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  • Israel's Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition
    on 21/10/2019 at 5:40 pm

    Netanyahu fell short of securing a 61-seat parliamentary majority in last month's national election. But President Reuven Rivlin gave him the first opportunity to form a government because he had more support, 55 seats, than any other candidate. Rivlin says he will now give Netanyahu's rival Benny Gantz a chance to form a government, though Gantz does not appear to have enough support either.

  • US moves troops, tanks into Lithuania in message to Russia
    on 21/10/2019 at 4:27 pm

    The United States on Monday began deploying a battalion of troops and dozens of tanks to Lithuania for an unprecedented six-month rotation, a move sought by the Baltic EU and NATO state to deter neighbouring Russia. The US deployment was a "manifestation of American commitment to continued deterrence along NATO's eastern flank," a US commander said.

  • Castro says he needs $800,000 in 10 days or campaign is over
    on 21/10/2019 at 4:03 pm

    The amount Castro hopes to raise in less than two weeks is about a quarter of the $3.5 million total he took in during the three-month period through September. Castro ended the third quarter with just $672,000 in his campaign war chest.

  • Pentagon chief visits Saudi Arabia as tensions simmer with Iran
    on 21/10/2019 at 3:46 pm
  • Travelers worry and wait as unrest strands thousands at Chile airport
    on 21/10/2019 at 3:39 pm

    The 50-year-old thought he'd left civil unrest behind when he quit Venezuela's economic and political crises to seek a new life in Chile. But no sooner did he arrive at Santiago airport than he found himself blocked due to similar chaos to that which he left behind.

  • UK speaker rules against govt trying to get another vote on Brexit deal
    on 21/10/2019 at 2:55 pm

    Britain's parliamentary speaker John Bercow told the government on Monday it could not again try to get a vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal because it was posing the same question to parliament twice. "Today's circumstances are in substance the same as Saturday's circumstances," Bercow told parliament in his justification for not allowing another vote.

  • Catalan crisis looms large over Spain's November election
    on 21/10/2019 at 2:53 pm

    The visit came as Sanchez faces mounting criticism over his handling of the crisis, which erupted a week ago when the Supreme Court sentenced nine separatist leaders to long jail terms over an abortive 2017 independence bid.

  • Russia's new focus on Africa takes advantage of US drift
    on 21/10/2019 at 2:35 pm

    Russia is taking advantage of the Trump administration's seemingly waning interest in the continent of 1.2 billion people that includes some of the world's fastest growing economies and a strategic perch on the Red Sea.

  • No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan: Pentagon chief
    on 21/10/2019 at 1:34 pm

    The US last week announced the withdrawal of 1,000 American troops from northeast Syria, days after Turkey launched an offensive against the previously US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terrorist group.

  • US not out to 'decouple' from China, defence official says in Beijing
    on 21/10/2019 at 11:22 am