Syria truce agreement takes effect

NewsWorld365 - February 27, 2016

Newsworld Desk: A landmark temporary truce has come into effect in Syria, reports the BBC. If the “cessation of hostilities” holds it would be the first time a pause in Syria’s five-year civil war has been negotiated by world powers. In the run-up to the midnight (22:00 GMT) deadline, US President Barack Obama warned the Syrian government and Russia “the world will be watching”. Russian jets were reported to have intensified attacks on Syrian rebel positions on Friday. Meanwhile, the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has announced that peace talks will resume on 7 March if the […]

Plane goes missing in Nepal with 21 on board     

NewsWorld365 - February 24, 2016

Newsworld desk: A passenger plane went missing in a mountainous area of Nepal early on Wednesday with 21 people on board, the airline said. Tara Air said rescue helicopters had been deployed to search for the Twin Otter aircraft, which lost contact with air traffic control eight minutes after it left the western town of Pokhara on Wednesday morning. “A plane that took off from Pokhara for Jomsom this morning is out of contact,” Tara Air spokesman Bhim Raj Rai told AFP. “There are 18 passengers, including two foreigners, and three crew members, on board.” Jomson is a popular trekking […]

NewsWorld365 - July 29, 2015
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Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013′ Taliban leader Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s security services says. Abdul Hassib Seddiqi told the BBC’s Afghan Service that Mullah Omar had died of health problems at a hospital in Pakistan. Afghanistan’s government says information on his death is “credible”. The latest reports of Mullah Omar’s death are being taken more seriously than previous such reports. The Taliban is expected to issue a statement soon. Sources at the Taliban’s two main councils in Quetta and Peshawar in Pakistan told the BBC they were in […]

NK rules out nuclear deal, says weapons ‘not a plaything’

NewsWorld365 - July 28, 2015

North Korea would never enter Iran-style talks over ending its nuclear weapons program, its ambassador to China said Tuesday, declaring its arsenal “not a plaything” to be haggled over. In a rare press conference at the country’s embassy in Beijing, Ji Jae Ryong told reporters: “We are not interested at all in dialogue to discuss the issue of freezing or dismantling our nukes unilaterally first. The [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is a nuclear weapons state both in name and in reality.” He added: “The nuclear deterrence of the DPRK is not a plaything to be put on the negotiating […]

Putin says FIFA’s Sepp deserves a Nobel prize

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested FIFA boss Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his running of the soccer organization, which is currently embroiled in a multi-million-dollar corruption scandal. The landmark case being pursued by U.S. prosecutors and alleging decades of bribes at the sporting governing body will also investigate the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups — which FIFA awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. In an interview with Swiss state-run broadcaster RTS late Monday, Putin said people such as Blatter “deserve special attention and gratitude from public organizations” because they make an “enormous humanitarian […]

Gaddafi son sentenced to death over war crimes

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A court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, and eight others to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution. More than 30 close associates of Col Gaddafi were tried for suppressing peaceful protests during the uprising. Saif al-Islam was not in court, but has previously appeared via video link. He is being held by a former rebel group from the town of Zintan that refuses to hand him over. A Zintani source indicated to the BBC that they would not execute him or hand him over to the court. Former […]

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of making threats to neighbors

NewsWorld365 - July 27, 2015
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks during a joint news conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman, Jordan, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Majed Jaber

  Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday accused Iran of making threats against Riyadh’s ally, Bahrain, which he said showed that the Islamic republic was harboring hostile designs against its Middle Eastern neighbors. Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Jubeir said Saudi Arabia had raised the issue with her. He said the comments showed that Tehran was intervening in its neighbors’ internal affairs. “It does not represent the desire of a state for good neighborly relations but that of a state which has aspirations in the region and which carried […]

Turkey, U.S. aim for zone cleared of Islamic State in Syria

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Turkish soldiers position an anti-aircraft gun at Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

WASHINGTON Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member’s security and possibly providing a safe haven for civilians. Long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria linked to the jihadist movement. Struggling with more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees, Turkey has long campaigned for a “no-fly zone” in northern […]

UK flights recover after Nats system failure

NewsWorld365 - December 13, 2014

Airports around the UK have been returning to normal, although almost 40 flights were cancelled at Heathrow, the day after a computer failure at the national air traffic control centre. National Air Traffic Services (Nats) said a technical fault in the flight data system at its Swanwick centre, in Hampshire, had caused the problem. This resulted in widespread disruption at airports around the UK on Friday. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the situation was “unacceptable”. The Swanwick centre was restored to “full operational capacity” on Friday afternoon, Nats said. Heathrow Airport said 38 flights due to arrive or take off […]

Thailand crown prince’s wife resigns from royal role

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The wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, Srirasmi, has resigned her royal position, the palace has announced. A statement said King Bhumibol Adulyadej had accepted Princess Srirasmi’s written request. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn had asked the government to strip his wife’s family of their royally bestowed name. Seven of her relatives had been arrested in a purge of officials allegedly involved in corruption. The palace statement, which appeared in the Royal Gazette, read: “Princess Srirasmi, wife of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn… has written to respectfully resign from her status in the royal family and permission has been granted by His Majesty […]

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