France’s Macron visits Trump as Iran nuke deal hangs in balance

France’s Macron visits Trump as Iran nuke deal hangs in balance

U.S. President Donald Trump meets French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, US. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters): French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Washington on Monday for a state visit likely to be dominated by differences over trade and the nuclear accord with Iran. As Macron headed west, the Iranian government […]

Jailed Egyptian journalist to be awarded UNESCO press freedom prize

Jailed Egyptian journalist to be awarded UNESCO press freedom prize

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as “Shawkan”, looks on behind bars in his trial at on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. (REUTERS File Photo)   CAIRO, April 23 (Reuters): Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid won the 2018 Press Freedom Prize awarded by the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO on Monday, a choice that […]

Exhumation of Spain’s civil war victims begins

Exhumation of Spain’s civil war victims begins

The Valley of the Fallen is ostensibly dedicated to the memory of all those killed in the civil war, but only two graves are marked. Photograph: (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)   Madrid, April 23 (IANS): Experts on Monday began the exhumation of four people who were killed in the Spanish Civil War and buried alongside thousands […]

China says over 30 dead in major bus crash

BEIJING, April 23 (Reuters): Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans died in a major bus accident in North Korea, China’s foreign ministry said on Monday, with two Chinese nationals seriously injured and left in critical condition.   Chinese visitors make up about 80 percent of all foreign tourists to North Korea, says a South […]

Woman fined $500 in US over apple

Woman fined $500 in US over apple

Washington, April 23 (IANS): A woman said on Monday that she was facing a $500 fine from the US customs agency after a free apple that she was given as a snack on a plane was found in her bag.   Crystal Tadlock, travelling to the US from Paris, said she was saving the fruit […]

Global donors to seek more than $6 billion for Syrian aid

Global donors to seek more than $6 billion for Syrian aid

Boys stand on the rubble of damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria on April 18. (REUTERS File Photo)   BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters): Governments will seek more than $6 billion in aid for Syria at a two-day donor conference from Tuesday, which the European Union hopes will also offer Russia, Turkey and Iran a chance to […]

Lakes on Mars dried up 3.5bn years ago: Study

New York, April 23 (IANS): The discovery of cracks on the surface of Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover in early 2017 are evidence of lakes that likely dried up 3.5 billion years ago, confirmed a study, revealing details about the red planet’s ancient climate.   In early 2017 scientists announced the discovery of possible desiccation […]

U.N. agency urges mandatory training to combat human trafficking on flights

MONTREAL, April 23 (Reuters): Airlines should offer mandatory training to prevent human trafficking, the United Nations’ aviation agency said in a new document that could further empower cabin crew on the front lines of global efforts to combat such trafficking.   Civil aviation authorities should “require” carriers to teach staff to identify and respond to […]

Iran says ‘either all or nothing’ on nuclear deal: Zarif tweets

Iran says ‘either all or nothing’ on nuclear deal: Zarif tweets

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders (unseen) at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium. (REUTERS File Photo)   ANKARA, April 23 (Reuters): The European signatories of Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers should convince U.S. President Donald Trump not to exit the accord as there is no […]

Unarmed soldiers join anti-government protests in Armenia

Unarmed soldiers join anti-government protests in Armenia

People march during a protest against the appointment of ex-president Serzh Sarksyan as the new prime minister in Yerevan, Armenia April 23. (REUTERS Photo)     YEREVAN, April 23 (Reuters): A large group of unarmed Armenian soldiers joined anti-government protests in the capital Yerevan on Monday in a development the Armenian military said was illegal […]

Netanyahu accuses Iran of sending combat drones to attack Israel

Netanyahu accuses Iran of sending combat drones to attack Israel

Tel Aviv, April 23 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of sending combat drones to attack Israel after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed Israel for violating international law.   The remark came in the wake of an interview Zarif gave to US’ CBS TV news.   “I do not […]