Wednesday , January 24 2018

International

US govt ‘shutdown’ starts – Spending bill fails Senate

WASHINGTON, Jan 20, (Agencies): Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It was a striking display of Washington dysfunction, and the finger-pointing …

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Turks open aggression against Kurds in Syria

HASSA, Turkey, Jan 20, (RTRS): Turkish warplanes struck positions of a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Saturday, opening a new front in the Syrian civil war and raising the prospect of deeper strains between Turkey and Washington. The operation sees Ankara confronting Kurdish fighters allied to the …

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Kuwait mediation finds UN support

DOHA, Qatar, Jan 18: The United Nations welcomes and supports the constructive role played by Kuwait’s mediation in finding a solution to the ongoing Gulf crisis as regional efforts are the best option in this regard, a senior UN official said on Wednesday. Miroslav Lajcak, the president of the 72nd …

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DAESH coils in valleys

MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 18, (AFP): Barely a month after Baghdad declared victory over the Islamic State group, the jihadists could still recapture areas of Iraq, especially near the border with Syria, experts and officials say. Ali al-Bayati, a commander of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units which fought alongside Iraqi security …

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US cuts funding for Palestinian refugees

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, Jan 17, (AFP): The UN agency for Palestinian refugees warned Wednesday it faced its worst funding crisis ever after the White House froze tens of millions of dollars in contributions, a move Palestinian leaders decried as cruel and blatantly biased. The agency provides Palestinian refugees and their …

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Saudis down missile from Yemen

RIYADH, Jan 17, (Agencies): A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s armed Houthi group towards Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan region was shot down by Saudi forces on Tuesday, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reported. The station gave no further details. There were no reports of casualties or damage. The Iranian-aligned Houthis have …

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