Trump threatens government shutdown in September if no funding for wall

WASHINGTON, Michigan (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to shut down the federal government in September if Congress did not provide more funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico. “That wall has started, we have 1.6 billion (dollars),” Trump said at a campaign rally in Washington, Michigan. “We come up again on September 28th and if we don’t get border security we will have no choice, we will close…

"Trump threatens government shutdown in September if no funding for wall"

Syrian Refugees Face Deadline to Register or Forfeit Homes

The Syrian government is set to seize the property of millions of Syrians who fled their homes, unless they return to claim them by presenting ownership deeds to local authorities. Under a law introduced in April, the 6 million Syrians who fled their homes to escape the carnage and 7 million displaced to other parts of the war-torn country have until May 10 to register their properties or forfeit their homes. “The remaining plots will…

"Syrian Refugees Face Deadline to Register or Forfeit Homes"

Iraq Sentences 19 Russian Women for Joining IS

A court in Iraq has sentenced 19 Russian women to life in prison for joining the Islamic State terrorist group. The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad, which deals with terrorism cases, also sentenced six women from Azerbaijan and four from Tajikistan to life in prison on Sunday on the same charge. Most of the defendants told the court they had been brought to Iraq against their will from Turkey by IS fighters. Earlier this month,…

"Iraq Sentences 19 Russian Women for Joining IS"

Saudi Aramco appoints first woman to the board

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Aramco, the world’s top oil company which is preparing to go public, said on Sunday it has appointed new members to its board including a female executive, a milestone for Saudi Arabia and the oil industry where there are few women executives. The appointments, which bring in more international experience, come as the Saudi government plans to float around 5 percent of Aramco in an initial public offering (IPO) – the…

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Russia, Iran, Turkey Criticize Western Airstrikes on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that airstrikes on Syria, conducted by the U.S., Britain, and France on April 14, were a violation of international law and indicated that the Western powers were trying to destroy the peace process. Lavrov, speaking after meeting in Moscow with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, said such “attempts to … destabilize the situation” encourage the extremists in Syria to go on with their armed struggle. Lavrov and his…

"Russia, Iran, Turkey Criticize Western Airstrikes on Syria"

Christians should not be second-class citizens, cardinal tells Saudi Arabia

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A senior Vatican official who last week made a historic visit to Saudi Arabia says he told authorities in the kingdom, where non-Muslim worship is banned, that Christians cannot be considered second-class citizens. French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran’s trip, the first by such a senior Catholic figure, raised hopes of more openness in the kingdom, which is home to Islam’s holiest sites but bans the practice of other faiths. It included a…

"Christians should not be second-class citizens, cardinal tells Saudi Arabia"