Trump reverses Russia remarks, admits he misspoke at Putin summit

Trump stunned political allies and foes alike by shying away from criticism of the Russian leader during Monday’s summit, a performance Republican Senator John McCain said was a “low point” for the US presidency. Trump, who had been given numerous opportunities to publicly rebuke Putin in Helsinki, praised the Russian leader during the news conference […]

Turkey fires over 18,000 civil servants ahead of expected lifting of emergency rule

Turkey issued a decree on Sunday dismissing more than 18,000 civil servants, half of which were from the police force, ahead of this month’s expected lifting of a two-year-old state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup in July 2016. The decree follows President Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in last month’s presidential election and comes before […]

Returning Syrians refugees: “We don’t feel safe going back home. It’s all death and terrorism”

Hundreds of displaced Syrians on Thursday left Lebanon for their war-torn homeland to reunite with relatives they have not seen for months, or even years. FRANCE 24 visited the border town of Arsal to speak with those gearing up for the departure. Some 400 refugees on Thursday crammed into trucks, tractors and buses lined up […]

Russians protest over new retirement age, which is higher than life expectancy in many regions

Thousands of Russians protested on Sunday over a government decision to increase the retirement age, but there were no demonstrations in the cities hosting the World Cup because of security restrictions in force during the tournament. Sunday’s protests were led by supporters of Alexei Navalny, the most prominent Kremlin critic. Navalny said his supporters staged […]

Who is Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-wing rebel tipped to take power?

Who is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-wing rebel tipped to take power? Mexicans vote for a new president on Sunday in an election where the anti-establishment outsider is tipped to take power. Commentators say the former Mexico City mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – known as ‘Amlo’ – would inject a new dose of nationalism into […]

Al-Hayat closes its office in birthplace Lebanon due to financial difficulties

Prestigious pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat closed its offices in birthplace Lebanon Saturday, as the Saudi-owned publication continued to downsize its operations. The newspaper closed its bureau in the Lebanese capital seven decades after it was founded there, with a source at the paper citing “financial reasons.” “This closure is part of a decision to close all […]

End is near for Iran’s rulers, Trump ally Giuliani tells NCRI

U.S. President Donald Trump will suffocate Iran’s “dictatorial ayatollahs”, his close ally Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday, suggesting his move to re-impose sanctions was aimed squarely at regime change. The former New York mayor who is now Trump’s personal lawyer, was addressing a conference of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an […]