Media Coverage

5/12/2020

Turkey accused the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday of bringing chaos to the Middle East through its interventions in Libya and Yemen, allegations which are likely to inflame tensions between the regional rivals.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was responding to criticism of Turkey’s role in the Libyan conflict, where it has deployed military personnel and helped send Syrian fighters to support the internationally recognized government in Tripoli.

5/12/2020

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he was ordering the military to move to ‘offensive mode,’ away from a defensive stance it had taken as part of efforts to reduce violence in the war-ravaged nation as Washington tries to broker peace talks.

His comments came after a violent day in which gunmen killed 16 people at a maternity clinic in Kabul and more than 20 died in a suicide bomb attack at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban have denied they were involved in the attacks.

5/7/2020

An American mercenary, Luke Denman, captured after a bungled attempt to topple Nicolás Maduro has claimed he was on a mission to seize control of Venezuela’s main airport in order to abduct its leader – and he alleged that he was acting under the command of Donald Trump.

“I thought I was helping Venezuelans take back control of their country,” Denman added.

In Washington, the U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, raised eyebrows by saying there was no “direct” U.S. government involvement in the strange raid.

5/7/2020

Islamic State (ISIS) fighters used a stunning gorge in northeastern Syria as a mass grave for their victims, a human rights group has revealed, after it deployed a drone to confirm the suspicions.

“Al-Hota gorge, once a beautiful natural site, has become a place of horror and reckoning,” said Sara Kayyali, Human Rights Watch’s Syria researcher.

“Exposing what happened there, and at the other mass graves in Syria, is crucial to determining what happened to the thousands of people ISIS executed and holding their killers to account.”

5/7/2020

Sudan has appointed its first ambassador to the United States, the first such envoy in more than 20 years.

Authorities in both countries had agreed to improve ties following the fall of longtime President Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military in April last year in the wake of mass protests seeking civilian rule.

5/7/2020

SARAJEVO – Bosnia will hold local elections on October 4, but Mostar, an ethnically divided town in the south of the Balkan country where no vote has been held since 2008, will be exempted again, the state election authority said on Thursday.

The deadlock in Mostar, divided between Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) and Croats since the end of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, stems from the authorities’ failure to enforce a 2010 constitutional court decision on power-sharing there.

5/7/2020

REIMS, France — Nazi commanders signed their surrender to Allied forces in a French schoolhouse 75 years ago this week, ending World War II in Europe and the Holocaust. Unlike the mass street celebrations that greeted this momentous news in 1945, surviving veterans are marking V-E Day this year in coronavirus confinement, sharing memories with loved ones in private, instead of in the company of comrades in a public parade.

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