Iraqi special forces pause in Mosul push due to poor weather

Iraqi special forces pause in Mosul push due to poor weather

Heavy fighting broke out a day earlier in Mosul's eastern Tahrir neighborhood, where an IS suicide auto bomber disabled an Abrams tank belonging to the Iraqi army. ISIS believes ancient ruins encourage polytheism. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last month that Turkey was reinforcing its troops on the border with Iraq and would respond if the militias "cause terror" in Tal Afar. Read More

New Zealand continues rescue of tourists stranded by quake

The navy ship HMNZS Canterbury is expected to arrive later Wednesday and Brownlee said he was also sending three other New Zealand vessels. Although the USA has a policy of neither confirming nor denying if its military ships are nuclear powered or armed, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has said he's satisfied the Sampson doesn't have nuclear capabilities. Read More

Nowhere to mooove: 3 cows stranded by New Zealand earthquake

There are an estimated 1,200 tourists at the popular whale-watching spot, which has a population of about 2,000. A Shetlander said she narrowly escaped the deadly 7.8 magnitude natural disaster to hit New Zealand. New Zealand's Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has confirmed the Canadian frigate, HMCS Vancouver, is among the warships from five nations now on the way to provide help. Read More

South Korea parliament approves bill for special prosecutor in political scandal

South Korea parliament approves bill for special prosecutor in political scandal

Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the resignation of Park in Seoul , South Korea , Thursday, Nov. The confidante Choi Soon Sil has been arrested and charged with pressuring South Korean conglomerates to donate US$68 million (S$96 million) to K-Sports Foundation and The Blue K, two foundations controlled by her. Read More

South African opposition to push for president's removal

South African opposition to push for president's removal

Thousands of South Africans demonstrated on Wednesday for the resignation of Zuma, who apologized earlier this year after the Constitutional Court said he flouted the constitution in a scandal over millions of dollars in state spending on his rural home. Read More

Auditor General speaks out about irregular government expenditure

Auditor General speaks out about irregular government expenditure

He said that supply chain management remains a challenge, which has seen substantial growth as officials' non-compliance with the checks and balances in accordance to legislation. Spending is deemed irregular when it doesn't comply with the rules. "The poor leadership included instability at board level, vacancies in key positions, inadequate outcome management and poor monitoring and oversight of procurement processes led to weak leader", Makwetu said. Read More

October jobless rate in MI up to 4.7%

Local jobless rates for October won't be available for a few weeks. There were 670,950 people employed in October, up from 665,100 the previous month, while the number of unemployed fell to 21,850 from 22,600. Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 5.2 percent, according to the state's Department of Labor. Over the past six years, more than 487,000 jobs have been created, allowing our residents to feel more confident as they look for new career opportunities. Read More

Modi, Rivlin vow to work together against terror

Modi, Rivlin vow to work together against terror

Moments before leaving Israel for the visit, Rivlin said: "I am departing now on an important visit to India, an important ally and close friend of Israel, a state with whom we have much in common". Association President Shraga Brosh said that he and his Indian counterpart have agreed to work "to triple trade and cooperation between our two countries in the coming years". Read More

German Coalition Agrees on Steinmeier as President

Merkel said the decision was "a sensible solution" and a "signal of stability in times of global unrest and instability". While some parties, such as the German Left, oppose Steinmeier due to his links to the labour market overhaul of the Gerhard Schröder era, the centre-right and centre-left have a majority in the federal convention. Read More

China bans 'fatty' Kim Jong Un nickname on websites

China bans 'fatty' Kim Jong Un nickname on websites

His statements were met with harsh criticism in the USA, but in Pyongyang the Republican politician received praise. "The Trump administration must go beyond the 'Strategic Patience, ' and more actively engage in the effective North Korean policies and denuclearization of the North", Kim Heung-kwang of North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS) said. Read More

Obama says confident USA will continue commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Obama says confident USA will continue commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

He spent his time in Greece by trying to ease the minds of European leaders. Obama called the president-elect "uniquely unqualified". He says that's as long as people retain faith in democracy and don't waver from democratic principles. He said a system where people choose their leaders is naturally self-correcting, allowing citizens opportunities to change course if a party or system isn't working. Read More

Israel Gives Initial Backing to Bill to Legalize Settler Homes

Yesh Din, an Israeli rights group, condemned the bill calling it "a legal stunt created to legally sanction takeover of Palestinian land in the West Bank". There are some 100 unauthorised settlement-outposts in the West Bank, where more than 350,000 Israelis live in other settlements built with government permission. Read More

Explosion rocks Kabul, leaving 4 dead, 11 wounded

Explosion rocks Kabul, leaving 4 dead, 11 wounded

A security official however said the blast was likely triggered by a suicide attack and at least 4 security personnel were killed and 11 others were wounded. Last week, a suicide vehicle bomb targeted the German consulate in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province on Thursday, local police and officials said. Read More

FC Barcelona to drop Qatar Airways logo from jerseys next season

FC Barcelona to drop Qatar Airways logo from jerseys next season

It ends Barcelona's protracted search for a new shirt sponsor after its partnership with Qatar Airways, worth roughly €30m a year, was extended for a year in July after expiring at the end of last season. The agreement with Rakuten - who already have involvement in football through their ownership of J-League outfit Vissel Kobe - will be ratified at an extraordinary meeting of club members "in the coming weeks". Read More

Trump to make peace between Israel and Palestine in 'Ultimate Deal'

Trump said he would veto any resolution aimed at an agreement between Israel and Palestine proposed by the United Nations Security Council and said the entire U.N.is "not a friend of democracy" and "surely is not a friend to Israel". The media mogul has always had a soft spot for foreign despotic rulers and/or autocrats such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Read More

Greeks Prepare Security Measures Ahead of Obama Visit

Obama is to hold talks with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras later on November 15. But Obama acknowledged that there was a common theme in the recent USA presidential election, Britain's vote several months ago to leave the European Union, and other populist movements elsewhere. Read More

Farage will not be 'third person' in UK-US ties

Mr Farage, who appeared on the stump with Mr Trump during his election campaign, was the first British politician to meet the billionaire since his victory. The shock outcome of the U.S. election prompted many commentators to draw parallels with Britain's June 23 referendum after Trump said the vote would be " Brexit plus plus plus". Read More

Turkey says it's tired of 'two-faced' EU attitude

Turkey says it's tired of 'two-faced' EU attitude

German Foreign Minister, on a visit to Ankara , expressed concern about mass arrests in Turkey and the treatment of the media since an attempted coup there in July but also said Germany supported its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner in fighting "terror" threats. Read More

Russian Federation launches a big operation against Islamist terrorists in Homs, Idlib

The Kuznetsov is often considered an old aircraft carrier that tends to have mechanical issues particularly because jets like the MiG-29K and Su-33 are not capable of taking off fully loaded with munitions and fuel. In October, the Russian Defense Ministry said that a S-300 squadron was sent to Syria to ensure the safety of the Russian naval base in Tartus. "It's clear that it's a well-organized industrial production, that's why we carry out strikes [on terrorist plants]". Read More

German foreign minister in Turkey to discuss strained ties

But German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after talks with Ankara with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu that he did not support halting accession talks with Turkey. "Let's go to the people since they will make the final call". Tensions have continued to grow between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies after repeated calls from Turkey to extradite US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for a failed coup in July. Read More