Thursday, July 18, 2019

Yemen’s Houthis to withdraw from Hodeidah: UN

Yemen's Houthi group has agreed to withdraw forces from three key ports under a United Nations-brokered peace deal, according to the UN. The group will unilaterally redeploy from the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa over four days, starting on Saturday, the UN Mission Mission to Support the Hodeidah agreement said. In a statement late on Friday,…

Huge crowds join protest against Sudan’s military leaders

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have joined a sit-in outside Sudan's defence ministry to press the ruling military council to hand over power to a civilian administration. The huge crowd was answering a call by an alliance of activists and opposition groups to join a protest march through Khartoum on Thursday. The Declaration of Freedom…

Trump says US not seeking ‘regime change’ in Iran

President Donald Trump has said the United States is not looking for "regime change" in Iran. He said this on Monday after bilateral talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has offered to broker a dialogue between the two nations. "We're not looking for regime change, we're looking for no nuclear weapons," Trump said at a joint…

Saudi-UAE coalition vows action after Houthi missile attack

The Saudi-led coalition said it would "take stern action" to deter the Houthi rebels after the Yemeni rebels carried out a missile attack on Abha airport in Saudi Arabia that left at least 26 injured. Turki al-Malki, the coalition spokesman, said the missile hit "proves this terrorist militia's acquisition of new advanced weapons and the continuation of…

Sudan army, protesters to resume talks on transitional council

Protest leaders in Sudan have agreed to suspend a civil disobedience campaign launched after a bloody crackdown on demonstrators and resume negotiations with the country's ruling generals on the formation of a transitional sovereign council, an Ethiopian envoy has said. Speaking to reporters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, Mahmoud Drir said the Transitional Military Council (TMC) had also…

Mueller ends Trump-Russia probe: All the latest updates

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his nearly two-year investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow and whether President Donald Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.  On Friday, Mueller handed over his report to Attorney General William Barr, who has said he will…

China rises but 30 years after Tiananmen crackdown remains taboo

Their faces stare out from the photos, some smiling and some serious. Most of them are young, captured in candid moments or emotionless passport snaps, a uniform seen here and there. Taken decades ago, these are the portraits of some of the people later killed after China's leaders declared martial law and ordered armed troops…

EU extends ban on arms sales to Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

The European Union has extended a ban on selling arms to Myanmar and prolonged sanctions against high-ranking officials over their role in the Rohingya crisis. The measures, which include an embargo on weapons and other equipment that could be used for repression, will stay in place until at least April 30, 2020. "The sanctions includes…

Venezuelans rally as opposition leader Guaido calls for uprising

Hundreds of Venezuelans rallied on Tuesday after opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a "military uprising" in his strongest move to take down President Nicolas Maduro since declaring himself interim president earlier this year.  Guaido, in a video posted on Twitter earlier on Tuesday, said he had started the "final phase" of his campaign to…

Syria’s Assad silenced dissent in secret torture prisons: Report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has been running a network of secret torture facilities across Syria while the country's civil war unfolded, a new report has found. In a lengthy report, the New York Times found that the rate at which people are being detained in the country is still increasing, despite Assad's military win…
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Man City reclaim top spot, Spurs win first game in new stadium, Chelsea go fifth, plus gossip - BBC Sport Summary Get involved: #bbcfootball or text on 81111 Manchester City beat Cardiff to reclaim top spot Tottenham win first game in new stadium Chelsea move fifth with win over Brighton

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