Iran, Turkey dam projects drying up Iraq’s water

Dubai: Iraq, the land of the ancient Assyrian and Sumerian civilisations, had, until recent years, abundant water sources. But, not anymore. Its neighbours, including its ally Iran, are carrying out ambitious plans that leave Iraq with less water day by … Read More

UN Warns More People Would Die from Starvation in Syria

Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA). Reuters The United Nations has warned of death due to famine in war-torn Syria. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock announced Wednesday that … Read More

RPT-EXCLUSIVE-U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on N.Korea sanctions evaders-sources

posted in: Far East, News

This repeats story of 23 February. WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying U.S. Coast … Read More

Trump administration doubles down on Palestinian aid cutoff threat

posted in: Israel, News

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is doubling down on its threat to cut off aid to the Palestinians if they fail to “sit down and negotiate peace,” even as it proceeds with contentious plans to move the U.S. embassy to … Read More

German leader Merkel says the current world order is under threat

posted in: Germany, News

Merkel said the answer to the world’s problems was to see multilateral solutions instead of a “unilateral, protectionist course” of action. Merkel is just the latest leader at Davos to criticize a protectionist and isolationist stance towards the world’s problems. … Read More

Analysis: U.S. cuts funds for UN after ‘null and void’ vote

posted in: News, United States

Credit: AP ‘TAKING NAMES’: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, above, yesterday hailed the decision to slash the U.N. budget by $285 million days after the U.N. General Assembly voted in favor of a nonbinding resolution declaring President … Read More

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