Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

US limits contacts with Afghan military after insider attacks

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

The US military in Afghanistan has halted most face-to-face contacts with the Afghan security forces and has temporarily withdrawn troops from Afghan security facilities after recent “insider” shootings, US media reported on Thursday.

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Iraqi troops say ready to face Islamic State dangers on borders with Syria

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command has indicated readiness to face dangers of Islamic State on the borders with Syria. In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasool, the spokesperson for the command, said, “The Iraqi-Syrian borders are protected by the joint troops of army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) as well as the border guards.

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Boko Haram jihadists attack military base in NE Nigeria

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Boko Haram jihadists launched a large assault on a military base in Nigeria’s remote northeast region and killed one soldier, defence officials said Sunday. The attack on 145 Battalion in Gashigar, Borno State, began on Saturday and continued into early Sunday morning, said Nigerian air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola. “BHTs (Boko Haram terrorists) in 13 […]

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Libya’s south falls prey to foreign armed groups

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Neglected by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, Libya’s southern desert has increasingly become a hideout for foreign rebel groups that stand accused of stoking growing insecurity. “Kidnapping, theft and banditry have multiplied” in the region, said Ali Akri Molia, commander of a unit responsible for protecting oil installations in the Oubari area […]

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Nigerian group says troops shot, killed 27 Shiite Muslims

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off

Nigeria’s main Shiite Muslim movement says Nigerian troops shot and killed at least 27 of its members during a procession to the capital of Abuja. Islamic Movement of Nigeria spokesperson Ibrahim Musa said six people were killed on Saturday and another 21 on Monday.

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The ‘Saudi Affair’ in Istanbul Unveils Sunni vs Sunni Rivalry

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off

 Turkey, pursuing its own Islamist agenda and trying to rival Saudi influence in the Sunni world, is just too happy to have discredited the Wahhabi royals.  Turkey’s message to the Western world was: See the difference between our peaceful Islamism and rogue-state Islamism? Stop discrediting us for our democratic deficit — also, presumably, […]

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US cancels visas of Khashoggi killers, slams cover-up

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off

The United States said Tuesday it was revoking visas of Saudis involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Donald Trump ridiculed the kingdom’s response as “one of the worst cover-ups” in history.

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EU mechanism for Iran trade to be symbolically ready on Nov. 4: diplomats

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off

A new European Union mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of U.S. sanctions hit, but it will not be operational until early next year, three diplomats said.The mechanism, a so-called special purpose vehicle (SPV), is designed to circumvent the sanctions, under which […]

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Khashoggi: Erdogan promet la «vérité», Riyad assure ignorer où est le corps

Monday, October 22, 2018 Comments Off

La Turquie va révéler “toute la vérité” sur le meurtre du journaliste saoudien Jamal Khashoggi à Istanbul, a promis dimanche son président Recep Tayyip Erdogan. De son côté, Ryad a assuré ignorer le “détail” des circonstances de sa mort, comme l’endroit où se trouve son corps.

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Saudi Arabia finally admits Khashoggi died in consulate

Monday, October 22, 2018 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia on Saturday, finally admitted that journalist, Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate and that it fired two senior officials over his death.

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Foreigners dump Saudi stocks

Monday, October 22, 2018 Comments Off

Foreigners sold a net 4.01 billion riyals ($1.07 billion) in Saudi stocks in the week ending Oct. 18, exchange data showed on Sunday – one of the biggest selloffs since the market opened to direct foreign buying in mid-2015.

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Affaire Khashoggi: le ministre français de l’Économie annule son déplacement à Riyad

Friday, October 19, 2018 Comments Off

Le ministre français de l’Économie, Bruno Le Maire, a annoncé le 18 octobre qu’il ne se rendrait pas à Riyad, où il devait assister au sommet économique prévu du 23 au 25 octobre, en raison de la disparition du journaliste saoudien Jamal Khashoggi.

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Iran wins another legal battle against U.S.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Comments Off

An Italian appeal court has rejected a lawsuit by the U.S. that called for the seizure of $5 billion worth of Iranian assets in Italy, in a second win for Tehran in its legal battle against the U.S. this month, IFP news reported.

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Iran urges intl. community to respond to U.S. unilateralism

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Comments Off

Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, said on Tuesday the U.S. unilateralism is a “serious threat” to the world and suggested that a “swift” and “robust” reaction is needed by the international community to counter this policy.

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UN’s top court rules in favor of Iran, orders U.S. to lift sanctions

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nation’s top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on “humanitarian” goods to Iran that President Donald Trump reimposed after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, The Daily Start reported.

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Serica, BP get temporary US OK to work on partly Iranian-owned UK project

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off

Serica Energy said on Monday that the US Treasury had given temporary approval for certain US businesses to work on a British North Sea oil and gas field owned in part by Iran, which is targeted by US sanctions.

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‘Putin’s India visit will test Modi’s idea of ‘strategic autonomy’ for India’

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off

Russian President Vladmir Putin will be visiting India next week (October 4-5) to attend the 19th India-Russia summit with focus on advancing bilateral ties between the two countries. New Delhi is hoping to build on the momentum of the successful summit held in Sochi in May this year and follow up on the ambitious defence […]

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Daesh would have reached Europe without Iran: senior MP

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said on Monday that Daesh would have reached the gates of Europe if it had not been for Iran’s fight against the group in Iraq and Syria. Falahatpisheh made the remarks as ambassadors from 27 European countries had a meeting with the MPs sitting on […]

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Iran says missile attack won’t impede Astana talks

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that Iran’s missile attacks on IS terrorists in Syria will not cause any impediment to the process of the Astana talks.Contacts and consultations among Iran, Russia and Turkey within the framework of the Astana talks will continue, he said in a press conference.

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Tripoli conflict parties committed to ceasefire agreement, says official

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

The Head of the Committee for Communications and Security Arrangements Follow-up formed by the Ministry of Interior, Ramadan Zermouh, said that all parties to the conflict in the capital are committed to the cease-fire agreement.

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France’s new ambassador to Libya presents credentials

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

The new French Ambassador to Libya Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen presented her credentials to the Secretary of Political Affairs of Foreign Ministry Lutfi Al-Maghrabi on Sunday. Al-Maghrabi welcomed the new ambassador and reviewed with her the Libyan-French bilateral relations in all fields, including the importance of facilitating the visa procedures to Libyan citizens. The […]

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Algeria urges Libyan warrant parties stop armed confrontations

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria on Sunday urged Libyan disputing parties to put an end to armed confrontations, noting that such confrontations undermine any political settlement in Libya. “Algeria deeply concerns over recent developments in Libya, particularly the escalation of violence in Tripoli and its dire repercussions on its population,” Algeria said in a statement.

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Sahel anti-terror force shifts HQs to Mali capital after attack

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

The headquarters of a five-nation anti-terror force in Mali has been transferred to the capital Bamako from the central town of Sevare following a deadly bomb attack, a source said on Friday. The European Union had said in July it would finance the construction of the new headquarters.

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Libya seeks UN ‘security’ support

Monday, October 1, 2018 Comments Off

After a month of militia clashes that left more than 100 people dead, Libya’s UN-backed foreign minister on Friday called for the country’s UN political mission to transform into a “security and stability” support role. Mohamed Siala, foreign minister of the UN-backed Libyan unity government, did not specify if he had in mind a UN […]

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OPEC, Russia rebuff Trump

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Comments Off

OPEC’s largest producer Saudi Arabia and its biggest oil-producer ally outside the group, Russia, rebuffed US President Donald Trump on Sunday over his call for more oil output to reduce prices.

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Morocco Wants Strong Security Cooperation with US Against Iran

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Comments Off

Following his meeting with Mike Pompeo, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met three US senators in Washington, D.C…The Moroccan official visited the US to discuss means to “end Iran’s support for terrorism and counter its malign influence in the region.”

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‘Gradualism’ not proper approach to save nuclear deal, Salehi tells EU

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Comments Off

Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Monday that “approach of gradualism” adopted by the European Union’s is not a proper way to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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Iraqi security forces bust five-strong terrorist cell in southern Kirkuk

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Comments Off

Iraqi security forces have disbanded a terrorist group in the southern part of the country’s oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk as government troops, backed by allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, are trying to purge the war-ravaged Arab country of the remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

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Iraqi troops arrest 3 Islamic State militants, including group’s chef, in Mosul

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Comments Off

The Iraqi Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that its troops captured three Islamic State militants, including the group’s cook, in Mosul city. “Military intelligence forces carried out a specific operation in Hamam al-Alil district in Mosul, managing to arrest three militants belonging to Islamic State group,” Sputnik quoted the Iraqi Security Media Center as saying.

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Libya: Joint Force appointed to establish security in capital

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Comments Off

The Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, issued Sunday an order to form a join force to end conflicts and prevail security in Tripoli led by the commander of western military zone Brigadier General Osama Al-Juwaili. The force, according to Al-Sirraj, will be formed of three infantry brigades and an interior ministry unit to […]

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Libya rivals clash south of capital

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Comments Off

New clashes flared between rival militias south of Libya’s capital Tripoli on Tuesday, causing widespread power outages, the national electricity firm said. The fighting underscored the fragility of a United Nations-backed ceasefire reached earlier this month after days of deadly violence between armed groups in the capital, beset by turmoil since the fall of dictator […]

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IAEA chief confirms Iran JCPOA commitment

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano verified on Monday that Iran is living up to all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal. “Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna using the […]

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‘Europe to create banking system for ties with Iran’

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off

Chair of the European parliamentary group for relations with the Islamic Republic has said the European Union is looking to establish an independent financial system for banking relations with Iran. Janusz Lewandowski made the statement with Kazem Jalali, chairman of the Majlis research center, in Brussels on Saturday.

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Iran joins hand with Russia, Turkey to dump dollar in trade

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off

Iran has discussed trade in national currencies with Russia and Turkey in order to reduce the impact of U.S. dollar on the three countries’ trade and economies, ILNA reported on Saturday quoting Central bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati.

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Tehran, Moscow confer on nuclear deal

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off

In a meeting in Tehran on Monday, high-ranking Iranian and Russian officials discussed issues related to the 2015 nuclear deal and ways to keep the internationally-backed agreement alive. The meeting was held between Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov.

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