Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal if US imposes sanctions

The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, threatened to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal within hours if the United States continued to impose new sanctions. Speaking in a televised address Mr Rouhani, said US President Donald Trump’s actions showed that he was an unreliable partner not just for Iran but US allies as well. Accusing the US of breaking the nuclear agreement (JCPOA), he said, “in recent months the world has witnessed that the US, in addition to its constant and repetitive breaking of its promises in the JCPOA, has ignored several other global agreements and shown its allies that the...

Kosovo Albanian detained for alleged war crimes with Serbian troops

A court in Kosovo has detained a Kosovo Albanian for allegedly working with Serbian troops and committing war crimes in 1999. Agim Sahitaj has been remanded for one month, after claims that we worked with Serbian troops in April 1999 as they “killed, wounded, beat and harassed Kosovo Albanian civilians, looted their possessions and forcibly expelled them from their homes,” reports Balkan Insight. The perpetrator was allegedly uniformed and armed at the time. “During April 1999, Agim Sahitaj, alongside members of Serbian forces, entered a house in the village of Sopi in Suhareka/Suva Reka,...

US-trained unit linked to Mosul war crimes- HRW

A Iraqi military unit that was trained by the United States is linked to alleged war crimes in Mosul, where it allegedly executed several prisoners, states Human Rights Watch (HRW). Human Rights Watch called on the US government to “suspend all assistance and support to the 16th Division pending Iraq’s full investigation of the allegations and appropriate prosecutions”. Troops from that division are accused of executing several dozen prisoners, including a young boy. “Under the “Leahy Law,” the US is prohibited from providing military assistance to any unit of foreign security forces if there...

Dozens dead after 3 bomb attacks in Nigeria

Three bombs have been detonated in the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, on Tuesday killing at least 30 people. Over 80 people are thought to be injured. The attacks are believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The first attack took place at a market in Maiduguri, with a female fighter detonating a device which killed herself and at least 27 others. The other two attacks, including one at a refugee camp, are also reported to have been caused by female fighters detonating explosive belts. See here , here and here .

Taliban calls on Trump to remove US troops from Afghanistan

In an open letter to the US president, Donald Trump on Tuesday, the Taliban called for the removal of all US troops from Afghanistan and urged him to interact "generously" with the country. "It seems to be a historical mistake on part of the previous administrations to have dispatched American youth for the slaughter of Afghans. However, as a responsible American president, you need to study the mistakes of your predecessors and prevent death and injury to American forces in Afghanistan,"the letter read. "Everyone now understands that the main driver of war in Afghanistan is foreign...

Britain will never vote against stopping mass atrocities - UK Prime Minister

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK “will never vote against credible Security Council action to stop mass atrocities and crimes against humanity,“ in remarks to the Conservative Party this week. In a statement to mark the party’s ‘Declaration Against Genocide’, Ms May said the “United Kingdom has proudly made clear” that it would not block action to stop such crimes at the UN Security Council. The party is calling for permanent members of the UN Security Council to be stripped of veto powers that they currently hold, if they use it to stop moves aimed at protecting people from “...

Rwandan genocide suspect faces charges of immigration fraud in US

A man accused of taking part in the Rwandan genocide faces charges of immigration fraud in the US, after lying to authorities about his membership of the political party that led the massacres. Though Jean Leonard Teganya left Rwanda in 1994, the year that approximately 800,000 Tutsis were murdered by members of the Hutu led regime, Canadian asylum officials concluded he had participated in the killings. He had been working as a trainee in the city of Butare at the time. Rwanda’s Prosecutor-General Jean Bosco Mutangana confirmed that the man is a “wanted genocide suspect”. Mr Teganya had...

NGOs suspend rescue missions near Libyan waters

Two further aid groups have suspended migrant rescues in the Mediterranean alongside Doctors Without Borders in response to threats from Libyan authorities, reports Reuters. Doctors Without Borders (Medicines sans Frontieres) and Save the Children and Germany’s Sea Eye said on Sunday their crews could no longer work safely because of the stance of the Libyan authorities. Libyan coastguard boats have clashed with NGO vessels on several occasions with Libyan boats opening fire on some isntances. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the Libyan coastguard spokesperson Ayoub Qassem said, “In general,...

Pakistan calls for international involvement in Kashmir dispute, India pledges permanent solution

The international community must play a role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute said Pakistan’s prime minister, a day after India pledged to settle a permanent political solution that maintained Kashmir’s identity. Speaking in an address to the country on Pakistan’s independence day, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Kaqan Abbasi, said, “It is incumbent upon the international community to play its role in the resolution of the regional conflicts, particularly the Kashmir dispute in conformity with the UN resolutions on the subject with a view to ensuring durable peace in the region...

US sanctions will not 'damage strength of the resistance' says Lebanon's Hezbollah

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah dismissed potential US sanctions aimed at the group on the anniversary of the end of its war with Israel. Speaking in a televised address to mark the end of the war in 2006 Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said, “The American administration with all available and possible means, will not be able to damage the strength of the resistance.” Mr Nasrallah said that Lebanon was being subjected to intimidation and threats of an Israeli attack, due to its failure to take a tough stance on Hezbollah. US lawmakers last month introduced legislation with the view of increasing...

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