy, waist-high waters on Monday searching for missing people after one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history, as officials warned of more rain later in the day.

As options narrow on Syria, Trump prepares to drop sanctions hammer on Turkey 14 October 2019, 5:46 AM

President Donald Trump’s administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey.

China’s President warns attempts to divide the country will end in ‘shattered bones’ 13 October 2019, 8:03 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that any attempt to divide China will be crushed, as Beijing faces political challenges in months-long protests in Hong Kong and US criticism over its treatment of Muslim minority groups.

Saudi Arabia says it is not behind Iranian tanker struck in Red Sea 13 October 2019, 5:12 PM

A Saudi minister said on Sunday that Riyadh was not behind a suspected strike against an Iranian-owned oil tanker in the Red Sea, which Iranian state-run television said was hit on Friday by missiles but denied reports they came from Saudi Arabia.

Naledi Pandor
Pandor to depart for Middle East on two-day working visit 13 October 2019, 3:03 PM

International Relations Minister, Naledi Pandor, will undertake a two-day working visit to the Middle East starting from Tuesday.

Turkish-led forces pursue assault around Syrian border towns 13 October 2019, 10:43 AM

Turkish forces targeted areas around two Syrian border towns with fresh shelling on Sunday, pressing on with their offensive against Kurdish militia for a fifth day in the face of fierce international opposition.

Japan sends in thousands of troops after massive typhoon hammers Tokyo 13 October 2019, 10:21 AM

Japan sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers on Sunday to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history, which killed 18 people and briefly paralyzed Tokyo.

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists protest in Brussels 12 October 2019, 8:04 PM

Extinction Rebellion activists staged a protest next to the gardens of the Royal Palace in Brussels on Saturday calling on the King to declare a climate emergency.

Rivers swell, drains overflow in Tokyo as typhoon nears 12 October 2019, 3:56 PM

Water levels in small rivers around Tokyo rose and drains overflowed in Tokyo on Saturday (October 12) as a powerful typhoon churned towards the Japanese capital, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years.

China’s Xi and India’s Modi discuss proposals to improve ties hit by Kashmir 12 October 2019, 12:07 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday he had a free and frank discussion with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and would pursue proposals the two leaders discussed to improve bilateral ties.

Turkey intensifies Syria campaign as Islamic State strikes Kurds 12 October 2019, 8:39 AM

Turkey intensified its air and artillery strikes in northeast Syria on Friday in an offensive against Kurdish militia that has raised the prospect of a humanitarian disaster and questions about U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy in the region.

British government asked to put sanctions on Gupta family 11 October 2019, 8:01 PM

A member of the British House of Lords has requested the British government to put sanctions on the Gupta family following similar actions by the US Treasury Department.

‘Border on fire’ as Turkey intensifies Syria campaign 11 October 2019, 3:47 PM

Turkey stepped up its air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Friday, escalating an offensive that has drawn warnings of humanitarian catastrophe.

People march to protest against what they say is the abuse of pro-democracy protesters by Hong Kong police, at Chater Garden in Central district, Hong Kong.
Hundreds take to Hong Kong streets, weekend protests planned 11 October 2019, 11:58 AM

Hundreds of mask-wearing pro-democracy protesters marched through Hong Kong’s central business district at lunchtime on Friday, occupying a main thoroughfare and disrupting traffic as the city braced for another weekend of turmoil.

The Treasury Statement says Ajay and Atul Gupta were involved in corruption.
‘Sanctions on Guptas will have ripple effect’ 11 October 2019, 9:13 AM

The Mission in South Africa for the United States embassy says America's decision to impose sanctions on the Gupta family will have a ripple effect, causing other countries to take note of the corruption allegations against them.

Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden reacts during a televised townhall on CNN dedicated to LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles.
Aid will be withheld from countries persecuting LGBTQ people: Biden 11 October 2019, 6:49 AM

Former US Vice President Joe Biden said he would withhold foreign aid from countries that persecute lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Dozens reported killed as Turkey pushes Syria assault 10 October 2019, 9:01 PM

Turkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday (10 October ), forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing dozens, in a cross-border assault on US allies that has turned the Washington establishment against Donald Trump.

US announces sanctions against Gupta family 10 October 2019, 6:00 PM

The United States Treasury Department has announced sanctions against the Gupta family referring to their operations as a significant corruption network in South Africa that leveraged over payments on government contracts, bribery and other corrupt actions.

US and Chinese flags are seen before Defense Secretary James Mattis welcomes Chinese Minister of National Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe to the Pentagon in Arlington.
China plans to restrict visas for US visitors with ‘anti-China’ links 10 October 2019, 11:58 AM

China’s Ministry of Public Security has for months been working on rules to limit the ability of anyone employed, or sponsored, by US intelligence services and human rights groups to travel to China.

As Biden calls for impeachment, Trump adds legal muscle, lashes out at whistleblower 10 October 2019, 10:12 AM

United States President Donald Trump added muscle to the legal team defending against an impeachment investigation led by congressional Democrats on Wednesday, after 2020 re-election rival Joe Biden called for the first time for his impeachment.

Smoke rises from the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, October 9.
Turkey opens ground assault on Syria’s Kurds 10 October 2019, 5:46 AM

The assault began days after US President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of the way, prompting denunciations from senior members of his own Republican Party.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan,
Turkey’s Erdogan says civilians are not targeted in Syria offensive 9 October 2019, 7:15 PM

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday  that civilians would not be targeted in Turkey's military operation in northern Syria.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare reviews the honour guard during a welcome ceremony .
Chinese premier holds talks with prime minister of Solomon Islands 9 October 2019, 4:31 PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Wednesday in Beijing, with both sides agreeing to expand exchanges and cooperation.

UN faces liquidity crisis 9 October 2019, 9:39 AM

The United Nations is facing a liquidity crisis that is worse than any that it has ever confronted in at least a decade.

Giuliani says he “would love to testify” before Senate 9 October 2019, 8:02 AM

The lawyer for US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, appeared on Fox New's "The Ingraham Angle" on Tuesday after the Republican chairperson of the US Senate Judiciary Committee opened the door to a Senate investigation into unproven allegations regarding Ukraine.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen ahead of the meeting with European Parliament President David Sassoli, at Downing Street.
British PM Johnson facing no-deal Brexit cabinet rebellion 9 October 2019, 5:39 AM

An unnamed cabinet minister cited by the newspaper said that a “very large number” of Conservative members of parliament will quit if it comes to a no-deal Brexit.

‘Strong evidence of obstruction in Trump impeachment investigations’ 8 October 2019, 9:35 PM

The Chairman of a Congressional Committee leading investigations in the impeachment inquiry of United States President, Donald Trump says the State Department’s failure to produce witnesses and other documents is considered strong evidence of obstruction.

Portugal’s ruling Socialists win election but fall short of outright majority 8 October 2019, 3:21 PM

Portugal's ruling Socialists won Sunday's parliamentary election but fell short of an outright majority, meaning Prime Minister Antonio Costa will need to negotiate a new deal with one or both of his far-left allies in the previous legislature.

Springboks thump Canada, march into quarterfinals 8 October 2019, 2:30 PM

South Africa have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan with a 66-7 bonus point win over Canada in their final pool match in Kobe.