Erdogan says Somalia invited Turkey to explore for oil offshore

Erdogan says Somalia invited Turkey to explore for oil offshore

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Somalia invited Turkey to explore for oil in its waters, private national broadcaster NTV reported. Turkey has been a significant source of aid to Somalia following a famine in 2011. Turkish engineers have helped to build infrastructure in Somalia, businesses have invested in the country and Turkish officers have trained Somali soldiers as…
Iran confirms two missiles fired at Ukraine airliner

Iran confirms two missiles fired at Ukraine airliner

Iran has confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner mistakenly brought down earlier this month amid heightened tensions with the United States. The country's civil aviation authority said it has yet to receive a positive response after requesting technical assistance from France and the US to decode black boxes from the plane that crashed…
Thai court finds opposition party not guilty of sedition charge

Thai court finds opposition party not guilty of sedition charge

Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand's Constitutional Court has acquitted the opposition Future Forward Party (FFP) and its leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, of conspiring to overthrow the monarchy. As a panel of judges read out the verdict, citing a lack of evidence to proceed with dissolution, supporters amassed at the reformist FFP's headquarters in Bangkok cheered in celebration.…
China confirms fourth coronavirus death, as WHO prepares to meet

China confirms fourth coronavirus death, as WHO prepares to meet

The senior health official investigating an outbreak of pneumonia in China stemming from a new coronavirus has said the disease can spread from person to person but can be halted with increased vigilance, as authorities confirmed the fourth death from the infection. Zhong Nanshan, the head of the National Health Commission, said there was no danger of a…
‘Here to stay’, vow Iraqi protesters as deadly violence surges

‘Here to stay’, vow Iraqi protesters as deadly violence surges

Iraqi protesters vowed to continue their escalation until demands for an independent prime minister and snap elections are met, as deadly violence surged in Baghdad and several key southern cities. Two protesters were killed in the capital's Tayaran Square in the early hours of Monday after security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas to…
Trump impeachment: McConnell proposes swift trial with long days

Trump impeachment: McConnell proposes swift trial with long days

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday proposed a condensed, two-day calendar for each side to give opening statements in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, ground rules that are raising objections from Democrats on the eve of the landmark proceedings. The Republican leader outlined the process in a four-page resolution that will be voted…
Thousands of gun rights activists, many armed, rally in Virginia

Thousands of gun rights activists, many armed, rally in Virginia

Thousands of gun rights advocates, including dozens of armed militias, gathered in the US state of Virginia on Monday in a rally that many feared could have turned violent. The event ended peacefully amid heavy security after the state's Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency, which banned all weapons from the Capitol grounds…
After the Berlin summit, what’s next for Libya?

After the Berlin summit, what’s next for Libya?

Berlin, Germany - At a summit bringing together backers of the main warring factions in Libya, world leaders pledged to end foreign interference and work towards a "permanent ceasefire". Sunday's Berlin conference was the latest of many diplomatic attempts aimed at pushing Libya on a path to peace. More: Commander Khalifa Haftar's forces choke Libya's oil…
Iran’s new Quds leader vows ‘manly’ revenge for Soleimani killing

Iran’s new Quds leader vows ‘manly’ revenge for Soleimani killing

The newly appointed commander of Iran's elite Quds Force said the United States killed his predecessor, Qassem Soleimani, "in a cowardly way" and promised to "hit his enemy in a manly fashion". Esmail Qaani made the remarks on Monday at an introduction ceremony held for him by top Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) commanders to mark the formal beginning…
US: Fears of violence grip Virginia ahead of pro-gun rally

US: Fears of violence grip Virginia ahead of pro-gun rally

The US state of Virginia is bracing for a pro-gun rally on Monday that experts and political leaders warn could descend into violence. The rally, billed by its organisers as a peaceful event to lobby legislators to protect the Second Amendment, is expected to draw dozens of militia groups to the state capital, Richmond, according…