Diplomacy / Foreign Policy

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

Published 17/10/2017

The U.N. refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees "stranded" near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safety and better conditions. [more…]

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Published 17/10/2017

U.S.-backed militias will capture Islamic State's last foothold in the jihadists' former Syrian capital of Raqqa within hours, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. [more…]

U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium

U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium

Published 17/10/2017

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised a militia flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, one of the last remaining areas that were held by Islamic State in its former capital, a Reuters witness said. [more…]

Labour leader and other UK lawmakers could lose seats in cost cutting plan

Labour leader and other UK lawmakers could lose seats in cost cutting plan

Published 17/10/2017

The leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, and other politicians could lose their seats if proposals to "cut the cost of politics" go ahead, a report suggested on Tuesday. [more…]

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

Published 17/10/2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. [more…]

Iraqi forces take control of all oil fields operated by state-owned North Oil in Kirkuk

Iraqi forces take control of all oil fields operated by state-owned North Oil in Kirkuk

Published 17/10/2017

Iraqi forces completed an operation to take control of all oil fields operated by state-owned North Oil Company in the Kirkuk region on Tuesday, a senior military officer said. [more…]

South Africa`s Zuma appoints new energy minister in cabinet reshuffle

South Africa`s Zuma appoints new energy minister in cabinet reshuffle

Published 17/10/2017

South African President Jacob Zuma has appointed minister of state security David Mahlobo as energy minister in a cabinet reshuffle, the presidency said on Tuesday. [more…]

Oil holds gains as Iraq, U.S.-Iran tension raises risks

Oil holds gains as Iraq, U.S.-Iran tension raises risks

Published 17/10/2017

Oil prices crept higher on Tuesday, holding on to gains made as fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish forces threatened supplies from northern Iraq while political tension rose between the United States and Iran. [more…]

Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican

Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican

Published 16/10/2017

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nomination of Callista Gingrich to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. [more…]

Key Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

Key Republican says Trump must work with Europe on Iran

Published 16/10/2017

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged President Donald Trump's administration on Monday to work closely with European allies as it develops its new Iran policy. [more…]