Elon Musk puts $44billion Twitter acquisition deal on hold over fake account data

Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that his $44-billion cash deal for Twitter Inc was “temporarily on hold” while he waits for the social media company to provide data on the proportion of its fake accounts. Twitter shares initially fell more than 20% in premarket trading, but after Musk, the chief executive of electric car market… Read More Elon Musk puts $44billion Twitter acquisition deal on hold over fake account data

Ten soldiers killed, nine injured following rocket attack in northwest Syria

A rocket attack on a military bus killed 10 soldiers and wounded nine more in northwest Syria on Friday, state news agency SANA reported, in a deadly flare-up near the frontier with rebel-held territory close to the Turkish border. The bus was hit in the Anjara area west of Aleppo at 9:30 a.m. (0630 GMT),… Read More Ten soldiers killed, nine injured following rocket attack in northwest Syria

Israeli police clash with mourners at funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian mourners packed around the coffin of killed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh at the start of her funeral procession in Jerusalem on Friday. Masked police officers faced scores of flag-waving and chanting Palestinians in the compound of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, television footage showed. Officers then… Read More Israeli police clash with mourners at funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan dies at 74

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a pro-Western moderniser who had aligned the Gulf Arab state closer to the United States and its allies, died on Friday. The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced the death of Khalifa, who was also ruler of the UAE’s richest emirate, Abu Dhabi, but gave no… Read More UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan dies at 74

European nations urge Israel not to proceed with housing project in West Bank

Several European nations including France, Germany and Italy, on Friday said Israel should not execute its latest decision to build over 4,000 new housing units in the West Bank territory. The statement, which was published by the French foreign ministry, was also signed by a dozen other European countries. Israeli police clashed with Palestinian mourners… Read More European nations urge Israel not to proceed with housing project in West Bank

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan says nation not in support of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bid

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact given that the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations”. Though Turkey has officially supported NATO enlargement since it joined the U.S.-led alliance 70 years ago, its opposition could pose… Read More Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan says nation not in support of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bid

U.S. President Joe Biden pledges $150million to ASEAN leaders to counter China influence

U.S. President Joe Biden opened a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders with a promise to spend $150 million on their infrastructure, security, pandemic preparedness and other efforts aimed at countering the influence of rival China. On Thursday, Biden started a two-day summit with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington with a… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden pledges $150million to ASEAN leaders to counter China influence