Syria’s Kurds hand three Russian orphans to Moscow

The Kurdish administration in northeast Syria said Monday it handed over three Russian orphans to a delegation from Moscow who will transfer them back home. Kurdish foreign affairs official Abdel Karim Omar said the children, aged five to seven, are being sent back at the request of Russia. He told AFP their parents had been […]

US, Russia clash over Venezuela, raising geopolitical stakes

The US and Russia clashed publicly over Venezuela on Monday, raising geopolitical stakes over the oil-producing nation after Moscow sent dozens of soldiers to Caracas amid what it alleged was a budding “coup.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned his counterpart Sergei Lavrov over the phone that “the United States and regional countries will […]

Hamas announces Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel

Hamas, the group that governs the Gaza Strip, says it has reached an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel after an exchange of fire on Monday. “Egyptian efforts succeeded with a ceasefire between the occupation and the resistance factions,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said. Israel has yet to comment. The reported truce comes shortly after multiple rockets […]

UN chief dismisses Trump’s declaration: “Golan status has not changed”

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “clear that the status of Golan has not changed,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday after US President Donald Trump recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. “The UN’s policy on Golan is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and that policy has not changed,” […]

Netanyahu rival Gantz, urges unity in speech to pro-Israel lobby in U.S.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest election challenger, Benny Gantz, called on Monday for unity and moderation in a speech to a major pro-Israel U.S. lobby group that has been uneasy at Netanyahu’s courting of far-rightists. Gantz’s appearance at AIPAC was overshadowed by a rocket strike on Israel from Gaza that prompted Netanyahu to cancel […]

The Mueller investigation: Trump’s legal woes are far from over

Here are five takeaways from the 22-month Trump-Russia investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller that concluded with a summary submitted to Congress on Sunday by Attorney General William Barr: ** Mueller’s investigation did not establish that President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election ** […]