UN chief appeals for more money for displaced people in Idlib, Syria

21 February 2020, 9:45 PM
The United Nations Chief has appealed for an additional 500 million dollars, almost 7.5 billion rand,  to cover the needs of newly displaced people due to the unfolding military escalation in Idlib, northwestern Syria.
Israel says could get tougher on Gaza after warplanes hit Hamas 20 June 2018, 12:04 PM

Israeli warplanes pounded Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in a new flare-up of hostilities that saw dozens of rockets and mortar shells fired from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.

Immigration: a deeply divisive topic in Europe 20 June 2018, 9:38 AM

The arrival of massive numbers of migrants in Europe over the past few years has stirred fierce debate in many EU member states...

US quits UN human rights body citing bias towards Israel 20 June 2018, 6:15 AM

The United States has announced its withdrawal from the UN's Human Rights' Council in Geneva.

British PM faces Brexit showdown with pro-EU rebels 20 June 2018, 5:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown with her pro-EU MPs on Wednesday over parliament's role in the final Brexit deal, which could influence her entire negotiation strategy.

Yemen government forces enter Hodeida airport: UAE 19 June 2018, 12:10 PM

Yemeni government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, entered Hodeida airport on Tuesday, the UAE said, as the fight for control of the rebel-held port city intensifies.

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN 19 June 2018, 8:12 AM

A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday.

As outrage grows over children, White House defends immigration policy 19 June 2018, 8:07 AM

The Trump administration on Monday defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

North Korea’s Kim visiting China Tuesday and Wednesday: state media 19 June 2018, 5:45 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China on Tuesday and Wednesday, state broadcaster CCTV said, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump.

UN concerned about migrant policy 18 June 2018, 8:22 PM

The United Nation’s top human rights official has called on the United States Administration of President Donald Trump to end the policy of forcibly removing children from their migrant parents who cross the southern border irregularly via Mexico.

3-Head of VW’s Audi arrested in Germany over diesel scandal 18 June 2018, 4:33 PM

Volkswagen was holding crisis talks on Monday to find a stand-in boss for its Audi brand, a source familiar with the discussions said, after German authorities arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler as part of a probe into emissions test cheating.

Audi boss arrested in diesel probe 18 June 2018, 12:51 PM

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested in connection with parent company Volkswagen's "diesel gate" emissions cheating scandal, German prosecutors said Monday.

US lawmakers want to end ‘evil’ migrant family separations 18 June 2018, 9:04 AM

Democratic lawmakers vowed Sunday to end the "evil" separation of migrant children from their parents at the US border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea to end the deeply controversial practice.

Angela Merkel
Merkel faces ultimatum from ally over migrants 18 June 2018, 7:28 AM

Hardliners of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc are poised Monday to give the German leader an ultimatum to tighten asylum rules or risk pitching the country into a political crisis.

Plane, governor’s house torched in PNG violence 18 June 2018, 5:28 AM

Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency in its rugged Southern Highlands after an armed mob went on the rampage, torching a passenger plane and the local governor's house.

SA committed to use UNSC seat to broker world peace 17 June 2018, 5:50 PM

South Africa is committed to using the United Nations Security Council seat to broker peace across the world, including the Middle East.

Red Cross urges EU states to follow Spain and show migrant ‘solidarity’ 17 June 2018, 4:23 PM

The head of the Red Cross urged European Union member states Sunday to follow Spain's example of welcoming a rejected migrant ship and "put into practice" the humanitarian values promoted by the bloc.

Anti-FARC hardliner Duque closes in on Colombia presidency 17 June 2018, 9:40 AM

Ivan Duque is on course to become Colombia's youngest President in Sunday's run-off election, after a campaign fought largely over the future of the government's peace deal with the former rebel group FARC.

Defiant Merkel backs Europe migrant policy as Bavaria row simmers 16 June 2018, 5:39 PM

Migrant policy requires a European solution, German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Saturday, ceding no ground in a showdown with her Bavarian allies that threatens her three-month-old coalition government.

Afghan soldiers, Taliban celebrate unprecedented Eid ceasefire 16 June 2018, 8:16 AM

Afghan soldiers and Taliban militants celebrated an unprecedented ceasefire marking the end of the Ramadan fasting season with Eid greetings, hand shakes and big hugs.

Macron backs Merkel in German row over migrants 15 June 2018, 5:48 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday offered his backing to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a bitter row with her interior minister over her liberal immigration policy.

U.S. to take ‘firm, appropriate measures’ against Syria violations 15 June 2018, 12:02 PM

The United States will “take firm and appropriate measures” in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone in the country’s southwest.

Italy’s far-right Salvini says Aquarius migrant ship on a ‘cruise’ 14 June 2018, 9:48 PM

Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini suggested Thursday that hundreds of migrants aboard a rescue convoy heading for Spain were on a "cruise".

EU approves retaliatory tariffs against US 14 June 2018, 6:32 PM

EU countries on Thursday approved a raft of retaliatory tariffs, including on whiskey and motorcycles, against painful duties imposed by US President Donald Trump on European metals, sources said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
U.S. says China will ensure diplomats’ safety after illness reports 14 June 2018, 5:02 PM

China will ensure U.S.diplomats based in the country are safe, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, amid reports that some had suffered a mysterious malady resembling a brain injury that has already hit U.S. personnel in Cuba.

Trump, America’s oldest first-time president, turns 72 14 June 2018, 10:24 AM

President Donald Trump turned 72 on Thursday, having returned to the fray of Washington politics after his gruelling trip to Singapore for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US arrests Israeli national who coached IS attackers online 14 June 2018, 8:01 AM

US officials said Wednesday that a native Israeli woman living in Wisconsin coached potential Islamic State attackers on how to cook up ricin and kept a library of books on making bombs, poisons and suicide vests.

Russia says UN should consider sanctions relief for N. Korea 13 June 2018, 9:35 PM

The UN Security Council should consider steps toward lifting sanctions on North Korea following its agreement with the United States to scrap its nuclear program, Russia's UN ambassador said Wednesday.

Australian Prime Minister to deliver national apology 13 June 2018, 7:48 PM

Australian Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has pledged to deliver a national apology to the survivors, victims and families of institutional child sexual abuse.

HRW urges Saudi Arabia to reveal whereabouts of Saudi-Qatari national 13 June 2018, 5:07 PM

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged Saudi authorities to disclose the whereabouts of a Saudi man with dual Qatari nationality whom Kuwait said it had deported to Saudi Arabia on May 12 at the kingdom's request.

Arrest warrants issued for 20 over blast in Sadr’s Baghdad stronghold 13 June 2018, 1:05 PM

Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council has issued arrest warrants for 20 people accused of involvement in a deadly blast in the Baghdad stronghold of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose bloc won an election marred by fraud accusations, state TV reported.