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US Reportedly Strikes Deal With Turkey For Detained Pastor's Release

An American pastor who's been detained in Turkey since 2016 could get released ,which was told by unnamed sources that the Trump administration recently reached a deal with Turkey over Andrew Brunson.The pastor's been at the heart of rising tensions between the U.S. and Turkey, which have led to escalating sanctions and tariffs. Brunson's accused of terrorism and espionage and faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.Turkey would drop some of the charges against Brunson court h…

West Bank: man arrested, suspect wanted for attack

The Israeli army said it has captured a young Palestinian suspected of stabbing a soldier in the West Bank. The young man fled after the attack.A military spokesman said the 19-year-old who was arrested is from the West Bank village of Jamayin.The soldier who was attacked is in stable condition.Meanwhile the army has continued to search in the West Bank for another Palestinian who killed in cold blood two Israeli civilians at the industrial park of Barkan and then fled. Military authorities fear…

16th World Day Against the Death Penalty

France is committed to the universal abolition of this unjust, inhumane and ineffective punishment and calls on all nations that still apply the death penalty to establish a moratorium on it with a view to its definitive abolition.France welcomes the decision by Mongolia, Guinea and Burkina Faso to abolish the death penalty. It also welcomes Gambia’s ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aimed at abolishing the death penalty, as…

Hurricane Michael charges into US Southeast after slamming north Florida, leaving at least two dead

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left wide destruction and at least two people dead and wasn't nearly finished today as it crossed Georgia, now as a tropical storm, toward the Carolinas, that are still reeling from epic flooding by Hurricane Florence.A day after the supercharged storm crashed ashore amid white sand beaches, fishing towns and military bases, Michael was no longer a Category Four monster packing 250 km/h winds. As the tropical storm contin…

Improving peacekeeping performance – Dilemmas and goals

The recent adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2436 on UN peacekeeping is the latest development in an ongoing debate on how to improve peacekeeping performance. Africa’s status as both the largest provider of troops and the continent hosting most current peace operations, positions it at the heart of this discussion. This policy brief critically examines two of the options identified to improve peacekeeping: more troop contributions from states with advanced military capability and bette…

Explosions in Kirkuk and Tikrit

An explosion occurred on the Kirkuk and Baghdad highway. Police sources said one person died in the explosion while four others were injured.An investigation was launched to establish how the explosion occurred and who was responsible for it. On a separate incident, in Tikrit, security forces sources said that a bomb left behind a Tikrit gasoline at night exploded. As a result of the explosion, one person died and four people were injured.On the same day, a bomb was left in a Toyota Corola car i…

3 killed after magnitude 6.3 quake off Java and Bali

The three victims were residents of Sumenep, East Java, and were asleep when their house nearly collapsed after the shallow quake, 12km underground, Indonesian disaster management agency (BNPB) said in a statement. The United States Geological Survey recorded the quake as having a magnitude of 6.0.The quake’s epicentre was 55km north-east of East Java. Indonesia's most populous Java island is right next to the main tourist island of Bali, where the International Monetary Fund and World Bank…

Three Myanmar journalists in custody after handing themselves in to police

Three senior journalists at Myanmar’s largest private newspaper were remanded in custody after handing themselves in to police facing accusations of causing “fear or alarm” following a complaint from the Yangon regional government.One of the men, Eleven Media Group’s editor-in-chief Kyaw Zaw Linn, had earlier told Reuters that police raided the paper’s offices at about 7 p.m. but he and two other journalists sought by the authorities were not there.“The office informed me that they came because…

California fake ID salesman who helped Mueller investigate Russians to be sentenced

Richard Pinedo, a California computer whiz caught by the special counsel's office selling fake online identities to Russians, will be sentenced by a federal judge in Washington, making him the third defendant to learn his sentence in Robert Mueller's probe.Pinedo is one of the more unusual and relatively unknown defendants caught in Mueller court actions so far. In memos sent to a federal judge before his sentencing, Pinedo's defense team and prosecutors capture just how far-reach…

Trump Says China Not Ready To Reach Trade Deal

President Donald Trump repeated his threat to slap tariffs on an additional $267 billion of Chinese imports if Beijing retaliates for the recent levies and other measures the United States has imposed in an escalating trade war between the economic giants.Trump, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, also said China is not ready to reach a deal on trade."China wants to make a deal, and I say they're not ready yet," Trump said. "I just say they're not ready yet.And we&…