U.S. urges Kurds to call off independence vote

Sunday, 17 September 2017 03:30 Written by

The United States has sternly urged the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan to call off its independence referendum, saying the timing for the vote is not right.

China’s ambassador to the US has called on Washington to stop making continuous threats over North Korea and “do more” to build bridges of understanding and negotiation instead.

A new Pakistani political party controlled by an Islamist with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head is backing a candidate in a by-election on Sunday, in what a former senior army officer says is a key step in a military-proposed plan to mainstream militant groups.

Iraq’s parliament voted on Tuesday to reject an Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum planned for Sept. 25, authorizing the prime minister to take all measures to preserve Iraq’s unity, a lawmaker said.

Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles.

UN imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:21 Written by

The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test.

Syrian army readies final fight to capture Deir Az Zor

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:21 Written by

Syrian army reinforcements arrived in Deir Az Zor on Monday for a new push against ISIL (also known as ISIS) as the second day of air raids reportedly killed 19 civilians in the area.

The top UN human rights official has denounced Myanmar's "brutal security operation" against Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was "clearly disproportionate" to militia attacks carried out last month.

Iraq holding 1,400 foreign 'ISIL wives, children'

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 03:19 Written by

Iraqi authorities are holding about 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected ISIL fighters in a camp after government forces expelled the group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said.

Philippines says some rebels ready to surrender

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 03:18 Written by

Some Islamic State-linked militants besieging the southern Philippines city of Marawi have sent “feelers” they are prepared to surrender after three and a half months of fighting, the military said on Monday.