Turkey’s coast guard Sunday increased to 23 the death toll of migrants, who drowned when their boat sank in the Black Sea off northwestern province of Kocaeli on Friday. A body of a woman was found by the search-and-rescue teams on Sunday, a statement by Turkish Coast Guard said. Search teams managed to rescue 40 migrants after the boat sank at 5.03 a.m. local time (0203GMT) around 64 nautical miles north of Kefken village on Friday. Search efforts for the missing migrants are ongoing in the sea.
A solution in Yemen’s two and-a-half year-old civil war will likely come through military rather than political means, the country’s Saudi-backed president said, blaming the Iran-aligned Houthis of obstructing chances of peace. Speaking in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi also told the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya channel that a plan to hand over control of the country’s main port to a neutral party remained blocked by the Houthis and their ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. “The military solution is the more likely one for the Yemen crisis in light of the intransigence of the Houthi and Saleh coup militias which continue to take orders from Iran,” Hadi said in the interview, according […]
Iranian forces have launched war games in an area near the border with Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Iran’s state media reported on Sunday, a day before a Kurdish independence referendum in the region. Turkey also said on Sunday its aircraft launched airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq’s Gara region on Saturday after spotting militants preparing to attack Turkish military outposts on the border. Iraq’s powerful neighbours, Iran and Turkey, strongly oppose the Kurdish vote as they fear could fuel separatism among their own Kurds. Iran also supports Shia groups who have been ruling or holding key security and government positions in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein. The Kurdistan Regional Government has resisted […]
The war of words between Trump and Kim escalated once again in the late hours on Saturday night, when President Trump sent another belligerent tweet directed at North Korea saying that if the country’s foreign minister was speaking for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his threatening speech at the United Nations, “they won’t be around much longer.”
“Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!
The president referred to a speech by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho earlier Saturday at the United Nations in which he called Trump “a mentally deranged person full of megalomania” who is holding “the nuclear button.” Ri said by repeatedly calling Kim “Rocket Man,” Trump is making “our rocket’s visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.” The foreign minister also said Trump is a “gambler who grew old using threats, frauds and all other schemes to acquire a patch of land.” Ri jumped into the nickname game as well, saying Americans call Trump the “Commander in Grief,” “Lyin’ King,” and “President Evil.”
Ri continued, saying Trump has turned the White House “into a noisy marketing place” and is making the U.N. “a gangsters’ nest where money is respected and bloodshed is the order of the day”
Just prior to Ri’s UN speech, the Pentagon announced that USAF B-1B bombers and F-15 jets carried out a show of force Saturday off the coast of North Korea. The statement said that it was “the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone, which separates North and South Korea, that any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft has flown in the 21st century.”
Meanwhile, on Saturday a huge rally gathered Saturday in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square for a large anti-U.S. protest. According to AP, a parade of marchers carried signs with slogans such as “decisive revenge” and “death to the American imperialists.” They shouted phrases such as “total destruction,” according to the Korean Central News Agency, the state news service.
The crowd included workers, officials and students, KCNA said.
The rally capped two days of response to Trump’s combative speech at the United Nations earlier in the week. The U.S. president mocked Kim as a “Rocket Man” on a “suicide mission,” and said that the U.S. “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself or its allies. North Korea responded on Friday by distributing a rare statement directly from Kim. He called Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard,” and said his country would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”
A member of a French paratroop regiment serving with the US-led coalition of nations battling Daesh was killed on Saturday in combat in the Iraq-Syria region, the French army said. Some 1,200 service personnel are deployed with the French military operation in Iraq and Syria, known as Operation Chammal, launched in Iraq in 2014 and extended to Syria in 2015. The mission supports local forces in their fight against the militant group, principally with air strikes, reconnaissance flights and training. The army said the serviceman had been shot as French soldiers were advising local forces during a firefight with Daesh. President Emmanuel Macron “learned with great sadness” of the soldier’s death, the presidency said in a statement.