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Greece frees refugee charity workers pending trial Four humanitarian workers deny accusations they belong to a criminal organisation and were involved in money laundering. The four face charges including belonging to a criminal organisation, money laundering, espionage and breaches of immigration laws Petsikas said the trial was not expected to start for at least six to eight months The sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said the motor of the boat broke down in the sea
G5 sahel meeting on security and development The G5 Sahel organization consisting of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad hope to raise 1.9 billion euros. In Nouakchott on Thursday, its leaders identified key development projects, espe The presidents of these countries presented 40 projects covering the period 2019-2021 to donors and international partners, and have already secured about 13% of the fundraising goal The construction of schools, health centers and providing access to water are top priorities along side fighting insecurity in the region
Yemen warring sides agree at start of talks to free thousands of... Yemen's warring sides agreed to free thousands of prisoners on Wednesday, i... Outrage over the Oct. 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate has also undermined Western support for Riyadh’s regional activities Diplomats are expected to shuttle between the warring parties to discuss other confidence-building steps and the formation of a transitional governing body, a U.N Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Arrest Shakes Huawei as Global Skepticism of Its Business Grows Britain, New Zealand, Australia and other countries have grown increasingly worried about potential security risks related to the Chinese telecom giant. For many people in China, the contest feels not merely commercial, but civilizational But the power that Washington wielded over the fates of Chinese tech companies had been made very clear to people on both sides of the Pacific But one thing is certain, he said: They won’t be easily substitutable
10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BUSH GOING TO FINAL RESTING PLACE IN TEXAS The 41st president will be taken by train to his family burial plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University. 2. CHINA DEMANDS CANADA RELEASE HUAWEI EXECUTIVE Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1 WHERE FIGHTING GLOBAL WARMING IS PROVING DIFFICULT French protests against gasoline tax hikes worry environmentalists because experts say taxes are needed to help wean humans off fossil fuels and slow climate change
Power Up: Washington's sphinx: Mueller still has us guessing in Russia probe And the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. is back in town. Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in June 2017 But the heavily redacted memo also left us with a lot of new questions It is zero chance, zero, that this happened in such an organized fashion without the crown prince, said Sen
Huawei CFO's arrest could torpedo Trump and Xi's ceasefire and rock the smartphone giant Meng Wanzhou, CFO at Huawei, facing extradition to the US to face charges over trade to Iran is much bigger than it first appears. If, for example, Huawei is found guilty of intentionally allowing US-licences technologies to be exported into Iran, it could prohibit US companies and suppliers from dealing with the firm Dr. John Hemmings is Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and an Adjunct Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies
Suicide car bomber kills at least three in southeast Iran: governor At least three people died and 24 others were injured in a suicide car bomb atta... Suicide bombings are rare in Iran, but Sunni militant groups have carried out several attacks on Iranian security forces in the Sistan-Baluchestan province in recent years Iran has stepped up security in border areas after gunmen in September opened fire on a military parade in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz, killing 25 people, almost half of them members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards corps Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Talks to End War in Yemen Begin Under U.S. Pressure Yemen’s government and Houthi rebels will begin U.S.-backed peace talks Thursday to end a nearly four-year war that has left thousands dead and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. President Hadi is currently hospitalized in the U.S. The parties will likely also discuss reopening the airport in the capital Sana’a, which is under Houthi control, and de-escalating the violence in the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah evacuate 50 wounded Houthi fighters to Oman for treatment
ISIS RETURNS: Sick terrorists make terrifying COMEBACK in Iraq with GUERRILLA warfare ISIS have returned as a “clandestine” force after the depraved group was crushed by battleground defeats, according to terrifying analysis. ISIS has been reinventing itself months before Iraq announced that it had crushed the regime, according to intelligence officials who warned it would adopt guerrilla tactics when it could no longer hold territory He told Financial Times: Our estimation of ISIS’s power was wrong Yahya Rasool, spokesperson for Iraqi army’s Joint Operations Command, added: Our war on Isis today is an intelligence war, not a military war
The Latest: Yemen's warring sides agree on prisoner exchange RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on Yemen developments as warring sides gather for U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The U.N. envoy for Yemen says the country's warring sides have agreed on a prisoner exchange as part of confidence building measures for the war-torn nation. Martin Griffiths spoke at the opening of Yemen peace talks in Sweden on Thursday. Representatives of the internationally recognized government and the Shiite Houthi rebels sat across from each other as Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom and Griffiths opened the talks. Griffiths said: "Today I'm also pleased to announce the signing of an agreement on the exchange of prisoners" that will allow thousands of families to be reunited.   Wallstrom told the Yemeni delegates: "Now it is up to you, the Yemini parties. You have the command of your future." envoy for Yemen says the country’s warring sides have agreed on a prisoner exchange as part of confidence building measures for the war-torn nation Griffiths said: Today I’m also pleased to announce the signing of an agreement on the exchange of prisoners that will allow thousands of families to be reunited Wallstrom told the Yemeni delegates: Now it is up to you, the Yemini parties
German Conservatives Warn on Russian Pipeline Project The three main contenders to succeed Angela Merkel as chairwoman of Germany’s largest political party have called for a review of a gas pipeline between Germany and Russia, potentially putting the party at odds with the chancellor’s government. The more this conflicts escalates, the more we have to discuss whether it’s really the right decision to build this pipeline, Mr. Merz told a party gathering on Friday I believe that a project which will make Europe even more dependent on Russia’s gas is the wrong path to take
Russia & OPEC poised to cut oil production despite US pressure The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and major oil producers lead by Russia are expected to agree on Thursday on price-boosting output cuts. That’s despite US pressure on OPEC to reduce the cost of crude. The 15-member organization of oil producing countries is meeting in Vienna and will then hold talks with allied non-OPEC partners on Friday Such a move would mean cutting production by more than one million bpd For more stories on economy & finance visit RT's business section Trends: Oil newsRussia news US news
US senators introduce resolution blaming MBS for Khashoggi murder Bipartisan group of senators introduces measure saying Saudi crown prince is 'complicit' in the killing of journalist. The resolution also called on Saudi Arabia to end a blockade imposed by itself and three other Arab states on Qatar in June last year and seek a political solution in the worst diplomatic rift to have struck the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) INSIDE STORY: Is peace in Yemen within reach
Analysis | Mohammed bin Salman’s comeback tour For some countries in the Middle East and North Africa, money speaks louder than murder. The close relationship between MBS and Essebsi (whom MBS likened to his father during the visit) is due in part to the broader Gulf conflict Sarah Yerkes is a fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on Tunisia’s political, economic, and security developments as well as state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa
Four ways Bush funeral was different Bush was the son of a senator; McCain, the son of an admiral. But the differences in their memorials says a lot. On Wednesday any criticism of Mr Trump could only be discerned by noting the effusiveness of the praise showered on his predecessor With Bush - a former naval aviator - the 13 pallbearers were all current or former Navy officers who commanded the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier or its strike force
The Trouble With Huawei Will Spread As the U.S. and China continue to struggle to get ahead in technology, companies that have benefited from closer relations in the past will suffer. What happened to ZTE, Huawei’s Chinese peer, could offer a taste of what comes next No matter which country wins the technological battle in the end, those companies that have hitherto benefited from more cordial relationship between the U.S. and China will be the biggest losers
Bloody rivalry erupts between al-Shabab, IS group in Somalia NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A bloody rivalry has emerged between extremist groups in Somalia as the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab hunts upstart fighters allied to the Islamic State group, who have begun demanding protection payments from major businesses, officials tell The Associated Press. The rivalry supports some observers' suspicions that al-Shabab, now scrambling to defend its monopoly on the mafia-style extortion racket that funds its high-profile attacks, is drifting from its long-declared goal of establishing a strict Islamic state. IS-linked fighters already had claimed responsibility for 50 assassinations in southern Somalia between October 2017 and August, often against federal government officials, according to a report released last month by the United Nations panel of experts monitoring sanctions on the country
China urges US to 'clarify' Huawei arrest The US seeks to extradite chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the telecom giant's founder. US lawmakers have repeatedly accused the company of being a threat to US national security, arguing that its technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government Although there are some waivers, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the US will aggressively target any firm or organisation evading our sanctions
US Navy Sails up Right to Russia's Main Pacific Fleet Base in 'Freedom of Navigation' Provocation An American destroyer sailed off the Russian coast, near the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, in a first such stunt since the Cold War. Another US ship is expected in the Black Sea soon, amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The USS MCCampbell (DDG-85) went into the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to “challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea” enjoyed by the US and others, Lieutenant Rachel McMarr, a spokesperson for the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. An American destroyer sailed off the Russian coast, near the Pacific Fleet base in Vladivostok, in a first such stunt since the Cold War The presence of a US destroyer in the area is comparable to a Russian sail-by of San Diego, California or Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Yemen warring parties to convene for first talks in years Yemen's warring parties were set to convene in Sweden on Thursday for the f... Diplomats would shuttle between them to discuss confidence-building steps and the formation of a transitional governing body Peace prospects have risen as Western allies that supply arms and intelligence to the coalition press Saudi Arabia to end the conflict, seen as a proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Russia vs USA: US provocations as warship steams near Russia's Pacific Fleet base US NAVAL commanders have been flexing their muscles in disputed waters in the Sea of the Japan with the deployment of a guided-missile destroyer in what they described as a “freedom of navigation" operation. She said: These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows That is true in the Sea of Japan, as in other places around the globe Mr Putin’s official spokesman responded by declaring formal talks between the two leaders were now out of the question
Stocks slide as Huawei arrest risks new strains in U.S.-China ties U.S. stock futures and Asian shares slumped on Thursday after Canadian authoriti... WORRIES ABOUT SLOWER U.S. GROWTH Markets had initially brightened this week after U.S. and Chinese leaders agreed a temporary trade truce at a meeting on Saturday But the mood quickly soured on scepticism that the two sides can reach a substantive deal on a host of hugely divisive issues within the tight 90-day time frame set out Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Central bank warnings on the global economy are getting louder The reasons to stay awake at night are multiplying – let’s hope this time we have priced the risks correctly When I took over responsibility for banking supervision in the United Kingdom, in 1995, a wise old bird in the Bank of England (BoE) warned me that I would find it a thankless task But if a problem occurs, it is almost invariably seen as a case of supervisory failure Q&A WEF biggest risks to the global economy 2018 Show Hide 1
The Mirror's Pride of Sport Awards are back to honour unsung sporting heroes The annual Pride of Sport Awards honour inspirational coaches, tireless grassroots workers, amazing kids and more Mirror editor Lloyd Embley leads this year's judging panel (Image: Tim Anderson/Daily Mirror) Both made history in the World ­Marathon Challenge, with Luke finishing third overall and Ibi becoming the first amputee to complete the event Read More Sport top stories Fury-Wilder ref explains 'long' count John Cena shows off new look Legendary jockey Piggott hospitalised Ex-NFL star jailed for attempted murder