Trump claims all Islamic State land lost in Syria, but SDF says heavy fighting continues

Islamic State militants in eastern Syria still held out late on Friday, the U.S.-backed militia besieging them said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said the jihadist group had lost its last scrap of territory. “Heavy fighting continues around mount Baghouz right now to finish off whatever remains of ISIS (Islamic State),” said Mustafa Bali, head […]

MSNBC host Matthews outraged over Mueller report: ‘How could they let Trump off the hook?’

By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News MSNBC host Chris Matthews expressed outrage on Friday upon hearing reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had completed his Russia investigation and submitted it to the attorney general — with further indictments not expected. Matthews began his show by summarizing the breaking news, but stressed that Mueller handed his report […]

Israeli sovereignty over occupied Golan breaks international law, says France

France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights and its recognition – as called for by US President Donald Trump – is contrary to international law, its foreign ministry said on Friday. Trump provocatively tweeted on Thursday that Washington should recognise Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights. However, international reaction was overwhelmingly critical. […]

Syria to seize Al Kharafi family’s assets after Assad’s man was arrested in Kuwait

Syria’s Finance Ministry  ordered on Tuesday the seizure of Al Kharafi family’s assets in Syria, a source told Lebanese daily Annahar. The source did not provide any details on the decision which targets one of Kuwait’s wealthiest families. The decision comes a day after Kuwaiti authorities arrested Mazen Al-Tarazi, a prominent Syrian businessman with close ties to […]

Trump says US recognises Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that it’s time for the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights. The administration has been considering recognizing Israel‘s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Last week, in its annual human rights report, the State Department dropped the phrase “Israeli-occupied” […]

Brazil’s ex-president Michel Temer arrested as part of anti-corruption investigation

Brazil’s ex-President Michel Temer was arrested Thursday in an investigation of alleged graft in the construction of nuclear plant Angra 3, prosecutors told Reuters, rattling the political class and threatening to delay a major pension reform. Temer was president from 2016 to 2018, taking office following the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, for whom he served […]

Algeria’s Bouteflika issues new letter, defies pressure to step down immediately

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday again defied mass protests calling for his immediate resignation, insisting on a plan to elect a successor only after a national conference and new constitution is approved. Bouteflika, 82, last week bowed to demonstrators who say he is unfit to run Algeria by announcing he had reversed a decision […]