Report: Taliban release 160 civilians; keep 20 captive

KABUL – The Taliban released more than 160 civilian passengers who were kidnapped from three buses in northern Afghanistan on Monday, an official said on Tuesday. At least 20 soldiers and policemen are still being held captive, the official said. Nearly 200 passengers were taken as hostages by Taliban insurgents near the northern province of Kunduz on Monday as they […]

Gabay: As long as we remain strong, out agreements will be upheld

In an interview to the Army Radio on Tuesday morning, Avi Gabay, the Chairman of the Zionist Union, said, "As long as we remain strong, our agreements will be respected." Gabay discussed several aspects of his party‘s aspirations to replace current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud party. "I don‘t believe in ‘right‘ and ‘left‘ tags," said Gabay, "Our […]

Rouhani: Iran must develop military to guard against other powers

LONDON – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the country had to develop its military forces to prevent other states taking over its territory and resources. "We should make ourselves ready to fight against the military powers who want to take over our territory and our resources," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television on National […]

Rouhani: U.S. aware of our power, doesn‘t dare attack

LONDON – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the United States does not dare to attack Iran as it is aware of the Islamic Republic‘s military power and the high price of conflict. "Why the United States does not attack us? Because of our power, because it knows …its consequences," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on […]

UK foreign minister Hunt: Trump not the isolationist many feared

LONDON – US President Donald Trump has not been the isolationist that many feared he would be, Britain‘s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said ahead of his first trip to the United States in the role. Later on Tuesday Hunt will call on the European Union to follow the United States in extending sanctions on Russia in a speech in Washington, […]

Report: Russia denies Microsoft allegations it targeted U.S. think tanks

MOSCOW – The Russian authorities deny allegations from Microsoft that hackers linked to Russia‘s government tried to target the websites of two right-wing US think-tanks, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. The software giant said it had thwarted the Russia-linked attempts last week, which it suggested showed Moscow was broadening its attacks in the build-up to November elections. Interfax […]

At least five dead in Italy as creek floods

ROME – At least five people were killed in southern Italy on Monday when the waters of a raging white-water creek in a deep mountain gorge rose suddenly after a rainfall, officials said. About a dozen people, including a child, managed to reach higher ground or were rescued, civil protection officials in the Calabria region said. In some places the […]