Monday, May 27, 2019

US will not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports: White House

The Trump administration on Monday told five countries - Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India - that they will no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran after their waivers end on May 2. "We're going to zero. We're going to zero across the board," US Secretary…

‘Out with system’: Algeria protesters reject interim president

Police in Algeria's capital have fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of students protesting against the appointment of a new interim president who is a part of the ruling order they have been seeking to remove.  The demonstration in central Algiers on Tuesday took place as parliament officially confirmed upper house Speaker Abdelkader…

AIPAC convenes annual conference in Washington amid division

AIPAC, one of the most powerful lobby groups in the United States, is facing new criticism from Democrats and advocates for Palestinian rights as it convenes its annual policy conference this week amid a widening US political divide over Israel. The annual pro-Israel event, which starts on Sunday, is expected to draw more than 15,000…

Algerian protesters keep up pressure on old political guard

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets for a ninth successive Friday in Algeria to demand a complete political overhaul in the wake of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation. The protesters gathered in multiple cities throughout the country, including the capital Algiers, to call for root-and-branch reforms and the departure of the…

Iran floods: Mass evacuations amid fresh flood warnings

Tehran, Iran - Dozens of villages and towns have been evacuated in southern Iran as authorities issued warnings for a fresh round of flooding in the regions bordering Iraq, home to a number of rivers and dams. Continuous floods that started in March have so far claimed 70 lives, destroyed infrastructures and displaced thousands of people…

Indonesia: Election campaigning ends with massive rallies

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Indonesian President Joko Widodo have turned out in the capital, Jakarta, for the final day of campaigning before Wednesday's elections. Widodo, in a repeat of the 2014 election, is running against former army general, Prabowo Subianto, for a second five-year term in office. "For the young, the women, and the men, we…

Israel elections: Netanyahu set to win as rival concedes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win re-election after his main rival conceded defeat. With more than 99 percent of votes counted, Netanyahu's Likud party was set to lead a right-wing bloc with 65 of the 120 seats in parliament. His main challenger, Benny Gantz, accepted the result on Wednesday, acknowledging that he…

India elections 2019: All the latest updates

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won a second term in office following the country's marathon seven-phase general elections, the world's largest democratic exercise ever. Modi is the first non-Congress prime minister in India to return to power after a full five-year term.  Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 303 of…

Sudan’s military rulers and protesters to hold ‘decisive talks’

Sudan's military rulers have invited organisers of anti-government demonstrations to hold new talks on handing over power to a civilian administration, the protest movement said, after weeks of deadlock over the make-up of an interim governing body. The invitation on Saturday came days after Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF), an umbrella group comprising…

Erdogan’s AK Party ‘loses’ major Turkey cities in local elections

Istanbul, Turkey - The ruling Justice and Development (AK Party) has lost mayoral elections in the country's three largest cities - Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir - in a stunning election setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan according to unofficial results published by state-run Anadolu Agency on Monday. The official results will be released after the…
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