22 February 2017 News

Turkey, Russia, Cyprus, Somalia, Iraq were the most important topics in the news of the Wednesday 22 February 2017, but also: Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Malaysia, France.

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News from 22/02/2017

US envoy Tillerson in Mexico to soothe ties

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Mexican leaders on Thursday to try to calm a row over President Donald Trump's trade and immigration...

Peru’s president, Trump to meet Friday in DC : Lima

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, the Peruvian government announced...

‘No mass roundups’ of migrants in US Homeland Security chief says

The United States is not carrying out mass roundups or deportations under its tough crackdown on undocumented migrants, but it is determined...

Poland ousts 90 percent of top brass in defence overhaul

About 90 percent of Poland's top military brass have been replaced in an overhaul launched by the rightwing government, the defence ministry...

Enigmatic Macron aims for French presidency

Emmanuel Macron is a former investment banker and economy minister who hopes his meteoric rise will propel him to the French presidency aged...

Cuba blocks visit by OAS chief to receive dissident prize

A Cuban dissident group awarded a prize to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, who was denied a visa to accept it...

Brazil names president’s ally to top court post

Brazil's Senate on Wednesday appointed an ally of President Michel Temer to the post of Supreme Court judge to replace one who died in a plane...

Ecuador to hold run-off in tense presidential vote

Ecuador will hold a run-off presidential election in April after a hard fought and inconclusive first round, the electoral commission said.The...

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries

UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary General Antonio...

Russians latest victims on French robbery motorway

A Russian couple have been robbed of jewellery and luxury goods worth some 100,000 euros on a stretch of Parisian motorway that is growing notorious...

Le Pen aide charged in ‘fake jobs’ scandal : judicial source

The personal assistant of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was charged Wednesday in a scandal over "fake jobs" at the European...

Polish prosecutors probe play simulating oral sex on pope

Polish prosecutors on Wednesday began investigating a theatre play that drops hints about murdering a top politician and has a scene simulating...

France’s Macron wins key ally as Le Pen aide charged

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist, hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to...

Seven Earth-like planets discovered around single star

Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy, opening up the most promising...

France’s Macron accepts centrist’s backing in ‘turning point’

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron told AFP Wednesday he accepted the offer of an "alliance" with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou...

Turkey says only 100 jihadists left in IS-held Syria battleground

Turkey said Wednesday fewer than 100 jihadists were still holed up in the flashpoint Islamic-State Syrian town of Al-Bab, as rebel commanders...

Brazilian troops withdraw from Rio ahead of carnival

Authorities on Wednesday began withdrawing 9,000 army soldiers who had been deployed to Rio de Janeiro to provide security ahead of this week's...

Ukraine says building bridges with Trump

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko insisted Wednesday he was building bridges with US counterpart Donald Trump amid growing dismay over the...

The Trump effect? Sweden reflects on its integration policy

Donald Trump's controversial statements linking immigration and crime in Sweden, a country idealised by some for its liberal values, have sparked...

Russia asks Syria to halt bombing during UN peace talks

Russia has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop his bombing campaign while peace talks take place this week, but a political breakthrough...

Over 30,000 gather to support jailed Hong Kong cops : reports

More than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday to show their support for seven police officers who were sentenced to two years in jail...

Argentine researcher falls into Nicaragua volcano

An Argentine volcanologist and a Nicaraguan guide who fell into an active volcano were in good health Wednesday after being rescued by firemen,...

Logistics nightmare : helping the Boko Haram displaced

Not a single car remains in the town of Dikwa in northeast Nigeria and there's no way to communicate to the outside world, as all the telephone...

What poison could have killed Kim’s brother?

The assassination of the North Korean leader's half-brother saw Kim Jong-Nam collapse shortly after two women shoved a cloth in his face. He...

Leak sparks security scare for anti-Islam Dutch MP

A security scare over the safety of outspoken far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders emerged Wednesday just three weeks before a knife-edge election,...

Iraqi ex-soldier in German court over beheaded IS jihadist photos

A Berlin court on Wednesday began hearing a case against a former Iraqi soldier charged with war crimes after he allegedly posed for photographs...

Cyprus peace talks called off amid mounting war of words

A planned meeting between rival Cypriot leaders scheduled for Thursday has been called off as a war of words over a nationalist commemoration...

Somali president says no quick fix for nation’s woes

Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay high expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday,...

Turkey lifts military ban on Islamic headscarf

Turkey will lift a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country's armed forces, state media...

Iraq forces poised for Mosul airport assault

Iraqi forces readied on Wednesday for an assault on Mosul airport after blitzing jihadist positions in a renewed offensive to retake the Islamic...

Stolen ‘Work will set you free’ gate returned to Dachau

An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau...

Russia court orders release of opposition activist

Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of an opposition activist who was the only person in the country jailed under a tough...

Dutch PM meets far-right foe after security leak scare

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met Geert Wilders on Wednesday to discuss the far-right MP's security after a government agent was arrested on...

Germany to send home more rejected asylum seekers

Germany will speed up expulsions of rejected asylum seekers under measures agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet Wednesday, as controversy...

Swede stole gas truck in Barcelona after wild party night

A Swede who took police on a high-speed chase through Barcelona at the wheel of a stolen truck full of gas cylinders had partied hard the previous...

North Korea diplomat wanted over Kim killing : Malaysia

Detectives probing the assassination of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother want to question a North Korean diplomat, Malaysia's top policeman said Wednesday....

Turkey lifts ban on army officers wearing Islamic headscarf

Turkey's army is lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country, the state-run Anadolu...

French anti-graft police quiz Le Pen aides

French anti-graft police on Wednesday questioned two aides to Marine Le Pen over "fake jobs" allegations as polls show the scandal does not yet...