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Germany: Merkel agrees to 200,000 refugees cap in bid to build coalition

Angela Merkel has agreed to cap the number of refugees Germany accepts at 200,000 annually in a concession to her conservative Bavarian allies that has overcome the first hurdle to coalition talks with other parties. The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to the German chancellor’s...

Iraqi Parliament votes to reject Iraqi Kurdish Referendum

Courtesy Yeni Safak- Lawmakers on Tuesday voted against the Kurdish independence referendum and called on the Baghdad government to negotiate with the semi-autonomous Kurdish government. A parliamentary majority in Baghdad voted in opposition to the Sept. 25 referendum planned by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). “Parliament obliged...

Rahul taunts Modi on U.S. U-turn on Pakistan

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi over President Donald Trump’s U-turn regarding Pakistan and seemed to question the Modi government’s earlier claims of a “new phase in Indo-US relationship.” Tagging the U.S. President’s official twitter handle, Mr. Gandhi...

KRG referendum to lead region to war: Former Iraqi MP

Courtesy Yeni Safak- The non-binding referendum of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on whether to declare independence from Baghdad slated for Sept. 25 carries great significance for millions of Arabs, Turkmens and Kurds in Iraq and Syria. A former Iraqi Member of Parliament, Feyha Bayatlı, told...

Israel reported to have bombed Syrian chemical weapons facility

Courtesy The Guardian-  Israeli jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian government facility in the north-west of the country believed to be associated with Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons programme. The strikes were initially reported by Hebrew and Arab media sources on Thursday morning. A Syrian military statement...

China confirms India’s withdrawal of troops, equipment from Dong Lang

Courtesy People's Daily- BEIJING, Aug. 28 -- China on Monday confirmed via on-site checks that India has withdrawn personnel and equipment from Dong Lang (Doklam) after a military stand-off lasting more than two months. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that Chinese personnel completed the...

Saudi Arabia suspends dialogue, saying Qatar ‘distorting facts’

Courtesy The Guardian- Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting facts”, just after a report of a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Gulf dispute. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke...

Pakistan, Iran ink MoU to improve border security

Pakistan and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Sunday to foster improved border security management. It was inked during the 21st two-day meeting of Pak-Iran Joint Border Commission in Gwadar. The joint proposals pertaining to border situation, security matters, immigration and border trade between the...

Christian teenager beaten to death by classmates in Pakistan

Courtesy The Independent-  A Christian teenager has been beaten to death by his classmates in Pakistan. Sharoon Masih was the only Christian in his year and was attacked after he apparently drank from the same glass as a Muslim. The 17-year-old had only been at MC Model...
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