Category: World News

Trump keeps Iran deal, but threatens more sanctions: US officials

18 July, Washington: Donald Trump backed away from a campaign promise to scrap a major nuclear security deal with Iran Tuesday, with officials announcing the agreement and related sanctions relief will stay in place for now.Under the terms of the two-year-old agreement, Tehran scaled back production of nuke-making material in return for massive sanctions relief. The Trump administration faced a new congressional deadline Monday to say whether Iran has curbed its nuclear weapons program in line with the accord. “The conditions,” according to one official who the White House would not name publicly, “have been met, based on information...

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7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia: US scientists

18 July, Washington: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Monday off the eastern coast of Russia, according to the US Geological Survey, causing officials to initially warn of a tsunami threat in parts of the Pacific. But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted that forecast a short time later, saying it did not expect “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami,” and adding there was no threat to Hawaii.”Minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake over the next few hours,” the center said. Waves had been initially forecast to be less than 0.3 meters...

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Malaria claims over 1,900 lives in South Sudan in 6 months

17 July, Juba: Malaria has caused 1,956 deaths in South Sudan, making it one of the main causes of illness in the world’s newest nation, the UN humanitarian agency said. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest report released on Saturday evening said more than 928,141 malaria cases have been reported since January and warns that the mosquito-borne disease is expected to increase as rainy season sets in. “Deaths caused by malaria representing 76.9 percent of all disease-related deaths recorded so far in 2017. The counties most-affected to date are Aweil North, Gogrial...

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At least 8 killed in wall collapse at football match in Senegal

16 July, Dakar: At least 8 people were killed on Saturday in a stampede and a wall collapse during a local league cup final in Senegal’s capital Dakar, local media reported. With the score at 2-1 during extra time, a fight broke out between fans of rivals US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour. Police fired tear gas to control the rioting situation.As spectators tried to flee the stadium, part of a wall supporting bleachers collapsed, killing at least 8 people and seriously injuring over 49 others. Rescue workers and medics are currently working at the scene and searching for...

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Turkey dismisses over 7,000 police, soldiers, ministry officials: report

15 July, Istanbul: Turkey dismissed more than 7,000 police, soldiers and ministry officials under a new decree published Friday under a state of emergency imposed after last year’s failed coup, state media reported.A total of 7,563 people — including police — have been dismissed in the latest purge, the Anadolu news agency reported. Turkish authorities also stripped 342 retired army personnel of their rank, Anadolu said. Earlier, Hurriyet daily reported that 7,348 people including 2,303 police — were dismissed in total.The new decree came a day before Turkey marks the first anniversary of a military-led bid to seize power...

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5 Egyptian security men killed in checkpoint attack

15 July, Cairo: At least five security men were killed on Friday when militants opened fire randomly in a checkpoint in Egyptian province of Giza, an interior ministry source said. “Two policemen and three recruits were immediately killed after an attack with guns on their fixed checkpoint in Badrasheen district, south-west Cairo,” official news agency MENA quoted the security source as saying. Meanwhile, local media said according to eyewitnesses that “masked men on a motorbike have opened fire from automatic machines before fleeing the scene.”...

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Trump in Paris to improve ties despite divergence on climate, trade

  14 July, Paris:U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Paris on Thursday morning in a diplomatic move to soften divergence with France over climate change and trade liberalization by seeking common ground on security and fight against terrorism. On the agenda, Trump met with American embassy staff where he is scheduled to have lunch with military officials. Later in the afternoon, he will join Macron at Les Invalides military museum before holding talks on war in Syria and ways to better coordinate efforts to combat terrorism. Macron, who denounced Washington decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord, will seek...

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U.S. says Russia willing to deploy monitors for Syria ceasefire

14 July, Washington: Russia has said it is willing to deploy monitors to prevent any violations of a ceasefire in southwestern Syria by Syrian government forces, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Brett McGurk, U.S. special envoy for the coalition against Islamic State, said the United States was “very encouraged” by the progress since the ceasefire arranged by the United States, Russia and Jordan took effect on Sunday. “The Russians have made clear they’re very serious about this and willing to put some of their people on the ground to help monitor from the regime side,” McGurk told...

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Turkey dismisses 7,600 military personnel since failed coup bid

13 July, Ankara: Over 7,600 military personnel have been dismissed from the Turkish Armed Forces over suspected links to the followers of Gulen Movement since the failed coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday. According to Turkish Defense Ministry, a total of 7,655 military personnel, including 150 generals and admirals and 4,287 commissioned officers, have been discharged from their posts since the defeated coup. Moreover, some 786 personnel have also been suspended from the armed forces. Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based preacher, is blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup attempt on July 15. Nearly 250 people were...

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Tillerson to join Arab quartet talks in Jeddah to tackle Gulf rift

12 July, Cairo: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will join a meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab countries boycotting Qatar in Jeddah on Wednesday, said a statement of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. Ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt along with Tillerson will meet on coordinating efforts in dealing with Qatar in the future, the statement said. The Saudi-led four countries along with other states had severed diplomatic ties with Qatar early last month and cut off sea, land and air links to the tiny rich Gulf nation, accusing Doha...

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