Iran halts some commitments under 2015 nuclear deal

Iran halts some commitments under 2015 nuclear deal

Iran has officially stopped some commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers following an order from its national security council, ISNA news agency reported. Last week, Iran notified China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom of its decision to halt some commitments under the nuclear deal, a year after the United States…
FM Javad Zarif: We don’t want war, and no one can confront Iran

FM Javad Zarif: We don’t want war, and no one can confront Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he does not believe a war will break out in the region as Tehran does not want a conflict and no country has the "illusion it could confront Iran", state news agency IRNA reports. Concerns about a possible conflict have flared since the White House ordered warships and…
China to impose tariffs on $60bn worth of US goods

China to impose tariffs on $60bn worth of US goods

Deepening a trade battle and sending financial markets into a tailspin, China announced Monday it was raising tariffs on $60bn of US goods after the latest increase in American tariffs on its exports. The move comes after the United States escalated the bitter trade war with a tariff hike on $200bn of Chinese products on…
Two Saudi oil tankers among ‘sabotaged’ ships off UAE coast

Two Saudi oil tankers among ‘sabotaged’ ships off UAE coast

Saudi Arabia says two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in attacks that caused "significant damage" to the vessels. One of the ships was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday. The announcement…
Free speech concerns in Bangladesh as writers, activist arrested

Free speech concerns in Bangladesh as writers, activist arrested

Police in Bangladesh arrested three people, including two writers and an activist, in the past week under the country's controversial Digital Security Act (DSA) and the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICTA). The arrests have once again raised fears of a crackdown on freedom of expression in the South Asian country and have drawn criticism from…
US military probes oil tanker ‘sabotage attacks’ off UAE coast

US military probes oil tanker ‘sabotage attacks’ off UAE coast

The US military is investigating the alleged sabotage attacks on four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a US official has confirmed to Al Jazeera. The move comes as Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said his country had anticipated an event that would escalate tension in the region. The four ships…
Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr: reports

Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr: reports

The United States Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed one of the president's sons, Donald Trump Jr, to answer questions about his contacts with Russia, US media reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed congressional sources. The panel is seeking to question Trump Jr about congressional testimony he gave in September 2017 to the Senate Judiciary Committee which…
China vows not to compromise on principles as US trade talks end

China vows not to compromise on principles as US trade talks end

China's lead negotiator has said Beijing will not compromise on its principles as two days of trade talks between the United States and China have broken up with no agreement. Speaking on Friday after his meeting in Washington with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, China's Vice President Liu He said the…
Sudan opposition urges independent probe into protester killings

Sudan opposition urges independent probe into protester killings

Sudan's opposition alliance blamed the ruling military council for renewed deadly street violence, demanding an independent investigation into the attacks that complicated efforts to negotiate a handover to civilian power. At least four people died and dozens were injured during protests in a square outside military headquarters late on Monday as the Transitional Military Council (TMC)…
The Kidney Brokers: Yemeni organs sold for $5,000 in Egypt

The Kidney Brokers: Yemeni organs sold for $5,000 in Egypt

An Egyptian hospital and officials at the Yemeni embassy in Cairo were involved in a large-scale organ-trafficking ring from 2014 that included hundreds of patients and brokers from Yemen and Egypt, an Al Jazeera investigation has revealed. Through interviews and documents obtained by Al Jazeera, the investigation exposes officials who have been giving out false…

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‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

‘This is not a peace plan’: Palestinians shun Bahrain conference

The Palestinian leadership has not been consulted about a US-led conference in Bahrain next month in support of Washington's Middle East peace plan, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said. Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as the unveiling of the first part of US President Donald Trump's long-awaited proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.…
Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity

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DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi names new prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi has named Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as the new prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The move was announced on Monday by presidential spokesman Kasongo Mwema Yambayamba, who said Ilukamba was appointed under a political agreement between Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Ilukamba was previously the head of the DRC's national railway company. He also…