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Pentagon is to open channel of communication with Russia on Syria, Obama said

A day after an Obama-Putin summit at which the White House said it had reached “clarity” on Russian intentions in Syria, Barack Obama’s defense chief instructed his staff to establish a communication channel with the Kremlin to ensure the safety of US and Russian military operations. Ashton Carter, the US defense secretary, seeks to “avoid conflict in the air” between ...

Australia launch another bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council

Australia is to launch another bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, just a year after its last term on the council expired. The spot Australia is seeking will be open in 2029. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is expected to announce the bid in her address to the General Assembly in New York on Tuesday evening. In opposition ...

Human Rights activists roundly condemn Houthi militia’s atrocities against women in Yemen

Arab and Yemeni human rights defenders and activists have condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal atrocities, crimes and violations committed by the Houthi militia and group of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh against the women in Yemen. Speakers condemned these human rights abuses terming them as “bereft of human sense” and said the perpetrators had no regard for ...

Clashes over Israeli police and Palestinians at a holy site in Jerusalem

There have been clashes over Israeli riot police and young Palestinian protesters at a holy site in Jerusalem early Sunday. A small group of masked young Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers at Israeli police at a main entrance, according to officials. Police responded with stun grenades and fired tear gas and then the crowd was quickly dispersed. Fortunately, no one ...

Russia and Iran talked up ties between two nations at the UN Assembly

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked up ties between their two nations on Monday at the 70th United Nations General Assembly. Putin called for the formation of a “broader, general” coalition to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “I would like to note that our relations are developing quite actively,” Putin told Rouhani at a ...

Mission Australia will announce a ’10 step Action Plan’ to halve the number of homeless by 2025

There are more than 100,000 people who are homeless in Australia. Chief executive of Mission Australia, Catherine Yeomans said that housing affordability crisis put extreme pressure on people who try to keep a place to live. Ms Yeomans said “we have a housing affordability crisis, so there are many Australians who are in housing stress, they’re spending over 30 per cent ...

Tony Abbott: I would have led the Coalition to a victory at the next election

Former PM argues plotters who wanted to replace him with Malcolm Turnbull struck early because Canning result would have undermined their case. Tony Abbott has declared he would have led the Coalition to a victory at the next election, arguing the plotters timed the leadership challenge before the Canning byelection because the result would have undermined the notion he was ...

Airstrikes killed 28 at Yemen wedding party

Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Shia rebels hit a wedding party on Monday in south western Yemen, which killed at least 28 people and dozens are wounded. Many of the victims were women and children, according to Yemeni security officials. Witnesses said the aircraft targeted two tents where the wedding party was held for a local man with the Houthis. Yemeni officials ...

U.S.-backed Syrian rebels gave gear to al-Qaeda group

  U.S.-trained rebels in Syria handed over American-supplied vehicles and ammunition to an al-Qaeda linked group, the Pentagon said Friday in the latest blow to a program plagued by problems since its inception. The rebels surrendered six pickups and ammunition to an “intermediary” for the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front in Syria, the Pentagon said in a statement. The equipment was about a ...

JOHN BOEHNER WOULD LEAVE THE JOB AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, stunned Republicans on Friday, saying he would resign at the end of October, stepping aside from one of the most powerful jobs in Washington in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatens an institutional crisis. A constant focus of conservatives’ complaints, Boehner was facing the threat of a ...

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