Possible Coalition to be Formed Between Iraqi Militia Leader and PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Iraqi Shia militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shi’ite cleric’s bloc was declared winner of Iraq’s parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition. Mr. al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States whose Mahdi Army … More Possible Coalition to be Formed Between Iraqi Militia Leader and PM

Attack on Church in Chechnya Kills 3, Islamic State Claims Responsibility

Reuters news agency reports that the Islamic State terrorist network claimed responsibility for an attack on a church in Russia’s Chechnya republic that killed three people, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Sunday. Four people attacked the Orthodox church on Saturday, killing two policemen and a churchgoer, Russia’s investigative committee said in a statement. … More Attack on Church in Chechnya Kills 3, Islamic State Claims Responsibility

U.S. and China Agree to Reduce U.S. Trade Deficit

As reported by Reuters news agency, the United States and China agreed to take measures to reduce the U.S. trade deficit in goods by having China purchase more American goods – particularly agriculture and energy products, according to a joint statement the two nations released on Saturday. According to the report, the statement says that … More U.S. and China Agree to Reduce U.S. Trade Deficit

EU Commits to Iranian Nuclear Deal without U.S.

Reuters news agency reports that the European Union’s energy chief sought to reassure Iran on Saturday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Iran despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the accord and reimpose sanctions. Miguel Arias Canete delivered the message on a visit to Iran and also said … More EU Commits to Iranian Nuclear Deal without U.S.

114 Feared Dead, 3 Survive Boeing 737 Crash in Cuba

Reuters news agency reports that at least three people possibly survived a fiery crash of a Boeing 737 plane in Cuba on Friday in which a number of the 114 passengers and crew were feared dead or injured, Reuters witnesses and officials said. The aircraft on a domestic flight to Holguin had 105 passengers plus … More 114 Feared Dead, 3 Survive Boeing 737 Crash in Cuba

Silicon Valley Bringing Tech Startups to China

Reuters news agency reports that Silicon Valley aims to identify promising startups and bring them to China. The surge in the number of China-focused “accelerators” – which support, mentor and invest in early-stage startups – is part of a larger wave of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley. At least 11 such programs have been created … More Silicon Valley Bringing Tech Startups to China

Ash Cloud From Hawaii Volcano Creating Aviation Hazard

Reuters news agency reports that explosions intensified on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Tuesday, spewing ash and triggering a red alert for aircraft for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago. Ash and volcanic smog, or vog, as it is called, rose to 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) above Kilauea’s crater and floated … More Ash Cloud From Hawaii Volcano Creating Aviation Hazard

Anti-American Cleric Leads in Iraqi Election

Reuters news agency reports that cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, led in Iraq’s parliamentary election with more than half of votes counted on Monday, the electoral commission said, in a surprise turn of fortune for the Shi’ite leader. According to the report, Iran-backed Shi’ite militia chief Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc was … More Anti-American Cleric Leads in Iraqi Election