Hospitals in Aleppo out of service following heavy airstrikes says WHO

All hospitals in Aleppo have been deemed out of action following days of heavy airstrikes said the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday. The White House national security adviser Susan Riche said the United States condemned “ in the strongest terms” the latest series of air-strikes against hospitals. The eastern part of Aleppo saw intense airstrikes from the Syrian army that started on Tuesday, reports Reuters.

EU and US agree to keep economic sanction on Russia

The US President and European Union (EU) leaders agreed on Friday to keep in place economic sanctions imposed on Russia over its encroachment into Ukraine. The agreement was made by six government heads at an informal summit hosed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, where close transatlantic cooperation between the US and EU was discussed. Incumbent US President Barack Obama urged EU leaders to work on common challenges with the incoming Trump administration “on the basis of the core values that define the United States and Europe as open democracies, said the White House. French...

Russia to withdraw from ICC

Russian president, Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The decision came after the ICC ruled Russia’s activity in Crimea was an “ongoing occupation”. Russian forces have also been accused of war crimes in Syria in recent months, with Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other groups calling for an ICC investigation. Russia became a signatory of the Rome Statute in 2000, but did not to ratify the treaty – rendering this decision a highly symbolic one. Tanya Lokshina of HRW said, “on a practical level it will not make much difference, but...

Bangladesh considers dropping Islam as state religion

Officials in Bangladesh are considering dropping Islam as the national religion. Dr Abdur Razzak, a member of the ruling Awami League Party, proposed that Islam be removed from the constitution during a discussion organised by the SAARC Cultural Society in Dhaka. “Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. Here we live with people from all religions and Islam should not be accommodated as the state religion in the Bangladeshi constitution," he said He further added, “I have said it abroad and now I am saying it again that Islam will be dropped from Bangladesh’s constitution when the time...

Colombia given second chance at a peace deal

The Colombian government and the FARC on Saturday signed a modified peace deal, six weeks after the initial deal was rejected through a national referendum. The modified agreement has omitted some controversial benefits initially given to the FARC, such as a provision guaranteeing FARC’s political wing 16 seats in Congress over an eight-year period. Former Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, is calling for an opportunity for critics and war victims to examine the new agreement. However, current President, Juan Manuel Santos, aims to move quickly with the deal – seeking to get approval through...

Facts prove that cooperation is only way says Chinese Premier to Trump

China and the US will have one of the strongest relationships moving forward, said US President-elect Tump’s office in a statement made shortly after the leaders of the two nations spoke on the phone. A statement from Trump’s presidential transition office said, “During the call, the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another, and President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward. China’s president Xi Jinping during the call with US President-elect Donal Trump said that...

Myanmar troops fire on Rohingya Muslim areas

The Myanmar government confirmed that troops had fired on villages in Rakhine belonging to Rohingya Muslims, the BBC reported on Sunday. The report corroborates photographs released by Human Rights Watch which shows villages burnt to ground with 430 destroyed buildings. “New satellite images not only confirm the widespread destruction of Rohingya villages but show that it was even greater than we first thought,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch said. “Burmese authorities should promptly establish a UN-assisted investigation as a first step toward ensuring justice and security...

China trade more important than ever says UK

China’s trade is “more important than ever to the UK” said the British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond at a press conference with China’s Vice-Premier. Mr Hammond added that it was important for the UK to tap into the Chinese market, with the country’s middle class population expected to reach 600 million, reports the BBC. Speaking after a meeting with Mr Hammond on his visit to the UK, China’s Vice-Premier, Ma Kai, added, “China wishes to see a UK and Europe that encourage stability and high prosperity. China will be happy to see the UK and Europe reaches a win-win relationship...

Protests after Trump wins US presidential election

Protests took place in major cities across the United States on Wednesday as thousands came out to express their anger at the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, victory in the presidential election. Mr Trump beat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton by 279 to 228 electoral college votes, despite Mrs Clinton reportedly winning the popular vote. One of the largest protests was by Trump Tower in New York, with demonstrators chanting, "Not our president!" See here , here and here for more.

Suspected Basque separatist leader arrested

Mikel Irastorza, the suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA, has been arrested on Saturday in southwestern France according to latest reports. Spain’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that the arrest would make it “difficult for the terrorist group to reach any of its objectives". He is thought to have been leading the group since after previous leaders David Pla and Iratxe Sorzábal were arrested in September of 2015. More than 300 ETA militants remain in prison claim Spanish authorities. ETA has been fighting for an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southern...

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