RT nieuws 5=1=2018

  • Turkey to Germany: Time for ‘new beginning’

    Turkey’s Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu is scheduled to visit his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, on Saturday. He said it was time for a “new beginning” in relations between Ankara and Berlin. While both countries are interested in a fresh start, it’s only possible “if we break the current crisis spiral in our relationship,” Cavusoglu wrote in an op-ed for Germany’s Funke Mediengruppe on Friday. "It is not the time for bullhorn diplomacy," the minister wrote, ahead of the meeting in Gabriel’s home town of Goslar. Bilateral relations strained last year after local German governments banned pro-Erdogan rallies ahead of a referendum that expanded the Turkish president’s powers. Tensions also flared after a number of German-Turkish nationals were arrested by authorities in Ankara.
  • Saudi Arabia says it intercepted ballistic missile near Yemeni border

    Riyadh has announced it intercepted a ballistic missile near Yemen’s border, AFP reported citing state media. The missile was intercepted over the Najran region near the border on Friday, after Yemeni Houthi rebels announced that they had fired a weapon in a statement published by Al-Masirah TV.
  • Trump promises no military drills with S. Korea during Winter Olympics

    Seoul and Washington have agreed to not hold any joint military exercises in the region during the PyeongChang Olympic Games in February, Reuters reports citing South Korea’s presidential office. In a phone call, the presidents of the two countries have discussed the recent talks between the South and the North, with US President Donald Trump having expressed hopes the process would lead to good results. At the start of the year, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he was open to talks with Seoul, calling for a lowering of military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The presidential office in Seoul welcomed the conciliatory message, and a ‘hotline’ communication channel between the two administrations was reopened this week.
  • Russia removes restrictions on passenger flights to Cairo

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the resumption of commercial passenger air travel between Cairo and Russia, which was suspended following a terrorist downing of a Russian plane in 2015. National carries EgyptAir announced that flights between the two countries' capitals are expected to start up as early as February. Routes to other destinations in the African country, including Egypt's resorts, formerly popular with Russian tourists, remain suspended. Metrojet Flight 9268 from Sharm El Sheikh to St. Petersburg was downed by a bomb on 31 October, 2015 killing all 224 people on board. Islamic State took responsibility for the incident, which was ruled to be a terrorist attack by both Russian and Egyptian investigators.
  • California’s Bay Area struck by 4.4-mag earthquake

    A 4.4-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Oakland, California, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake struck about 3km east of Berkeley, at a depth of 13km. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage, Reuters reports.
  • Amtrak passenger train derails in Georgia, no casualties

    An Amtrak passenger train derailed about 1 kilometer away from Savannah Station in Georgia on Wednesday, local media reported. There were some 311 passengers on board, according to WTOC, but no one was injured. The incident, in which two luggage cars at the rear of the train derailed, reportedly occurred due to the track being frozen in the wrong postion.
  • States of emergency declared in N. Carolina & Virginia for Winter Storm Grayson

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) declared a state of emergency Wednesday as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Warning for “severe winter weather conditions” in parts of southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina through Thursday. McAuliffe urged residents to prepare for “travel disruptions, power outages and other threats to health and safety” that could arise during the storm. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (R) also declared a state of emergency Wednesday, and Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry warned that cold temperatures can be “life-threatening if people lose power and heat.” Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) declared a state of emergency for 28 counties in the southeastern part of the state Tuesday. This as the New England area of the US East Coast braces for a  ‘bomb’ cyclone Thursday.
  • Iran arrests European citizen ‘leading rioters’ – report

    An unidentified European citizen has been arrested amid anti-government protests in western Iran’s Borujerd county, Tasnim news agency reports citing a local official. Head of the local Justice Department Hamidreza Abolhassani asserted that the person was “trained by European intelligence services and was leading the rioters.” The nationality of the arrested individual has not yet been disclosed.
  • Suicide bomber kills 14 at Nigerian mosque – report

    At least 14 people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a mosque in the town of Gamboru in Borno state, near Nigeria's border with Cameroon, civilian vigilantes told AFP. The incident reportedly took place shortly before morning prayers. "Fourteen bodies have been pulled out of the rubble,” said Umar Kachalla, a civilian militiaman, adding that the death toll may rise. The mosque was completely destroyed, Kachalla said.
  • 5 officers killed in Kenya Al-Shabaab attack

    At least five Kenyan police officers were killed in an attack on their vehicle in Mandera country on the border with Somalia late on Tuesday, Daniel Bundotich, the deputy county commissioner for Mandera South said, as cited by Reuters. Al-Shabaab Islamist militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attack. “The militants also set on fire a police lorry... The police officers were on patrol along Elwak-Kutolo when they were ambushed,” Bundotich added.
  • 200,000 households left without power in northern France due to heavy storm

    Around 200,000 homes in northern France have lost power due to winter storm Eleanor, according to Enedis, the French power-grid company. The Normandy region was the worst hit by the storm, the company said, adding that Paris and northeastern Picardie and Champagne-Ardenne were also among those badly affected.
  • Seoul offers to hold high-level talks with Pyongyang ahead of Olympic games

    South Korea has proposed high-level talks with North Korea on January 9 to discuss the North’s potential participation in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang as well as other issued related to improving relations between the two states. South Korea Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon proposed that the two delegations meet in a village of Panmunjom in the heavily fortified demilitarized zone. The move follows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s New Year message, in which he wished success for the 2018 Olympics.

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