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Macron sets out counter-terror programme for next five years


French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a plan to bolster France's domestic security on Wednesday during a speech to police forces at the presidential Elysée Palace.

Israel Advances Plans For 1,992 West Bank Settler Homes. Photo - presstv


Israeli authorities on Tuesday advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a new push by the government for such approvals, settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP.

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces celebrate after Raqqa in Syria was liberated from Islamic State militants. PBS photo.


After a four-month campaign, US-backed militias have retaken 90 percent of Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS) group's former stronghold, a US military spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.

Trump Refuses To Certify Iran Nuclear Agreement


US President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it.

Trump: North Korea a 'Problem That Has to Be Solved'


Trump, asked about his differences with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on how to respond to Pyongyang, replied, “I feel stronger and tougher on that subject than other people, but I listen to everybody.”

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the man accused in the deadly Las Vegas shooting - Photo credit - Newswires


The investigation into the motives of a Las Vegas retiree who killed 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history turned on Tuesday to the gunman’s girlfriend in the Philippines, where she turned up after the massacre, authorities said.

Las Vegas Shooting Update: Gunman identified, at least 50 dead, over 200 injured


The gunman who killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night has been identified.

Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are reports of an active shooter around the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Getty image.


Over 20 people are dead and more than 100 injured after a gunman opened fire at a concert near the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, officials said late on Sunday.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel, in New York, Sept. 25, 2017. Photo - VOA


North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Monday the United States has declared war on his country and Pyongyang would take counter-actions if threatened, including shooting down American war planes in the region.

Merkel set for fourth term, far right to enter parliament for first time in post-war era


German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured a fourth consecutive term on Sunday after her Christian Democrats (CDU) and the allied Christian Social Union (CSU) won the largest parliamentary bloc with 32.5 percent of the vote, exit polls showed.

an successfully test-fires new ballistic missile


Iran has "successfully" tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and can travel up to 2,000km, according to state media.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un (L). Photo credit - Fox news


U.S. President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jung Un a "madman" after Kim indicated he soon may test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. Kim made the announcement after warning he would match the president's threatening words and new sanctions with equally provocative action.

Mexico in frantic search for survivors after huge quake. Photo - news wires


Rescuers dug frantically Wednesday for survivors of a 7.1- magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital.

US President Donald Trump speaks to the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 19, 2017, in New York.


Describing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” on a suicide mission, U.S. President Donald Trump used his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly to warn the Pyongyang regime that its current course could lead to total destruction.

Evidence leads investigators unraveling London subway plot to foster home


Police in London are focused on a very unlikely location for a suspected bomb factory in the London suburb of Sunbury-on-Thames in connection with the subway attack that sent at least 30 people to the hospital on Friday morning.

British police say that they have arrested a second suspect in connection with the bombing of a subway train in London.

The police said in a statement they arrested a 21-year-old man in the west London suburb of Hounslow, which is home to London’s Heathrow Airport, just before midnight Saturday. He was arrested under Britain’s Terrorism Act.

British police arrest 18-year-old in connection with London Tube attack


British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the southern port of Dover on Saturday in a “significant” development in the hunt for the people behind a London commuter train bombing that injured 30 people a day earlier.

North Korea fires missile over Japan in furthest-ever flight.


North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Friday, responding to new UN sanctions with what appeared to be its furthest-ever missile flight amid high tensions over its weapons programmes.

Several commuters injured in London underground ‘terrorist’ incident. Photo credit - @kent_999


The UK's top anti-terrorism officer says a blast on a London underground train on Friday, in which 18 people were injured, was caused by an "improvised explosive device".

North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce U.S. to 'ashes and darkness'


A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps during a celebration for nuclear scientists and engineers who contributed to a hydrogen bomb test, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on September 10, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS


North Korea warned on Monday the United States would pay a “due price” for spearheading a U.N. Security Council resolution against its latest nuclear test, as Washington presses for a vote on a draft resolution imposing more sanctions on Pyongyang.

File - Frace President, Emmanuel Macron.


France’s Emmanuel Macron discussed increased pressure and sanctions on North Korea on the telephone with U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday, the French president’s office said.

Mexican Quake Death Toll Rises to 61


Rescue efforts are continuing Saturday in southern Mexico after a massive earthquake struck the region late Thursday, killing at least 61 people.

North Korea warns of 'gift packages' for U.S.


A top North Korean diplomat on Tuesday warned that his country is ready to send “more gift packages” to the United States as world powers struggled for a response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear weapons test.

Han Tae Song, ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, confirmed that North Korea had successfully conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on Sunday.

”The recent self-defense measures by my country, DPRK, are a gift package addressed to none other than the U.S.,” Han told a disarmament conference, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s formal name.

“The U.S. will receive more ‘gift packages’ ... as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK,” he added without elaborating.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of “begging for war” with a series of nuclear bomb and missile tests, and urged the 15-member Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners.

But Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Tuesday a U.S. bid for the Security Council to vote on Sept. 11 on new sanctions is “a little premature.” Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council and wields veto power.

“I don’t think we’ll be able to rush it so fast,” Nebenzia told reporters. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier on Tuesday said imposing more sanctions was a “road to nowhere.”

U.S. stocks sank, with the S&P 500 stumbling to its biggest single-day loss in about three weeks, as investors weighed the increasing tensions with North Korea.

Sanctions have done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with U.S. President Donald Trump who has vowed to stop Pyongyang from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.


Source: Reuters

Putin says Trump ‘not my bride, and I’m not his groom'


Russian President Vladimir Putin refrained from criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump at a news conference in China on Tuesday, but said a decision to shutter Russian diplomatic outposts in the U.S. was poorly handled.

File image - Putin calls tougher North Korea sanctions senseless, warns of 'global catastrophe'


Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear missile programme would be counter-productive and said threats of military action could trigger “a global catastrophe”.

AFP file photo | North Korea's founding father Kim il-Sung (left) pictured in 1992 with his son Kim Jong-il, the architect of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.


North Korea said Sunday it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto a missile, hours after seismologists detected a huge tremor. Here is a timeline of the secretive state’s race to develop nuclear weapons.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 3, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) looking at a metal casing with two bulges at an undisclosed location. AFP photo.


North Korea said it successfully tested an advanced hydrogen bomb on Sunday, marking a dramatic escalation in the isolated state’s stand-off with the United States over its nuclear weapons programme.

File photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides a target-striking contest of the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army.


North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani


Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early on Thursday and promised to send its ambassador back to Tehran — a move counter to the demands of Arab nations trying to isolate Doha as part of a regional dispute.

Spanish Civil Guards escort one of four men accused of involvement in an Islamist cell behind a van attack in Barcelona last week, in Tres Cantos, Spain, August 21, 2017. Reuters photo.


An Islamist militant cell that last week used a van to kill 13 people in Barcelona had planned one or several major bomb attacks, possibly against churches or monuments, one suspect told a court on Tuesday, according to sources close to the investigation.

Spanish police shoot dead main Barcelona attack suspect


Spanish police confirmed on Monday that Younes Abouyaaqoub, the man suspected of driving the van that killed 13 people in Barcelona last week, has been shot dead.

10 sailors missing after US warship collides with tanker


A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early Monday in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.

FILE - Shi'ite fighters ride on a military vehicle heading toward the airport of Tal Afar during a battle with Islamic State militants in Tal Afar, Iraq, Nov. 16, 2016.


Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack


Islamic State is claiming responsibility for Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, where a driver sped a van along a crowded sidewalk, killing at least 12 people and injuring 80.

North Korea's Kim holds off on Guam plan; U.S. says it can intercept missile


North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam while he watches the actions of the United States a little longer, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as Washington warned it would take out any missile heading for the Pacific island.

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