International  October 22, 2016
May to lock horns with first ministers on Brexit path
Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Welsh FM Carwyn Jones and Northern Irish FM Arlene Foster to plot the path towards BrexitPrime Minister Theresa May is to meet with the first ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to plot the path towards Brexit, her office said Sunday.May will host the first meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) since December 2014 on Monday.They will "discuss how the administrations can work together to get the best deal for ...  Full Story
Iraq forces in fierce Kirkuk clashes with IS
Iraqi police and Kurdish security forces deploy in Kirkuk on October 21, 2016, after Islamic State jihadist gunmen attacked the citySecurity forces battled for a second day Saturday with Islamic State group gunmen who infiltrated Kirkuk in a brazen raid that rattled Iraq as it ramped up an offensive to retake Mosul.A toxic cloud released by a fire IS militants started at a sulphur plant south of Mosul earlier this week killed at least two civilians and forced some US service me...  Full Story
Ex-Guantanamo detainee ends hunger strike, to leave Uruguay: activists
Jihad Diyab, a former Guantanamo inmate from Syria who was resettled in Uruguay, speaks during a press conference in Montevideo on September 30, 2016A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay who went on hunger strike to demand relocation to another country has dropped his protest after receiving an offer, activists said Saturday.Syrian Jihad Diyab, who began his hunger strike more than two months ago, ended his protest and will travel to a new country, the group Vigilia por Diyab (Diyab W...  Full Story
Avianca suspends Venezuela flights after fighter jet incident
The suspension of Avianca flights between Colombia and Venezuela affects two daily flights between Bogota and Caracas one daily flight between Caracas and LimaColombia's commercial carrier Avianca suspended flights to and from Venezuela on Saturday after a Venezuelan fighter jet caused a diplomatic incident by approaching one of its planes, the company said.The warplane briefly approached the airliner flying from Madrid to Bogota on Friday, prompting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to order an invest...  Full Story
Venezuelan women march to protest canceled referendum
Women shout slogans against President Nicolas MaduroThousands of women marched in Caracas Saturday against leftist President Nicolas Maduro's decision to block opposition-led efforts for a recall referendum."Brave Venezuela, you will be set free!" chanted the women, most of whom dressed in white.The escalating standoff between the unpopular government and the powerful but fractured opposition is des...  Full Story
UN urges renewal of Yemen truce as fighting rages
Yemeni children play at a market in the old city of the capital Sanaa on October 21, 2016, as a fragile ceasefire hangs by a thread in the war-torn countryThe UN envoy for Yemen called Saturday for the renewal of a 72-hour ceasefire in the country, though fighting has raged on between Shiite rebels and government forces despite the truce.The ceasefire took effect just before midnight (2100 GMT) on Wednesday to allow aid deliveries in Yemen, where the war has killed thousands of people and left millio...  Full Story
2,400 migrants rescued, 14 die, off Libya
Migrants arrive in Vibo Marina, after a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea during which nine people drowned, ten were missing and nearly 1000 were rescuedHorrific scenes unfolded in the Mediterranean off Libya Saturday as a full-to-capacity rescue ship was forced to sail away from desperate migrants trying to swim towards the rescuers. During a dramatic 24 hours, the crew of the Norwegian Siem Pilot and another aid boat rescued panicked migrants in the dark, with only limited resources and in the fa...  Full Story
Somali pirates free 26 hostages held for nearly five years
The Naham 3 was pirated on March 26, 2013 with 28 hostages on boardSomali pirates have freed 26 Asian hostages held for nearly five years after the hijacking of their fishing vessel, the last commercial ship seized at the height of the country's piracy scourge, negotiators said Saturday.The crew of the Naham 3, the second longest held hostage by Somali pirates, were taken captive when their Omani-flagged vessel wa...  Full Story