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Erdoğan, Putin reiterate commitment to all agreements on Syria’s Idlib

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Erdoğan, Putin reiterate commitment to all agreements on Syria’s Idlib

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed late Friday the developments in war-ravaged Idlib town in northwestern Syria, which has recently seen a humanitarian disaster due to heavy bombardments by the Assad regime and its main backer Russia. In the phone call, the leaders reiterated their willingness to fully implement all […]

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Korea overwhelmed by soaring number of new coronavirus cases

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A quarantine official disinfects a branch of the minor religious sect Shincheonji in Seodaemun, Seoul, Friday. The majority of new coronavirus patients in recent days were either members of the religious group or people they have come in contact with. Yonhap The coronavirus infection here reached “an epidemic proportion” Friday as 102 people were confirmed […]

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Leader casts vote in parliamentary, Assembly of Experts elections

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Leader casts vote in parliamentary, Assembly of Experts elections

  TEHRAN – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei cast his vote early on Friday both for the 11th parliamentary elections and the mid-term election for the Assembly of Experts. Ayatollah Khamenei cast his vote at the Hussainiyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, where a polling booth — ballot box 110 — […]

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Germany ups police presence at mosques over ‘very high’ security threat

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Germany ups police presence at mosques over ‘very high’ security threat

Germany has increased police presence across the country, and at mosques in particular, as part of efforts to counter the “very high” security threat from far-right extremists in the wake of the recent racist attack. “The security threat from right-wing extremism and racism is very high,” German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said at a press […]

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Libyan National Army’s Haftar says ready for ceasefire with conditions

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Libyan National Army’s Haftar says ready for ceasefire with conditions

Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar. (File photo: Reuters) Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar said he would be ready for a ceasefire if Turkish and Syrian mercenaries left the country and Ankara stopped supplying weapons to Libya’s UN-recognized government in Tripoli, RIA reported. The UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez […]

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Russian warplanes repel attack on Syrian army in Idlib as militants launch offensive aided by Turkish artillery — Moscow

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Russian warplanes repel attack on Syrian army in Idlib as militants launch offensive aided by Turkish artillery — Moscow

FILE PHOTO Su-24 fighters © Sputnik / Igor Zarembo The Russian Defense Ministry says its Air Force launched strikes to repel a militant offensive against the Syrian Army in Idlib, which had sought to breach the government forces’ defensive lines with Turkey’s backing. The militants launched a “massive offensive” southeast of the city of Idlib, […]

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447 new cases in prisons reveal blind zones in COVID-19 fight

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447 new cases in prisons reveal blind zones in COVID-19 fight

Doctors check the CT image of a patient’s lungs at Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, Feb. 9, 2020. (Photo by Gao Xiang/Xinhua) Nearly a dozen prison and justice department officials in three Chinese provinces have been removed from their posts on Friday, after the prisons reported altogether […]

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Record breaking US airstrikes pushing al-Shabab fighters into urban areas

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Record breaking US airstrikes pushing al-Shabab fighters into urban areas

A Somali soldier patrols next to the burnt-out wreckage of a car that was used by suspected al-shabab fighters on April 16, 2017. (MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB/AFP/Getty Images) A recent UN report said that record breaking airstrikes targeting al-Shabab militants in Somalia is forcing the group to move from rural areas to urban centers to mitigate American air power. […]

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Merkel, Macron want to meet Erdoğan, Putin to defuse tensions in Syria’s Idlib

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Merkel, Macron want to meet Erdoğan, Putin to defuse tensions in Syria’s Idlib

German Chancellor Merkel, Russia’s Putin, Presidents Erdoğan and Macron during a press conference (Reuters File Photo) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron told Russia’s Vladimir Putin that they want to meet him and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to defuse the crisis in Syria. In their phone call with Putin, Merkel and Macron […]

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S. Korea steps up containment efforts as virus cases jump to 156

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S. Korea steps up containment efforts as virus cases jump to 156

(Yonhap) South Korea said Friday the new coronavirus is spreading across the country, but it is in the initial stage of a full-blown outbreak and still “manageable,” although the number of infections has almost tripled in just three days. The country reported 52 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total number of infections […]

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