Ukraine raids Orthodox churches with Russia ties

Ukrainian authorities on Monday raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia as political and religious tensions between the two countries grow. Police and security services also searched the homes of priests who have declared their allegiance to the Russian branch of the Orthodox church, regional police spokeswoman Alla Vashchenko told AFP. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church […]

Qatar quits OPEC to focus on gas

By Irina Slav Qatar will leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries as of next month, its energy minister told media today, adding that the decision was part of a long-term strategy for growing its international presence on energy markets with a focus on gas. Qatar is the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, […]

“I am worried “, “You never listen to me” : Macron tells Saudi Crown Prince MbS at G20

The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, suspected of ordering the murder of the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi and accused of war crimes in the Yemen conflict, has told the French president, Emmanuel Macron, “Don’t worry” at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. The two leaders were having an informal conversation on the sidelines of […]

Israeli police recommand indicting Netanyahu on bribery charges

Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges related to a corruption case involving Israel’s telecom giant, prompting immediate calls for his resignation. Police say their investigation has established an evidentiary foundation to charge Netanyahu and his wife Sara with accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. The case revolves […]

Georgian president-elect describes Russia as “unpredictable occupying power”

TBILISI  – Georgia’s new President-elect described Russia on Saturday as an unpredictable occupying power, staking out a tough line towards Moscow as she faces protests at home from opponents who accused her of being soft on Russia during the campaign. Salome Zurabishvili, who has the backing of the ruling Georgian Dream party, won 59.5 percent […]

Israeli-Palestinian peace process: ‘Deal of the century’ is ‘more than dead’

Munib al-Masri, a Palestinian businessman and longtime member of the PLO, tells FRANCE 24 that Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” between Israel and the Palestinians is dead on arrival. He says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has refused it and will never accept it, despite pressure from Washington and from its Gulf allies such […]

Trump: U.S. will hold off on steeper tariffs after meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

President Donald Trump’s administration said Saturday it will temporarily hold off on a new round of tariffs aimed at China, the first signal of a possible truce after months of escalating trade tension between the two nations. The announcement came after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met for more than two hours over a steak dinner at the […]

7.0 Alaska quake damages roads, brings scenes of chaos

By Ray Sanchez, Amanda Watts and Dakin Andone, CNN A magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning crumbled roads and splintered buildings, sent residents scurrying for cover and triggered a tsunami warning for a time, authorities said. The booming quake hit about 8:30 a.m. local time some 10 miles northeast of […]