War and Conflict
Iraq War: American confirmation followed a decision by Iraqi government forces to pause their drive to recapture west Mosul.
Mosul War Report Updates: “We are stunned by this terrible loss of life,” Lise Grande, the humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement.
Kamuina Nsapu militants struck as police convoy drove from Tshikapa in Kasai province to Kananga, said Francois Madila Kalamba speaker of Kasai assembly.
Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters: “Settlements need to be stopped, not only because they are illegal, but they are the main obstacle in the path of the two-state solution.”
“As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of two-state solution,” Merkel to reporters before talks with Palestinian President Abbas in Berlin.
Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle.
United Nations-backed ICC sentenced ex-Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to another year in prison and about $325,000 in fines.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said Taliban fighters captured police headquarters and a military base, as well as quantities of military equipment.
The trucks carrying food, water and blankets from Shi’ite cities in southern Iraq are welcomed by hungry and war-weary residents of Mosul, Islamic State’s last major Iraqi stronghold.
Out of the 18 dead, at least 10 were killed in the region of Palmyra, which Islamic State fighters seized in December for a second time in a year – a major reversal for Syrian government forces and their Russian backers.
Iranian official said Major General Qassem Soleimani says, “Winning the battle in Yemen will help define the balance of power in the Middle East.”
hael Lynk, the U.N. special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, charged Israel with “the subjugation of humanity” in Palestine and intensifying a crackdown on human rights campaigners.
“We tried at Hammam al-Alil camp,” about 35 km (22 miles) south of Mosul, the 50-year-old said. “It was full.”
Moscow, which denies having any expansionist or aggressive agenda, accuses NATO of trying to destabilize central Europe and has respond by forming four new military divisions to strengthen its western and central regions and stepping up exercises.
Palestine, Gaza: “We have received no financial support from anyone. I buy the balls and I make the bats,” coach, Mahmoud Tafesh said.
“He (Kagame) has more money. He has been in power for 20 years. They have companies. We are not scared of that,” Frank Habineza added.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army, Russian, Iranian and Shi’ite forces, have steady succession of military victories over the past 18 months.
“I have 18 bodies I need to bury — my brother’s family,” Faisal Umm Tayran, 50, said matter-of-factly. “They’re just lying in the garden at the moment.”
North Korea has conducted a test of a new high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was “a new birth” of its rocket industry, the reclusive North’s official media said on Sunday.
LEBANON POLITICS: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Says Netanyahu Seeks End to Russia Airstrikes in Syria to Avert Israel’s Collapse
The Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah added that the defeat of the Daesh Takfiri group in Syria would be tantamount to the fall of Netanyahu himself.