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Erdogan declared winner of Turkey presidential polls

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won tightly-contested presidential polls, the election authority said Monday, extending his 15-year grip on power as the opposition complained bitterly about the conduct of the vote count. Turkish voters had for the first time cast ballots for both president and parliament …

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Despite summit, N.Korea still a nuclear threat, says Trump

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump on Friday cited “an unusual and extraordinary threat” from North Korea s nuclear arsenal to extend sanctions on Kim Jong Un s regime, despite touting the success of a historic summit earlier this month. After flying back to Washington last week, boasting of …

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US president hails deal after historic talks Kim

US President Donald Trump says his historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were “tremendous”. The signed document includes a pledge from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. But in an extraordinary media conference later, Mr Trump announced details …

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Trump, Kim hail historic summit despite doubts over agreement

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un hailed their historic summit Tuesday as a breakthrough in relations between Cold War foes, but the agreement they produced was short on details about the key issue of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons. The extraordinary encounter saw the leader of the world’s most …

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Anti Muslim move: Austria to expel up to 60 imams, shuts 7 mosques

VIENNA (AFP) – Austria could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said Friday. “The circle of people possibly affected by these measures – the pool that we’re talking about – comprises around 60 imams,” said …

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Afghan Govt. announces ceasefire with Taliban for Eid

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan announced Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though operations against other groups including Islamic State will continue. The ceasefire, which would bring some welcome relief to war-weary civilians, will last “from the 27th of Ramadan until the …

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