With over 95% of the vote counted, Erdogan set to extend his 15-year rule; his party is also leading the pack in the parliamentary vote; opposition says still too early to concede defeat as the Turkish president could still fall short of 50% of votes needed to avoid second round.
Reuters 22:53 , 24.06.18
After meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, German chancellor voices Amman's concerns about Tehran's actions, says European countries merely discussing them is insufficient, while acknowledging 'Iran's activities with regard to Israel's security.'
Reuters 17:19 , 21.06.18
Disappointment from allies, criticism from Russia after unprecedented US withdrawal from notoriously anti-Israel UN Human Rights Council; Official: US walkout could be 'big bang' to help prod reform at council.
Associated Press 20:22 , 20.06.18
US Ambassador Nikki Haley calls human rights body ‘an organization that is not worthy of its name,’ saying it has been given ‘opportunity after opportunity’ to make changes; lambasting council for ‘its chronic bias against Israel,’ she laments the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and Congo.
Associated Press 09:02 , 20.06.18
Pope Francis compared pre-natal tests that can lead parents to terminate pregnancy if the fetus is malformed or suffering other problems to Nazi-era eugenics program; 'world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,' he says.
Associated Press 19:48 , 16.06.18
One suspect, a 38-year-old ‘radicalized convert’ to Islam, arrested in the Indre region in the center of the country; prevented plots come weeks after knifeman killed a man in Paris and as country remains on high alert following string of jihadist assaults since 2015 that have claimed more than 240 lives.
AFP 18:10 , 15.06.18
The US president tells Fox News following his meeting with the North Korean leader, ‘He can now call me if he has any difficulties, I can call him’; challenging criticism of his vague joint statement with Kim, Trump says he got ‘everything’ in the deal.
News agencies 17:40 , 15.06.18
Washington, which once warned it could leave over 'chronic anti-Israel bias', said dissatisfied with talks over how to reform the international body, with one source saying US withdrawal is 'imminent', while others say it’s a question of when, not if.
Reuters 09:23 , 15.06.18
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered that new work begin on the nuclear program in preparation for work outside parameters of nuclear deal if accord collapses.
Reuters 21:08 , 13.06.18
Critics of President Trump scrutinized the Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un, citing Trump's poor negotiating skills and the 'vague language on denuclearization'; administration reiterates the meeting is only the beginning of a long process.
Associated Press 13:15 , 13.06.18
State media in North Korea frames summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as a win, listing concessions the US president apparently made, including lift sanctions as relations improve and halt to US-South Korea joint military exercises.
Reuters 10:03 , 13.06.18
Trump shows Kim and North Korean officials a 4-minute video he had produced, made up of lot of generic stock footage and an orchestral score, with a narrator dramatically making the case for peace; 'I think he loved it,' Trump says of Kim.
Reuters 21:51 , 12.06.18
In first remarks by an Iranian official after US president and North Korean leader conclude their summit in Singapore, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht quoted as saying, ‘We are facing a man who revokes his signature while abroad’; Russia and China, meanwhile, provide positive assessments of summit.
AP, Reuters 13:06 , 12.06.18
In a news conference after his meeting with the North Korean leader, the US president thanks Kim Jong-un ‘for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people,’ says he has ‘an opportunity like no other’ to bring his country back into the community of nations if he agrees to give up his nuclear program.
Associated Press 12:14 , 12.06.18
The US president and North Korean leader sign a ‘comprehensive’ document following a historic summit in Singapore aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula; Kim says two leaders decided to leave the past behind and ‘the world will see a major change.’
Reuters 09:39 , 12.06.18
The US president and North Korean leaders are first expected to meet one-on-one for an hour before being joined by aides for more discussions and a working lunch; Trump plans to leave early, with White House saying negotiations moved 'more quickly than expected.'
Associated Press 23:51 , 11.06.18
As Kim makes rare appearance outside hotel, Trump says he thinks summit is 'going to work out very nicely'; US Secretary of State Pompeo injects note of caution, saying summit should set framework for 'hard work to follow' but if No. Korea is not sincere, sanctions will increase.
Reuters 20:15 , 11.06.18
Spokesman for Tehran's Foreign Ministery says Kim Jong-un should approach summit with President Trump with 'awareness'; Netanyahu wishes Trump and the US 'maximum success in their efforts to prevent nuclear danger.'
AP, Shahar Hay 16:35 , 11.06.18
US president descends Air Force One in Singapore saying he feels 'very good' shortly after North Korean leader arrives, as the two prepare for a historic summit intended to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.
Associated Press 17:11 , 10.06.18
US President to meet with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday on the resort island of Sentosa, in a historic summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula; unprecedented security measures likely to surround the summit as former basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives to show support to his 'friends.'
Reuters 11:17 , 10.06.18
Jamil Hassan, head of Syrian Air Force Intelligence, accused of overseeing torture, rape and murder of 'at least hundreds of people between 2011 and 2013'; warrant first issued for senior Assad military officer since start of civil war.
Reuters 19:52 , 08.06.18
Americans officials touring the globe to pressure countries to shun trade with Tehran 'are dogmatic,' says senior European diplomat, 'We told them: if you are coming to tell to us how to apply American laws here then you're not welcome.'
Reuters 21:34 , 06.06.18
Iran's supreme leader insists Tehran will continue its support 'for oppressed nations,' saying it will 'attack 10 times more if attacked by enemies' who have 'staged economic and psychological warfare against us.'
Reuters 23:09 , 04.06.18
Foreign Ministry says it has delivered food, blankets and medicine to staunch ally in Central America after the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of fire, propels streams of lava into the air, leaving blanket of ash and molten rock across nearby villages.
Reuters and Associated Press 14:14 , 04.06.18
US and international officials tell CNN what first appeared to be a gesture indicating North Korea might be willing to dismantle its nuclear weapons program appears to have been little more than a propaganda effort for the world's cameras; 'The amount of dust leads us to believe that (the explosions) were quite superficial,' arms official says.
Ynet 10:19 , 03.06.18
'Hitler and the Nazis are just a speck of bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history,' says Alexander Gauland, drawing criticism from secretary general of Merkel's party: '50 million victims of war, the Holocaust and total war are just bird poop' for Gauland and his party.
Associated Press 19:41 , 02.06.18
After receiving letter from Kim Jong Un and meeting with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, US President Trump says canceled meeting with go ahead as planned; 'I think it's probably going to be ultimately a successful process,' Trump says.
Reuters 22:26 , 01.06.18
After meetings with US Secretary of State Pompeo in effort to put canceled summit on denuclearization back on track, former North Korean military intelligence chief heads to Washington to meet with the US president and hand-deliver letter from his leader.
Associated Press 16:33 , 01.06.18
Islamic State claims Benjamin Herman, a convict who murdered four people in the city of Liege while on furlough, was a 'soldier of the caliphate'; officials say death toll from attack would've been higher if it hadn't been for a bar owner and a cleaning lady's courageous efforts to save others
Associated Press 10:44 , 31.05.18
North Korean general travels to US for talks with US Secretary of State Pompeo, in effort to revive nixed summit meeting between North's Kim and President Trump; official Kim Yong Chol will be highest-level North Korean official to travel US since 2000; 'US continues to actively prepare for President Trump's expected summit in Singapore," White House says.
Associated Press 20:03 , 29.05.18
South Asian giant states it only abides by sanctions imposed by UN, not by any other country, including US; country's foreign affairs minister to meet Iranian counterpart, who seeks to build support against US rejection of nuclear accord.
Reuters 19:28 , 28.05.18
In apparent move to calm tensions between Israel and Iranian proxies such as the Hezbollah terror group in the war-torn state, Russia potentially allays Israeli concerns over Iranian-sponsored militias’ close proximity to its northern frontier.
Reuters 16:19 , 28.05.18
Senior officials cross into North Korea as Washington and Pyongyang press ahead with potential summit, which was canceled last week after President Trump pulled out over derisory remarks by Kim Jong Un against VP Pence.
Associated Press 19:49 , 27.05.18
Moscow reportedly covertly launches successful test with missile from new S-500 aerial defense system intercepting target 480 kilometers away—improving on previous record by 80 kilometers; system will be capable of intercepting missiles, drones and even stealth fighters such as the F-35, confirmed to have been used by Israel in one of its strikes.
Ynet 18:34 , 26.05.18
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to the police after being accused of sexual abuse by more than 75 women; Weinstein is expected to be charged with at least sexual criminal act, a crime for which he can be sentenced up to 25 years in prison; Weinstein's lawyer previously said allegations against him are 'entirely without merit.'
Associated Press 19:50 , 25.05.18
Senior Iranian official tells reporters in Vienna ahead of talks with China and European countries that any measure would be expected to include sustained oil exports, but Tehran would decide shortly whether to stay in the deal.
Reuters 11:19 , 25.05.18
Issuing its first report on Iran's compliance with nuclear deal's terms since US withdrawal, atomic watchdog says Iranian compliance continues, but could improve short notice 'complementary access' to sites not included in deal's purview, a move which would 'enhance confidence.'
Reuters 22:35 , 24.05.18
North Korea's recent statements, including calling VP Pence a 'political dummy,' led to meeting's cancelation; 'World, North Korea lost great opportunity for lasting peace,' Trump laments; leaving door open to diplomacy, Trump now insists Kim reach out to him, but warns that US military was 'ready if necessary' to respond to 'foolish or reckless acts' by North Korea.
News agencies 19:42 , 24.05.18
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says conditions include ensuring European banks safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantee Iranian oil sales, securing European pledges not to seek new negotiations on Iran's ballistic missile program and regional Middle East activities.
Reuters 14:29 , 24.05.18
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Associated Press 13:59 , 24.05.18
Month before Prince William embarks on historic journey to Israel, Royal Family's heir to the throne to participate in event which will be attended by Israeli representatives and famous music artists.
Yaniv Halily and news agencies 18:18 , 23.05.18
Iranian army chief calls US leaders 'disloyal, cruel, criminal, isolated, angry, corrupt, and on the Zionist regime's payroll' after US secretary of state's threats to impose 'the strongest sanctions in history' on Tehran if it doesn't curb regional influence and limit missile program.
Reuters 10:18 , 23.05.18
Russian nuclear-powerd submarine successfully test-fires Bulava missiles, which can carry multiple nuclear warheads; another five such submarines are under construction to gradually replace some of the older Soviet-built ones.
Associated Press 09:09 , 23.05.18
UN Secretary-General Guterres slams Hezbollah's operation as armed militia in Lebanon; He urges countries in the region maintaining close ties with Hezbollah to encourage its 'transformation from an armed group into a solely civilian political party;' He urges Hezbollah to halt its military involvement in Syria, calling it 'destabilizing.'
AP 23:43 , 22.05.18
The United States imposes sanctions on five Iranians it said had provided Yemen's Houthis with expertise and weaponry that were then used to launch missiles at cities and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
Associated Press, Reuters 19:52 , 22.05.18
Juan Carlos Varela says will ask Panamanian and Israeli authorities to reinvestigate plane explosion in his country that killed 21 people, most of them Jewish, following Israeli intelligence reports 'that clearly show it was a terrorist attack.'
Reuters and Ynet 16:04 , 22.05.18
Mired in a slew of anti-Semitism allegations, the former London mayor, who was suspended in 2016 after claiming that Hitler was once a supporter of Zionism, said his continued membership had become a distraction for the Labour party; despite the pressure however, Livingstone refuses to repudiate claims, only apologizes for causing ‘upset in Jewish community.’
Reuters 21:36 , 21.05.18
As Jerusalem throws weight behind US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s calls for 'the strongest sanctions in history' on Iran, President Rouhani says US cannot decide on Tehran's policy, while Foreign Minister Zarif rails against Washington on Twitter, saying it has reverted back to ‘old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies.’
Ynet writers and news agencies 21:09 , 21.05.18
In first bid to begin fresh negotiations for new nuclear deal, US secretary of state vows to 'apply unprecedented financial pressure' to bring Tehran back to the table, sets out 12 key demands, orders Iran to withdraw all forces' from Syria, halt support for its ally Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel.
News agencies 17:19 , 21.05.18
EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate visits Tehran to reassure Islamic Republic that Europe is committed to nuclear deal; but Iran's nuclear chief says Tehran has several options if efforts fail, including resuming 20% uranium enrichment.
Reuters 13:05 , 19.05.18
PM Dăncilă gets into hot water over her Israel visit, planned embassy move, with the head of opposition filing a complaint against her; President Iohannis, her chief political opponent, will be able to dismiss her from office if an investigation is opened; PA recalls Bucharest envoy over country's embassy move, pro-Israeli stance.
Attila Somfalvi 11:26 , 18.05.18
US President Trump says Kim would 'get protections that would be very strong' if he signs deal to get rid of nuclear weapons, but could risk the fate of Libyan leader Gadhafi, who died at the hands of rebel forces, if such an agreement is not reached.
Associated Press 23:36 , 17.05.18
Assad and Putin discuss political process in Syria, now made possible after 'terrorists have laid down their arms,' according to the Russian president; 'We have always wholeheartedly supported the political process, which should proceed in parallel with the war on terrorism,' the Syrian president says.
Reuters 23:03 , 17.05.18
Treasury Department imposes sanctions on Hezbollah's financier, Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi, and its representative to Iran, Abdallah Safi Al-Din; US 'will expose and disrupt Hezbollah and Iranian terror networks at every turn,' says Treasury Secretary Mnuchin.
Reuters 21:52 , 17.05.18
Switzerland's Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis says Palestinian 'dream' of return is 'unrealistic,' noting 'UNRWA maintains this hope' and adding that while the UN agency 'worked as a solution for a long time, today it has become part of the problem.'
AFP 21:30 , 17.05.18
European Union Chairman Tusk criticizes US President Trump for pulling out of Iran nuclear deal and leading trade disputes; Tusk says Europe must protect trans-Atlantic bond, has to be prepared for times when 'we will have to act on our own'; French lawmaker voices concerns about future relations with US, say it's time for 'Europe to stand up for itself.'
Reuters 10:59 , 17.05.18
Striking an optimistic tone, Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif describes meeting as 'good and constructive,' adding 'We are on the right path to move forward' in salvaging nuclear deal, but EU officials are despondent: 'We don't have much to threaten the Americans. Optimism doesn't abound.'
Reuters 15:44 , 15.05.18
Iranian president says US withdrawal from agreement was a 'violation of morals'; Foreign Minister Zarif visits other signatories in effort to salvage deal; in Tehran, calls on Rouhani to apologize for 'damages caused by the nuclear accord.'
Reuters 22:58 , 13.05.18
German Chancellor Angela Merkel awarded St. Francis Lamp for peace for political risks she took by opening Germany to Syrian refugees; she expresses concern over US pullout from Iran nuclear deal, stressing need to resolve Mideast crisis.
Associated Press 09:24 , 13.05.18
Some 5,000 Indonesians gather in capital of Jakarta to protest President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and US Embassy move there; protesters waved Palestinian flags along Indonesian ones, then performed Friday prayers.
Associated Press 22:13 , 12.05.18
Ahead of Kim Jong Un's summit with President Trump next month, North Korea will destroy tunnels at nuclear testing ground; journalists from US, South Korea, Russia, China and Britain invited to witness demolition.
Associated Press 19:40 , 12.05.18
US president signs Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today Act, requiring State Department to report steps countries took to compensate Holocaust survivors for assets seized by Nazis; being only European country lacking compensation law, Poland bristles at seemingly being singled out; critics say law unfairly sets Jewish claimants above non-Jewish ones.
Associated Press 18:14 , 12.05.18
Meeting to be held June 12 in Singapore, President Trump tweets, adding both leaders will 'try to make it a very special moment for world peace'; Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer casts aspersions on accomplishment, says 'in eagerness to strike deal, get photo op, Trump will strike a quick and bad one.'
Reuters 19:26 , 10.05.18
Vice president in George Bush administration and former President Obama's defense secretary raise risk of conflict in Middle East, upsetting European allies and casting uncertainty over global oil supplies following President Trump's pullout from international agreement.
Reuters 11:47 , 10.05.18
EU may turn to obscure statute banning EU companies from adhering to US imposed sanctions to force US to back down from enforcing compliance on European companies dealing with Iran; Europe scrambling to salvage nuclear pact; Complexities of international finance make it difficult to enforce.
Reuters 21:33 , 09.05.18
After US pulls out of nuclear agreement, French FM insists 'The deal is not dead,' while IAEA confirms Tehran continues honoring commitments under accord; EU says it will remain committed to deal, while Russian President Putin 'deeply concerned' by US move.
Reuters 17:19 , 09.05.18
In the wake of the US pullout from the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Trump 'had maybe more than 10 lies in his comments' about Tehran's nuclear program; 'Mr. Trump I tell you on behalf of the Iranian people: You've made a mistake,' he adds.
Reuters, AP 12:34 , 09.05.18
Mohammad Ali Jafari calls to expend Tehran's military capabilities in wake of US withdrawal from nuclear deal, asserting enrichment was just an excuse to limit the Islamic Republic's missile program and regional influence.
Reuters 10:31 , 09.05.18
In impromptu demonstration over Trump's decision to pull out of nuclear deal, Iranian MPs chant 'Death to America' and burn piece of paper representing the agreement; parliament speaker: 'Trump does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues.'
Associated Press, Reuters 08:35 , 09.05.18
France's Macron, Germany's Merkel and Britain's May issue joint statement lamenting US withdrawal, reiterating 'continuing commitment' to deal; former president Obama, who signed the deal, decries pullout as well, calling it 'misguided'; move hailed by US regional allies Saudi Arabia, UAE.
News agencies 01:01 , 09.05.18
After Trump announcement US will be withdrawing from 2015 agreement, Iran's president says if deal's goals can still be achieved with other members, it would remain in place; warns Tehran can resume nuclear activities 'in the next weeks.'
Associated Press 22:53 , 08.05.18
Anti-Semitic crimes increased by 2.5% last year despite overall drop in political crimes, report shows; while such crimes by migrants are on a slight rise, more than 85% of them are committed by far-right, Interior Minister Seehofer says.
Reuters 19:21 , 08.05.18
Ahead of President Trump's expected announcement, Western officials foresee announcement of withdrawal, re-imposition of sanctions; US "let it be known it was over," diplomat says; Iranians bellicose ahead of announcement, saying Trump 'responsible for deal's collapse,' vowing to 'not remain passive' and proclaiming they are 'unafraid of US sanctions or attack.'
News agencies 17:55 , 08.05.18
Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck was sentenced to two years behind bars, but failed to turn herself in to begin sentence; she claimed 'the Holocaust is the biggest and most sustained lie in history' and that Auschwitz was 'not historically proven.'
AFP 12:09 , 08.05.18
As the US president prepares to announce his decision on the future of the international agreement with Tehran, Iranian President Rouhani warns of ‘problems’ and Prime Minister Netanyahu suggests ‘we all wait for tonight.’ Here are four possible avenues Trump could take.
Reuters and Ynet 11:28 , 08.05.18
President Trump criticizes former secretary of state Kerry over efforts to salvage agreement with Tehran, 'US does not need John Kerry's possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!'
Associated Press 23:58 , 07.05.18
Black Cube, notorious for its work for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, reportedly hired by Trump administration officials to spy on 2 Obama aides involved with Iran nuclear deal; Black Cube investigators collected information about their family members, make of cars, New Yorker report divulges.
Ynet 10:28 , 07.05.18
Chairman of House Armed Services Committee Rep. Thornberry, who stringently opposed nuclear deal at its inception, says US withdrawal will mean inspectors' departure while Europe will not renew sanctions, eroding Washington's leverage against Tehran.
Reuters 21:57 , 06.05.18
Iranian president warns US will regret decision if President Trump chooses to exit agreement, says it is ready 'to confront America's plots against our country'; 'Atomic energy organization, economic sector' have received orders to resist, he adds, concluding that, 'America is making a mistake if it leaves nuclear accord.'
Reuters and Ynet 19:25 , 06.05.18
According to the Observer, officials linked to Trump's team contacted a private Israeli intelligence firm last year to 'get dirt' on Obama administration officials Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, who took part in talks over the nuclear deal, in an effort to undermine the agreement itself.
Ynet 11:32 , 06.05.18
With President Erdoğan moving elections up by more than a year to shore up hold on power, country's largest opposition party elects combative former physics teacher to run against him; lawmaker Muharrem İnce calls on Erdoğan to free jailed pro-Kurdish party leader, says will not reside in opulent presidential palace if elected.
Reuters 20:22 , 05.05.18
Councilman Trayon White posts YouTube video saying Washington snowfall due to 'Rothschilds controlling climate to create natural disasters'; rally in his defense features speaker who says all Jews are 'termites'; rally's organizer resigns, attempts to defuse tensions by White fail as left guided tour of US Holocaust Memorial Museum abruptly and without explanation.
Associated Press 18:21 , 05.05.18
Ken Livingstone, who was suspended from the British Labour Party for saying Hitler was a Zionist, asserts in interview with Sky News that Zionists reached deal with Nazis in the 1930s to move Jews to land of Israel; 'They didn't like each other, but they collaborated,' he insists.
Ynet 13:23 , 05.05.18
According to the Boston Globe, the former US secretary of state has been on a shadowy campaign to save the deal signed under the Obama administration by trying to pressure Trump White House from the outside; he also reportedly met with Macron and Steinmeier, spoke to EU foreign policy chief Mogherini.
Ynetnews 10:11 , 05.05.18
Mohammad Javad Zarif insists in YouTube message Iran has 'implemented deal in good faith'; in message to President Trump, a former real estate mogul, Zarif says 'When you buy a house ... you cannot come back two years later and try to renegotiate the price.'
Ynet and news agencies 15:30 , 03.05.18
White House official familiar with Trump administration’s considerations says president may still opt to remain in the 2015 deal for sake of 'alliance maintenance' with European partners, while a second official said he may decide on ‘not a full pull out'; both sources say US negotiators are hamstrung by lack of clarity on Trump's ‘red line.’
Reuters 08:39 , 03.05.18