Baghdad rocket attack kills Iranian military leaders including Gen. Qassim Soleimani, reports say

At least three rockets were fired at Baghdad International Airport Friday killing at least seven people, including Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, according to multiple reports early Friday. Soleimani is the military mastermind whom Secretary … Read More

‘We’ll deal with it’ – Donald Trump brushes off Kim Jong Un’s threat of ‘Christmas gift’

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Kim Jong Un threatens to take unspecified action if sanctions relief is not forthcoming by the end of the year. Donald Trump has brushed off North Korea’s warning of a “Christmas gift”, saying the United States would “deal with it … Read More

UN Security Council rebukes US on Israeli settlements

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All members of the UN Security Council — except the US — rejected Washington’s decision to no longer consider settlements a violation of international law. Four European nations said the move hindered peace efforts. The UN Security Council on Wednesday … Read More

Emmanuel Macron’s EU army plans dealt huge blow – ‘Countries are concerned’

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EMMANUEL MACRON’s attempts to build an ever-closer European Union with a common EU army could fail due to concerns France has sparked among smaller countries, security expert Alexandre Vautravers has said. Emmanuel Macron has been one of the most outspoken proponents … Read More

The US seized a North Korean ship and moved it thousands of miles to check whether it’s being used to violate sanctions

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An undated photo from the US Department of Justice shows “Wise Honest,” a North Korean cargo ship, that the US has now seized. Department of Justice via AP The US has sailed a North Korean cargo ship thousands of miles … Read More

UN Security Council Rejects U.S., Russia Resolutions On Venezuela

A demonstrator holds a Venezuelan flag on the bridge in Urena, Venezuela, on the border with Colombia. The UN Security Council has rejected rival resolutions on the crisis in Venezuela presented by the United States and Russia. The United States … Read More

In Japan, Angela Merkel warns against treating North Korea naively

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Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Emperor Akihito on the second and final day of her visit to Japan. Later events with students and scientists covered topics from North Korean disarmament through to cows’ digestion. Angela Merkel had a third and … Read More

Israel’s ‘Arbitrary’ Airstrikes on Syria Must Stop, Russia Warns

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Syria’s UN envoy says on the same day that if Israel attacks Damascus, it can reach Tel Aviv as well. File photo: Missile fire over Damascus, Syria, January 21, 2019.SANA via Reuters Syria: If Israel can strike Damascus, we can … Read More

Palestinians launch bid for full UN membership

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Speaking a day after Donald Trump said he would unveil a new Mideast peace plan within months, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said the US president could not be regarded as a neutral brokerTIMOTHY A. CLARY (AFP) The Palestinians will launch … Read More

Abbas, Guterres discuss recent Israeli escalations

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General in New York, on Monday, during which he briefed him on the latest developments in the Palestinian issue, including the recent Israeli escalations in the occupied Palestinian territories. AhlulBayt … Read More

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