Fourteen dead following bomb blast on military bus in Syrian capital of Damascus

A blast on an army bus in Damascus on Wednesday killed 14 people, state media reported, the deadliest bombing in the Syrian capital in years, quickly followed by army shelling in rebel-held Idlib which rescue workers said killed 12 people. The bus carrying troops was blown up near a bridge in the centre of Damascus.… Read More Fourteen dead following bomb blast on military bus in Syrian capital of Damascus

Lebanon to hold legislative elections on March 27

Lebanon’s parliament voted on Tuesday to hold legislative elections on March 27, giving Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government only a few months to try to secure an IMF recovery plan amid a deepening economic meltdown. Lebanon’s financial crisis, which the World Bank labelled one of the deepest depressions of modern history, had been compounded by… Read More Lebanon to hold legislative elections on March 27

Turkey orders arrest of dozens over links to cleric Fethullah Gullen

Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 158 suspects including 33 serving soldiers in an operation targeting people allegedly linked to a Muslim preacher who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The investigation, stretching across 41 provinces, was part of a five-year-old crackdown against the network of… Read More Turkey orders arrest of dozens over links to cleric Fethullah Gullen

Bangladeshi police arrests hundreds over attacks against Hindus

Bangladeshi police said on Tuesday that 450 people had been arrested in the Muslim-majority nation after attacks against Hindus in some of the worst such unrest for over a decade. At least six people have died, local media reported, as police have fought to restrain angry mobs. The violence began on Friday when hundreds of… Read More Bangladeshi police arrests hundreds over attacks against Hindus

Chinese, Russian naval ships sail through Japan strait

A group of 10 naval vessels from China and Russia sailed through a strait separating Japan’s main island and its northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese government said, adding that it is closely watching such activities. It was the first time Japan has confirmed the passage of Chinese and Russian naval vessels sailing… Read More Chinese, Russian naval ships sail through Japan strait

North Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, pulling Japan’s new prime minister off the campaign trail and overshadowing the opening of a major arms fair in Seoul. The U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command condemned the launch as destabilising, but judged it did not pose an… Read More North Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile

Russia suspends diplomatic ties with NATO over espionage row

Russia said on Monday it would halt the activities of its diplomatic mission to NATO after the Western military alliance expelled eight Russians saying they were spies. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said staff at NATO’s military mission in Moscow would be stripped of their accreditation from November 1, and the alliance’s information office in… Read More Russia suspends diplomatic ties with NATO over espionage row

Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful pro-Iranian figures in Iraq, has rejected the results of Iraq’s elections as “fabricated”, according to the Baghdad-based pro-Iranian TV channel al-Aahd. “We will not accept these fabricated results, whatever the cost,” the channel cited him as saying on Tuesday on its Telegram messaging account. Iran-backed parties with links… Read More Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results