Turkey raises migrant pressure on EU over Syria conflict

Pazarkule (Turkey) (AFP) Turkey vowed the Syrian regime will "pay a price" for dozens of dead Turkish soldiers and raised pressure on the EU over the conflict by threatening to let thousands of migrants enter the bloc. Turkey and Russia, which back opposing forces in the Syria conflict, held high-level talks to try to defuse … Continue reading Turkey raises migrant pressure on EU over Syria conflict

Coronavirus epidemic surges in South Korea as cases exceed 3,000

Authorities also reported the country’s first case of reinfection – a 73-year-old woman who tested positive for a second time after her recovery and release from hospital last week. South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear move to spray disinfectant against the spread of the coronavirus at a railway station in Daegu on February 29, 2020. … Continue reading Coronavirus epidemic surges in South Korea as cases exceed 3,000

Erdogan vows to keep doors open for refugees heading to Europe

ISTANBUL (AFP) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday (Feb 29) vowed to allow refugees to travel on to Europe from Turkey, which he said can no longer handle new waves of people fleeing war-torn Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 18,000 migrants have amassed on the Turkish borders with Europe since Feb 28, … Continue reading Erdogan vows to keep doors open for refugees heading to Europe

US reports fourth coronavirus infection of unknown origin

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US health officials reported on Friday (Feb 28) a fourth case of coronavirus of unknown origin, indicating that the disease was spreading in the country. An earmarked quarantine site for healthy people potentially exposed to the coronavirus in Shoreline, Washington state, on Feb 28, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS The latest case is a … Continue reading US reports fourth coronavirus infection of unknown origin

US poised to sign peace accord with Afghanistan’s Taliban

In this handout photo taken and released by Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence office on February 26, 2020, men take 'selfie' with their smartphones to pose with Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Austin Scott Miller (C-L), and with Afghanistan's Acting Defence Minister Asadullah Khalid (C-R), in the city of Kabul. © HANDOUT … Continue reading US poised to sign peace accord with Afghanistan’s Taliban

Malaysia’s Mahathir out as PM as rival takes power

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad lost a power struggle Saturday with a little-known ex-interior minister named as the country's new prime minister in a surprise twist that returns a scandal-plagued party to power. Muhyiddin Yassin will be sworn in as the country's new prime minister on Sunday, royal officials said, after a week of … Continue reading Malaysia’s Mahathir out as PM as rival takes power

Guinea delays controversial referendum

© AFP | Alpha Condé, Guinea's president. The government argues that the draft constitution would, among other things, codify gender equality and ban female circumcision and underage marriage in the West African state.But the proposal has sparked huge protests since October over fears that the real motive is to reset presidential term limits -- allowing Conde, 81, … Continue reading Guinea delays controversial referendum

Voting begins in Slovak election overshadowed by journalist’s murder

A man walks past of election posters on the eve of the country's parliamentary election in Bratislava, Slovakia on February 28, 2020. © Vladimir Simicek, AFP Allegedly a hit ordered by a businessman with connections to politicians, the killing of Jan Kuciak, which also took the life of his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, has become a lightning … Continue reading Voting begins in Slovak election overshadowed by journalist’s murder

Nadal strolls into Acapulco final

Los Angeles (AFP) Rafael Nadal used a steady stream of blistering forehand winners and a heavy dose of precision serves to book his spot in the ATP Mexico Open final with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov. The two-time tournament champion will be the favorite to claim his third Acapulco title when he … Continue reading Nadal strolls into Acapulco final

Slovaks vote in election haunted by journalist’s murder

Bratislava (AFP) Slovaks voted in a general election on Saturday with the governing populists fighting for survival amid outrage over the 2018 gangland-style murder of a journalist whose stories exposed high-level corruption plaguing the eurozone country. Allegedly a hit ordered by a businessman with connections to politicians, the killing of Jan Kuciak, which also took … Continue reading Slovaks vote in election haunted by journalist’s murder

Coronavirus: Canadian province Ontario confirms eighth case

TORONTO (REUTERS) - Canada's province of Ontario confirmed its eighth case of the Covid-19 disease caused by the newly-identified coronavirus in its capital city of Toronto, health officials said late on Friday (Feb 28). The financial district of Toronto. Canada's province of Ontario confirmed its eighth case of the Covid-19 disease in its capital city of Toronto.PHOTO: … Continue reading Coronavirus: Canadian province Ontario confirms eighth case

Trump accuses media and Democrats of exaggerating coronavirus threat

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - President Donald Trump and members of his administration mobilised on Friday (Feb 28) to confront the threat of the coronavirus - not just the outbreak but the news media and the Democrats they accused of exaggerating its danger. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, US President Donald Trump denounced Democrats, describing the concerns … Continue reading Trump accuses media and Democrats of exaggerating coronavirus threat