Pentagon deploys 750 paratroopers to Middle East in response to Iranian threats – Defence Blog

The Pentagon announced the deployment of additional troops to the Middle East in response to unrest in Iraq, with more expected to head out later this week. “At the direction of the Commander in Chief President Donald J. Trump, I…

Protesters leave US embassy compound in Baghdad | Iraq News

Protesters withdrew from the US embassy perimeter in Baghdad after the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) paramilitary force ordered them to leave, a day after their dramatic demonstration. The Iraqi military confirmed on Wednesday that the protesters had left. On Tuesday, thousands…

Former Nigerian governor on trial for fraud, allowed to take trip to seek medical treatment abroad. Instead, caught on video salsa dancing on cruise ship : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 85%. (I’m a bot) A video of Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, dancing on a cruise ship while on a “Medical trip” abroad is trending on social…

Supporters of Iranian-backed militia start withdrawing from besieged U.S. Embassy in Baghdad following militia orders

Iraqi security forces deploy during the second day of protests on Sunday at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. (Department Of Defense/Reuters) Liz Sly Beirut bureau chief, covering Lebanon, Syria and the wider region January 1 at 9:33 AM BAGHDAD —…

As Trump shuns US multilateralism, China ups diplomatic ante

GENEVA: Chinese leaders have long been sensitive about their communist country’s international image. Now, they are battling back — investing in diplomacy and a courtship of hearts and minds, just as the United States digs in on the Trump administration’s…

Pope Francis apologises after slapping woman’s hand | World news

Pope Francis has apologised after slapping a woman’s hand as he greeted pilgrims at the Vatican on New Year’s Eve. ‌Francis lost his cool when the woman abruptly grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her just after he reached…

Kim vows to unveil new weapon as U.S. lets his deadline pass

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday that his country would continue building its nuclear arsenal and soon unveil a new strategic weapon, state-run media outlet KCNA reported Wednesday. Kim’s comments came after his deadline passed for the U.S.…