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The U.S. and Israel Just Admitted the Iran Deal Is Worth Keeping

Earlier this month, senior U.S. and Israeli officials met at the White House to develop a plan for countering Iranian activity in the Middle East. On Thursday, Axios got a copy of the blueprint they arrived at. The document is mostly a snoozer — it will surprise no one that America and Israel would like to undermine Iran’s ballistic-missile program and limit ...

Trump turning US into ‘world champion of extreme inequality’, UN envoy warns

The United Nations monitor on poverty and human rights has issued a devastating report on the condition of America, accusing Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress of attempting to turn the country into the “world champion of extreme inequality”. Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has completed a two-week official tour of the US by releasing ...

France Cautious Over U.S. ‘Evidence’ on Iran Weaponry in Yemen

PARIS (Reuters) – France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions. The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied ...

Jerusalem : Trump move prompts negative world reaction

Leaders from within the Muslim world and from the wider international community were swift to criticise the move, and warned of the potential for violence and bloodshed as a result. Mr Trump also approved moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making America the first country in the world to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The status ...

Taliban gunmen wearing burqas launch deadly attack on Peshawar college

Nine people have been killed and dozens injured after Taliban militants wearing burqas stormed a college in Peshawar as Pakistan marked the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, officials said. Police said at least three militants opened fire at security guards near the gates of the Agriculture Training Institute, injuring one person before making their way inside and targeting student accommodation. Authorities said ...

Nail-packed device found near German Christmas market

A Christmas market was evacuated in the German city of Potsdam on Friday after a nail-packed device was found nearby. According to Brandenburg’s interior minister Karl-Heinz Schröter, the package left behind at the pharmacy contained nails and a powder, which was being analysed to determine whether it was an explosive. Germany is on high alert for potential terrorist attacks nearly a ...

Zimbabwe opposition promises push for reform after new cabinet revealed

Opposition activists in Zimbabwe have said they will launch a fresh campaign to bring democratic reforms to the impoverished southern African country after the new president announced a fresh cabinet with key roles for veterans of the ruling Zanu-PF party and senior soldiers but no posts for the opposition. Emmerson Mnangagwa took power after a military takeover and popular protests ousted Robert ...

New Zealand PM to take part in nationwide Secret Santa

Ms Ardern tweeted to confirm she is among almost 4,000 people across New Zealand who have signed up to take part in a nationwide Secret Santa. For the uninitiated, Secret Santa sees participants draw names at random and buy (usually small) gifts for each other without revealing who they are from. Those taking part in New Zealand’s Secret Santa are set ...

HSBC closes Marine Le Pen bank account

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s Front National, has claimed that she and her party are victims of a “banking fatwa” after HSBC closed a bank account she had had for 25 years. The move by Britain’s biggest bank comes amid heightened scrutiny of political accounts and the day after Société Générale, France’s second-largest bank, asked the far-right party to ...

Pakistani court orders release of alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks

A Pakistani court has ordered the release of Hafiz Saeed, an alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, in a move likely to worsen the country’s tattered relationship with the US. The Islamist cleric, who heads Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) – listed by the UN as a terrorist group – and has a $10m(£7.5m) US bounty on his head, is expected to ...

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