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Russia says 27 children of ISIL members arrive from Iraq

A group of 27 Russian children whose mothers are being held in Iraq for belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) arrived home in Russia. The children landed at Ramenskoye airport, near Moscow, on Sunday. "Twenty-seven Russian children have been repatriated from Baghdad," a Russian foreign ministry official said. Thirty other…

Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘We’ll investigate Khashoggi murder on our own’

Saudi Arabia does not need a UN or international investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi because its "competent legal system" can handle the matter, said its minister of state for foreign affairs. Adel al-Jubeir told the US TV programme Face the Nation on Sunday that the October 2 slaying of the journalist inside the Saudi consulate in…

Guardian: Lynton Crosby offered to undermine 2022 Qatar World Cup

One of the world's best-known political operatives offered to work on a campaign to cancel the 2022 Qatar World Cup, according to documents seen by the Guardian newspaper. Sir Lynton Crosby, a UK-based Australian political strategist, personally signed the pitch that aimed to tarnish Qatar's reputation to get football's biggest event awarded to another country,…

Spanish nationalists call for Pedro Sanchez’ resignation

Madrid, Spain - Tens of thousands of Spaniards descended on Madrid to call for the end of the Socialist-led minority government and demanded that Catalan separatist leaders be put in prison. The demonstration on Sunday, called by a coalition of three right-wing parties - the People's Party (PP), Citizens and the VOX - draped Madrid's…

Egypt’s Sisi takes over as new head of African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took over as chair of the African Union (AU) following a meeting by heads of state from the continent in Ethiopia's capital on Sunday. The post rotates annually between the five regions of the continent. The Egyptian leader is expected to focus on the fight against armed groups…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Chronicle of a journalism untold

"It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alternation between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay. It was an intricate stew…

‘Heavy clashes’ as SDF launches push against ISIL

The US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces were locked in fierce fighting on Sunday in their final push to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the last pocket it holds in eastern Syria. The group overran large parts of the country and neighbouring Iraq in 2014,…

Is the African Union fulfilling its mandate?

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union leaders are meeting in Addis Ababa for their annual summit. The pan-African body, comprising 55 member states, was founded in 2001 and launched a year later to much funfair and lofty ambitions. The continental body replaced the Organisation of African Unity, established in 1963 to end colonialism in Africa.…

Top Republican blasts White House over Khashoggi update failure

A senior Republican representative has lashed out at the administration of US President Donald Trump over its failure to provide an update on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Citing a letter received from the Trump administration, House Foreign Affairs Lead Republican Michael McCaul said on Saturday he was "deeply troubled". "Everyone involved in…

Brexit: MPs call for UK minister to resign over ferry fiasco

British MPs have called for the sacking of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, if he doesn't resign himself, after a controversial contract awarded to a ferry firm with no ships was cancelled. Grayling had awarded Seaborne Freight with a contract of 13.8 million pounds ($18m) to run ferries between Ramsgate and Ostend in the event that the…