Iraqi politician says country would turn into a battlefield if a war starts between the U.S. & Iran
dpa, Hamburg, Germany (TNS) Iraqi Shiite leaders warned on Monday against dragging their country into a possible war between the United States and Iran, a day after a rocket fell near the US embassy in Baghdad. Prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said he was against fuelling the war... Read more
State Department pulling all non-emergency staff out of Iraq
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The US State Department has ordered non-emergency government staff to leave Iraq, the US embassy in Baghdad said on Wednesday, amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran. The order covers non-emergency employees at the US embassy in Baghdad and the US consulate in Erbil in Iraq’s... Read more
Taiwan breaks ground on shipyard that will self-build submarines
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday hosted a ground-breaking ceremony for the island’s first shipyard for self-built submarines, stressing that she is determined to strengthen the island’s defence autonomy. Tsai announced the launch of a programme in 2017 for the development of submarines made in Taiwan,... Read more
Iran stops key provisions of nuclear deal, blames U.S. for ending agreement
By Dpa Correspondents Iran will stop implementing some key provisions of its nuclear deal with major powers, President Hassan Rowhani announced on Wednesday, exactly one year after the United States said it was withdrawing from the 2015 pact. Rowhani communicated his decision to China, Germany, France, Britain and Russia... Read more
US deploying carrier strike group, bomber task force to Middle East in response to Iranian threats
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The United States will deploy a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran, National Security Adviser John Bolton said late Sunday. Bolton said the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike... Read more
WikiLeaks founder Assange gets 50 weeks in prison for bail breach
By Bill Smith dpa A court sentenced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison on Wednesday, after he was found guilty of breaching bail conditions in Britain. Police dragged Australian citizen Assange, 47, out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London on April 11 after he had spent... Read more
Key data on Afghan conflict no longer available, US watchdog says
dpa, Hamburg, Germany NATO’s Resolute Support mission has stopped producing key data on the progress of the campaign against the Taliban in war-torn Afghanistan, a US Congress watchdog reported on Wednesday. The data on who controls which districts in the country, one of the most vital indicators of progress... Read more
Trump vetoes bill seeking end to US support for Saudis in Yemen war
dpa, Hamburg, Germany US President Donald Trump blocked a Congressional resolution calling for an end to Washington’s military support for the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen, issuing Tuesday the second veto of his presidency. The president argued that the resolution would weaken his executive powers and place the... Read more
Ecuador president claims Assange used embassy as ‘centre for spying’
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of using the country’s London embassy as a “centre for spying” while he was given refuge there for seven years. Moreno said Ecuador terminated Assange’s asylum because he repeatedly violated international conventions, and WikiLeaks had threatened... Read more
Turkey not backing away from Russian arms deal despite US pressure
Turkey is not backing away from a deal to acquire an advanced Russian missile system, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, despite mounting pressure from the United States. “No one can demand that we give it up,” Erdogan told a press conference in Moscow alongside Russian President... Read more

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