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Iran’s military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic’s military chief of staff. Turkey’s ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri ...

Crisis in the Gulf: Qatar faces a stress test

Three decades ago, the modern brutalism of the Sheraton hotel defined the vista of Doha’s West Bay. Now the angular concrete structure nestles in the shadows of dozens of skyscrapers — a testament to the tiny peninsula’s rapid growth since the current emir’s father, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, modernised Qatar’s economy by borrowing big to become the world’s largest natural ...

Sailors rescued from ‘enormous seas’ off Australia

A couple has told of facing “waves the size of buildings” when their yacht broke in remote seas off Australia. Irishman Nick Dwyer, 55, and Frenchwoman Barbara Heftman, 44, were sailing from New Zealand to Australia. Australian police rescued the pair 210 nautical miles (390km) off Sydney amid 6m swells and gale-force winds. The sailors, on a circumnavigation of the ...

Malcolm Turnbull warns Australia is in an ‘energy crisis’

Declaring that Australia is in the midst of an energy crisis, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will call together the chief executives of east coast gas companies to address the threat to their customers. Mr Turnbull told delegates to a conference hosted by The Australian Financial Review that he was concerned by Wednesday’s report by the Australian Energy ...

New war memorial to troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to be unveiled by the Queen

The Queen will tomorrow unveil a memorial to the 682 Fallen heroes killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her Majesty will lead tributes to the war dead at the official opening at Victoria Embankment Gardens in Westminster. It comes as a Labour MP who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan calls on the UK to learn the lessons of the wars ...

‘We want bread’: subsidy cut sparks protests across Egypt

Some of Egypt’s major cities have been paralysed by rare protests in response to a cut in bread subsidies. The country’s ministry of supply reduced the state-sponsored provision of bread of up to 4,000 to 500 loaves per bakery, according to local news reports. The move is designed to replace an earlier and more controversial proposal to cut the supply ...

Egypt’s Christians are being driven out – will the world notice?

A spike in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, spurred by a video threat from ISIS, has drawn the prayers and concern of advocates, who are urging global leaders to take notice. “Americans need to know that one of the oldest Christian communities in the world is under threat from being completely pushed out of Egypt,” which would be disastrous ...

Fears rise in Australia over future of country’s most important alliance after Donald Trump’s outburst at Malcolm Turnbull

KALAHAN DENG In Australia, Donald Trump’s fiery outburst at its prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has caused  fears about the future of its most important alliance and left the nation wondering  whether it has been demoted to the likes of “Mexico, China and Iran”. The revelation about the extraordinary phone call between the two  leaders dominated headlines in Australia and led ...

Donald Trump declares legal system ‘broken’ as his team set out to ‘mend’ the travel ban

KALAHAN DENG President Donald Trump declared the legal system “broken” on Saturday, as he promised to forge ahead with the battle over a travel ban which has come to define his fledgling presidency. “So dangerous!” Mr Trump tweeted as he claimed that the majority of refugees allowed into the US since the court was halted by a legal challenge hailed ...

Newly-elected president of Somalia was until recently a city employee in Buffalo, New York

KALAHAN DENG Adual US-Somali citizen who until recently worked for the department of transportation in Buffalo, New York was declared president of Somalia on Wednesday. Mohamed A Mohamed, known as Farmajo, was elected by parliament in what observers say were the most democratic proceedings Somalia had seen in decades, leading to celebrations in the streets from his supporters. Mr Farmajo is ...

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