Category Archives: World News

Saudis ‘foil suicide attack’ on Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Saudi Arabia says it has foiled a “terrorist action” against the Grand Mosque in Mecca – Islam’s holiest site. A suicide bomber blew himself up when security forces surrounded the building he was in, the interior ministry says. The building collapsed, injuring 11 people, including police officers. Five other suspected militants have been taken into custody, officials say.… Read More »

Qatar says list of demands not realistic

Qatar’s foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable. Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism. Among other things, they have demanded the closure of Al Jazeera… Read More »

North Korea tests new missile engine, US officials say

North Korea has tested a new rocket engine as part of its efforts to build a missile capable of reaching the American mainland, US officials said. The news comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyangover the North’s nuclear ambitions. The Trump administration has made the issue one of its top priorities. Despite international condemnation, North Korea has… Read More »

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato later said it had tracked Russian planes but they did… Read More »

Saudi king replaces crown prince with son Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved of his post and replaced by deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, a royal decree said today, in a promotion for King Salman’s 31-year-old son that confirms him as next ruler of the kingdom. Prince Mohammed bin Salman becomes deputy prime minister and retains his defence and other portfolios,… Read More »

Macron wins strong parliamentary majority, estimates show

President Emmanuel Macron won a commanding majority in France’s parliamentary election on Sunday, sweeping aside traditional parties and securing a powerful mandate for pro-business reforms. The result, based on official figures and pollster projections, redraws France’s political landscape, humiliating the Socialist and conservative parties that alternated in power for decades until Macron’s election in May. Three pollsters projected… Read More »

Trump aides Kushner and Greenblatt to visit Israel, Palestinians this week

U.S. President Donald Trump is sending two top aides to Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to discuss potential next steps in his bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a White House official said on Sunday. Going on the trip will be White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law and husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump,… Read More »

Flint water crisis: Michigan officials on manslaughter charges

Michigan’s health chief is one of five officials charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Flint water crisis. Nick Lyon and the others are accused of failing to alert the public to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. However, the state governor backed Mr Lyon, calling him a “strong leader”. The outbreak involved about 100 cases and led… Read More »

The Latest: Tillerson, Zarif may talk ‘at the right time’

The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local):   Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that he will likely speak to his Iranian counterpart “at the right time.” Speaking in Riyadh at a joint briefing with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir Saturday, Tillerson said he has no plans to talk to Iran’s Foreign… Read More »

Fed set to raise interest rates, give more detail on balance sheet winddown

The U.S. Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise its benchmark interest rate this week due to a tightening labor market and may also provide more detail on its plans to shrink the mammoth bond portfolio it amassed to nurse the economic recovery. The central bank is scheduled to release its decision at 2 p.m EDT (1800 GMT)… Read More »