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  • Syria says Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

    January 11, 2019 11:15 PM 26

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shot down most of them. “The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,” the SANA news agency cited a military source as saying

  • Iran's Zarif calls Iran-focused summit in Poland a 'desperate circus'

    January 11, 2019 7:33 PM 24

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Poland on Friday for jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, calling it a “desperate anti-Iran circus”. Earlier on Friday Washington announced that the summit would be held in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, and U.S. Secretary

  • Police evacuate German courts after bomb threats: HAZ newspaper

    January 11, 2019 9:38 AM 24

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Three German courts in the cities of Kiel, Erfurt and Magdeburg received bomb threats, daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Friday. The courts of Magdeburg and Erfurt are being evacuated due to the threats that had been sent via e-mail, the paper added. The court in Kiel received a similar threat overnight, the paper said, adding

  • Car bomb blast kills at least one in Iraqi border town of al-Qaim: military statement

    January 11, 2019 9:28 AM 22

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb blast killed at least one person and injured more than a dozen the Iraqi town of al-Qaim on the Syrian border on Friday, a statement from Iraq’s military said. The military said one person was killed, and 16 people were injured. A local senior police source put the number killed at three, with 23 injured. The military and the police

  • Greek PM to seek support from ally to avert snap election

    January 11, 2019 8:54 AM 27

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will ask his conservative coalition ally on Friday to keep supporting the government, hoping to avert a snap election after the parties fell out over a deal on neighboring Macedonia’s name. Tsipras has said that he will request a confidence vote if he loses the parliamentary support of the right-wing

  • Germany's Merkel says expects Greece to return to markets

    January 10, 2019 7:31 PM 27

    ATHENS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she expected Greece would be able to return to financial markets after it emerged from a multi-billion euro bailout program last year. “Yes of course, my visit, all my work, has this as its purpose, that Greece can stand on its own feet, and get financing from the markets,” Merkel told journalists

  • Hungary PM: no compromise possible with Germany on migration

    January 10, 2019 12:20 PM 25

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday no compromise was possible with Germany over migration despite what he called “constant pressure” from Berlin on his government to take in immigrants. “German politics does not respect Hungarians’ decision not to become an immigrant nation,” Orban told a news conference. “I sense

  • Pompeo seeks to reassure Washington's allies despite Syria exit

    January 10, 2019 11:53 AM 29

    CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday sought to reassure allies that the United States remains committed to the Middle East despite President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw forces from Syria. Pompeo, who flew to Egypt late on Wednesday on the third stop in a regional tour, was due to deliver a speech in Cairo outlining Washington’s

  • Hungary PM Orban: I must fight French President Macron on immigration

    January 10, 2019 11:51 AM 28

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday said he considers French President Emmanuel Macron the leader of Europe’s “pro-immigration forces”, and therefore he had a duty to oppose him. “There is no denying that Emmanuel Macron is an important figure, moreover, the leader of the pro-immigration forces,” Orban told a press

  • Zimbabwe doctors end strike without deal as unions meet government

    January 10, 2019 11:05 AM 31

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean doctors on Thursday ended a 40-day strike for better pay and conditions that crippled public hospitals without a deal on salary increases, their union said, but warned that members may not report for work daily due to acute fuel shortages. The announcement by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) came just hours