Flynn ends information sharing with Trump, moving to cooperate with Mueller on Russia

The legal team representing Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, has ended an agreement to share information about the ongoing Russia probe with the White House, a likely sign that Flynn is looking to cooperate with investigators, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Terminating the information-sharing agreement is not in itself a sign that […]

Assad needs to leave before there’s peace, Syrian opposition says

Key Syrian opposition groups insist that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should play no role in any transitional period under any peace deal supervised by the United Nations. Saudi Arabia hosted a two-day “expanded” conference for the Syrian opposition forces in Riyadh on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the UN-backed peace talks set for Geneva, Switzerland, […]

Zimbabwe asks if Mnangagwa can bring change. “Can a crocodile change its scales?

Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves. “We are witnessing the beginning of a new, unfolding democracy,” the 75-year-old announced Wednesday upon his return to the country, two weeks after […]

Palestinian factions agree to hold 2018 general election

Palestinian factions, including rival groups Hamas and Fatah, have agreed to hold a general election by the end of 2018, a joint statement by several groups said on Wednesday following talks in Cairo. Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal in October in Cairo-backed talks after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, […]

Syrian opposition to stick to demand Assad go at start of transition: report

Syrian opposition groups will stick to their demand President Bashar al-Assad leave power at the start of any political transition, Al Arabiya television reported on Wednesday, despite speculation they could soften their stance in light of the government’s strength on the battlefield. The opposition groups were meeting in Saudi Arabia to seek a unified position […]

Palestinians end all contacts with US officials over closure of PLO mission in Washington,DC

The Palestinians have severed all contacts with officials from the Trump administration after it decided to close their official representation in Washington, dealing a blow to any potential resurrection of peace talks with Israel. Last week, the State Department declined to renew the permit for the office operated by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in […]

Iranian hacker charged with trying to extort HBO as Congress weighs nuclear pact

The Justice Department on Tuesday charged a part-time Iranian government hacker with infiltrating HBO and trying to extort the company, a move that comes amid allegations the charges were rushed to bolster President Donald Trump’s case against Tehran. The man, Behzad Mesri, is charged with orchestrating the high-profile hack of the premium cable channel earlier […]