Russia Orders Daily Truce for Evacuations from Syria's Eastern Ghouta
Russia said on Monday it would establish an evacuation corridor and implement a five-hour daily truce to allow people to leave Syria's eastern Ghouta, after a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across the entire country. It appeared to make no mention, however, of allowing relief supplies to enter the territory, where 400,000 people are living under siege and bombardment.
China Pushes Back Against Criticism of Plan for Xi to Stay In Power
China's plan for President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely has sparked social media opposition, drawing comparisons to North Korea's ruling dynasty and prompting a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist to accuse it of creating a dictator. The social media reaction late on Sunday quickly saw China swing into a concerted propaganda push by Monday, blocking some articles and publishing pieces praising the party.
Egypt's Sisi to Run For Second Term in March Election
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday he will run for a second term in office in an election in March, which the former military commander is widely expected to win. Sisi's rule has brought some stability to the country, but critics say his popularity has been eroded by tough economic reforms that have hit people's livelihoods hard and by a crackdown on dissidents.
Trump Administration Says U.S. Mistakenly Backed China WTO Accession In 2001
The United States mistakenly supported China's membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade. "It seems clear that the United States erred in supporting China's entry into the WTO on terms that have proven to be ineffective in securing China's embrace of an open, market-orientated trade regime," the administration said in an annual report to Congress on China's compliance with WTO commitments.
Turkey Shells Syria's Afrin Region, Minister Says Operation Has Begun
Turkish artillery fired into Syria's Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area. The cross-border bombardment took place after days of threats from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to crush the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin in response to growing Kurdish strength across a wide stretch of north Syria.
Britain's May to change government ministers soon, senior figures reported to be safe
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she
would announce changes to her ministerial team soon, with media reports
saying her foreign, finance, interior and Brexit ministers would keep
their jobs in a reshuffle starting on Monday.
Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea's Kim 'on his toes': Haley
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet about having a
bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong Un’s has kept the North Korean
leader “on his toes” and made clear the risks of a nuclear standoff,
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday.
CIA's Pompeo says Russia and others trying to undermine U.S. elections
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Central Intelligence Agency said
on Sunday that Russia and others are trying to undermine elections in
the United States, the next major one being in November when Republicans
will try to keep control of Congress.
Protests hit Tehran, two demonstrators reported killed in Iran town
Street protests hit Iran for a third day running on Saturday, spreading to the capital Tehran with crowds confronting police and attacking some state buildings, and a social media report said two demonstrators had been shot dead in a provincial town.
Exclusive: Russian tankers fueled North Korea via transfers at sea - sources
Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.